I went to Fayetteville, AR for the first time in like 5 years last weekend. It was so amazing to back in the town. But it also gave me some mixed emotions, it was kind of weird. For anyone that is new to my blog, I went to the University of Arkansas and played softball there.
Once I got there there was this immediate sense of home. I spent three years there, and now it just seems like a very small blip of time. Do you you feel that way thinking about your college days?
I think for me the whole thing when so stinkin’ fast. Playing softball took up the majority of my time, and then there was class, study hall requirements and small amount of time for sorority things. There was barely enough time to enjoy it and have that truly cool, fun college experience.
But, I always say that if I had the chance to go back, I’d do the same thing over again. Anyway, that’s beside the point. We went last weekend because the girls gymnastic team had a home meet.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know my girls are obsessed with gymnastics. I remember going to almost every home meet while I was there and they were a blast. So I wanted to take my girls to see their first live meet.
Naturally they had a ball, LOVED IT. They had the best time. They we so excited and it just warmed my little mommy heart to see them so happy.
Even though things have changed quite a bit since I went to school there, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things. These are my must have stops every single time we go, plus my favorite place to stay.
Where To Stay
My favorite place to stay is The Inn at Carnall Hall. It’s just on the edge of campus and over looks the Old Main lawn. The walk to campus is about 5 minutes, and it’s across from Sorority Row. So if you’re a sorority mom definitely check this spot out, if your not and your kid is on campus you just can’t beat this hotel!
It is so charming and has so much history. Before it was a hotel it’s been a girls dorm, frat house and even classrooms. From the wrap around from porch to the cute sitting areas set throughout the hotel.
We loved our room. it was spacious and perfect for a family. In fact after the meet we stopped by Insomnia Cookie, my mother in law grabbed us some champs from the hotel bar and we had a cookie picnic. It was so much fun.
We had brunch the next day at Ella’s Table and it was so good. Aria actually said it was the best brunch she had. Ha But really the girls had the chocolate chip pancakes and at the whole thing. I had the beef tenderloin benedict, all I have to say is YUM!
We’re actually headed back this weekend and so bummed we can’t stay again. That darn sorority mom’s weekend, ha!
Places To Eat
Rick’s Bakery – it’s a classic. The cutest bakery, and has so many great things. They just don’t have places like this in Kansas City, so I have to go every time. I always take anyone there because the petit fors are darling, and of course delish! I actually looked into having them do my wedding cake and shipping it to KC…yep it’s that good!
Flying Burrito – I can’t even explain how good this place is. You may be thinking it’s just another burrito place, but it’s not. They have the best queso and it’s just so freaking good. I use to visit this place a couple times a week. I’d get the veggie nachos and would eat the entire thing. I just couldn’t ever stop!
Penguin Eds – If you like BBQ this is a great local spot. Love the casual vibes and you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
Grub’s – if you’re looking for a good spot off Dickson this is a great spot. It is a bar, so expect burgers and fries, but it’s really good and great for game day!
Wasabi – Such a great place for sushi and another spot right on Dickson Street.
Fayetteville is such a fun little get away from Kansas City. It’s a quick three hour drive. There’s a lot of fun things to do, if you’re sans kids then you have to hit up Dickson St, which runs up to campus. During the fall there’s nothing quite like a Razorback football game, and really a lot of the sports games are fun. We use to love going to basketball and baseball games as well.
Have you been to Northwest Arkansas? What are your favorite places to go, shop and/or eat there? Let me know in the comments below!
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