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10

SPONSORED: How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette & Bachelor Party in Fayetteville

Experience Fayetteville

We get it. A rowdy weekend in Vegas or an expensive trip to Mexico isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we’ve come up with this handy guide to help you plan the perfect bachelorette and bachelor weekend in Fayetteville. The northwest corner of Arkansas is home to all kinds of hidden gems, so if you want a weekend of fun with your pals before the big day, Fayetteville is the place to be.

 

Stay

Before you do anything else, book your stay at one of these incredibly unique hotels to start your bachelorette party off right.

The Chancellor Hotel

Vibe: Sophisticated, modern and chic

Why you should book now: You can rent space for events and enjoy the bed-and-breakfast package which can include breakfast in bed. On a nice day, you and your besties can take a dip in the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool.

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The Inn at Carnall Hall

Vibe: Upscale, charming and nostalgic

Why you should book now: The location puts you on the edge of the University of Arkansas campus, so you can enjoy the beautiful views and are within walking distance to Dickson Street. Plus, Ella’s Table downstairs serves a delicious brunch.

Dickson Street Inn

Vibe: Historic, comfortable and welcoming

Why you should book now: The Dickson Street Inn is in a great location that puts you in the heart of Dickson Street. Guests also get access to road bikes and the inn’s private grotto.

 

Dine

Now that you’re all set with a place to crash, let’s take a look at the best brunch, lunch and dinner spots in town.

Breakfast/Brunch

Prelude Breakfast Bar

Vibe: Relaxed, hip and comfortable

Why you should eat here: Two words: Pancake flight. But in all seriousness, Prelude is a breakfast staple in Fayetteville known for their delicious spin on breakfast staples like their This Is Sin pancakes made with bacon, caramel and cinnamon butter.

Arsaga’s at the Depot

Vibe: Free-spirited, eclectic and intimate

Why you should eat here: In Fayetteville, Arsaga’s at the Depot is synonymous with crepes. Whether you’re into sweet chocolate hazelnut-filled crepes or more of the savory variety, the Depot is the perfect spot. And there’s no need to stop for coffee before brunch. Arsaga’s roasts their own beans and offers creative coffee concoctions as well as lattes or cold brew.

Lunch

Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

Vibe: Unique, casual and fun

Why you should eat here: Hammontree’s is where it’s at for an adult take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Oh, and get a side of the bacon gouda fries. You’ll thank us later.

Farmer’s Table Cafe

Vibe: Farm-to-table, local and cozy

Why you should eat here: For a true taste of the local food scene, look no further than the Farmer’s Table. This quaint little cafe serves everything from farm-to-fork dishes from fresh salads to burgers.

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Dinner

Hugo's

Vibe: Funky, historic and laidback

Why you should eat here: This basement restaurant off the Fayetteville square is a longtime favorite among the locals. Known for their delicious burgers and laidback atmosphere, it’s a perfect place to grab a bite before hitting the town.

Bordinos

Vibe: Upscale, modern and sleek

Why you should eat here: If you’re craving a yummy pile of pasta or small plates to share, Bordinos is just the ticket. Their extensive wine list and cocktails make it an ideal place to start your evening on Dickson.

Theo's

Vibe: Timeless, comfortable and nostalgic

Why you should eat here: You get all the fun of American contemporary dining in an elegant yet comfortable restaurant right on Dickson Street.

Ella's Table inside the Inn at Carnall Hall

Vibe: Cozy, upscale, farm-to-table fare

Why you should eat here: Ella's recently had a major renovation and the new space is perfect for a weekend dinner. While you wait for your table, you can pop over to the new Lambeth Lounge for a signature cocktail.

 

Explore

When it comes to activities, Fayetteville is full of unique opportunities to truly experience the city. Here are some of our favorite ways to explore Fay.

Morning

Farmers' Market — The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is the place to be on any given Saturday from April to November. The market is bustling with fresh flowers, artisan crafts and fresh produce. Even if you're not looking to cook on your bach trip, the farmers market is a fun opportunity to explore the historic Fayetteville Square.

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Grab a Cup of Coffee — Slow down and chat with your besties while enjoying a cup of joe at Onyx Coffee Lab, Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe or Puritan Coffee & Beer.

Bike the Razorback Greenway — Don’t worry about bringing your bikes along with you. Fayetteville has a bike share program called Veo that lets you rent bikes through the company’s app. The Razorback Greenway winds from Lake Fayetteville Park all the way to downtown Fayetteville, with plenty of sights to see along the way.

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Unwind with Yoga — If you need a moment to relax and breathe deeply, book a yoga class for you and your crew at Zen Studio or Be One Yoga.

Afternoon

Escape Room — Put your skills to the test at one of Fayetteville’s escape rooms. Let your imagination run wild at Ozark Escape where you can choose between scenarios like being a spy or escaping from whatever goes bump in the night.

Brewery Tasting — Take a trip to the tasting room at Fossil Cove Brewing Company. Or better yet, make a day of it and travel to a few of the 15 stops on the Fayetteville Ale Trail. (Just make sure to take an Uber!)

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Decorate Cakes at Rick’s Bakery — The bakery offers decorating classes, and there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from picking up a few treats while you’re there.

Take a Floral Arrangement ClassPIGMINT offers fun floral classes if you and your girls are feeling creative.

Shopping — Shop 'til you drop at one of Fayetteville’s many boutiques like Walker Brothers, Savoir-Faire, Denim & Essentials, Maude, Riffraff and Lola.

Evening

The Vault — Start your night in style at one of Fayetteville’s newer hotspots. The Vault is a swanky bar located in an old bank vault with a wide whiskey selection and creative cocktails.

Big Box Karaoke — Love karaoke but not the whole singing in front of complete strangers part? Big Box Karaoke offers private rooms for groups of 2-25 to sing your heart out. All rooms are equipped with TVs, microphones, karaoke books, speakers and lights to make all your karaoke dreams come true.

Maxine’s Tap RoomMaxine’s is a Fayetteville nightlife staple. This hip bar is a great place to start or end your evening.

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George’s Majestic Lounge — The music venue hosts all kinds of artists and makes for the perfect place to chill out and cut loose.

Dickson Street — No Fayetteville nightlife roundup is complete without mentioning Dickson Street. Dickson is the city’s main drag of bars and late-night food. Start at Cannibal and Craft and work your way down the street, stopping at Willy D's for dueling pianos and Shotz for one of their signature ice shots.

For more ideas on what to do, see and eat while in Fayetteville, click here.

Jan
17

Arkansas Wedding Trends: Glamour Sesh

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Tastemaker Jeanne Johansson, owner of Scarlet Clothing and Salon Scarlet in Little Rock, gathered these glamorous goodies for the ultimate getting ready moment. Items were inspired by modern brides and the stylish Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Jacob Slaton

THE DETAILS
Custom fur slides, custom Mia Bag and jewelry Scarlet Clothing, Little Rock
Oribe hair products
Salon Scarlet, Little Rock
Skull votive holder and wooden serving bowl The Everyday Chef, Little Rock

Jeanne Johansson
Owner of Scarlet Clothing, Little Rock |

Jeanne Johansson is the fashion maven behind Little Rock’s Scarlet Clothing, a contemporary boutique with impressive online sales coast-to-coast.

When she’s not working, Jeanne can be found hanging out with her daughter Jett (pictured) and son Axel.

Nov
14

A Guide to the Perfect Bachelorette Weekend in Hot Springs

Kati Mallory Photo + Design

We showed you the perfect bachelorette weekend in Little Rock, but the state capital isn't the only city to take your besties for a party. Hot Springs is home to relaxing spas, decadent restaurants and incredible opportunities for fun, so even if you're not a native, this is the perfect destination for your weekend out of town.

First, book your stay. Hot Springs is home to hotels in the midst of the action and on the edge of nature, so whether you want fun or relaxation, we have a room for you.

Hotels

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Vibe: Royal, decadent and historic.

Why You Should Book Now: The Arlington opened in 1875 and is now the largest hotel in Arkansas. If the Crystal Ballroom doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps you’ll enjoy the Thermal Bathhouse.

Cost: A parlor suite with a king bed is $295/night.

The Waters Hotel

Vibe: Luxurious, elegant and newly renovated.

Why You Should Book Now: The Waters Hotel has prime access to Bathhouse Row, so the charms of Hot Springs are at your fingertips. You can also appreciate the local artists and beauties of the city’s nature.

Cost: The king room with a city view will cost you $245/night.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Vibe: Cozy, intimate and peaceful.

Why You Should Book Now: The B&B gives a gorgeous view of the Ouachita Mountains and Lake Hamilton, but you’re still only a short drive away from the features of Hot Springs.

Cost: A king suite runs about $359/night.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa

Vibe: Fun, casual and close to major attractions.

Why You Should Book Now: Right in the middle of Hot Springs National Park, Embassy Suites offers easy access to the airport for your out-of-state friends and also the bulk of Hot Springs’ fun restaurants and features.

Cost: A king bed, 2-room suite is $169/night.

The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa

Vibe: Sleek, modern and trendy.

Why You Should Book Now: The 14 stories give the top floors an amazing view of the city, and the hotel features and grill and a bar, and a spa is coming soon. You also have easy access to Bathhouse Row.

Cost: A king room will cost $149/night.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Now that you've booked where you and your girls are staying for the night, you need dinner plans for the special occasion. If you're feeling elegant or laid-back, Hot Springs has you covered.

Restaurants

The Vault

Vibe: Elegant, unique and chic.

Food: Steak, fish and fowl. Varied wine menu and appetizers.

Reservation & Cost: Reserve the Vault Room for private dining. Entrees range from $22 to $50.

501 Prime

Vibe: Cutting edge, hip and exciting.

Food: Buffets, custom menus, wine list and cigar lounge.

Reservation & Cost: The restaurant is coming soon, and you will be able to book private events for groups of eight to 150.

Via Roma Italian Restaurant

Vibe: Classy, fun and romantic.

Food: Italian and European food

Reservation & Cost: Entrees around $6-26.

Rolando's Restaurante

Vibe: Lively, fun and unique. 

Food: Latin American cuisine

Reservation & Cost: You're going to want to make a reservation in advance because Rolando's is so popular — especially if you want a spot on the gorgeous patio. (And you definitely want a spot on the patio!) 

Deluca’s Pizza

Vibe: Casual, fresh and chill.

Food: Oven-baked pizza with fresh ingredients.

Reservation & Cost: Call in your orders ahead. Pizza range $19-29.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Now, remember, this is a time for fun and celebration! You can relax all day with your friends and enjoy the royal treatment, or you can embrace the wild side with fun hikes and exploration, but either way, take lots of pics.

Activities

  1. Rent a Lake House on Lake Hamilton Spend a whole weekend relaxing on the lake or partying with your girls.

  2. Enjoy a Spa Day on Bathhouse Row Hot Springs is famous for the many spas to kick back and relax before your big day.

  3. Oaklawn Racing & Gaming  Try your luck at the casino or watch the horse races with your squad. (The horse races only run from January-April, but the casino is open year-round.) 

  4. Ohio Club Listen to live music and enjoy amazing food at Hot Springs’ nightclub and restaurant.

  5. Magic Springs — Who says water parks are for kids? You can float the lazy river or take on the craziest rides with your besties.

  6. Garvan Woodland Gardens — Explore this beautiful botanical garden for a bit of peace before the big day. Spring is an especially beautiful time at Garvan, and if you're in town during the Tulip Extravaganza, be sure to stop by to see the tens of thousands of brilliant Dutch tulips.

  7. Hike the Grand Promenade — Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful views of Hot Springs’ historic district with this fun hiking trail in Hot Springs National Park.

  8. Go Ziplining — Take a unique tour with a forest zip line course if you’re feeling adventurous!

  9. Hot Springs Mountain Tower — Get the best view of your hometown by going up this incredibly tall tower for a panoramic view.

  10. Superior Bathhouse Brewery — If you want a locale to gather all your girls for food and plenty of brews, you have to check out this place.

Courtesy of Garvan Woodland Gardens

For more Arkansas bachelorette party ideas, click here!

Nov
6

New Venue Alert: Coulter Farmstead

Photos courtesy of Brad Hauser

Have you ever dreamed of a wedding venue that's completely unique, rustic yet upscale and full of history? Coulter Farmstead in Washington is the perfect blend of rustic farm charm and upscale Southern elegance. 

Owner Brad Hauser has completely reimagined the 11-acre property into a wedding, event and lodging venue. The space features four log cabins that Hauser has expertly renovated and a Greek Revival-style main house built in the 1860s. Hauser even had the original general store from the 1880s moved to the property, keeping every board intact. 

We're just smitten with this new venue in Arkansas and we think you will be, too.

The History

Hauser comes from a business background having served as a controller for large companies for over 20 years. But his dream was always to own a bed and breakfast and wedding venue. 

"I am an insatious extrovert and love meeting new people," he says. "What better way than a bed and breakfast and wedding venue? This allows me to interact with people from all over the country in the bed and breakfast and most importantly, share in one of the most important days in a couple’s life."

Photos courtesy of Brad Hauser

Coulter Farmstead sits on the historical grounds with buildings that date back to the mid-1800s. The old general store served the Washington community as a store and doctor’s office during the 1800s and early 1900s. Hauser has converted it into a magnificent space with the feel of an old, Southern country church.

The Space Itself

History was Hauser's main inspiration for decorating and renovating his property. "The rustic, historical Southern charm in the cabins to the minimal open canvas of a rural church inside the general store," Hauser says. "The farm animals and the beautiful pool, as well as the grounds themselves, lend such a beautiful, serene setting for someone’s special day."

Photos courtesy of Brad Hauser

Hauser describes his venue as "elegant Southern simplicity with historical character woven with ultra luxurious modern design elements." We think so, too.

What Brides Can Expect

Coulter Farmstead's price points start at $1,500 and climb to $5,000 for an all-inclusive wedding and reception venue, with overnight stays in the cabins and a horse and carriage.

On the 11-acre property, there are a number of perfect places to tie the knot. Some of our top picks include the Coulter Plantation House, the historic Wolff General Store (that's been renovated to look like an open Southern chapel) and the Bozeman barn surrounded by the gorgeous Arkansas landscape. 

Photos courtesy of Brad Hauser

Photos courtesy of Brad Hauser

Hauser envisions the Coulter Plantation House as a bridal suite on the day-of and the Stills-Kirksey Cabin as a groom’s suite. He also offers horse and carriage as a unique bridal entrance to the ceremony. The cabins are available for overnight stays before and after the wedding and the pool is a wonderful backdrop for the rehearsal dinner. Hauser also has tables and chairs on-site available to brides, as well as linens, vases and a PA system.

"I am very excited to offer Coulter Farmstead to the brides of Arkansas and surrounding areas," Hauser says. "I truly believe it is a magical place unlike any other in the state."

To learn more about Coulter Farmstead, head to their website or call Hauser at (501) 650-2296.