Monday, March 2, 2015

Valentines Day Trip

On a recent Saturday, Valenties Day, to be exact, Lynn and I treated ourselves to a day off from the ongoing process of getting settled and sampled some of what Northwest Arkansas has to offer.  We started the day with breakfast at The Farmer's Table, a restaurant we will most definitely visit again.  Don't let the picture fool you, the food is anything but ordinary and well worth the wait for a table.  The cuisine is decidedly Southern but not in the traditional sense.  My omelet was accompanied by a tasty side of braised kale and spinach instead of potatoes or grits.

Following breakfast we went to the Ozark Botanical Gardens.  Even though it is still winter, and there isn't much color to be found, we enjoyed walking along the trails and imagining what it will look like as soon as spring arrives.

Our last stop was the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  If you live in the Northwest Arkansas area, you know what a treasure this is. If you haven't been, we'll look forward to being your guides sometime.  Here's their website, if you'd like to know more:  Crystal Bridges Museum

Lynn got to pose beside one of her favorite paintings, Cattleya Orchid, Two Hummingbirds and a Beetle, painted by 19th century artist Martin Johnson Heade.  A framed print has been hanging in our home for the past three years so it was a treat for her to see the original.  A Van Gogh exhibit is coming soon.

Did I say, the museum was our last stop?  There was actually one more.  After dinner on Dickson Street I prevailed on Lynn to let me spend a few minutes browsing in my favorite book store.  If you're ever in the area and can't find me, you might try here.  Pure pleasure!

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