From grand hotels overlooking the stunning vistas of the Ozark Mountains to lodges that offer you the opportunity to “become one” with the caverns, the diversity of the Natural State’s accommodations means there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re after a five-star hotel experience, days spent at the spa, or a cozy evening by a fire pit, these eight Arkansas resorts and lodges should be on your radar!
Beckham Creek Cave Lodge
More info: beckhamcave.com
If you have a group of friends or family looking for a unique escape that combines the secret allure of a natural cavern with the sweeping views of a bluff overlooking the valley, then Beckham Creek Cave Lodge should be on your radar. This 256-acre, four-bedroom, four-bathroom property is hidden away in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas near Jasper.
While its opportunities for adventure are many, including kayaking, catch-and-release fishing, and hiking, that’s not even the most fascinating part. When Beckham Creek Cave Lodge says it is nestled in a cavern, it is literally in a cavern. The rooms are built into the cave, with guests sleeping amidst the rock formations. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the most interesting places you’ve ever stayed.
Crescent Hotel and Lodge
Eureka Springs, AR
More info: crescent-hotel.com
Founded in 1886, the Crescent Hotel and Lodge holds a stately presence in the Ozark Mountains. For years, it was known as the “symbol of hospitality” in the area, looking down on Eureka Springs from the Victorian Village. But, throughout the 20th century, the property fell into disrepair. Luckily for Arkansans, Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the hotel in the 90s and set out to restore it to its former glory. Their five-year plan preserved the grand hotel’s history and original beauty while transforming it into a modern-day destination for Southerners.
While it’s stunning any time of year, the fall foliage in the Ozarks is a particularly jaw-dropping draw. However, that’s not the only reason to visit in the fall. The Crescent Hotel and Lodge has a reputation as one of the country’s most haunted hotels, and they offer several tours to explore the paranormal, including a kid-friendly ghost-hunting investigation.
The Reserve at Hot Springs
Hot Springs, AR
More info: thereserveathotsprings.com
W.C. Brown’s Gilded Age mansion was once one of the most impressive homes in Hot Springs. Now, it’s an elegant luxury hotel with 12 guest rooms in the main house, in addition to the Legacy House and the Cottage Suite. A popular wedding venue, this boutique hotel is intimate and grand, designed to make you feel like you’ve walked into your fanciest relative’s home. The Reserve at Hot Springs is located just steps from the hustle and bustle of the town, yet its property feels private and relaxing. There’s even a swing right by a waterfall — you’ll wonder how you’re not in the middle of nowhere. Breakfast is included in your stay, as are the sophisticated vibes you’ll take in while retiring to the wood-paneled library every evening.
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa
Mt. Ida, AR
More info: mountainharborresort.com
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa resides along 900 acres on the shores of Lake Ouachita, setting the stage for a getaway purely focused on breathing in the fresh lakeside air and finding total relaxation. You can stay in guest rooms within the inn, book a cottage or condo, or even bring your RV and rent an RV site. The accommodations are comfortable and casual, and the activities range from boating to fishing to scuba diving. You can go hiking, biking, or riding horses. And, of course, there’s the spa. This trip is about connecting with nature and loved ones and disconnecting from the world.
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn
Hot Springs, AR
More info: lookoutpointinn.com
Where other resorts or lodges focus on creating family memories, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn caters to those looking for a romantic getaway for two. For two decades, they’ve cultivated a sense of Southern hospitality and casual luxury, welcoming guests to their beautiful lakeside grounds. You can relax by the serenity of the water or get out on the water by kayaking, canoeing, pedal-boating, or taking a cruise on Lake Hamilton. There’s even lakeside yoga for those who want to find a more profound calm. While there are incredible dining options within Hot Springs, you can also find delicious food at the resort, so there’s never a reason to leave the property during your stay.
Inn at Carnall Hall
More info: innatcarnallhall.com
The Inn at Carnall Hall is next door neighbors with the University of Arkansas. They’re so close that the boutique hotel actually overlooks the Lawn of Old Main. This beloved institution is a favorite of parents visiting their children at school and alumni returning to watch the Razorbacks win. Formerly a girls’ dorm, the Inn at Carnall Hall is within walking distance of both the football stadium and Dickson Street. Even if you’re not staying at the Inn, Ella’s Table is a mouth-watering spot for those looking for a good Southern meal, and Lambeth Lounge is a popular place to grab a drink as you wind down from a busy day.
Bella Vista, AR
More info: cedarlodgearkansas.com
Cedar Lodge blends mountain beauty and outdoor activities with a stunning lakefront getaway. At 7,600 square feet, this lakeside home has eight bedrooms and sleeps up to 22 guests. This is where you can plan your whole family’s vacation. Picture yourself spending the summer with your closest friends right here on this porch or watching the snow gently fall while celebrating the holidays together, all in one place. You’ll also never run out of activities with paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, a waterslide, and hiking.
Ponca Creek Lodge
More info: buffaloriver.com/lodges/ponca-creek
Ponca Creek Lodge is a picturesque option if you’re planning a family reunion or a large friend gathering. With four primary suites and accommodations that fit up to 16, this rustic modern lodge is the perfect mountain getaway. Up to 80 people can attend a day event here, which means you could book it for a wedding and have the guests secure nearby cabins and lodges for their own accommodations. And, while a mountain getaway is lovely any time of year, just imagine the views you’ll get from this mountaintop hideaway during the height of fall foliage.
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