Arkansas might not be the first destination to come to mind when you’re searching for romantic getaways to take with your special someone, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a richness to be discovered among the state’s rolling hills and down-home hospitality.
In comparison to neighbors Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, many tourists pass by this charming state–keeping it cozy and quiet for the visitors who know where to look.
Lets explore the best romantic (weekend) getaways in Arkansas:
1. Cliff Cottage Inn B&B
Discover the meaning of “Luxury B&B” when you whisk your special someone away to the Cliff Cottage Inn located right in the heart of Downtown Eureka Springs. Travel a mere 17 steps from the Cliff Cottage’s front door and you’re perusing through boutique shops, art galleries, and quaint dining.
The Inn itself consists of a magical-village atmosphere where every guest is given their own cottage. You can escape from the noise of typical travel and relish the privacy with your darling. In fact, each cottage comes with a private balcony and hot tub, so you can take in the intimacy while tucked into the woods.
And when they call this a bed & breakfast, they mean it. The Cliff Cottage is the only B&B where a special “elf” delivers a full gourmet breakfast right to your door every morning. A full gourmet breakfast which, in fact, cannot be missed. Innkeeper Sandra learned to cook in France on an 18th-century wood-burning stove, and treats her guests with original recipes daily.
2. Hot Springs Arlington Hotel
Talk about regal–this hotel exemplifies the term. Stop by the Hot Springs Arlington Hotel to stay in a true American Treasure. With over 500 rooms and suites, this historic hotel built in 1875 maintains an air of grandioseness that just can’t be found anywhere else.
Inside the hotel, you will find a grand lobby to welcome you to your royal oasis, an elegant Venetian Dining Room that serves five-star cuisine in a formal setting, and a beautiful Crystal Ballroom.
Outside the hotel, you and your loved one can soak up the relaxation at the Hot Spring’s Spa and Salon, the Thermal Bathhouse where you can bathe in the famous mineral waters of the hot springs, and the year-round mountainside twin-level heated pools and hot tub. It just doesn’t get any more luxurious than this.
3. Inn at Carnall Hall
Known as “the front porch to the University of Arkansas,” the Inn at Carnall Hall is ideal for students, alumni, and visitors alike.
Originally established as a residence hall for the University of Arkansas at the turn of the 20th century, the hotel was named after the first woman professor as the University of Arkansas, Ella Howison Carnall, and served as the school’s first women’s dormitory. Since then, the Inn has been refurbished and converted into one of the region’s most popular destinations.
As per traditional Southern tradition, as soon as you step foot on at Inn at Carnall Hall, you’re treated like family. Dine at Ella’s Restaurant on-site, an ode to upscale Southern cooking, featuring dishes such as shrimp and scallop cakes, venison chops, and more.
4. Capital Hotel
Don’t just visit Little Rock, the state capital of Arkansas; revel in its beauty when you bring your significant other to the Capital Hotel. Deemed one of the “Best Hotels in the U.S.” by U.S. News, the “#1 Hotel in Little Rock” by TripAdvisor, and included in Southern Living’s recommendations for hotels, this destination is sure to exceed your expectations.
Cross off everything on your to-do list for Little Rock while staying at the Capital. Whether it’s exploring one of the gorgeous state parks, bountiful museums, the hip River Market district, or the quintessentially infamous Little Rock Central High School, the Capital Hotel gives you front-row access to all the sights.
And once you’re inside the hotel doors, you’re surrounded by beautiful architecture, first-class service, and charm. All you have to do is pick the weekend and the rest is set.
5. Oak Crest Cottages & Treehouses
Try out an incredibly unique romantic getaway with your partner when you stay at the Oak Crest Cottages & Treehouses in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nestled into the beautiful and tranquil wilderness, this location offers an experience like no other.
This is not your typical treehouse; no secret passwords to get in, no descending ropes to climb up. Instead, what you have is a completely refined getaway in the trees. Walk through the wooden staircases and bridges through the trees to your private abode, where you’ll find a king size bed, flat screen TV, authentic fireplace, intimate Jacuzzi, kitchenette, and 360° sweeping views of Eureka Springs.
Don’t miss your opportunity to experience a getaway out of the ordinary at Oak Crest.
6. Arsenic and Old Lace Bed & Breakfast
Located in the beautiful Ozarks and Eureka Springs, the Arsenic and Old Lace B&B showcases all there is to love about Arkansas. Let yourself become enchanted with the peaceful views of the Arkansas hills and beautiful gardens from your private room or wrap-around veranda when you stay at this charming Victorian-era mansion for your next romantic getaway.
You will be in awe at the gorgeous stained glass windows, original artwork, refined antiques, and crystal chandeliers throughout the B&B that bring old-world elegance to your stay. And with top-of-the-line amenities, you can enjoy all the comforts of modern life combined with the beauty of yesteryear.
7. The Palace Hotel and Bath House
Travel back in time with your loved one when you first the Palace Hotel and Bath House, originally built in 1901. For over a century, this destination has been serving guests with upscale comfort. Indeed, the hotel was constructed to resemble the architecture of a European castle, so many of its features are unique to this side of the globe.
Whenever you’re ready for breakfast, all you have to do is simply call down to the front desk and your gourmet meal will be delivered right to your room. In keeping with European tradition, the Palace Hotel offers lighter, more European-style breakfasts, such as pastries, fresh fruits, tea, coffee, and juice.
And when you’re not exploring the neighboring Eureka Springs, head down to the Bathhouse spa. Back in 1901, a soak and steam in the Turkish Bath cost less than $1. Even though the price has been adjusted over the years, the unique experience has not. Relax in the soothing spring water, enriched with minerals and salts, just downstairs.
8. Captain Henderson House Bed & Breakfast
Similar to the Inn at Carnall Hall, the Captain Henderson House shares its location with a state university in Arkansas. This B&B, however, lies alongside Henderson State University in southern Arkansas and boasts the charm of an intimate Victorian-era home.
The magnificent 9,000 sq. ft. mansion has been honored with a position on the National Register of Historic Places, has briefly served as a museum for the nearby University to showcase the grand history of the state, and even contains what is arguably the best collection of interior wooden fretwork in the state of Arkansas.
Snag up the opportunity to stay in an absolutely exquisite historic home at the Captain Henderson House.
9. The Empress of Little Rock
Take a trip through this enchanted AAA Four Diamond destination in the state capital of Arkansas. At the Empress of Little Rock, you and your loved one will be swept away by the romance of it all. From the grand parlor to the mesmerizing secret garden, you will feel like your getaway was taken right from Gone with the Wind.
The Empress is so whimsical, in fact, that it’s been named the #4 Most Romantic Hotel in the United States. Come discover the magic of the place, where you and your loved one will have a wood-burning fireplace, aromatherapy massage jet showers, a Jacuzzi tub, and a steam sauna all in the privacy of your own suite. At this destination from the bygone era, you truly will feel like an Empress (or Emperor) yourself.
10. The Burgundy Hotel
For a twist on the typical romantic getaway in a B&B, consider staying in this fabulously modern and chic Burgundy Hotel right in Little Rock. The Burgundy combines contemporary design with a casual atmosphere to ensure its guests the premiere in comfort.
In each guest room, you will find unparalleled quality and style with plush linens and state-of-the-art amenities.
And the owners of the Burgundy don’t limit the luxury to their accommodations; the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Table 28, serves nothing but the finest of modern American cuisine full of innovation and pizzazz. Choose between any of the 27 tables to dine at, or select the coveted Table 28, where you and your loved one will savor the exquisite flavors of the executive chef’s six-course meal.
11. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn
As the owners of Lookout Point Lakeside Inn say themselves, this beauty tucked into Arkansas’s Ouachita Mountains and overlooking Lake Hamilton “is a sanctuary for body and soul.” This romantic destination elegantly combines Southern hospitality with tranquil scenery to provide guests with the ultimate getaway.
While the setting itself is enough to justify a romantic getaway, the Lookout Point takes it a step further with an array of romantic packages for couples. Add on the “Love Me Tender” package, which includes one dozen long-stemmed red roses, a chilled bottle of champagne, fine chocolates, and cheese, crackers, and fruit for two.
12. Hilltop Manor Bed & Breakfast
Find your oasis in this peaceful and historic B&B amid the flawless Hot Springs National Park Forest. When you bring your special someone to the Hilltop Manor in Hot Springs, Arkansas, you will not be disappointed.
During your stay at the Hilltop, you can hike throughout the national park and unwind in the famous Hot Springs to explore the beauty that Arkansas has to offer.
And when you come back to this home-away-from-home, the quaint charm will pull you back in to feel at ease. Sip your morning coffee at this retreat while taking in the majestic sights of the surrounding waterfall right from Hilltop’s front porch. And don’t miss out on the homemade breakfast, prepared from scratch, that features delectables such as apricot cranberry muffins, warm banana bake, Eggs Benedict, and Crème Brûlée French Toast.
13. Mount Victoria Bed & Breakfast
The Mount Victoria, a Colonial Revival circa 1902 in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is located only three blocks from the beginning of all the boutique shops in town,giving you front-row tickets to a romantic and charming getaway down tree-lined streets where the hummingbirds and butterflies fly freely.
Outside of the Mount Victoria, you and your sweetheart can hike around the wondrous Beaver Lake Dam Overlook, watch a beautiful sunset over Table Rock Lake, or lazily peruse through the shops and gardens nearby.
To enhance the level of romance during your stay, the Mount Victoria offers guests a variety of picnic baskets to enjoy while out and about through the area. All baskets include glassware, silverware, cloth napkins, plates, salt & pepper, a wine coozie, and a picnic blanket for two. Choose from three picnic baskets: the silver, gold, and platinum, all ranging in price and gourmet contents.
14. Wildflower Bed & Breakfast
In Mountain View, Arkansas, known as the folk music capital of the world, there’s no better place to visit than the Wildflower B&B on your next romantic getaway. Come appreciate the down-home comfort and hospitality that this charming B&B has to offer.
The Wildflower sits right on the town square, in the middle of all the activity and fun of Mountain View. Check out the Ozark Folk Center, where highly skilled artisans work, create, and display their masterpieces in a charming village-like setting. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time as you observe the blacksmith transform raw iron into decorative pieces, or the copper artist turn brown metal into artwork. And don’t miss the folk musicians performing each night.
15. 1884 Wildwood Bed & Breakfast
The 1884 Wildwood encapsulates the essence of what you imagine when you think of a romantic getaway. This quiet, historic B&B showcases down-home hospitality, antiques, and charm in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Wildwood takes pride in spoiling its guests. When you arrive to this romantic destination, you will be welcomed with candles, rose petals, and chocolate mints in your room–all at no extra cost.
And in the morning when you see the breakfast spread, you may never want to leave. Indulge in a three-to-four-course breakfast in the dining room, featuring favorites like the Blueberry Pineapple Upside-Down Coffee Cake, Stuffed Breakfast Croissants, Hash Brown Casserole, and more. You may want to bring your stretchy pants for this one.