Back in October, Alex and I were on our way to the mountains of Northwest Arkansas when we began to brainstorm our travel bucket list. Both he and I are extremely grateful to have been raised in well-traveled families, so we sought destinations neither had visited before.
My sweet husband's hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas mixes Southern expectations with cultural eclecticism for every type of traveler. Now capturing the character of the state’s corners and beyond, the capital city brings depth from its riverfront to the hills. Craft beer, culinary standouts and breathtaking walking trails and bridges prove that, yes, Little Rock is much more than cheese dip.
Music City is experiencing rapid growth and development in categories beyond the town’s homegrown country music—its booming food and lifestyle scene is hosting imports from Brooklyn to New Orleans, mixing and matching raw Southern roots with contemporary and refined finesse. The Southern empire is making waves—ride along the three-hour drive from Memphis and take advantage of the capital city’s trends and classics.
Texas’ capital city is home of eclectic and iconic sights, vibrant music (culminated in the annual South by Southwest experience), and what Memphians refer to as the “other” barbecue. Austin’s aspects are booming in all directions, whether from a geographical or culinary perspective. Despite its density in new restaurants and recreational offerings, the opportunities to eat, drink, and indulge in the “Keep Austin Weird” culture are approachable and accessible.
I first arrived at Wilson Café in late May, when Alex offered to meet me from his Jonesboro office for a late Saturday lunch. We were instantly enamored by the elevated small-town style behind the Southern fixins' and staff hospitality, as well as the immaculate interiors of the year-old restaurant.