During our time in Rogers we saw all kinds of things the city had to offer, and it became clear that although northwest Arkansas is a bustling center of business with visitors and residents from all over the world, it also still has, at heart, the small town center that it grew from. I was completely charmed by this aspect of Rogers, so I wanted to touch on a few things I saw that weekend that were hometown & handmade.
Heirloom Food and Gifts
This place was simply precious. Very small, with a seasonal menu (I actually think they change it weekly) and lots of farm fresh food – and all of it delicious. They set out a sampling of lots of different things for us, including some lovely meats and cheeses, pickled cucumbers and onions, homemade spreads, lemon curd, bacon jam (yes, BACON JAM. You’ve never eaten anything like it.) They serve lunches, Saturday breakfast, and have a happy hour a couple of days a week – and their menu is limited. All of that is different from most restaurants these days but I’m telling you – the owner/cook is passionate about food and it shows. You should definitely overcome those obstacles and try to get into this place as soon as you can. It’s so worth it! [website | yelp]
War Eagle Mill
Growing up in Arkansas, I’ve known about War Eagle Mill grains and mixes for a long time – but I’ve never stopped to think about the actual mill at the other end. Well, you can visit it – see the actual wheel and stones grind the grain, walk the bridge over beautiful War Eagle Creek, and buy lots of wonderful handmade goodies to take home with you. I’ve used a few different grains and mixes from War Eagle and they’ve all been excellent – as were the peach, blackberry, and pecan cobblers I sampled in the restaurant on the second floor. This would be an interesting place to visit with kids – the staff there is friendly and ready to educate you on how the mill words, and there’s lots of room to run and roam outside. Plus, like I said, COBBLER. [website | yelp]
Jensen Boat Works & Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake is lovely and you can partake in all kinds of boating & camping adventures in and around it. Kerry and Bobbie Jensen were kind enough to show us around the lake in their beautiful sailboat, which they’ve just begun to rent out (They will drive you around! In their boat!). So lovely and quiet, it was a wonderfully relaxing hour. It also helped that they served us the cold beverage of our choice as soon as we stepped on board.
This place was adorable. I had my doubts – beyond being familiar with the “You’ll shoot your eye out” line in A Christmas Story, I have little connection to guns. In fact, it wasn’t until I got home from this Rogers trip that I realized that the BB guns my kids own were, in fact, Daisy guns – gifts from their Texas relatives. What can I say? I’m a girl who grew up with girls. No guns.
All that to say – if this place could pull me in I think it could get anyone. Go. Take the tour. It’s precious and it costs $2. You get a lot of the history of Rogers and a sense of how companies grow and change, plus so many fun stories (including a big controversy from the movie!) along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with our wonderful guide.
And now, I have something for you! Or for someone you love – a Christmas present, maybe? I’m so excited that one of you is going to win…
…a genuine Daisy Red Ryder BB gun!
Leave a comment below to enter – tell me, did you have a BB gun growing up? Do you wish you had one now – or who would you like to give one to? I’ve already confessed my complete gun ignorance – I’d love to hear your stories too!
I will leave this contest open for a week – until next Monday – then draw a winner. I hope it’s you!