Recently, Little Rock welcomed a travel writer who had long had the capital city on his radar. Finally making it happen enroute to a Texas wedding in April, Eric Althoff intentionally went off course to visit Little Rock. We’re glad he did because he has now introduced Napa Valley, CA residents to this gem of a city. Having never set foot in Little Rock, Althoff knew two things about it — it's home to the Clinton Presidential Center and Little Rock Central High School. He knew those were must-dos on his list. He wanted to add the presidential library the others he had visited and covered, and to learn how the high school played such an important role in the 1957 segregation crisis. What he found was a city that honors its history and heritage, celebrates its urban revival, and cherishes its genuine charm.
In addition to the library and high school, Althoff discovered the ESSE Purse Museum, one of only three such museums in the world and the only one in the United States. Admittedly, he was pleasantly surprised and pretty amazed. He also had time to explore Heifer International’s headquarters and learn about the organization’s work to end world hunger and poverty.
Making time to explore Little Rock’s culinary scene, he toured and tasted at Lost 40 Brewing Co. and saw Rock Town Distillery’s digs, learning about the city’s adult beverage scene with 11 craft breweries, two wineries and an award-winning distillery, all of which are stops in the Local Labeled passport. Rounding out his time, Althoff made room for some delicious bites at The Pantry restaurant with Czech and German cuisine.
Althoff’s time in Little Rock proved successful as it made way for a proper southern introduction to our West Coast friends. Read Eric’s Napa Valley Register feature here.