We didn't get home until super late last night, so I didn't get a post in - I will do a long one today to make up for it. :)
On Friday, I dropped Lu off at my parents'. She was pretty dang excited to go for a visit - she LOVES it over there. She obviously did not care at all that I was sad about leaving her and her sister for the weekend. Her favorite spot is to be perched on the corner of their couch, looking into the backyard. I snapped this cute picture of my Dad looking out, too. Last time we were over, Lu spotted some turkeys in the backyard. She was ecstatic.
After I dropped Lu off, we finished packing, then were on our way to take Aspen to Jake's parents' when we decided we were hungry - story of our lives. We decided it was going to be pretty late when we got to Bentonville and we didn't want to be rushed to find something to eat, so we met Jeff and Penny for a quick dinner at FD's, which was so fun! They took Aspen from us at the restaurant, so we were officially furbaby-less and on the road around 7. Aspen didn't seem to care that I was going to miss her, either! We have two oblivious daughters.
We were so excited to see the tiny home we were staying in; neither of us has stayed in anything like this before, so it was an adventure. The home was ADORABLE, and within walking distance to everything, so that was super handy. The loft upstairs was pretty roomy and we figured three to four people could sleep up there comfortably. We unloaded our stuff, shoved the bikes into the corner (lovingly), and headed out to explore! Oh, everything was super comfy in the home except the mattress. Not great at all!!
Here are some pictures from the kitchen. I loved the spice containers on the fridge- you really have to be creative in order to save space. I decided I need to find the "Coffee keeps me busy until it's acceptable to drink wine" picture. So accurate!
As we were getting ready to head out for the night, my Dad sent me this picture of my Mom and Lu. They're just the cutest! Lu is definitely spoiled...
Off we go! It was sprinkling a little when we left, but we decided to hoof it. I'm glad we did, the rain stopped and it was fun to walk around and explore.
Our first stop was Core Public House, where I had the Toasted Coconut beer. WOWZA. It was amazing and smelled SO good. After our beers at Core, we walked to the new Scotch and Soda location, which was super cute! There, we of course wanted to get whiskey drinks. We made some friends and they recommended a new whiskey drink to me, but I can't remember the name. It was super yummy!
The next morning was chilly and rainy, so we lounged around and drank coffee, which we never get to do. It was wonderful to relax! We got hungry mid-morning, so we decided to venture out and find a place for brunch - my favorite meal of the day!!
We went to O & T, which stands for Oven & Tap. We started with their house donuts that came with an Onyx Coffee Lab coffee dipping sauce. They were incredible. Then we split a breakfast skillet, which was good, but not our favorite - we forgot to ask for no cheese and it was pretty greasy. But the flavor was good! And the service at the restaurant was some of the best I have seen - we were very impressed!
After brunch, it was still raining, so we went to the Walmart museum, which was fun and really informative. Jake was trying to crack the safe in this picture. After the museum, we decided to walk around downtown a little. It was sprinkling just a little, but it was really chilly. I was ready to stay inside and warm up for a little bit.
We decided to head to Bike Rack Brewing Co. It was perfect for a rainy Saturday! One of my favorite things in life is getting a flight, which is exactly what I did! We ended up staying at Bike Rack most of the day because we made friends and were having a blast.
Okay, now for something AWESOME. I posted about Yeyo's a little bit on Saturday, but I wanted to share some more information about him and his food because he is such an awesome guy! First, he brought us a sample of five of his tacos just to try. For free! They were incredible. Then, some of the employees at Bike Rack were eating flautas, which he also brought in for free, and they shared with us. HOLY COW. Everything was so delicious. We are VERY passionate about Mexican food, so we were stoked about getting to try all of this. We kept saying how fresh tasting everything was and soon learned that he grows all of his own produce! He also supplies a lot of different places with local produce, which is just super amazing. Celebrate Magazine just wrote a piece about Yeyo and all of the cool stuff he is doing, check it out HERE. We sat and chatted with him for awhile and he is the nicest guy. Definitely check out Yeyo's if you're in Bentonville. You won't be disappointed. Also, maybe bring me back a flauta... <3
We finally decided to tear ourselves away from Bike Rack and go next door to Pedaler's Pub. WE loved seeing some local Springfield restaurants, shops, and brews represented! Jake wanted to take a picture in front of PTD, we were bummed we didn't get to see any of the guys!
After Pedaler's, we grabbed drinks at the Foxhole, then went to Thai Kitchen for dinner, which was a suggestion made by one of our new friends. Holy yum. It was phenomenal. We got an avocado yellow curry with chicken and pineapple fried rice with shrimp. Both were delicious.
After dinner, we met up with one of our new friends back at Bike Rack to listen to some live music. The Taylor's were the entertainment and they're the cutest, most talented couple. Look them up on Facebook if you get a chance. They both have incredible voices. After Bike Rack, we walked around downtown a little, then decided we wanted to get up early to run, so we headed back to the tiny home and called it a night!
Neither of us slept all that great, but we started the morning with coffee and a short running/walking tour of Bentonville. We loved all of the trails in the area - so awesome.
After our run, we grabbed more coffee, then came back to the house to get cleaned up and load up the car. Bye, tiny home!!
For brunch on Sunday, we went to Pressroom. OH MY GOSH. This was maybe my favorite meal. I got the Ham Benedict and Jake got the Austin City Limits. Both were to die for. I'm not a big french fry fan, unless they're sweet potato fries, but I inhaled everything else!. We added Sriracha after I had taken these pictures. ;)
After brunch we went on a bike ride, and I got to watch Jake do some cool stuff on two wheels. He ended up teaching a group of guys some stuff, so that was fun to watch!
We finished out the weekend strong with this goodness. A big mess of rib meat nachos (I don't regret the cheese...too much) and some chicken thighs with white BBQ sauce. We got fooled thinking it was really BBQ sauce. Just a ranch and blue cheese mixture - super yummy! Then we were headed home to pick up our very excited babies!
I already want to start planning our next getaway...where should we go?!
I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!
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