I will say fall is the best of the four seasons in Northwest Arkansas, but in truth every season has it’s many wonders here in our corner of “The Natural State.”
I love to walk or ride my bicycle on over 200 miles of paved or soft surface trails in a system that extends from Fayetteville to Rogers/Bentonville. (www.nwatrails.org) On my trek I see trees and foliage ablaze from deep reds and bright oranges to sharp yellows.
The crisp mornings and warm days are perfect for walking, riding, and exploring many of the fall events that make Northwest Arkansas’s outdoor activities so inviting. (see Events)
My favorite fall days always include venturing to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market. (www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org) The market greets locals and visitors alike with the rich colors of the sugar maples and tall oaks lining the city square. Beautiful deep hues of fall are in the locally grown fruits and vegetables; best and last of the season includes pumpkins, squashes, and gourds. I gather fresh ingredients for a warm vegetable soup with some naturals to decorate my front porch, door or mantle.
Sweet and savory treats, including vegan and gluten-free items, are available around many corners at a variety of quaint bakeries. It’s a treat to take a break from shopping to enjoy a treat or sip a caramel latte while listening to some sweet strumming of a local guitarist. Furry friends are always welcome and there is always adventurous fun for kids.
I hang out all morning for one of the best shopping experiences around and then walk down a side street for lunch at one of my favorite bistros or cafes. They serve excellent craft beers with all of their unique menu items. Produce from the market is a part of their regular fare.
Just a few blocks away from the market I walk across the University of Arkansas campus and listen to the crunch of leaves underfoot. I stop to take in the aroma of hickory smoke rising from a chimney and admire the vivid colors of the fall leaves.
These are the sweet tastes, sounds and smells of a beautiful fall-tastic day in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I am reminded that the best of fall is in every nook and cranny of Northwest Arkansas, so I keep my walking shoes by the door.
If you’re relocating to or visiting Northwest Arkansas I hope this post helps to familiarize you with our corner of The Natural State. It’s such a great place with so many exciting opportunities. Post your photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag me. I’d love to see you Around Town.