Leverett Lounge owners, Hannah Withers and Ben Gitchel, launched the Feed the Heard program this week.

Fayetteville, Arkansas is a special place year-round, but when the winter holidays roll around, the city takes on an extra-wonderful glow. We’ve compiled a list of recommendations for how to make your time in the Ozarks especially memorable, whether you’re entertaining family and friends, planning the perfect cozy couple night out or simply looking for some solo fun.

Ask anyone who’s spent at least the span of four seasons in Fayetteville, Arkansas and you’ll inevitably hear that autumn in the Ozarks is essentially unbeatable. We thought we’d take a moment to ask some locals what they love to do when the days get shorter and sweater weather arrives—and how they celebrate fall in ways that can only be found in their fair city up in the hills.

The happy hour scene is a way of life in Fayetteville, Arkansas and the options for where to gather for everything from a simple ice-cold draught to gourmet-in-a-glass are many and varied. We can’t begin to name all of the fantastic independent places to try, but this list of a few crowd favorites spans every taste or mood—from casual to upscale. (Can you say time for an epic pub crawl??)

Fayetteville has an authentic, passionate and diverse food culture that reflects the city's personality. From fine dining to food-truck courts, and from gameday staples to new favorites, Fayetteville has a wide variety of culinary options. Whatever you or your crew are hungry for, Fayetteville serves it up.

It is entirely possible to blissfully eat your way through many of the best restaurants in all of Northwest Arkansas without ever leaving Fayetteville. Add to that the pleasure of strolling through gorgeous, lush themed gardens as summer winds down, glass of wine or beer in hand, and you’ve arrived at the annual Chefs in the Garden.

Ahhhh, imagine the smell of fresh basil permeating the air, plates of great food, locally produced cold craft beverages—all against a backdrop of excellent music and friendly people visiting in the setting sun. This picture in your mind is actually the real deal when Tri Cycle Farms throws its biggest “farm-raiser” event, Pesto Fest, conveniently nestled right in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

It has been said, and aptly so, “Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos.” – Don Kardong

We’re happy to report that for many reasons all is well in the City of Fayetteville, not the least of which is the profusion of great spots to satisfy your sweet tooth with something spectacularly cold and delicious. We haven’t been able to pick a favorite, but are so very content to keep the quest alive. Here are some must-tries when nothing will do but sweet, creamy perfection topped with your heart’s delight:

If you experience second thoughts about leaving the house without your favorite furry sidekick or you’d treasure a place to find other dog-lovers who never tire of talking about all things canine, we’ve got a perfect solution for you and your precious pup—The Good Dog Café!

Oh, lovely Thai food, that beautifully balanced, tantalizing combination of salty, sweet, sour and bitter...ranging from sinus-clearing spicy to delicately flavored. Thai meals are made for group sharing and experimenting with wonderful fresh flavors—plus any leftovers only improve overnight for a next-day snack. Fayetteville is full of authentic Thai restaurants to satisfy even the most seasoned (pun intended) foodie, and we’ve got several to recommend.