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Celebrate Relaxation Day August 15

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After July 4, we don’t have anything official to celebrate until Labor Day in early September. But that doesn’t stop the People Who Plan Things from creating made-up reasons to celebrate. National Relaxation Day Sunday, Aug. 15, fits the bill perfectly, especially since it lands right before school starts! In a state that is home to the very first National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansans have relaxing down to a science. From rivers and lakes for floating to vacation homes to kick back in, The Natural State has you covered.

Over the last few years, Only in Arkansas writers have featured quite a few great ways to relax, so here’s a collection of some of my favorites. Maybe they’ll give you some ideas for your Relaxation Day!

Relaxation Day Stays

First, let’s start with places to stay. We’ve got a roundup of unique rentals, a coffee house that has a rental above (can you imagine how dreamy this place smells!?), a charming historic farmstead, a Victorian Grand Lady, and a glamping set up in Fayetteville for a solo trip or a weekend with friends.

The Coolest Arkansas Air BnBs

Stay at Eureka Springs Coffee House

Coulter Farmstead Historic Retreat

Crescent Hotel: Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks

The Hideout: Urban Glamping in Fayetteville

Low Key Fun

There’s a lot of adventure to be found in Arkansas if that’s what you’re looking for, and there are plenty of us who believe finishing the day covered with dirt and sweat is a sign of a full day of relaxation, but this list is focused on low key fun. We’ve got shady getaways, opportunities to dine with great views of the water, a salt cave experience, and a collection of easy day trips for those of you who want to hit the road.

Cool Down with Shady Getaways

5 Places to Dine on the Water

Breathe It In Salt Rooms

9 Northwest Arkansas Fall Day Trips

Relaxing Outdoors

Finally, for readers who like it all, how about a couple of outdoor options with something for everyone, including campsites for an overnight stay, a visit to Hot Springs’ infamous Bathhouse Row, and a unique getaway on top of the Boston Mountains?

Henry Gray Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area

Escape Into the Past on Bathhouse Row

Getaway on the Boston Mountains

Bluffton Preserve on the Archey Fork

Wherever you spend National Relaxation Day weekend this year, we’d love for you to share on social media and tag us in your photo! Be safe and have a great time!

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Arkansas Women Blogger Laurie is a writer and artist living in Springdale, Arkansas with her husband, son and three cats who think they’re people. She can’t keep her fingernails clean, prefers her tea unsweet, and is on a first-name basis with local thrift store employees. You can follow Laurie at See Laurie Write and Junque Rethunque.

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