THE BEST WAY TO BENTONVILLE, ARK.
WHERE TO STAY
Laughlin House Bed & Breakfast, 102 NW 3rd St., Bentonville; (479) 268-6805, http://www.laughlinhousebb.com. Three rooms with private baths, $112-$199 a night. A fourth, the Ebe Room (bathroom across the hall) is $79-$89.
Inn at Carnall Hall, 465 N. Arkansas Ave., Fayetteville; (479) 582-0400, http://www.innatcarnallhall.com. 49 rooms. Good for stately calm. Most rooms for two $159-$199, with a $100 increase on football weekends. Two very small rooms rent for $125, and two larger state rooms usually fetch $250-$360.
Dickson Street Inn, 301 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville; (479) 695-2100, dicksonstreetinn.com. In the middle of the city's night-life district. Ten rooms in a converted and expanded home. Rooms for two usually $135-$195, often less on Sunday nights. More for the Carriage House suite.
WHERE TO EAT
Eleven, Crystal Bridges Museum, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville; (479) 418-5700, crystalbridges.org/Eleven. Lunches up to $12. Dinner served Wednesdays and Fridays. Main dishes usually $11-$24.
Tavola Trattoria, 108 SE A St., Bentonville; (479) 715-4738, http://www.tavolatrattoria.com. Dinner main dishes generally $12-$24.
Table Mesa Bistro, 108 E. Central Ave., Bentonville; (479) 715-6706, http://www.tablemesabistro.com. Dinner main dishes generally $8.75-$19.50.
Tusk & Trotter, 110 SE A St., Bentonville; (479) 268-4494, http://www.tuskandtrotter.com. Dinner main dishes generally $9-$29.
Pressroom, 121 W. Central Ave., Bentonville; (479) 657-2905; pressroomcoffee.com. Sandwiches, small plates and salads generally up to $9, cheese/charcuterie combination $14.
Bordinos, 310 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville; (479) 527-6795, bordinos.com. Dinner main dishes generally $16-$32.
TO LEARN MORE
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville; (479) 418-5700, crystalbridges.org. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Free.
Northwest Arkansas Tourism Assn., http://www.explorenwar.com