People love lists, and we love to see our hometowns on lists. So when Travel + Leisure named my hometown, Fayetteville, Arkansas, number 7 on its list of America’s Quirkiest Towns, I saw it shared around a lot.
For instance, the main thing the piece — which is all of 122 words — talks about is the Hog Drop at New Year’s Eve. Funny, yes, but it probably wouldn’t even make the list of a local. It also mentions the Clinton House Museum, the Inn at Carnal Hall and Rick’s Iron Skillet. All great places, no doubt, but the fact that we have a sense of history and love diner fare hardly makes us quirky.
As it happens, I have an alternative list, from someone in the know about places that are really unique to Fayetteville, the sort of places a native would take their visiting family and friends or would tell a new-to-the-area neighbor about.
I was asked to share some of my favorite places on the fun Only in Arkansas blog, and my list includes about 20 of my favorite places to eat, shop, take in some art and the beauty of nature that’s so prevalent here. And not a mention of a Razorback or a Clinton.
Last summer I also took part in the Creating Really Awesome Free Trips series, sharing fun, free and low cost things to do and see in Fayetteville and a little beyond. The lists overlap a little, but they cover a lot of ground that a slideshow roundup just couldn’t get to.
What are some of your favorite places in Fayetteville? I’d love to add to my lists!