Early in April, Heather and I ventured over to Bentonville, Arkansas for a little weekend getaway. Bentonville is of course the headquarters of Walmart. A gigantic company by anybody’s standard. It is also home to the amazing Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by a Walmart heir. Bentonville is also in an area of incredible natural beauty, woods, hills, lakes, ravines, streams. It is gorgeous.
You couple that with Walmart’s reported insistence that companies that do business with them have a local presence.
So out of this mish mash stew, an amazing city has sprouted up. Great restaurants, coffee bars, brew pubs. As people all over the country have converged on the city and transformed it.
The art museum has ballooned all over town and is building an addition that will add 60% more space to the main museum.
Talk about a fun place to visit. Just a couple hours from Tulsa.
And the main part is all walkable. We rented a condo just a couple blocks off downtown. We were able to walk to the museum over some beautiful trails. We walked to restaurants, coffee places, and bars and went for long walks in the woods.
We saw some incredible edgy art that I don’t quite understand. I think art should take you to your limits. That is where growth happens.
The dividing line between art, museums, town, and nature are very blurred in Bentonville.
We had a great time. We celebrated my birthday. Another trip around the sun.
It is a rejuvenating place. It almost has a Santa Fe vibe about it.
We’ll be back.
I’m linking up with My Corner of the World.