Vogue published an article this month titled “Why You Should Plan a Road Trip Through the Ozark Mountains.” It’s cool enough that Springfield and Northwest Arkansas were highlighted by a national magazine, but it’s downright awesome that our own little corner of the world was specifically called out as a hidden secret. And it’s more than just a passing mention. Here’s the excerpt:
Downtown offers plenty to peruse, with precious antique shops, cocktail bars, and restaurants that dot the historic streets. But just southeast is the Rountree district, which feels almost like a secret. It’s this very neighborhood, with charming Craftsman- and Bungalow-style homes that famed photographer Julie Blackmon has used to set the scene for most of her work; Reese Witherspoon is an admirer among a slew of celebrities.
Start the morning at Pickwick Place—a Spanish-style block of buildings that feels as if you’ve stepped into a movie set. At Tea Bar & Bites, owner Colleen Smith’s house-made rosemary chocolate granola on top of yogurt is a nice respite from this biscuit-and-gravy-loving town. Book an oxygen facial at Lavare Day Spa, then preserve the glow at Good Skin Day. The petite shop packs a punch thanks to owner Courtney Dunlop, the beauty editor extraordinaire who’s moved from New York City to her hometown in the Ozarks to open a skincare shop featuring products like 37 Actives, Liquid Gold by Mary Schook, and Indie Lee. Next, pop into Elle’s Patisserie, housed just a few feet away in a bright purple home with interiors that replicate an exquisite French pastry boutique. The sweets shop is tailor-made for Instagram and sells proper pour-overs alongside colorful macarons and truffles like the Unicorn (of course), filled with dark chocolate lavender ganache. End the afternoon with a cheese plate and a glass of wine on the patio at Cherry Picker X Fare.
Thanks, Vogue. Glad you were able to stop and stay a while! Guess our secret is out.