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.
Before you do anything else, book your stay at one of these incredibly unique hotels to start your bachelorette party off right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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 Class — PIGMINT offers fun floral classes if you and your girls are feeling creative.
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 Room — Maxine’s is a Fayetteville nightlife staple. This hip bar is a great place to start or end your evening.
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.
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