As the live-to-work lifestyle becomes a thing of the past, communities that offer a healthy dose of the finer things have garnered newfound respect in the public eye. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that Bentonville, Arkansas, has become one of the fastest growing cities in the country. From museums and cultural sites, to art galleries, theater, and culinary treasures, Bentonville has it all.

Celebrating the American spirit for the arts, the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. Arranged chronologically in six beautiful galleries, the museum’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Highlights include iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits , Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton , each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution. The museum’s collection also showcases major works by modern and contemporary American artists, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of American art. Thanks to a gift from Walmart, admission to view the museum’s permanent collection is free.

Situated on 120 acres of native Ozark forest, Crystal Bridges boasts 3.5 miles of pedestrian and multi-use trails that invite guests to explore the grounds. In spring, visitors marvel at the stunning display of more than 500 blooming dogwood trees, redbuds, and banks of native wildflowers.

From June 29 through September 28, 2013, Crystal Bridges will host Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art , an exhibition exploring the transformation of the American girl in art after the Civil War. This exhibition will feature 80 American masterworks, including paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs that reveal a new generation of free-spirited girls.

The museum’s restaurant, Eleven, features an exciting menu of modern American comfort food in the high South, low-Midwest tradition, offering lunch daily and dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays.

More visual splendors can be found at the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville. Open 24/7, the spectacular 21c Museum Hotel is one of three museum hotels in the country. In addition to offering accommodation in 104 stylish suites, this boutique hotel is also home to a fantastic contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and the mouth-watering offerings of The Hive restaurant. If you’re looking for an eatery that exemplifies the unique culinary identity of Arkansas, you have come to the right place. Amalgamating the palatable beauty of Executive Chef Matthew McClure’s mouth-watering creations, with a steady stream of rotating exhibits of contemporary art, The Hive is the perfect place for art lovers to quench their thirst or grab a bite with friends.

Find out for yourself why Bentonville made Washington Post’s ‘In’ list for 2013. For more information on everything Bentonville has to offer please visit us at www.bentonville.org