Story: Diane Carroll |
The spectacular seasonal foliage of the Ozark Mountains combined with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks games makes Fayetteville a popular autumn destination. This year, new options in lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment are available. Clustered around campus and downtown, the recent additions blend with perennial favorites to make this area an enticingly urban getaway.
Where to Shop:
Starting from campus, traverse down Dickson Street and around the downtown square for the city’s best boutique shopping. Destinations are listed by location for a walking-friendly visit.
623 W. Dickson St.
Accessories galore, including handbags, shoes and jewelry.
608 W. Dickson St.
Beauty treatments and products in a sleek setting.
V.S. Mobley’s General Store
339 N. West Ave., Ste. 101
Home accessories, gifts and more (see page 14).
339 N. West Ave., Ste. 103
Designer apparel in an urban setting.
352 N. West Ave.
A gem of a store, with vintage and antique jewelry. Open Wednesday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment.
Dickson Street Bookshop
325 W. Dickson St.
A Fayetteville icon boasting thousands of used and out-of-print books.
Romance Diamond Co.
248 W. Dickson St.
The name says it all—if a trip down Dickson Street puts you in the mood, check out their fine jewelry and watches.
205 W. Dickson St.
Recently relocated to Dickson Street, this bookstore invites browsing, relaxing and listening to their namesake birds.
French Metro Antiques
200 W. Dickson St.
Direct importers of fine French furnishings and accessories.
25 N. Block Ave.
Relax with a facial, massage or a cup of tea while you shop.
11 N. Block Ave.
A one-stop shop for all things French, from furnishings to home accessories and gifts.
15 S. Block Ave., Ste. 105
Unique and handcrafted home furnishings, including colorful glassware and one-of-a-kind metalwork.
Where to Eat:
300 W. Dickson St.
Open for lunch or dinner, locals frequent ‘36 Club often for the seasonal fare.
310 W. Dickson St.
Fresh ingredients from regional farms inspire the lunch and dinner menus, all enjoyed in an artistic setting.
The Common Grounds
412 W. Dickson St.
A breakfast and late-night dessert favorite.
309 W. Dickson St., Ste. 2
Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of town, plus a popular Sunday brunch.
205 W. Dickson St.
Recently opened and adjacent to Nightbird Books, this lunch spot has built its menu around a dozen diverse variations of grilled cheese sandwiches.
Smiling Jack’s Fresh Foods
262 N. School Ave.
A recent addition just off Dickson Street, Smiling Jack’s is an all-natural option for lunch or weekend dinners.
318 N. Campbell Ave.
A chic nightspot for drinks and dinner, plus outdoor patio seating.
Trail Side Café and Tea Room
546 W. Center St.
On the newly opened Fayetteville bike trail, the café offers soups, salads, and classic lunch options in a unique setting near downtown.
What To Do:
Clinton House Museum
930 S. California Blvd.
Close to campus, take a walk down Arkansas’ memory lane.
612 W. Dickson St.
This newly opened, environmentally friendly health club is just steps away from campus and offers day passes as well as hourly bike rentals for enjoying the city trail system.
7 E. Mountain St.
Just off the downtown square, the gallery spotlights contemporary art and participates in First Thursday Gallery Walks around the area.
Fayetteville Farmers Market
A long-standing Fayetteville tradition held on the downtown square, the farmers market runs Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 21. On Sundays, it moves to the grounds of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, another destination well worth a visit (479-750-2620 or www.bgozarks.org).
1 E. Center St.
A new addition to the local art scene, this group of four urban galleries is located in the former bank vault areas of the Bank of America building on the square.
Where to Stay:
Southern hospitality abounds at a trio of historic hotels, all near the center of town.
Dickson Street Inn
301 W. Dickson St.
The newest option in downtown lodging, the inn offers 10 guest rooms in a recently renovated 1890s-era home. It includes the Veranda Wine Bar, overlooking the Dickson Street scene.
The Inn at Carnall Hall
465 N. Arkansas Ave.
Located on the University of Arkansas campus, this 1905 Colonial Revival building, formerly a dormitory, underwent extensive renovations and reopened a few years ago as a 50-room hotel with modern amenities. The inn’s restaurant, Ella’s, is a local favorite for Sunday brunch.
Pratt Place Inn
2231 W. Markham Rd.
Just west of campus in a 140-acre park-like setting is the newly opened Pratt Place Inn, offering luxuriously appointed lodgings in a fully restored 1895 home.