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Check out some of the recent ways Northwest Arkansas has been garnering national attention!

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Maxine's Named One of the Best Cocktail Bars

Maxine’s Tap Room in Fayetteville has been recognized by Kate Gerwin, a widely celebrated restaurateur and mixologist, as one of the best 10 cocktail bars in the U.S. Offering a wide variety of cocktails, according to Gerwin, Maxine’s is exactly what bartenders search for in cocktail bars: a “fun and playful” menu with “crushable,” noteworthy cocktails like the gin-based Roo-Barbarella with a twist of passionfruit and rhubarb or the incredibly refreshing tequila classic, Paloma. Bartenders’ first pick, this location features “fermented beverages and straight spirits” in combination with an amazing atmosphere which makes Maxine’s a standout.

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Ozark Cream Stout Recognized as Best Craft Beer in Arkansas

Ozark Beer Company is a Rogers-based brewery created by hardworking people crafting their products in a culture of “resilience” and “humility” (Ozark Beer Company). Ozark believes in a no-nonsense method of brewing beer from the land, and offer a delicious set of beers for a variety of tastes. According to BestLife, this company produces one of the best craft beers in Arkansas—which is saying a lot considering this state’s growing reputation in the world of craft beer: “A true gem of the Ozark Mountains, this funky brewery boasts honest people and honest beer” (BestLife).

If you get a chance to sample Ozark Beer Company’s brews, the Cream Stout is a must. The Cream Stout is known for its chocolate, coffee, caramel notes and roasty finish. Ozark Beer Company recommends pairing this dessert beer with chocolate cake in cooler weather or while having ribs, barbeque, or cured meats.

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Ozark Cream Stout Recognized as Best Craft Beer in Arkansas

Ozark Beer Company is a Rogers-based brewery created by hardworking people crafting their products in a culture of “resilience” and “humility” (Ozark Beer Company). Ozark believes in a no-nonsense method of brewing beer from the land, and offer a delicious set of beers for a variety of tastes. According to BestLife, this company produces one of the best craft beers in Arkansas—which is saying a lot considering this state’s growing reputation in the world of craft beer: “A true gem of the Ozark Mountains, this funky brewery boasts honest people and honest beer” (BestLife).

If you get a chance to sample Ozark Beer Company’s brews, the Cream Stout is a must. The Cream Stout is known for its chocolate, coffee, caramel notes and roasty finish. Ozark Beer Company recommends pairing this dessert beer with chocolate cake in cooler weather or while having ribs, barbeque, or cured meats.

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4 NW Arkansas-based Companies Make Inc. 5000 List

RevUnit—a digital strategy and product studio based in Bentonville—was named one of the most successful companies in America for the third consecutive year in a row! Making it to the 754th place on the 2019 Inc. List, RevUnit joins an exclusive list of three-time Inc. 5000 honorees as one of America’s fastest-growing companies, with a 579% three-year growth and making $15.2 M in revenue in 2018. This is a remarkable achievement since, according to Inc. Magazine, just a fraction of tens of thousands of companies that apply to the Inc. 5000 list make it more than once, while one in eight of these companies have made it to the list three times.

Other businesses in Northwest Arkansas have made it to this year’s Inc. 5000 list thanks to their rapid growth relative to the pace of the broader economy, including the Cabana Group (671th place) with 652% in growth and $2.6 M in revenue in 2018 and Overdrive Bands (1666th place) with 246% in growth and $27.9 M made last year. B-Unlimited (3243th place) also joins RevUnit on the exclusive list of three-time consecutive Inc. 5000 honorees with its growth of 112% and $9.4 M in 2018. With all these waves of economic growth, Northwest Arkansas is rapidly becoming a hub for businesses outpacing the general growth of the economy.

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NW Arkansas Cities

Regional Cities Named Best Places to Visit with Your Dog

Three cities in the region made it to the top 100 destinations to visit with your dog in 2019 by Reviews.com: Fayetteville (34th place), Bentonville (61st place), and Rogers (79th place). These small towns are among those ranked as the standout vacation spots to spend time with your canine friend.

To decide which destinations would make it to this list, Reviews.com used seven criteria that included factors such as number of dog parks, availability of dog trails, amount of dog-friendly restaurants, options for dog-friendly lodging, and nearby veterinarians or emergency clinics. These factors were then grouped under two criteria, which helped researchers decide which places made it higher in the list: amenities and outdoor activities. It is no surprise that towns in Northwest Arkansas won big since our outstanding nature trails, numerous parks, and dog-friendly businesses make it a destination where you can be sure that your four-legged friend will feel welcome.

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NW Arkansas Cities

Regional Cities Named Best Places to Visit with Your Dog

Three cities in the region made it to the top 100 destinations to visit with your dog in 2019 by Reviews.com: Fayetteville (34th place), Bentonville (61st place), and Rogers (79th place). These small towns are among those ranked as the standout vacation spots to spend time with your canine friend.

To decide which destinations would make it to this list, Reviews.com used seven criteria that included factors such as number of dog parks, availability of dog trails, amount of dog-friendly restaurants, options for dog-friendly lodging, and nearby veterinarians or emergency clinics. These factors were then grouped under two criteria, which helped researchers decide which places made it higher in the list: amenities and outdoor activities. It is no surprise that towns in Northwest Arkansas won big since our outstanding nature trails, numerous parks, and dog-friendly businesses make it a destination where you can be sure that your four-legged friend will feel welcome.

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Crescent Hotel In Running for Best Haunted Hotel

Crescent Hotel & Spa is competing for the title of best haunted hotel in the USA.

The Excerpt: “Ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, where certain guests have checked in but never checked out […] Guests who want an extra scare can take a nightly ghost tour of this historic Victorian-style hotel that claims to be ‘America’s most haunted hotel.’”—USA Today 10Best 

Are you into haunted houses? Well, the Crescent Hotel & Spa is the next level up if you are prepared for a serious scare. Besides ghostly encounters and chilling sensations, the hotel features a gorgeous Victorian-style interior and design that will transport you to another era. Some guests say they have heard footsteps or voices, others have felt the hairs stand up on the back of their neck… You’ll have to pay the hotel a visit to see whether a spirit wants to talk to you, too.

You can vote for this destination once per day until August 26th. The winning hotels will be announced a month after, on September 26th, so that you’ll know which places to visit for Halloween!

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Thorncrown Chapel Named Arkansas' Best-Kept Secret

Rare—a website covering the oddities piquing American curiosity—has named the Thorncrown Glass Chapel in Eureka Springs Arkansas’ best-kept secret. “Very few images are as satisfying as symmetrical architecture. It only gets better when it’s nestled into bright, natural settings. From the serenity to overwhelming beauty, visiting Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas will not be a visit soon forgotten […] Native flagstone was used for the flooring, tread pine is reinforced by steel, and the steeple is the sole diamond shape in the trusses. When the sun peeks through the skylight throughout the day it casts reflections, shadows, and light in beautiful patterns,” reads Rare’s homepage.

Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, E. Fay Jones, the well-known architect behind the building, drew inspiration from a gothic chapel in Paris and incorporated natural elements to offer visitors a unique experience that combines striking organic simplicity of the wooden elements with structural sophistication. A regional favorite for weddings, the Chapel is Eureka Springs’ crown jewel and a must-see destination for architecture connoisseurs. 

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Thorncrown Chapel Named Arkansas' Best-Kept Secret

Rare—a website covering the oddities piquing American curiosity—has named the Thorncrown Glass Chapel in Eureka Springs Arkansas’ best-kept secret. “Very few images are as satisfying as symmetrical architecture. It only gets better when it’s nestled into bright, natural settings. From the serenity to overwhelming beauty, visiting Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas will not be a visit soon forgotten […] Native flagstone was used for the flooring, tread pine is reinforced by steel, and the steeple is the sole diamond shape in the trusses. When the sun peeks through the skylight throughout the day it casts reflections, shadows, and light in beautiful patterns,” reads Rare’s homepage.

Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, E. Fay Jones, the well-known architect behind the building, drew inspiration from a gothic chapel in Paris and incorporated natural elements to offer visitors a unique experience that combines striking organic simplicity of the wooden elements with structural sophistication. A regional favorite for weddings, the Chapel is Eureka Springs’ crown jewel and a must-see destination for architecture connoisseurs. 

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The Hive Recognized as Smart Catch Leader

With more than 90 percent of the world’s fisheries either fully fished or overfished, preserving marine life to assure stable fishing stocks and promoting sustainably farmed options is more important than ever. The idea for Smart Catch is simple and powerful: the James Beard Foundation program provides training and support to chefs so they can serve seafood fished or farmed in environmentally-responsible ways. By becoming a Smart Catch Leader and earning the Smart Catch seal, the Hive has given its patrons a simple, straightforward way to order sustainably-sourced food.

“When you eat at the Hive, the experience is not only delicious food, great service and incredible cocktails. You are supporting people that believe in feeding hungry children, supporting local farms and serving sustainability caught fish. Our values and morals guide our menu and experience. We are honored to have earned the ‘Smart Catch Leader’ status, the only restaurant in Arkansas to do so. Thank you to the James Beard Foundation for your commitment to good food for all.” – Chef Matthew McClure

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