I don?t see where anyone has attempted to answer your question seriously, so I will give it a shot?.
Can I assume that since you call yourself GatorDude that you are from Florida? I am a Florida Gator alumni and have been living in Arkansas for the past 30 years, the first 20 in Hot Springs and the past 10 in Fayetteville, working in Bentonville, and no, I don?t work for Walmart.
My son and I are outdoor people and take full advantage of the great outdoor activities that abound in this area of the country. My wife, on the other hand, is not and her idea of roughing it is on the rare occasion we take out the 40ft. motorhome.
It?s difficult speaking only in the terms of Bentonville as you asked in your question; up here we refer to the location as Northwest Arkansas because the area between Fayetteville and the Arkansas/Missouri State line (including Springdale, Bentonville, and Rogers) is pretty much one large town.
For sports we have the Arkansas Razorback?s (the Hogs) and the Semi-Professional baseball them the Arkansas Naturals. As I mentioned I am a Gator at heart and the Hogs are one of our SEC rivals but it works out ok. After 30 years I am now a Hog fan as long as it doesn?t affect the Gators. When the Gators come to town I wear Gator garb and not Hog garb.
For shopping we have two large malls, one in Fayetteville and a brand new one in in Rogers (Promenade Mall) which is high end and very nice.
Tons of nice movie theaters and at the Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville) we have Broadway plays, musicals, ballets and the orchestra. There are several art galleries and the Walton family is building a very large, very nice one in Bentonville right now.
Tulsa is only 1.5 hours away, Kansas City is 3 hours away, Dallas about 5.4 and Memphis is about 4.