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A New American Town - Bentonville, Arkansas

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Our towns are the heart of America. Some say that they’re gone, moved on, or simply faded away. But there’s a new American town on the map. It’s a town with a big heart and even bigger ambition. A town where modern progress meets rich history, where the arts meet innovation, and where companies meet communities. A town you can explore with all of your senses: from fresh air in the Ozarks, to fresh cuisine on your plate. That town is Bentonville, Arkansas. A town to visit, to see, to breathe, and to discover
88 Episodes
The Visit Bentonville Team sits down with Dana Schalgenhaft, a Bentonville native and Interim Executive Director of Downtown Bentonville Incorporated, also known as DBI. DBI is a 501-C3 Nonprofit with the goal of enhancing the experiences offered in downtown Bentonville. In this episode, Dana gives a glimpse into the incredible events, traditions, and opportunities their team is executing in downtown Bentonville.  Tune in to hear what's happening in the new year. Plan your trip to visit Bentonville during one of DBI's epic events!Stay social with Downtown Bentonville Inc. on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!
In this episode, sponsored by OZ Trails, the Visit Bentonville Team gives an inside scoop on the 2023 Bentonville cycling scene. Tune in to learn more about the races, demos, and conferences coming to town. Start planning your trip to Visit Bentonville today!Keep up with OZ Trails on Facebook and Instagram!
Ryan Carlson with the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) joins the Visit Bentonville Team to share insight to the WEA and the upcoming events in February. The WEA is a member-based and volunteer-driven association committed to the development of professional outdoor leaders and educators. WEA serves the outdoor education and leadership industry through the development of professional standards, individual credentialing, and program accreditation.The WEA will host ICOL 23 pre-conference “Certified Outdoor Educator” (COE) workshop on February 3rd-8th; and the  34th Annual International Conference on February 8th-11th in Bentonville, AR.Stay social with WEA on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter!
Trail Pilot

Trail Pilot


Mark Marsiglio joins the Visit Bentonville Team to discuss Trail Pilot, a unique audio interface to guide you through your ride.  Trail Pilot enables everyone to discover the ins and outs of the Mountain Bike Capital and Northwest Arkansas region like a local. Now available: 10 audio tours covering 100 miles of our favorite mountain bike rides in NW Arkansas! Check out Trail Pilot and start planning your trip to Bike Bentonville!
Crank up this episode! The OZ Trails team sits down with Anneke Beerten to share her inspirational story and insight into e-bikes. Anneke is a Netherlands native, a 3-time mountain bike world champion, a PMBIA certified coach, and a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas.  Tune in to learn more about her introduction to biking at the early age of 3, the evolution of her career, her relocation, and e-biking in the MTB Capital. Keep up with OZ Trails on Facebook and Instagram!Follow along with Anneke Beerten on Facebook and Instagram, and her coaching account Crank it up MTB on Facebook and Instagram!
The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour


The Visit Bentonville team sits down with Zac Slusher, the co-owner and operator of The Witching Hour.The Witching Hour is a horror movie food truck that offers a unique ambiance and some of the best burgers you'll ever taste in downtown Bentonville.  Tune into this episode to hear about the evolution of the idea, how the Witching Hour was brought to life, and their plans for the future! Stay social with the Witching Hour on Facebook and Instagram!Read the Visit Bentonville Foodie Friday blog featuring The Witching Hour!



This year the Visit Bentonville teamed up with Arkansas State Tourism, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, and The House of Songs to attend the 2022 AMERICANAFEST in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, the Americana Music Association selected the state of Arkansas as the regional music focus for its 22nd annual AMERICANAFEST. In partnership with Arkansas Tourism and Visit Bentonville, the destination music festival and conference event included special programming that featured multiple panels, special events, and an Arkansas music showcase over four days. Highlights include a panel focusing on the life and legacy of Johnny Cash; a special event with the brightest, upcoming Arkansan artists that are pushing the Americana genre forward; and an evening showcase of music with a star-studded tribute to Levon Helm.Tune into this episode to hear more about the team's experience, Arkansas' role in American music, and some local artists you'll want to keep an eye on! 
Natural State Guides

Natural State Guides


The Visit Bentonville team is in the studio with Myles Hartman, an NWA native and the Founder of Natural State Guides. When you base out of Bentonville, there are endless areas to explore in Northwest Arkansas! Natural State Guides has big plans and offers programming at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, as well as other hiking, biking, yoga, and natural walk for everyone to enjoy! Click here for more information on Natural State Guides!
The OZ Trails team is in the studio with Scotti and Ernie Lechuga, Bentonville locals, and Founders of the OZ Development Team. OZ Development is a pathway and racing platform for up-and-coming junior cyclists, with a focus on top UCI-level junior competitions. While their efforts aren't about the results,  OZ Development hopes to prepare riders for collegiate or even professional racing if they so choose. Tune into this episode to learn more about the vision, the goal, and the ways OZ  Development assists junior cyclists in gaining skills and confidence.Want to know more about OZ Development? Click here Keep up with OZ Trails on Facebook and Instagram!
Ledger Bentonville

Ledger Bentonville


The Visit Bentonville team had Mary and Aaron from Ledger in the studio to get an inside perspective on what's happening behind the walls of the world's first bikeable building. Tune in as they delve into the community-centered concept of the 230,000-square-foot building of office space, retail experiences, and unparalleled design and architecture. This massive space has six stories of exterior switchbacks that lead to incredible views of Downtown Bentonville.Ledger offers more places to work, play, and gather in the heart of our city. With the biking culture, public art, and impeccable amenities incorporated -  Ledger is a Destination Workplace and a natural extension of the Bentonville community. Visit Bentonville to see the intention and energy put into the Ledger come to fruition.Stay social with Ledger on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and online!
The Visit Bentonville Team has Jordyn Haught from Thaden Field in the studio. Jordyn gives us a rundown on the wide variety of adventures, experiences, and education Thaden Field provides.  Thaden Field, also known as the Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT), shelters a flight school, an exhibition hangar, an FAA knowledge testing center, scenic flights, discovery flights, lawn games, fuel, provisions, and a full service, all-day menu at café LOUISE. All this family-friendly fun is centrally located on the beautiful Lake Bentonville next to Osage Park and the Quiver. Whether you’re an aviator, interested in sightseeing, or down to dine – Thaden Field is a place to gather. Tune into this inspiring episode and start planning your trip to Visit Bentonville.Stay in the know with Thaden Field on Facebook and Instagram; and LOUISE on Facebook and Instagram. 
The Visit Bentonville Team sits down with Chef Rafael Rios, owner and operator of Yeyo’s. Yeyo’s recently was named one of the best fifty restaurants in the United States by the New York Times.  In this episode, Chef Rios talks us through his journey, from the hardest years of his life to an inspirational entrepreneur and exquisite chef. Yeyo’s started off as a food truck in downtown Bentonville in 2012. With their authentic Hispanic food, high-quality employees, and excellent customer experience – Yeyo’s quickly gained a seemingly endless line of customers.  Today, Yeyo’s has grown to four locations in NWA; including their Yellow Truck and the El Alma de Mexico at 8th Street Market in Bentonville. You won’t want to miss out on this episode – or an opportunity to eat at Yeyo’s. Plan your trip to Visit Bentonville today!Stay up-to-date with Yeyo’s on Facebook and Instagram!
The OZ Trails Team is in the studio with Bentonville locals, Wendi Scoggins and Angela Barcenilla, to talk about the incredible gravel cycling here in Northwest Arkansas.Bentonville is well known for its state-of-the-art trails and singletrack, but don’t forget about the gravel of the beautiful Ozarks. Tune in to hear our locals’ perspective of the terrain, inside advice, and more on the upcoming gravel events in Northwest Arkansas.Keep up with OZ Trails on Facebook and Instagram!Click here for more information on Big Sugar!
The Visit Bentonville Team sits down with Lucie Patton, Senior Marketing Manager at the Peel Compton Foundation, to talk about fall camping at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Coler is the ideal place for those looking for an escape. Learn more about the grounds, amenities, and unique experiences you can have camping at Coler. Plan a trip to Visit Bentonville this fall and camp at Coler! Check out our blog for more information. Keep up with Coler on Facebook and Instagram!
The Visit Bentonville Team sits down with Mark Bray, owner of Airship Coffee, to hear more about the epic evolution and new expansion! Mark shares his story with Airship - how it started, how it went, and how it's going. Tune in to this incredible episode to learn more about Airship Coffee, a staple in the Bentonville community. Stay in the know with Airship on Facebook and Instagram!
The Visit Bentonville Team is in the studio with Charlotte Buchanan-Yale, Director of the Museum of Native American History. Charlotte discusses the museum's history, artifacts, and upcoming Annual Native American Cultural Celebration! Tune in to hear more about MONAH's mission, inside information, and what you can expect from the 2022 NACC this September 19th-21st. Stay in the know with MONAH on Facebook and Instagram!
The OZ Trails team sits down with Rob Sandusky, Rapha's Marketing Coordinator for Northwest Arkansas, to talk about the RCC Summit. The Rapha Cycling Club is an international organization of more than 20,000 cyclists from around the world. Tune into this episode to hear the inside insight on the RCC Summit taking place in Bentonville, AR from October 7th to the 10th.Keep up with OZ Trails on Facebook and Instagram, and Rapha on Facebook and Instagram!
On the latest episode of a New American Town Podcast, we sit down with Jerry Helms, a Grand Life Master who is hosting a series of workshops during the 2022 Bentonville Bridge Tournament (Aug 3-5).  Jerry shares his love of the game, what it means to be a Grand Life Mater(the highest ranking in bridge) and why bridge tournaments have such a positive economic impact on communities.  Jerry has appeared 31 consecutive times on the American Contract Bridge League top 500 list and is a featured columnist for Better Bridge Magazine and the ACBL Bulletin.  He is also the author of three books highlighting the game of bridge.  
Off the road and in the studio, the Visit Bentonville team sits down with Kalyn Fay, a Northwest Arkansas musician to talk over her musical journey and upcoming performances taking place at Format Festival! Tune in to learn more and hear Kalyn's new song "Cherokee County"Hear more! Get your tickets! Plan your visit to Bentonville!
The Visit Bentonville team sits down with Austen Barron Bailey, Cheif Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to discuss We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy. Listen now to learn more about the obtainment of the rare, original print of the US Constitution, the additional documents and artwork on display, and the upcoming events for this exhibition!
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