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There are times when a stay in a trendy boutique hotel like 21C or a historic hotel like the Crescent are just the getaway you need. Both are located in downtown areas and offer nearby sightseeing and dining options perfect for those who are looking for a weekend filled with activity. Sometimes though, when I need a getaway, I really like to get away from it all. I want to disconnect, unwind and social distance while still having the comforts of home. Camping is fun, but it requires a fair amount of work and we all deserve to be pampered every now and then.
Cabins can offer some of the creature comforts we have grown accustomed to while still allowing us to get away from it all. These nine unique cabins in Arkansas will provide a bit of whimsy and adventure on your next weekend away. Some are remote, and some are located near town. Whether you stay in or head out to see the sights is totally up to you.
Located just south of Mountain Home the White Buffalo Resort is an outdoor lovers’ dream. In addition to guided fishing tours and various boat rentals, they offer RV and tent camping, large group cabins and the affordable “Camper Cabins.” The Camper Cabins allow you to have a few of the comforts of home while still enjoying the great outdoors. Each cabin includes two sets of bunk beds and a double bed, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag or sheets. There is a small refrigerator, lights, electricity, and heat or A/C. Outside you will find two chairs on the covered porch, a picnic table, and a fire pit for your evening campfire. Keep in mind; there is no running water in the cabins. Instead, guests use the nearby campground restrooms and showers. There is a shared camp-sink area where you can wash your dishes.
Eureka Springs Treehouses offers several unique lodging options from treehouse-style cabins to mini castles and hobbit houses. Each unit has amenities like Jacuzzis, king-sized beds and patios. You can add to your weekend by upgrading to a romance package or signing up for a free walking tour. Eureka Springs Treehouses are located about two minutes from Historic Downtown Eureka Springs. This is an adults-only resort, so make plans to leave the kids at home.
Channel your inner Laura Ingalls Wilder and spend a weekend relaxing in a Conestoga-style covered wagon. Enjoy lots of privacy, a fire pit and a bubbling hot tub. A small toilet is located inside the wagon with a full bathhouse located elsewhere on the property.
StoneWind Retreat offers luxury yurts with hot tubs and beautiful views. Each cabin has a large deck, so you can enjoy viewing the wildlife that frequents the area or watch the sunset. Book a massage and enjoy a personal or couples’ massage right in the comfort of your own yurt. Located about halfway between Fort Smith and Fayetteville, there is plenty to see and do in just a short drive.
Saddle up your horses and head on down to Murfreesboro. You’ll be grinning like a weasel in a hen house when you lay your eyes on these Old West cabins. Designed to look like a wild west town, each cabin is decorated with replica artifacts that are reminiscent of the mid to late 1800s. Step back in time while still enjoying modern amenities like fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and bathrooms. No late-night trips to the outhouse in this western town!
Visitors to Ouachita Mountains, Wolf Pen Gap, Talimena Scenic Drive and Queen Wilhelmina State Park will enjoy staying at the enchanting cottage-style cabins. Each cabin has a porch that offers beautiful views and access to a private lake for fishing, swimming and kayaking. Several cabins provide ride-in access to the Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trail system.
There aren’t many places in Arkansas where you may spot an elk or two from your own cabin in the woods. The Buffalo Outdoor Center has over 20 cabins in various locations throughout the Buffalo National River and Ponca area. The amenities vary by cabin. Their staff will be happy to help you find the right cabin no matter if you are looking for a romantic weekend away, a family vacation spot, or just a place to connect with nature and get away from the world.
These unique cabins are designed like treehouses and have suspended walkways that lead guests through the trees. The secluded cabin includes a private outdoor area with a firepit but offers Wi-Fi, so it’s also perfect for a working getaway. The cabins are located near downtown Mountain View and the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.
Get into the Christmas spirit in this cabin located on a working Christmas tree farm. The year-round Christmas decor will get you in the Holiday spirit, and you’ll love the winter wonderland in the master suite. The house has rustic furnishings, a fireplace and sleeps up to seven, so it’s perfect for families.
If you enjoyed getting a look at these unique cabins in Arkansas, you should check out our other lodging articles.
Cover photo from Buffalo Outdoor Center.
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