Fort Smith – Patrolling The Wild West

The Louisiana Purchase signaled many changes in the United States. The addition of 828,000 square miles of new territory nearly doubled the size of the young nation. Early explorers viewed the new lands as stark in comparison to the settled land to the east. It would be branded with the nickname "Great American Dessert" and considered uninhabitable. With a steady flow of Native Indian tribes moving westward, the government saw a need for military presence. On Christmas Day of 1817, a group of soldiers arrived on the western edge of the Arkansas River in a location that would become Fort Smith. We want [...]

By |2022-08-16T06:14:53-06:00August 16th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|2 Comments

Connecting Through Art – The Unexpected Project

Art has been an expression of emotions for as long as humans have existed. While the basic design can be simple or complex, it is what we see beyond the obvious that touches our souls. More and more cities are seeing how urban art projects can help residents and visitors connect with the essence of a destination. Fort Smith, Arkansas is in the midst of a downtown revitalization plan that includes adding plenty of urban art. As we explored their historic downtown, we kept our eyes peeled for some of these images. With over 30 murals, by various artists, we see how this [...]

By |2022-07-29T06:08:05-06:00July 29th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|2 Comments

Dining Ecuadorian Style – Rolando’s Restaurante

We feel that being a foodie moves you beyond the standard pleasure found in dining. For us, there is anticipation for the upcoming meals. There is an air of mystery that surrounds each new visit and the prospect of new flavor discovery. When we landed in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, we were already aware of its vibrant food scene. One of the preselected destinations had us jumping south of the border. Dinner at Rolando's Restaurante would give us a chance to experience dining Ecuadorian style. We want to thank Experience Fort Smith and Rolando's Restaurante for hosting our visit. rest assured all opinions [...]

By |2022-07-15T06:06:31-06:00July 15th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|0 Comments

Judge Parker’s Court – Facing The Hanging Judge

Real life is often more sensational than make believe. Being a fan of westerns, I was excited to finally visit Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was in this city that a real life legend held court during the Wild West days. While many are unaware of Judge Parker's court, it left an indelible mark on the history of the American West. Our visit to Fort Smith included a wide range of experiences, but learning more about facing "the Hanging Judge" was high on our list of must-dos. We want to thank Experience Fort Smith and the Fort Smith National Historic Site for hosting our visit. Rest [...]

By |2022-07-01T06:52:56-06:00July 1st, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|2 Comments

Bricktown Brewery – Fort Smith First Tastes

It seems to me that I'm always hungry when we arrive at a new destination. While this could be tied to the length of time spent in the car, often it is more about getting to know the culinary vibe of the city. We always hear about the importance of first impressions, but what about first tastes? Our visit to Fort Smith was focused on the downtown region, which is filled with enticing eateries. The compact nature of the area makes it easy to navigate by foot, so we ditched the car and headed off toward Bricktown Brewery for our first meal. We [...]

By |2022-05-21T05:59:51-06:00June 10th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|2 Comments

3 History Lessons From Fort Smith Museum Of History

The story of Fort Smith begins with the Louisiana Purchase. Before this, the lands along the Arkansas River were used by nomadic Native Indians. A military post, erected in 1817, signaled the beginning of the town, which sprung up along the eastern shores of the river. The fort, and subsequent city, were named after Thomas Adams Smith, a brigadier general in the War of 1812. Since we were about to embark on the exploration of the city, we felt it was wise to get some historical context. A stop at the Fort Smith Museum of History would help. While the city is filled [...]

By |2022-05-21T05:59:15-06:00May 24th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|0 Comments

Preserving The Past – Experience Fort Smith

Like many frequent travelers, we have a list of destinations that we hope to visit in our lifetimes. Every once in a while, we will discover one that has flown below our radar. This was the case for Fort Smith, Arkansas. The city's slogan is "Where the New South meets the Old West". It is one of the largest cities in Arkansas, with around 90,000 residents. Its position along the Oklahoma border meant that it was on the edge of the Western Frontier. While the days of the wild west are long gone, the city has worked hard at preserving the past. We [...]

By |2022-05-10T06:20:01-06:00May 10th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|0 Comments

Interactive Opportunities Abound In Bentonville, Arkansas

During our travels, we like to figure out what each city has for an overarching theme. Bentonville, Arkansas has focused on creating an urban area filled with interactive opportunities. No matter your activity level, there is plenty to occupy your time during a visit. We were pleased to discover food and fun designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of tourists, as well as the locals. In this article, we will highlight some of the experiences we encountered during our visit. You can find more details in the individual articles we have already posted in our Bentonville category. We want to thank Visit [...]

By |2022-03-04T06:55:31-06:00March 4th, 2022|Arkansas, Bentonville, Guides, Southeast|0 Comments

4 Reasons to Visit The Buttered Biscuit

Southern cooking is all about comfort, so you know we love it. While some would consider Bentonville, Arkansas to be the northern edge of the south, we found it gives them a unique position in the culinary world. This vibrant city has a ton of interesting dining options that capture the flavors of the region. We were enjoying sampling all of the flavors that flow around the city. It seemed like each meal brought a new twist on southern cuisine. For our final meal, we made a stop at The Buttered Biscuit. Let's check out the 4 reasons to visit this homestyle eatery. [...]

By |2022-03-01T06:54:17-06:00January 14th, 2022|Arkansas, Bentonville, Southeast|0 Comments

Embracing Nature – Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art

When you travel to the home base of Walmart, you can expect big things. The Walton family has been diligent in giving back to the community and Bentonville has certainly prospered from this relationship. A prime example of this is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Creating a world-class art museum is an expensive endeavor. Making it free to the public moves it to an epic level. Looking out at the campus, it's obvious the architect was embracing nature with their design. We placed a visit high on our priority list during our planning stage. We want to thank Visit Bentonville and [...]

By |2021-12-17T04:30:02-06:00December 21st, 2021|Arkansas, Bentonville, Southeast|2 Comments
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