Rountree is in Vogue (Magazine)

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.

About Mike Brothers

Mike is a Pickwick Person; husband to Maureen and dad to Vivian and Dorothy. He has lived in the neighborhood since 2011 and has lived in Springfield for over 20 years. He the PR director for Drury University. He was previously a communications specialist with the City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Dept, and before that a features writer and music columnist with the News-Leader.
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