Cooler weather is starting to creep in, and every year around this time, I find myself trying to make everything just a tad bit cozier for the family. I can almost feel the change as the leaves start to lighten. Dogwoods are turning a deep burgundy red. Here and there pops of orange, red, and yellow can be seen amongst the trees. In some ways I’m excited for the view, though it does mean that winter draws closer.
Recently while I was visiting Hobbs State Park, I drove across the bridge by the War Eagle Mill and realized that while I have seen the mill while shopping at craft fairs or driving across the historic bridge, I've never actually visited the mill. I decided that needed to change...immediately. For assignment #16 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, you must visit War Eagle Mill. Besides for the gorgeous drive to get there, it is a sight worth seeing if you are visiting northwest Arkansas. If you live here, you don't have an excuse not to visit!
With the summer heat just around the corner, you might have to wake up early to accomplish assignment #15 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, which is visit Hobbs State Park. In all honesty, I love to hit the trails in the summer. It's a great place to go because it's shaded, which makes it feel much cooler than doing an activity in the sun...so get your hiking gear ready and head to Hobbs State Park. If hiking isn't your thing, but you still enjoy nature, keep reading. The Hobbs State Park Visitor's Center is a fascinating way to get up close with mother nature, but in an air-conditioned setting.
Hobbs State Park
Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area is Arkansas's largest state park and is blessed with
beautiful terrain and a diverse eco-system. Twenty-two of the park’s 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south with acreage stretching across a part of Benton County southeast of Beaver Lake and extending into Madison and Carroll counties.
Hiking & Camping
The park includes a wide variety of trails. I've blogged about my love affair with Rogers Trails and Greenways, so I am really excited that I get to finally run on some trails during the War Eagle Trail Race this year at Hobbs State Park. It's the only trail run allowed in the entire park and what better way to enjoy it than by running with a few hundred friends? If you're into biking, or even riding horses, you can also do that in the park. Read on for the best trails for those activities. For a complete list of trails, click here.
The Historic Van Winkle Trail is a half-mile trail that leads hikers through a tunnel under Ark. 12 to the site of the historic Van Winkle lumber mill and home in Van Winkle Hollow on the West Fork of Little Clifty Creek. View the remnants of a sawmill and an antebellum garden owned by Peter Van Winkle during the 19th century. This is a good one for the youngsters, since it's short and easy for their little legs.
With all of the cold weather and snow we've seen this winter, I'm sure most of you are jumping at the chance to get out of the house for a hot night out with your sweetie. If you're trying to figure out what to do this Valentine's Day, here are few ideas that would make a fun date night, girls night or family night.
When you visit Rogers, Arkansas, you’ll find plenty of things to do outside; enjoy some hiking and nature talks at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, shop “al fresco” at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, and in the summer, plan a visit to the new Rogers Aquatic Center. But if you find yourself needing a little down time (or a place to warm up!) the Rogers Public Library is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. The Rogers Public Library (RPL) was opened in 1904 with a whopping 458 books on its shelves and a staff of volunteers who were dedicated to expanding the cultural opportunities of their community. Today, the shelves hold not only 140,000+ books in a wide variety of genres, but also audio books, movies, music, and “periodicals” (that’s the librarian word for magazines). There are also special sections for large print books, graphic novels and books printed in Spanish. For over a decade, the RPL has been named “First” or “Runner-up” in the Best Library category in local media surveys.
The holiday season is upon us, which means our calendars are about to fill up with parties, Christmas programs and classic TV specials to watch with the family. There are a lot of holiday events coming up over the next few weeks in Rogers, starting with one of my favorite annual parades, the Rogers Christmas Parade. From an Ugly Sweater contest to visiting with Santa on the caboose, there is something for everyone this season. Plus, one of the best houses for viewing holiday lights is in downtown Rogers too! So, for your next assignment in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, head downtown for one or more of these fun events.
Cookbook Winner Announced
Lucky #16 won Ree's new Year of Holidays Cookbook as well as her children's book. Please pick up your books at the Rogers Visitor Center at 317 W. Walnut Street in downtown Rogers. Join the social craze and use the hashtag #ReeinRogers to document your adventure at the book signing!
All Hallow's Eve is almost upon us! If you're looking for something to do Halloween night, there are several options in Rogers. Plus, it's not too late to get in a visit to area haunted houses or corn mazes, but you'd better hurry! Here's a quick rundown of Halloween events and other activities to get in some last-minute fall fun!
It's time to get crafty in northwest Arkansas! Join the more than 250,000 craft enthusiasts from across the nation that will soon be making their way to northwest Arkansas to attend arts and craft fairs across the region. Top artists and craftsmen from all over the United States come to northwest Arkansas to show and sell their hand-made wares in the renowned craft fairs held each May and October. It's the perfect time of year to start shopping for holiday gifts and decorations, plus enjoy the scenic drive around northwest Arkansas, which is why assignment #11 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series is getting crafty at the local craft fairs!
Looking for something fun to do this weekend that the entire family can enjoy? The 13th Annual NWA International Festival will be held in historic downtown Rogers this Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival is a must-do, which is why it lands at #10 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series. Not only does this festival feature some great entertainment, but it's also educational...just don't tell the kids that! Here are all the details you need to know before heading out the door this weekend.