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The Best of Fayetteville


Fayetteville, Arkansas is known for many things – home to the state’s flagship university, a Civil War Headquarters, world championship cyclists, a music festival and keeping all things funky. While the unique style and business environment are conducive to startups, innovation and entrepreneurialism, the foundational environment built upon intellect and education provides stability and duration.

History of Fayetteville

The history of Fayetteville tells a story that makes the names of many of its hot spots and organizations make sense.

  • The area was originally hunting grounds of the Osage Indians.
  • The county seat was formed on October 17, 1828.
  • An early nickname was “Athens of the Ozarks.”
  • It is a hilly area geographically marked by seven hills around and within the city.
  • Union and Confederate troops occupied buildings in today’s financial and commercial districts.
  • Sections of the Trail of Tears and Butterfield Coach line meandered through today’s downtown city streets.
  • The city was named for the hometown of its two original county commissioners – James Buchanan and John Woody.
  • Leaders like Senator J. William Fulbright, President Bill Clinton, Edward Durell Stone, and Fay Jones have called Fayetteville home.

Today, many come to Fayetteville to settle their young family, begin a college career, or chase dreams in a town known for accepting change and becoming a world-class premier vacation destination. Cyclists, boutique shoppers, college parents, and tech gurus call this unique place home.

Best Places to PLAY in Fayetteville

Best Places to SHOP

  • Riff Raff – a downtown square hot spot that focuses on women’s clothing, home decor and gifts
  • Freckled Hen Home + Gifts – everything home gifts and garden
  • E. Leigh’s – contemporary women’s clothing and accessories serving the fashion-forward woman
  • French Metro Antiques – direct importer of fine French antiques
  • Co-op – Ozark Natural Foods Co-op supports local farmers and responsibly sourced food and products through building a community of like-minded people.
  • Pearl’s Books – an independent bookstore that is perfect for quiet, cozy reading
  • Pack Rat Outdoor Center – outdoor clothing and equipment for the whole family
  • Stache – unique gift items, clothing, and Arkansas items that teeter between perfect and irreverent

Best Places to EAT

Best places to EXPLORE

It’s tough to visit Fayetteville and not think regional, so if you are visiting the area for flea markets or bike trails, a long weekend, spring break, summer vacation or checking out the Ozarks, make sure to see other spots in Northwest Arkansas.

Other Arkansas destination cities can be found here.

Photos courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.

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