Fayetteville is becoming known as the Green Valley, and our neighborhood is leading the way—ECO is surrounded by LEED-certified buildings, eco-friendly residences, green restaurants and small businesses. Here are some of our favorites…
To the east, Fayetteville’s LEED-certified Blair Public Library is a green jewel where beautiful reading rooms come with mountain views. In addition to books, the library offers great community activities and Arsaga’s coffeehouse. Just across the street is a new LEED-certified building, the home of KUAF, the University of Arkansas’ National Public Radio affiliate station. Take a listen to our interview on Ozarks at Large.
A few blocks east of ECO is the Fayetteville Square, where Farmer’s Market vendors offer locally grown veggies, flowers, and crafts three times a week from April to November. Once a month, the square is home to the hopping First Thursday, with music, outdoor movies, open studios, and local art on display.
Just a few steps away from the site of our community garden terrace, Geraldi’s has quickly become a Fayetteville favorite for hearty homestyle Italian at great prices. Try the calzone—but bring a friend to help. Geraldi’s parking lot is often full—good thing that you won’t need to drive there!
Just around the corner, a quirky Quonset building (pictured above in a sketch by Fayetteville designer Liz Lester) is home to several local businesses, including a salon, massage studio, and café.
The Trailside Café and Tea Room offers an astonishing array of teas and homemade dishes, many of them featuring local produce. Trailside’s desserts taste like your Grandma made ‘em—folks rave about the brown butter cookies. Around back is Bike City Recyclery, a volunteer-run organization offering refurbished bikes and a community workroom.
Tying everything together is the Frisco Trail bike and ped path, which follows creeks and rail corridors to link parkland, shopping, and entertainment. The Oak Ridge Trail, soon to be completed, provides another beautiful route to campus.
Living in a green neighborhood can also mean more green in your pocket! With all these walkable destinations nearby—including the University of Arkansas and Dickson Street—there’s no need to pay for parking, and you can save on gas, too.
ECO is at the epicenter of green living in Fayetteville. This list is just a start—what are your favorite destinations in the neighborhood?