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8 Unique Getaways in Arkansas


If you’re looking to escape for a weekend or for a place to celebrate a special life event, Arkansas is full of unique getaways and interesting places that are perfect for a quick “staycation.” Enjoy this roundup of great locations around the state. Many of these locations book months in advance, so if you’re interested in something, contact them quickly to get your reservations made.

Diamond John’s Riverside Retreat 

81 Roy Road
Murfreesboro, Arkansas 71958

Unique Getaways in Arkansas - Diamond John's

Digging for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park is a rite of passage for any true Arkansan. What better way to relax after a long day of digging in the hot sun than by falling asleep in your very own Teepee? Diamond Johns has three Teepees that sleep up to four adults and one that will sleep up to eight. The three regular teepees all have air conditioning, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi and include the use of diamond mining equipment. The large teepee has all of the amenities except for the air conditioning.

Longbow Resort 

4349 Prim Road
Prim, Arkansas

Unique Getaways in Arkansas - Longbow Resort
Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism

Longbow Resort is a remote cabin getaway nestled between Greers Ferry Lake and Mountain View and features four beautiful, secluded cabins. The resort has been featured in Southern Living magazine, where it was called a “secluded, enchanted paradise.” It is perfect for honeymooners or anyone looking to get away and get immersed in nature. Each cabin was built to be a part of its natural surroundings, including waterfalls, natural swimming pools, cliff walls, canyons or streams. For more information, visit longbowresorts.com or facebook.com/LongbowResort

Livingston Junction Caboose

1 Stonehaven Lane
Eureka Springs, AR 72631
Toll Free: 888-87-TRAIN

Unique Getaways in Arkansas - Livingston Junction Caboose

Livingston Junction is home to three remolded train cabooses. The cabooses have been redesigned into quaint living spaces complete with a hot tub and a grill. This would be the perfect weekend getaway for the train lover in your life.

Livingston Junction is also for sale! Perhaps you will stay for a weekend and then decide to make this fun place your home!

The Crescent Hotel 

75 Prospect Ave
Eureka Springs AR 72632
(855) 725-5720

Crescent Hotel Eureka Springs

If you like ghosts and haunted things than the Crescent Hotel is the place for you. Named “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” the Crescent offers nightly ghost tours to hotel guests and visitors. You will learn about the hotel’s haunted past and find out if your room is haunted.

The Crescent was built in 1886 and remains a landmark in Arkansas today. Its beautiful décor will transport you back in time. In addition to lodging, they offer a restaurant, a pizzeria and a full-service spa.

Turpentine Creek Safari Lodges and Treehouses 

239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Unique Getaways in Arkansas - Turpentine Creek

Turpentine Creek is a rescue operation for big cats from around the country. In addition to offering tours, they have several safari lodges, treehouses and a tent camping area. The lodges are decorated to reflect the African spirit and many overlook areas where the cats play. You will get a great view of the cats from your room and may even hear them calling to each other late into the night. It’s a wild and unique getaway!

Titan II Nuclear Missile Complex

Vilonia, AR 72173

A former Titan II Nuclear Missle Complex turned into a luxury Airbnb that is in the original underground Launch Control Center. It has been transformed into a stand-alone home with a master bedroom and bath, kitchen area, theater/ living space and multi-use space. When guests arrive they are given a full top-to-bottom tour and orientation of the space. This unique Airbnb is situated on 9 acres in the middle of 200 acres of rand land. Also on the property is an RV park.

21C Museum Hotel

200 Northeast A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

21C Museum Hotel
Photo courtesy of Jamie Smith

This trendy spot is a boutique hotel, art museum, and civic center all in one. The hotel is within walking distance of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as well as a variety of restaurants and other area attractions. The Hive restaurant inside the hotel features James Beard Award Finalist Chef Matthew McClure and serves ‘refined country cuisine.’ The Hive strives to offer a unique menu featuring local ingredients and Chef McClure’s unique take on country cooking. The hotel rooms are modern and luxurious. You also won’t want to miss the Green Penguins that hang out on and throughout the building!

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

239 Central Avenue
Hot Springs AR 71901

Arlington Hotel Hot Springs Unique Getaways in Arkansas

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa is an American treasure.  Since 1875, the hotel has hosted presidents, dignitaries, movie stars, gangsters, sports heroes and scores of others looking to relax and possibly enjoy the spring-fed hot waters piped directly into the Arlington Bath House.  Other hotel amenities include outstanding restaurants, Lobby Bar, Starbuck’s, Salon/Spa, mountainside Pool Deck with twin-cascading pools and hot tub, shopping and weekend entertainment. Whatever your pleasure, the Arlington is the place to stay, play, relax and luxuriate – all in one beautiful, historic resort.

We hope you enjoyed this round-up and that you were inspired to spend some vacation time right here in Arkansas.  What are your favorite places to stay around the state? We’d love to hear about your unique getaways in the comments.

Note: Header image by Cheryl Koralik

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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One response to “8 Unique Getaways in Arkansas”

  1. Mary Jo Gordon says:

    Thank you so much for your work and your talent in finding truly unique places to stay in Arkansas. We stayed in the Stoneflower rental last year and I have never seen such a beautiful piece of art and architecture wrapped in nature. It is a memory I will always treasure. Now we are looking for a unique place to stay in our RV due to Covid. Take care and thanks for sharing.

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