My first time away in a real long time! Like 10 years long.
As a mom who is admittedly super anxious it was a hard trip to say yes to, but one I am so thankful I did!
I couldn’t possibly pass it up, it’s on my Arkansas bucket list after all!
If it’s been a long time for you as well, and you’re a bit of a homebody like me, I share with you a couple of the things that made it easier here.
I credit this beautiful hotel with helping me have the best weekend ever! (Obviously after the best husband who took care of business while I was living it up!)
Scroll down for all the ways they exceeded my expectations!
I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels, some high end, some chains, but I have never experienced the quietness that I found during my weekend at 21C Bentonville.
There was no one running up and down the halls and the rooms were situated away from the elevators.
It was absolute bliss!
So comfortable in fact I’ve spent the last two weeks since coming home trying to replicate their pillow situation. I haven’t slept this well in literal years.
It’s not just a hotel. It’s a museum too! Anyone can come visit the art, not just guests of the hotel, and it’s completely free!
The art is everywhere throughout and there is always something new to see. Every time I went downstairs I found a new piece I had somehow missed. Not only do they have permanent installations but their featured exhibit is changed out once a year, so there will be something new to see with each visit!
Their current exhibit is “The Future is Female” and I am obsessed with all of the different mediums used. Peep some of my favorites above.
Whether it’s the rubber duck in the shower, a weird dog pillow you’d find at your grandma’s house, or the purple neon around the bathroom mirror, you’ll find whimsical touches everywhere you turn.
And I can’t forget to mention the green penguins that pop up randomly!
With delicious food and wonderful energy, the Hive is a must try restaurant.
Best part? It’s in house AND they provide room service.
When I ordered the Bloody Mary that tried to kill me (see below) I couldn’t finish it. Because we were still inside the hotel I was able to take it up to my room to finish! Laying in a comfy bed drinking a Bloody Mary? Sign me up!
Our first night in town The Hive hosted us and I had the most amazing meal of my life! Check out every delicious bite here!
When we first arrived we were treated to a personal tour of the hotel’s art installations, led by their curator Dayton. While talking about the art and the hotel and how they mixed he said something that stuck out to me “We are in the art of hospitality”.
The look in his eye said he knew he was on to something there, I didn’t know it at the time but he really was.
From check in to check out they show you how serious they are about taking care of their guests.
The only time we got in our car was to go to Crystal Bridges Museum, and even that was a super short drive!
21C Museum Hotel Bentonville is right off the Square and a very quick walk to all of the food and shopping you could stand!
As a person who avoids driving at all costs I was in heaven.
The only way to describe Bentonville is “picturesque”.
Every time we stepped out of the hotel something was happening in the square.
It was like arriving in Stars Hollow every day.
The first night after dinner at The Hive we decided to hunt down a drink, we walked right into a big group, people of all ages, singing and playing instruments. It was 10:30 at night. This place, y’all it is precious.
And don’t even get me started on their Saturday Farmers Market.
We’ve all seen the Hallmark Movies. The ones in the cute little towns where everyone is nice and everything is adorable. Then you can picture this town and their farmer’s market.
The fruits and veggies were so pretty they looked fake.
This town is an eclectic mix of hip and cool but with an abundance of small town charm. I very quickly learned what all the fuss was about.
I’ve already got another trip planned for the end of summer to take the kids and I will make sure we stay here again!