Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Part of Discovering Arkansas means discovering things to do in my own backyard, so Saturday morning seemed like the perfect time and day to head over to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, AR.

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For residents, admission into the Botanical garden is FREE Saturday mornings from 9am-noon.  What a perfect way to start the day!

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We saw beautiful flowers, lush gardens, fountains, goldfish, butterflies, bumble bees, dragonflies, sculptures, statues, lily pads, caterpillars and so much more! Botanical-Garden-Fayetteville

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chicken-botanical-gardens For more information on hours, directions and admission fees check out the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks website (here).

Check out other staycation ideas in North West Arkansas (here).

Earth Week

Last week was Earth Week 2013 and over at the Collective Bias offices, we celebrated with several different activities.  The interns put together fun challenges for us to earn points for prizes, scheduled a park clean-up and planned a tree planting ceremony celebrating Earth Day and the growth of Collective Bias.

One of the activities we did as a team was to go over to the local park and pick up trash.  We headed over to Phillips Park in Bentonville.  Unfortunately for us the park was almost spotless.  It was like pulling teeth to find garbage to pick up, but we did manage to find a few scraps and a few plastic drink tops.  Other than that…nothing.

It was such a gorgeous sunshine filled day!  My inner child was calling out, “Go, play, enjoy!”  A few of us jumped on the swings and enjoyed the warm sun and the refreshing breeze on our faces!

Monica enjoying a swing!

 

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Then we got the whole team to reach into the child inside and take a quick moment to play on the children’s play structure.  And they posed quite well for a group photo!

Happy Earth Week!

Discovering Fayetteville – Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail

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I’ve lived in Fayetteville and explored the Northwest Arkansas region for over 20 years. Amazingly, I can still discover hidden gems in my hometown that surprise and delight. Last weekend, I discovered for the very first time the Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail.

What started as a simple stroll around the streets and sidewalks of the Cliffs Apartments turned into so much more when we happened upon the trailhead off Happy Hollow Road. Not quite prepared for a full-on nature hike, we found the unexpected availability of a trail winding before us irresistible.

The well-groomed trail led to a small picnic pavilion perfect for spending a quiet afternoon with a small group of friends. We ventured further into the woods and as the trail closed in around us with tall grasses and low-hanging limbs we quickly wished we had planned better for the hike. A quick spray of Deep Woods Off is a minimum requirement for this trail as the many small bugs climbing through our shoes proved.

Despite that minor challenge, we enjoyed every minute of our quick trip into nature. We discovered rockfalls, a number of turtles and even a small family of deer.

 

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We walked only a small part of the trail and still spent a solid hour out in the woods. We returned home dirty and sweaty but already planning our next venture out the back door and into the wild woods of Fayetteville.

Summer View at the Top of Mt Sequoyah


I went to the top of Mt Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR for the first time and it was the perfect day to go!  The weather was in the low 80′s and the skies were as clear as they could be and oh so blue.  The view took my breath away!

For more info on Mt. Sequoyah check out mtsequoyah.com

Lunch Stop at Stoby’s

Long story short…my flight was cancelled on my way back from Florida because of storms in Charlotte.  Flights into Bentonville booked up in seconds and the only flight to Bentonville was not until Sunday.  There was no way I was going to stay in Charlotte all weekend.

I ended up flying into Little Rock and stayed the night there.  I figured it would be an adventure since I had never stayed in Little Rock before.

After a long lazy morning I went searching for somewhere to eat.  My favorite way to find new restaurants is by searching using my Yelp iPhone app.  It has never let me down, ever.  It’s my favorite way to find non-chain restaurants and know what to order when I get there.

Stoby’s sounded good.  Reviewers raved about their cheese dip and the prices were very reasonable!  I ended up ordering the cheese dip of course and then a chicken salad.  I was satisfied when I left and would go back for sure!

The unique thing about Stoby’s is that it is part of it is made from an old train dining car and if you got with kids you have to let them pull the train whistle!  It is a real train whistle and is loud!

For more info and directions, check out their website:  Stobys.com

Colbie Caillat Visits The Arkansas Music Pavillion

Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw will be at the Arkansas Music Pavillion on June 17, 2012 and I’m going!

I’m so excited to be attending the concert beacuse I’m a HUGE fan of Colbie’s!

I love Brighter Than the Sun, I Do, I Never Told You, Fallin’ For You, Fearless, You Got Me, I Won’t  and of course Bubbly which is my favorite thing to sing on the Wii Karaoke game!

Need tickets?  Go here: Colbie and Gavin

Check out all her Tour Dates and listen to her music here:  http://www.myspace.com/colbiecaillat

Tavola Trattoria


Down off the Bentonville Square, on S.E. A Street is Tavola Trattoria.  On my very first visit I got the sandwich and soup you see below.

I’ve been about 3 times since and always get the same meal because it is so good!

Not one bite left!