Summer is a time to get some exercise, but if you can’t make it to the pool or the lake, perhaps you could try outdoor yoga! Fayetteville is a yoga lovers dream with many studios and programs to serve Northwest Arkansas and many places offer such programs.
Summer’s here again and there’s no better way to beat the heat than to take a swim! Luckily, Northwest Arkansas has a lot of great pools and parks to keep you cool. First, let’s start right here in Fayetteville: Click Read More below for the full list!
Samantha Hussey likes making things. It’s a trait that she’s carried her entire life. Anything that can be changed, improved, transformed. Her curiosity propelled her down the path to becoming the artist she is today.“I’ve really been interested in making things as long as I can remember,” Samantha says. “When I was younger I was very much an explorer. I’d leave my house and be gone all day long, building makeshift forts and stuff in the woods. I was by myself a lot. I started being really curious about how to put things together and make stuff. As I got older I was never really an A student and never cared about any subjects other than art. Anytime someone put something in front of me, I’d just fiddle with it. I always had my hands busy.”
Nick Shoulders has a thing for junk - be it wood scraps, rusted metal, aluminum cans, discarded plastic. For Shoulders, it’s not just trash; it’s a story, an archeological find that wants to live again. So what’s he doing with it all? He’s creating something...big.“I’m building these trash altars out of found objects and weird, old hobo stuff I’ve found out in the woods,” he said while piecing together tall logs outside of his girlfriend’s house. “I’ve been collecting bottles and old scraps. You know just junk. Now I’m building installation sculptures with it.”
Even the most critical art aficionado will find something to admire in Fayetteville’s visual arts scene. From murals to utility boxes, you’ll find unique works of art all over the city!And if you look down at an otherwise plain storm drain, you might be surprised to find something beautiful staring back up at you. Upstream Art is a project by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the City of Fayetteville and local artists. The program is designed to draw attention to storm drains and the effects of water run-off.“I think just hosting the program brings a lot of attention to their educational message. The physical, visual reminders help people be more aware of their environment,” said artist Elizabeth Sharp who painted a drain in 2014. “As an artistic outlet, public art is unlike any other practice. Being outdoors, down town, meeting people and creating your work is all part of what makes it satisfying. I felt like I had been given a small piece of the world that I could put my imagination into and share with everyone.”
May is National Bike Month and with the recent opening of the Razorback Greenway, a 36-mile paved trail that connects Fayetteville north to Bella Vista, there's no excuse to stay indoors! Fayetteville alone boasts over 60 miles of trails with easy access to lots of restaurants and shopping. Bicycling is a major part of the outdoor culture in Fayetteville, but according to Dane Eifling, Bike Trails Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, it’s not just for hardcore athletes.“We don’t want to just have rides for avid cyclists but also beginners who may not even own a bike,” said Eifling. “People shouldn’t be intimidated by biking. You don’t have to be an athlete to ride a bike; anybody can do it on our trails or our streets. No need to get special clothes or shoes to get started.”
Fayetteville's newest hotel is now open for business! The HIlton Garden Inn, located just off I-49 on Wedington Road opened in October, and it's a great place to book your next Northwest Arkansas stay. Find everything you need for a comfortable stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville hotel. The property is located only one mile from the University of Arkansas and within short driving distance of Devils Den State Park and Dickson Street. Each guest room comes complete with amenities for work and relaxation, including workspace, a refrigerator, and a plush Serta Perfect Sleeper bed. Start your day off right with a delicious cooked-to-order breakfast in our onsite restaurant. In the evenings, dine in, order room service or explore the numerous restaurants nearby. Stock up on snacks and drinks at the Pavilion Pantry convenience store. With 9,000 sq.ft. of versatile event space, this Fayetteville, Arkansas, hotel is the ideal choice for meetings, events, weddings, and celebrations. The hotel can accommodate up to 900 guests theatre-style and offers onsite catering and the latest A/V equipment, to ensure your event is a true success.
It's almost that time of year again - before we know it the Downtown Fayetteville Square will be tranformed into a winter wonderland of dazzling lights! This year the annual Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night parade will be held at 6 p.m. on FRIDAY, November 21, 2014. Traditionally, the lighting night parade is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but because of the University of Arkansas Razorback Football game against Ole Miss on Saturday, November 22, the lighting night and parade have been moved to Friday, the night before. Come early for the lights and stay late for the game! Celebrating its 21st year, the Lights of the Ozarks festival is the highlight of the holiday season in Fayetteville and is a featured stop on the state’s Arkansas Holiday Trail of Lights. The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department installs the lights over 6 weeks, a process that begins in October each year and takes over 3,000 man hours. Approximately 400,000 bulbs are hung and the lights are 100% LED. The lighting night parade will begin at the Fayetteville Public Library and will head east on Mountain, north on East Avenue, west on Center Street, north on Block,…