Arkansas October 22, 2016
These 10 Cozy Fall Getaways In Arkansas Will Spoil You For Life
We recently discussed
cozy cabins that make your stay a delight, and that got me thinking about all the great places to have a cozy time all over the Natural State. Nothing says fall to me like gorgeous foliage, crisp weather that’s perfect for exploring both natural beauty and man-made wonders, and a comfy spot where I can take shelter from the nip in the air. These 10 places offer all of that, and so much more.
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1. Sleep on top of the world at the lodge on Mount Magazine.
You don’t have to make Mount Magazine a drive and stop adventure—you can gaze at the gorgeous fall foliage, eat at the fantastic lodge restaurant, and cuddle up for the night right on top of the mountain, in your own private room. You’ll find the lodge at 577 Lodge Drive in Paris.
2. Stay in at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs.
This bed and breakfast is a Hot Springs favorite, both for its cozy atmosphere and gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. There’s no better time than the fall to stay in this lakeside retreat. You’ll find it at 104 Lookout Circle in Hot Springs.
3. Cuddle up by the campfire on Mount Nebo.
You’ll find 34 campsites at Mount Nebo, and let’s face it, there’s no better time to cozy up with some fireside chat than a beautiful Arkansas autumn. During the day you can explore miles of trails and beautiful waterfalls. If you’re not into camping out, you can always book one of their eight cabins. Mount Nebo State Park is located at 16728 West State Highway 155 in Dardanelle.
4. Have an off-season adventure on the Buffalo River.
There’s nothing quite like seeing gorgeous fall foliage from the river and then camping out underneath the stars. A great place to get started on your Buffalo adventure is in the town of Ponca. You’ll find plenty of outfitters there. If you’re not too keen on floating overnight, you can always rent a cabin and spend your daytime hours exploring the river.
5. Go back in time at the Captain Henderson House in Arkadelphia.
This old timey bed and breakfast offers guests an experience from a bygone era. The Captain Henderson House is comfortably situated on the tree-lined campus of Henderson State University, and it’s the perfect place for a cozy fall getaway. It’s located at 349 North 10th Street in Arkadelphia.
6. Relax in your own hobbit hole, castle, or tree house in Eureka Springs.
I’m sorry, but nothing says holing up for a warm evening like a hobbit hole. If you’re not into hobbits or caves, you can choose to sleep among the changing leaves in a tree house. The third option is the adorable little castles this place offers, like the one featured above. You’ll find them at 526 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs.
7. Wrap yourself in the mountains while staying in a yurt.
These yurts are just about the only place in Arkansas I’d consider pretty close to glamping. The unique experience of staying in a “Year-round Universal Recreational Tent” is something every Arkansan should try at least once. There are three yurts at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. All three come complete with wood floors and screened windows. You can stay in one at 2027 State Park Entrance Road in Bismarck.
8. Have a bath with a view at Beaver Lake.
At Beaver Lakefront Cabins, you can enjoy the lake from your own private living room. Each cabin has glass walls that allow you to gaze out at the changing colors from the comfort of your comfy couch. The oversized Jacuzzi tubs set right next to the deck and windows look super cozy. You’ll find the cabins at 1234 County Road 120 in Eureka Springs.
9. Luxuriate in the arts in Bentonville.
Maybe an artsy vacation doesn’t seem to fit in with the fall beauty theme, but hear me out. Bentonville is located in the Ozarks, and no matter where you’re coming from, you’ll love the drive. 21C Museum Hotel is a luxurious place to cozy up for a weekend. It’s full of art and little details that will make your stay pure joy. While you’re up in Bentonville, you should check out Arkansas’s world class art museum, Crystal Bridges. You’ll find 21C Museum Hotel at 200 Northeast A Street in Bentonville.
10. Find Shangri-la in Mount Ida.
If you’re looking to see the clearest lake in Arkansas in its full autumnal glory, head to Mount Ida and seek out Shangri-la Resort. These cozy cottages come with fully furnished kitchens and views of Lake Ouachita. You can rent a party barge or a fully equipped fishing boat there, and spend as much time among the turning leaves as your little heart desires. You’ll find Shangri-la at 987 Shangri La Drive in Mount Ida.
For even more getaways you shouldn’t miss,
try this list. You may also want to try a road trip adventure like this one.