Here are just a few of the most popular things to do:
Experience the Arts
The Downtown & Dickson Street Entertainment District is the cultural capital of Northwest Arkansas and a perfect epicenter for a couple’s retreat. In it, you’ll find the Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared, a combination that has developed into a renowned theater district in Fayetteville. The Walton Arts Center brings in artists and entertainers from all over the world, and TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ only year-round professional theater, presenting a diverse season of comedies, dramas and musicals.
There’s also a ton of artistic expression on display in dozens of art galleries throughout the city, as well as on the city itself. Experience Fayetteville has partnered with global creative house Justkids for “Green Candy,” an art action aimed to create community conversations around waste and sustainability through engaging art projects. Visitors can walk throughout the downtown area to experience — for free — larger-than-life artistic creations. Internationally-recognized artists for this pioneer event include Bordalo II (Portugal),Brazilian wonder-duo Bicicleta Sem Freio, Malaysian-based Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania) and Marina Zumi (Argentina). The artwork of local artists Jason Jones (Fayetteville) and Gina Gallina (Eureka Springs) are also included.
Toast the Town
Do you two like locally made, delicious craft beer? Well, you’re in for a treat! The brew scene in Fayetteville is bigger and better than ever. The Fayetteville Ale Trail now features 10 breweries in Northwest Arkansas, as well as one cidery, each with it’s own unique brewing specialties. Stop by the Visitors Center on the downtown square and pick up a Fayetteville Ale Trail Passport, then get it stamped at each brewery to track your success. From pale ales and lagers to stouts and wheat beers, there’s something for all beer-lover lovers to enjoy.
No romantic getaway is complete without a romantic dining experience. Of course, for some that translates to white tablecloth while for others it might mean late-night noshing next to a food truck. We all have different tastes, and Fayetteville has whatever you and your significant other prefer!
Several restaurants on Dickson Street, such as Ella’s, Bordinos and Theo’s, offer elegant atmospheres for those looking to dress up and enjoy an exquisite dining experience. If locally sourced ingredients is your jam, Fayetteville is home to several farm-to-table restaurants, such as Greenhouse Grille, Mockingbird Kitchen and Farmer’s Table Cafe, all of which offer a refreshing taste of the Ozarks. And, if you’re a food truck guru, Shulertown is a must-do. You’ll find its picnic tables filled with college students, families and young couples — pretty much anyone who appreciates great food served in an out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere.
Enjoy the Scenery
Although nothing compares to the beauty of your special someone, we’re pretty sure you’ll both be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the natural scenery in and around Fayetteville.
For those that want to stay within the city, Fayetteville is overflowing with natural areas and parks, encompassing 3,000 acres of land, 70 parks with 40 miles of paved and natural trails, as well as three lakes. In fact, 26 of Fayetteville’s parks are certified as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program.
While you’re in town, hop on the Razorback Greenway, a 36-mile biking and pedestrian trail. The greenway connects a number of public spaces — shopping areas, arts and entertainment venues, historic sites, parks, the University of Arkansas campus — allowing people to forgo their cars and walk or bike to their destinations instead. (If you don’t have a bike, there are plenty of shops that rent bikes.)
For those who want to venture outside the city limits during the day, visit Devil’s Den State Park and hike the Yellow Rock Trail. This moderate 2.7 mile trail takes you past several incredible rock formations and cedar glades on your way to a bluff overlooking the Lee Creek Valley. It’s a perfect spot for a couples selfie.