About the Show:
We recorded this episode back in February of 2020 before the pandemic hit us like a ton of bricks. We have weathered the storm a bit, have hunkered down in our homes, and masked up like never before. I think we are all longing for the day when we have a vaccine and can get out and resume everyday living.
We sat down with Kalene Griffith, President, and CEO, who, along with her fantastic team run, Visit Bentonville. There is so much that goes into being an Ambassador for an area like Bentonville, and Kalene and her team make it look easy. Of course, the pandemic has created challenges for everyone. Still, Visit Bentonville has become a partner and supporter of local programs like “Be Safe Be Smart,” which help promote our community’s safety and enhance our visitors’ confidence.
While many of the events mentioned in this episode were either canceled or postponed, Kalene has figured out ways to promote alternate events, online offerings, and safe practices to keep people coming to the area to enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks.
Here are some cool statistics that Kalene shared with us on this episode:
More people travel by car to Bentonville from Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Chicago than any other city.
There are 300 Restaurants in Bentonville
There are 22 Hotels in Bentonville
There are more than 150 miles of bike trails in the local region.
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Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:
- Visit Bentonville Website
- Visit Bentonville on Facebook
- Visit Bentonville on Instagram
- Visit Bentonville on Twitter
- The Momentary
- Crystal Bridges
- Great article on how Bentonville, AR is the Disneyland for Mountain Bikers
- Square to Square Bike ride from Fayetteville, AR to Bentonville, AR (36 Miles)
- Walmart HQ new campus
- City of Bentonville
- 8th Street Market in Bentonville
- The Bentonville Film Festival
- Fred’s Hickory Inn
- The Preachers Son
- Press Room
- The Hive
- Flying Fish
- Tusk and Trotter
- Trash Creamery
- Table Mesa
- Oven and Tap
- Peddlers Pub
- Climb Bentonville
- Bentonville Brewing Company
- Louise at Thaden Field House
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