The storied Bachelor/ette trip is complete! We spent the weekend in Bentonville, Arkansas, which was very cool. One of the groomsmen and I had to discuss it, because we couldn’t put into words what is so cool about Bentonville. There’s a lot to do there, including a lot of cultural and active pastimes. There’s a lot of good food and drinks. There’s a lot of beautiful outdoor spaces. Which, that’s easy to say, but there’s just a welcoming ambiance to the town that really made it a wonderful trip.
Of course, I had to sneak away for a bit to check out the local yarn shop scene. I first went to a store in Bentonville proper: Hillfolk. It was clear they weren’t a yarn shop in the traditional sense. I was told they consider themselves more a fiber studio, but I didn’t end up buying anything there. As far as the supplies they offered, it was essentially an upscale big-box store.
I went to the neighboring town of Rogers, AR to check out my next closest option: Mockingbird Moon. I got super excited driving though town and seeing a big “YARN” sign. However, Mockingbird Moon is closing! It’s always so sad, even though I had never been to this shop before.
The staff was super friendly and helpful, especially given the circumstances. Everything in the shop was on sale, so I was able to snag some local yarn at a very reasonable price.
We spent quite a bit of time at a variety of art museums, (including Crystal Bridges, which had the amazing Constitution yarn installment) and one gift shop had this neat book about weaving, which is a bit lacking in my fiber arts library. Multiple people pointed it out to me after I had purchased it, which made me smile.
It was such a great weekend, and I’m already dreaming about going back!