Welcome to the first 2018 issue of The Best of Northwest Arkansas Top 10, the home of the lists that businesses can’t pay to be on. We include Bentonville, Bella Vista, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale and the smaller communities that comprise Northwest Arkansas. Wherever we go in NWA, the first question people have about our publication is about how the various Top 10 lists are comprised. While the actual formula must remain proprietary, a very simple explanation is that we use an algorithm that is based on thousands of online reviews, select reader polls and the covert experiences of the NWATravelGuide.com’s street team. You could think of them as mystery shoppers. This three pronged approach is very good at determining the Top 10 in any particular category.

The magazine is free for all to read either online or in print, and while we do accept a limited amount of advertising, in no way does it determine which businesses are included on our category lists. It is our aim to avoid even a hint of impropriety, and this practice establishes our Top 10 magazine as a reliable source for the best of what our Northwest corner of the state has to offer its residents, newcomers and visitors.

You may be sure that if a business is on one of our Top 10 lists, it means that it is one of the very best in its category, and it also means that you should enjoy a first-rate experience. Our lists show off the best of NWA! We identify for you the best places to eat, play and stay in NWA so that you don’t have to waste your time and money stabbing in the dark. When you’ve had a delightful experience, you’re naturally not only going to frequent that business again and again, but you are also very likely to tell others, helping to spread the word about how wonderful NWA is.

This issue has a brand new ‘At a Glance’ section. The pages in this section highlight, in bullet point fashion complete with links, the five major cities of Northwest Arkansas. Readers can conveniently and quickly click through to the best of what any particular city has to offer. Thank you so much for your continued support and readership. We have great plans for the Top 10 this new year, and we want you to be a part of it. If you know of a category you would like to read about in upcoming issues, please submit your new category for consideration. 

Weekly, we also publish a List of Things to do in Northwest Arkansas via this site and social media. It contains a variety of events including festivals, live music, performing arts and other fun interesting activities throughout NWA.  Be sure to Like Us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for the latest and the greatest for all things NW Arkansas. There are a plethora of fun things to do, see, taste and enjoy here. Below is a sampling of the best.