A Perfect Day in El Dorado
This historic oil town of El Dorado is transforming into a bustling arts destination in Union County.
But First, Coffee
Head over to PJ’s Coffee and fuel up for a full day. PJ’s has over 20 different New Orleans-style coffees, including its famous iced coffee and organic teas. Grab a seat outside and watch the city wake up along Main Street. (106 W. Main St. | PJsCoffee.com)
Take a walk at the South Arkansas Arboretum to see beautiful native plants, exotic species and more along the trails. The park sits on a 12-acre wooded site that is adjacent to former El Dorado High School. (Mount Holly Road & Timberlane | ArkansasStateParks.com)
Grab a Bite
No visit to El Dorado is complete without a visit to local staple Fayrays. The Orleans Pasta, Roast Beef Po’boy or Fayburger are the perfect mid-day meal to savor in historic downtown. (110 E. Elm St. | Fayrays.com)
After lunch, stroll the Murphy Arts District and explore the new arts venues—from the urban children’s playscape and splash pad to the outdoor amphitheater and colorful guitar art. Discover all the Oil Heritage Park markers, which present the story of El Dorado as an oil boom town in the 1920s with sculptures, artifacts and interpretive plaques. (ElDoMad.com)
Stay in downtown and stop into the quaint Southern shops and boutiques. Peace Love Bath, Mina Rea’s, Jefferson Street Books, Main Street Antiques will keep you busy browsing and give your wallet a workout.
It’s been a busy day, might as well indulge in an afternoon pick me up. Whether it’s a sweet pastry or another cup of joe, the beloved House of Wylie Coffee Bar & Café (232 E. Main St.) has just the ticket. Relax, people watch or head back to your plush room at the historic Union Square Guest Quarters (209 E. Main St. | USGQ.net) to freshen up for a nice evening out.
Make reservations for dinner at Griffin Restaurant, a special cabaret/farm-to-table restaurant serving locally sourced ingredients from farms within a 200-mile radius, as well as free live entertainment every Thursday on the cabaret stage. (101 E. Locust St. | ElDoMad.com/GriffinRestaurant)