Easy in the Ozarks
Most people know Fayetteville as the home of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. But often forgotten amid the cries of "Woooooooo, pig, sooie!" is the town's perch on the edge of the Ozarks. "It's a bit of a secret," says Chally Sims, manager of Pack Rat Outdoor Center, a local outfitter. Just outside town, there's kayaking on the Buffalo River, hiking through the Ozark National Forest, trout fishing on the Illinois River, and cycling on an extensive network of trails that connects many of the towns in Northwest Arkansas.
Then, when you've had enough of the outdoors, drive a half-hour up Highway 49 to Bentonville and Crystal Bridges, the Walton family's $1 billion art museum whose permanent collection includes works by Norman Rockwell, Georgia O'Keefe, and an actual Frank Lloyd Wright house, painstakingly moved piece-by-piece from New Jersey. Back in town, stay at the Dickson Street Inn, a 10-room bed-and-breakfast in an old Victorian on Fayetteville's main drag. Try the cucumber jalapeño martini at Theo's or grab a burger and beer at Hugo's. Chances are the game is on; if it is, be sure to root for the Razorbacks.
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