For William Faulkner, it was the centerpiece of his “own little postage stamp of native soil,” part of the rich vein he famously mined for storytelling treasure. For weekend fun-seekers out for a Mississippi small-town take on New Orleans, it’s the “Little Easy,” for Ole Miss football fans, the site of over-the-top tailgating. For foodies in search of a no-nonsense Southern culinary scene, it’s the place to pull up to several celebrated tables. And for bookworms of all persuasions, it’s paradise found.
You might picture Bentonville, set in northwest Arkansas at the foot of the Ozarks, as a Mayberry-like place wrapped in a grand expanse of outdoor pleasures from fly fishing to mountain biking. Or you might think of Bentonville as Walmart Country; this, after all, is where the retail behemoth was born. What you might not imagine is that Bentonville is a major art mecca. Yet all of the above images are right on target – the newsiest being the art part.
News flash from travel industry trend-trackers: families currently make up one of the fastest growing segments of cruising. And considering what’s afloat in the way of coming attractions – from a new Disney Star Wars adventure to Norwegian’s first nursery for tiny tots, from Carnival’s new Family Harbor Cabins to Holland America’s first purpose-built staterooms for family groups – it’s scarcely a stretch to say that cruise-shopping parents never had it so good.