Getaway to Wilson, Arkansas

The super-cute and very southern little town of Wilson, Arkansas, is only about five hours away from Springfield.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Apr 2024

Photo courtesy ShutterstockWhile in Wilson stop at The Grange for the Strawberry Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast.

Explore Wilson, Arkansas

Spend time wandering through Wilson’s historic town square. It features Tudor-style buildings and great places to stop for a bite to eat or a little shopping. Visit in April to take the self-guided Tulip Garden Walking Tour, to see some of the 50,000 tulips planted around the town.

Shopping in Wilson

If you’re feeling a little spendy, stop in at White’s Mercantile, a cool, curated boutique selling home goods and clothing. It was founded by Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Just around the corner from White’s Mercantile is a Tom Beckbe location, a shop known for stylish, upscale hunting and outdoors clothing.

Dining in Wilson

Grab breakfast or lunch at The Grange at Wilson Gardens. It’s a neighborhood farm whose restaurant offers a menu of seasonal farm-to-table fare and cocktails. (It’s a great place to get your coffee fix too.) Or, stop for dinner at Wilson Café, a favorite of both locals and visitors with a menu of modern takes on Southern tastes.

Where to Stay in Wilson

Spend the night at The Louis, a charming and high-end boutique hotel that’s gorgeously designed. While you’re there, get a cocktail and some shareable snacks to enjoy beside the firepit at Cottonwood (the hotel’s rooftop bar)—or just take it easy and relax at the soon-to-open spa if you’re planning a trip a little further out.

Learning More About Wilson

If you’re a bit of an archeology buff and love learning about interesting civilizations, make sure you visit Hampson Archeological Museum State Park. You can learn more about the history of the area’s previous civilizations. It is home to a collection of artifacts from a 15-acre palisaded village that thrived in the region from 1400 to 1650 AD.