Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fayetteville's Walking Attractions

*Be sure and drop by the visitors center to pick up a Fayetteville Free Weekly Entertainment guide and a Free NightFlying Entertainment Guide. Totally worth it, I’m flipping through one right now with good weekly updates of what’s going on in that crazy town!

Dickson Street is a great spot for walking - Go out of the Cosmopolitan, take a right, walk about 3 blocks and there is Dickson Street. Take a left - it has many shops, restaurants (all different kinds - Mexican, sushi, coffee shops, brew pub) - many with tables outside on the street, Dickson Street Book Shop is there, Walton Arts Center has a nice gallery, post office, drug store, art galleries. It is the heart of the Fayetteville Entertainment District - bars with music are there also - the street leads right up to the university. Again, nice street to stroll on.

For Banking: Arvest Bank, voted best bank by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest-Arkansas Edition

Farmer’s Market Right next to the Cosmopolitan, Fayetteville’s delicious farmer’s market is open from April through November on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 7am-1pm. Find out more about the locally grown produce and location at It’s a great idea to check it out before the wedding on Saturday!!! Voted best fresh produce by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest-Arkansas Edition.

Wilson City Park home of the castle, greenhouse, and gardens. 675 N. Park Avenue. It has plenty of picnic space and recreation sports fields. Check it our for a good walking trail! It was highly recommended by the Schwartzman family and voted best park in Fayetteville by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest-Arkansas Edition.

Fayetteville Trails for walking or jogging
were voted best in Northwest Arkansas by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest-Arkansas Edition. (This is for YOU DAD) A Trails guide brochure can be picked up at the visitors center in the town square. The best (closest) trails are the Dickson Street/U of a Loop, Wilson Park, and Mt. Sequoyah/Historic trail. Also check out jogging around lake Fayetteville, it’s a driving attraction, but may be worth it!

Dickson Street book shop: Ryan’s favorite bookstore, its huge, seriously huge! Specifically here for Lisa Farnham! Used and Out of Print books - Fantastic

Historic Walking Tour a brochure/tour can be picked up at the Visitors center and begins at The Old Post office. The self-guided tour takes a little over an hour and fills you in on 26 different buildings of notable historic interest. This scenic step back in time takes you through downtown and stops by Carnal Hall, Old Main, Old Washington County Jail, The Ozark theatre from the 20’s, and Fayetteville’s oldest standing home. Visit

Carnal Hall (1906) Previously an all women’s dorm, it has been converted to a hotel (The Inn at Carnal Hall) and restaurant (Ella’s). Voted best Bed & Breakfast by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest-Arkansas Edition. This is where our rehearsal dinner will be.

Old Main (1875) One of Arkansas’ best-known and loved academic landmarks. It is the oldest building on the U. of A. campus. It once housed one of President Clinton’s most memorable campaign stops in October of ’92. SEE CLINTON HOUSE MUSEUM

Blair Public Library (2004) The Fayetteville Public Library is one of the most comprehensive and modern in the region. The lobby hosts a locally loved Arsaga’s Coffee Shop. In 2005 this library was voted Library of the Year by the Library Journal.

Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is the sixth largestmotorcycle festival in the country. It roars into Arkansas the weekend before the wedding, so if you’re early—come have some BBQ on Dickson street with us. It’s a big deal. A complete list of events is on


*Nice local shops right off the square, on Block Street and on Mountain Street

Cheap Thrills Fun resale shop, on East Street (right off the square)

Dark Star Visuals - owned by a good friend of the family

The Dragon's Lair - gift shop on South School (close to the square) - owned by a family friend. She does beautiful art glass and has many lovely gift items, including her own jewelry.

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