The Inn at Carnall Hall, Fayetteville

Monday, August 8, 2011

Carnall Hall, the view from the parking lot, it's beautiful!

The lobby

Stella, Whit and Chloe after the wedding

The front of Carnall Hall, it faces the campus in front of Old Main

We all rode bikes to the Farmer's Market on the Fayetteville
Square then on the bike lane from downtown to the mall

Oh lord, at the market had a UofA entomology
booth, they loved, loved looking at the bugs

The Sckull Creek trail

This is near the mall, right on the UofA cross country track
Sunday, August 7, 2011

We had a great time over the weekend in Fayetteville at Kara's sisters wedding.  We stayed at the Inn at Carnall Hall located right on campus.  We've stayed there several times before but never during the summer.  There were multiple weddings all weekend long.  When we checked in there was a wedding leaving and a wedding about to happen.  It was hot as hell when we got there because the A/C was out and it was at least 105 outside so you can imagine how those brides felt in their 500 pound wedding dresses, hair and makeup.  Luckily, the room A/C worked beautifully.  Kara had texted me on the way that if you have your Arkansas Alumni Association membership card, you would get the room for $120 instead of $199 for a king.  I didn't have it on me but when we checked in the fabulous Raymond said if I had the number he'd get us the discount.  It worked out beautifully.

Jackie's grandmother stayed at Carnal Hall when it was a girls dormitory in the fall of 1941.  Here is history that I copied from their website:

Built as the first young women’s dormitory on the University of Arkansas campus, Ella Carnall Hall was completed in 1906. The building was named after a distinguished Associate Professor of English and Modern languages from 1881-1884, Miss Ella Howison Carnall, and dedicated to her memory to honor both excellence as a student and success as a role model for women.  One of six buildings funded by the Arkansas Legislature in 1905, Ella Carnall Hall was the most costly, and featured a fusion of styles with its combination of Colonial Revival detail and Victorian architectural design.  It also was strategically placed on the extreme Northeast corner of the Campus to comply with strict separation of the sexes on college campus that was standard until the late 20th century.  Ella Carnall Hall was a women’s dormitory through 1967 and then was home to the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity house until 1977. It joined the National Register for Historic Places in December 1982, and in 1991 was no longer used for academic purposes when the restoration of Old Main created more space for academics.  In the late 1990’s Carnall Hall had become a candidate for demolition but it took on a new life in 2001 when the Board of Trustees approved to turn the structure into a historic hotel and restaurant at a cost of $6.9 million. James Lambeth was the lead architect.

On Saturday of our stay, Martin, Kara, Jackie, Chloe, Whit and I rode our bikes from Carnall Hall to the square for the Farmer's Market then on down the trail to the mall and back.  It was great but a little long for Whit and Chloe (about 9 miles round trip) in the heat but we made it.

Be sure to make the Inn at Carnall Hall on your list of boutique, historical hotels when you're in Fayetteville.  It's wonderful and I can report the complimentary continental breakfast was wonderful featuring muffins, breads, cereal, fruit and yogurt.  It was divine. 

The Inn at Carnall Hall, 425 Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., 479-582-0499 Check out this great website:

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