Staycation at this Arkansas-themed hotel for $101

With red plaid print wrapped around the outside, the Graduate in downtown Fayetteville makes a statement even before you get inside.

The big picture: The city’s largest hotel may look like a gift from the street, but it’s the interior that was the biggest surprise for me, a first-time visitor to Arkansas, here to meet the Axios NWA team IRL.

  • The walls of the lobby are covered with kitsch like the street signs you might see in a fraternity house at the University of Arkansas, just a half-mile west of the hotel.
  • A collage of American flags surrounds the Arkansas