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mended a couple of restaurants to try the next time I was in town. Te Walmart Visitor Center in Bentonville appears to be just another fve-and-dime until you go inside. Sam Walton's old pickup truck is there, looking ready to be driven to a dove hunt. Walton's personal ofce stopped me in my tracks because it reminded me so much of my father's ofce 40 years ago. Wood-paneled walls, manila fle folders and photos of Walton with his bird dogs were too familiar to ignore. "Groups love the fve-and-dime," said Lamparski. "Tey'll fnish up with ice cream in the ice cream shop, even if they've just had breakfast." A FOREST CHAPEL AND A HAUNTED HOTEL Just a few miles east, in Eureka Springs, another Arkansan decided to build a retirement home in the early 1970s. Jim Reed, a Pine Bluf native, bought a piece of land high in the hills outside the city and built his house. He noticed that passersby often stopped on his property to enjoy the view. So Reed told his wife they should build a chapel for anyone who chanced to stop to ofer them a quiet place to pray. Trough years of hard work, prayer and perseverance, Reed was able to fund the building of Torncrown Chapel, a wood-and-glass sanctuary that was named one of the top buildings of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architecture. Since its completion in 1980, more than 6 million visitors have entered Torncrown. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, the chapel was designed by world-class architect E. Fay Jones, also a native of Pine Bluf. "We can help set up a 30-minute program given by a Reed family member at the chapel," said Karen Pryor, director of sales for the Eureka Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission. "Or groups can come and enjoy the chapel on their own. We recommend they contact us either way so we can assist if needed." Our group spent the afternoon walking the steep hills and streets of Eureka Springs. Tis was my frst visit to this Ozark Mountain enclave that draws artists, musicians, freeSam Walton's office and pickup truck Courtesy Bentonville CVB ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM 800-872-1259 WWW.ARKANSASGROUPTRAVEL.COM HAVE FUN IN HAVE FUN IN NORTHWEST NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ARKANSAS Courtesy Bentonville CVB Let Julie Pennington show your group all of Northwest Arkansas – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Clinton House Museum, Botanical Garden, Terra Studios and much more. Her enthusiasm for Fayetteville is contagious. Experience it for yourself. Memorial Park Tennis Complex Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Trail 800-766-4626 30 BANK TRAVEL M A N A G E M E N T S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 3

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