Disclaimer: I spent a fun weekend in Rogers, AR, courtesy of the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the Arkansas Women Bloggers. Although my entire weekend was paid for, all opinions are my own.
I've lived in Arkansas pretty much my entire life, yet I had never visited Northwest Arkansas. The northwest corner is known for its recent growth and development, but I always thought of it as too far away and uninteresting. I could not have been further from the truth.
I headed out Friday morning for a fun weekend I had been invited on. I stopped to pick up Sarabeth, Kyran and Stephanie on my way. I have to tell you, once we hit I-540 it was absolutely beautiful. I had no idea there were parts of Arkansas that looked like that. Had I not been driving there would be lots and lot of pictures, ha!
Once we arrived in Rogers, we met up with Heather and got checked into our rooms at the Embassy Suites. The property in Rogers is the largest in the United States and hosts, on average, two conventions per week. Wow!
Our first stop was Ed Cooley's White River Gallery. Ed is an amazing (and amazing really does not do it justice) photographer. He photographs nature, landmarks, and anything that is visually appealing. Ed opened his gallery on Friday night just to let us bloggers look around. His work is unedited. Just point, shoot and frame (yes I am aware that it is not that simple, but it's close enough). Each piece in his gallery looks like you could just step right into it.
Ed's gallery is located in Downtown Rogers and is a must see if you are in the area. He is on Facebook, and now (thanks to some tips from a group of bloggers) he is on Instagram. Go check him out!
Afterwards we headed just down the street to Rolando's. I'm an extremely picky eater, and I have to be honest that when I previewed the menu online I was a bit worried about my ability to find something to eat. I decided to just go for it and pretend I didn't read the menu descriptions. I am SO glad I did. I had the best meal I have had in a very long time. I know it was talipia and rice with a sauce. Whatever it was, it was amazing.
The atmosphere at Rolando's is also awesome. It is in the basement of a building in downtown Rogers. The lighting is perfect, the scenery is perfect, and the staff was wonderful.
After dinner we were able to have a quick meet-and-greet with the mayor of Rogers before heading back to our big cozy beds at the Embassy Suites. I was exhausted! It was a wonderful evening in Rogers.
Be sure to keep an eye on the blog. I've got lots more Rogers to tell you about, plus an amazing giveaway going up next week that I promise you do. not. want. to. miss.
Plus! Think you might like a Rogers getaway for your family? Head over to Arkansas Women Bloggers to get entered to win one.
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