11 romantic getaways in Arkansas


Solely the homiest homebody doesn’t need to go away the home and get away for a bit, spend a while in a pleasant secluded spot the place you don’t hear visitors or your neighbors or, for that matter, your youngsters. It helps us all to get a little bit peace and quiet, and if there’s water close by, that’s even higher. Timber assist us chill. Stars remind us how insignificant it’s that the laundry has piled up.

Luckily, there are a zillion locations in Arkansas that may afford respite. Right here we write about a couple of of them, locations you may need to go along with your sweetheart, or different {couples}, or different {couples} and their youngsters, or your far-flung household. We’ve got our causes for those we picked, as you’ll see. We begin with the dear and transfer to the home-away-from home-types.

Longbow resort
$200 to $285 weeknights (charges depend upon the cabin); $225 to $350 weekend nights.

Prim, for the uninitiated, is legendary amongst geologists and different petraphiliacs for its spherical rocks. The little unincorporated city in Cleburne County has historical spherical sandstone boulders everywhere; they’ve apparently popped freed from no matter concretion they had been as soon as a part of. Of deeper curiosity, maybe, to somebody who desires a little bit of seclusion, is Longbow Resort, the place well-known Arkansas archer Ben Pearson constructed a getaway amid the bluffs, crevasses and streams of a ridge formation — you may name it the toe of the Ozarks. His son, Ben Pearson Jr., and household run the resort now. Longbow has 4 personal luxurious cabins on two acres with mountain climbing trails. One of many cabins, additionally referred to as Longbow, is constructed right into a cliff and has a 30-foot waterfall and spring-fed pool — all the time cool, even in an Arkansas summer season — on the again by which to take a non-public dip. A stone patio overlooks the waterfall and pool. Longbow is effectively appointed, with a Jenn-Air cooktop and such. A strolling bridge results in one other cabin, Bushmaster; a brief hike away is Diana’s pool, shaped by one other spring-fed waterfall from a rocky overhang. Bois d’Arc cabin is bow-shaped (therefore the identify) and one-story. Within the Sovereign cabin, a cliff wall helps the sleeping lofts. Since Cleburne is dry, the proprietors remind you to replenish on the booze earlier than you come; you gained’t get cell service, both, within the Longbow or Bushmaster cabins, so deep are they of their field canyon. That’s good, proper? Sovereign has two queen-sized beds; the others have one, although there are couches. Longbow plans to open a bigger facility, Longbow Lodge, which is able to accommodate 50 company, a banquet room and bar, in 2017.

704 Stony Ridge Street
Heber Springs
$199 an evening

Stoneflower, on a prominence above Greers Ferry Lake, is an architect’s retreat: E. Fay Jones designed this tall, slender haven for panorama architects Bob Shaheen and Curt Goodfellow in 1963. It resembles Jones’ well-known Thorncrown Chapel, however right here’s the factor: He designed it earlier than Thorncrown. Its inspiration (and Thorncrown’s afterward) got here from the constructing supplies that Shaheen and Goodfellow salvaged: 2-by-4 timbers and large stones. The one-room-wide cottage, with a Frank Lloyd Wright/Fay Jones Arts and Crafts aesthetic, includes a stone “grotto” bathe with a man-made waterfall on the bottom stage and redwood board and batten siding for the higher ranges. In response to an article on stoneflower.information, the rear gable’s vertical beams had been designed to defend it from stray golf balls. You may see a touch of the Thorncrown to come back within the cross-braced beams that help the partitions. A 30-foot-long deck extends over the again slope of the ravine that Stoneflower is constructed on and is eye stage with the tree cover. Although there are different properties close by, the timber maintain the texture of privateness. There’s one queen mattress on the third stage and benches on the second stage that may function single beds.

Riverside Retreat
West of Hatfield
$155 an evening

Riverside Retreat, south of Mena, sits on a bluff overlooking the Mountain Fork River, which flows into Oklahoma. The outside is nothing fancy — simply your twenty first century long-cabin look — nevertheless it has direct entry to the river, a screened-in porch out again with a view of the water and woods, a fireplace pit (wooden supplied) and a two-person Jacuzzi tub. You don’t even should haul your canoe right here; there’s one supplied for you, together with life jackets and paddles. The Higher Mountain Fork is seasonal, so go in late fall, winter and spring if canoeing, kayaking or fishing is your factor (the river is calm right here; the rapids are downstream). If simply vegetating within the woods is your factor — and why shouldn’t or not it’s? — or in the event you’ve determined to deliver alongside the kiddos (there’s a sleeping loft with twin beds for them) and wish them out of your hair, there’s a 32-inch flat-screen TV with a satellite tv for pc feed that gives 250 channels, on which there ought to be one or two you’d let the children watch. There’s additionally a washer and dryer.

English Cottage within the Ozarks
Rural Boone County, outdoors Harrison
$150 an evening

The household that constructed the English Cottage — on their household farm — modified a ground plan from New Orleans after Katrina, their daughter Christine says. So that you’d assume it will be a French cottage. However no matter, this little stone home, surrounded by the formal gardens very like Christine’s mom has seen overseas (apart from the corn patch), is surpassingly lovely outdoors, with bronze herons cavorting in a pond in entrance and a rocky water characteristic and lily-pad pond out again, all linked by tile and gravel paths. There’s a meadow view backed up by the Boston Mountains, a porch full with swing, a fireplace pit for fireplace chats. Indoors, the comfortable lounge includes a very British tile-surround hearth and a rustic stylish kitchen with copper counters. This appears to be like just like the place to be in spring, with a pot of tea (or perhaps a glass of Guinness), binoculars and a information to butterflies, for absolutely these flowers deliver within the beauties. The primary farmhouse is close by, however the house owners are sometimes touring, Christine mentioned. They’ve been recognized to go away baked items to welcome their company.

Cove Creek Cabins
872 Cove Creek Street
$145 (Retro), $175 (Creekside)

Take your choose at Cove Creek Cabins: There’s the “Creekside,” a brand new blond wooden one-and-a-half story, with image home windows and deck overlooking the stream, and the older “Retro Cabin,” which appears to be like kind of a like a fishing lodge at an old style nation membership, with a tin roof. Each are close to the creek and a swimming gap beneath the barn on the property, and every have distinct sights: The Creekside, which may sleep six, has trendy furnishings, Tempur-Pedic beds and a non-public out of doors bathtub going through the creek, with privateness curtains. The Retro (sleeps two) is Nineteen Fifties fashion, outfitted with an aluminum desk topped with Formica and aluminum chairs to match within the kitchen (however the counter tops are granite, so the cooking space isn’t outdated). There’s a sizzling tub outdoors. However that is what grabbed our discover about Cove Creek Cabins: The barn is a totally stocked bar, with plenty of Louisiana State College memorabilia. The house owners additionally provide dinner cruises on Lake Hamilton.

Historic log cabin
Lake Catherine
Scorching Springs
$125 an evening

This 1,000-square-foot log cabin on an increase above Lake Catherine was constructed round 1920 as a part of a employees’ campground, supervisor Nathan Schanlaber says, and was at one time owned by the Bale household of Little Rock. Schanlaber says the restored cabin have to be seen in individual to be totally appreciated: It has “an aura to it which you can’t describe.” From footage, it seems it’s the aura of a quiet, less complicated time in nature outdoors the Spa Metropolis. The cabin has an attractive view of the lake from its coated entrance porch and a wrap-around deck with pretty deck furnishings. There are vaulted ceilings in the lounge and the fashionable kitchen, a stone hearth, a spacious bed room (and an air mattress for extras), plenty of gentle, and, oh sure, a flat-screen tv for individuals who can resist the lure of the outside. The furnishings embody leather-based couches and craftsman tables and chairs; pets are allowed. The cabin is just 2 miles outdoors Scorching Springs, and in the event you keep three nights, you get two passes to the Quapaw Bathhouse. Schanlaber mentioned the proprietor of the cabin is renovating the Thompson Constructing downtown as a boutique lodge, so he’s already within the lodging enterprise.

Lake Lucerne
Eureka Springs
$130 and up

The fortunes of Lake Lucerne, a resort that dates to 1920, have been up and down. The “Coolest Spot within the Ozarks” was a thriving trip spot till the late Sixties, however declined. It went below in 2001. California transplant Faryl Kaye started shopping for up parcels of the unique property in 2004, and by 2008 she’d pulled collectively 40 acres of the resort, which now options 9 cabins and a six-acre pond. 5 of the cabins are restored older cottages with jetted tubs and fireplaces and good furnishings, together with feather-top beds. Two new cabins, Sassafras and Valerian, are the honeymoon spots, fashionable and outfitted with what a newlywed couple wants: A non-public location, a flowery tub, a king-sized mattress and a minibar. Among the cabins, like Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, which date to the Eighties, overlook Lake Lucerne; all have decks. Lake Lucerne, by the best way, feeds Keel Creek (as in Keel Creek Vineyard downstream), and an otter household generally pays a go to to the lake. In addition to the setting and its proximity to Eureka Springs, right here’s one thing many individuals will particularly love about Lake Lucerne: Kaye’s pastime farm, which incorporates alpacas, donkeys, chickens and a llama named Atticus. You may go to throughout feeding time and study concerning the animals.

Grace Cottage
$130 an evening

Historic Washington State Park, the state’s Accomplice capital, is a vacation spot for folks whose hearts beat sooner after they’re surrounded by historic homes and large Magnolia timber and might dine family-style eating in an antebellum cottage. Now, because of the Nineteen Twenties Grace Cottage within the city of Washington, you may keep close to the park in homey circumstances reasonably than within the motels on the Hope exit on Interstate 30. There are two bedrooms and one bathtub on this merely appointed cottage, and no cost for added company. There’s a tv (no cable, however Wi-Fi) and DVD participant, antiques and a display entrance door to the massive porch. The large draw is its proximity to the park, the place 30 restored historic properties and buildings create the environment of Arkansas within the nineteenth century. You may dine within the 1832 Williams Tavern, cease in on the blacksmith’s store and find out about Bowie knife maker James Black, go to a weapons museum and a cotton gin, dip candles, go to the antebellum cemetery, do analysis on the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives … or simply stroll round city. Then head again to Grace Cottage to take a seat and take into consideration your day. Josh Williams, who occurs to be the park curator, and his spouse, Jaimie, stay close to Grace Cottage, and are available if wanted. Jaimie is a baker, so the couple often offers baked items for company

And for households…

Kings River Deckhouse and bungalows
Off Rockhouse Street (County Street 302)
Eureka Springs
$650 an evening Deckhouse (two-night minimal), $950 an evening Deckhouse and two bungalows

The Nature Conservancy owns this luxurious lodge-like property overlooking the Set off Hole Valley space of the Kings River Protect. It might sleep 20, so it’s an appropriate, and delightful, place for a retreat. The den options an outsized rock hearth, and home windows kind one wall of the home. There’s additionally a wraparound deck from which to benefit from the view. The Deckhouse sleeps 12 folks in two bedrooms and two sleeping lofts. The bungalows sleep 4 every in two bedrooms and every has a porch and think about. There’s an out of doors pavilion with a grill for eating and a milelong mountain climbing path is being constructed from the home to a bluff overlooking the Kings River. If you wish to paddle the river, there’s a canoe clothes shop close by.

Engedi Lake Home Retreat
Lake Moore, close to Heber Springs
$285 an evening (two-night minimal)

Image a five-bedroom home atop a hill on a 27-acre spring-fed lake, a wood-and-stone getaway with a hearth, a double oven within the kitchen, two decks off every story offering a view of the lake. That’s not what proprietor and author Ginny Edwards envisioned — she thought she would construct a little bit cabin on the lake. The topography prompt she do in any other case, and she or he ended up with a cabin she named Engedi, for the Ein Gedi oasis in Israel, referred to within the Track of Songs. Fido is welcome to Engedi, and in the event you should go away the woods to buy, there’s historic downtown Heber Springs, the place you should buy artwork and antiques, see a film on the Gem, or get espresso on the Jitterbug cafe. If kayaking, canoeing or fishing on Lake Moore isn’t thrilling sufficient for the crew, Greers Ferry Lake close by will accommodate. Engedi sleeps 14; there are additionally a couple of security options for older of us, equivalent to accessible loos.

Seaside Nut Retreat
North of Kingston, off U.S. Hwy. 412
$200 an evening
beachnutretreat.com, vrbo.com

Sure, it’s Seaside Nut, not Beechnut. This four-bedroom log cabin on a hilltop affords the identical respite from busy lives {that a} view of the ocean may present. The cabin, open solely since Memorial Day, has a woodstove and plenty of loggy furnishings indoors; open air there’s a panoramic view of the rolling Ozarks. Seaside Nut distinguishes itself by letting company deliver their horses for using on the farm’s 500 acres (up to date Coggins check required), and there are ATV trails as effectively. If you’d like Seaside Nut to purchase your groceries for you, that’s doable with a charge and 48 hours’ advance discover. The cabin is much away from metropolis lights, so stargazers will respect a pleasant, darkish night time sky. One uncommon contact: There’s a treadmill within the cabin. The house owners say it makes a pleasant place for a small marriage ceremony get together, since it will possibly accommodate 12 company.


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