Our tour will start on the historic Bentonville square, home to the first Walton 5 and Dime. We will meet at a local favorite coffee shop called Onyx where guests can get coffee if they want (price included). On Saturdays we will stop at a local gluten-free bakery for breakfast before the walk. If the farmer's market is open (May to October), it makes a nice spot to stop and shop. Then we will walk through Compton Gardens to the Crystal Bridges Art trail. There are multiple pieces of outdoor art to see here, including the famous Fly's Eye and BuckyBall, each inspired by a renown American artist. I will give history of the art and a quick stop for photos at each. We will see between 10-15 pieces of outdoor art--some are interactive, some are historical, some are just plain cool! On warm days, I will carry water for the guests on the 2-4 mile hike. There are no formal tours of the outdoor art from Crystal Bridges, so going with me is the only way to get a guided experience. All costs for food/drink will be included in the price. If you choose the evening option, we will finish with a sunset visual experience inside the Skyspace art installation.
I am a trained guide at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and frequent volunteer for outdoor activities there. I am a local resident and Yelp Elite blogger, tracking the coffee shop and gluten free food scene in Northwest Arkansas. I am an active trail user, plugged into several trail running and mountain biking groups.
Coffee shop stop and bakery snacks
Coffee available at all food stops, I will carry water for the walking tour
Onyx Coffee--local roastery and coffee shop, Bentonville Square Farmers Market, Compton Gardens--local plant sanctuary and walking trails, All-American mountain biking trail (optional for a run), Crystal Bridges outdoor exhibits, Olly Makes Bakery
We will be walking 1-2 miles and there are unavoidable stairs, so all guests must be in sufficient fitness to walk. Tour start early to avoid mid-day heat. Bring a hat and sunglasses if needed!
Outdoor American art walk and history