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Springdale: An Arkansas Vintage

Its flourishing brewery and winery scene as well as its bustling atmosphere makes Springdale attractive to visitors and meeting planners.

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the state and home to several universities, Springdale and the surrounding communities are constantly innovating.

“Springdale is centrally located and easily accessible,” Caroline Reddmann, director of tourism and visitor relations at the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, said. “The lines [between the surrounding communities] are so blurred [that] it’s a very integrated area.”

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad is a visitor favorite; visitors take a ride in a restored antique passenger car. The elegant journey winds through the scenic Boston Mountains and Arkansas River Basin and evokes the golden age of travel. The Art Center of the Ozarks features local art, music and theater.

History buffs enjoy Springdale’s military parks, including Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, which preserve the sites of Civil War battles. Another attraction, Parson’s Stadium, plays host to rodeos, professional bull riding, monster truck shows and even demolition derbies. The Jones Center, the region’s only indoor ice skating rink.

The winery and microbrewery cultures in particular are flourishing in Springdale. Saddlebock Brewery on the White River grows its own hops, has several locations in the state and offers weekend tours. Core Brewing and Distillery Co. features local craft beers. Sassafras Springs Vineyard was formerly a horse farm, and today the horse stalls are still incorporated in the rustic but classic event space. Its main building includes a patio, and the Chapel Ruins event space is frequently used for weddings and other events.

Other offsite venues include Magnolia Gardens, a rustic venue with several beautiful 19th century homes and extensive grounds for outdoor events. Fairlane Station is a new and unique event space owned by HGTV “Design Star” runner-up Dan Faires and his wife.


Spotlight on Springdale

Primary meeting facilities: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

Other meeting properties: Springdale Civics Center, Hampton Inn

Largest meeting space: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center (more than 50,000 square feet)

Total hotel rooms: 1,386

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