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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.

#1 – Diamond John’s Riverside Retreat 

81 Roy Road
Murfreesboro, Arkansas 71958

Unique Getaways in Arkansas

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.

#2 – Longbow Resort 

4349 Prim Road
Prim, Arkansas

Unique Getaways in Arkansas
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

#3 –Livingston Junction Caboose 

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

Unique Getaways in Arkansas

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!

#4 – The Crescent Hotel 

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

Crescent HOtel

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.

#5- Turpentine Creek Safari Lodges and Treehouses 

239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Unique Getaways in Arkansas

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!

#6 –E Fay Jones Stoneflower House 

704 Stony Ridge Rd.
Heber Springs, AR 72543
(501) 368-3049

Stoneflower collage
Photos by Cheryl Koralik

The Stoneflower House was designed by E. Fay Jones who is well-known for his Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. The Stoneflower is a beautiful vertical structure with exposed beams and large windows that will make you feel as if you are in the outdoors. The contrast of wood, glass and stone throughout the home is beautiful and grand. This beautiful house is for rent and can sleep up to 5 although it is not recommended for small children and is not handicap accessible.

#7- 21C Museum Hotel

200 Northeast A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

21C Entrance
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!

#8- The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

239 Central Avenue
Hot Springs AR 71901


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 virtual assistant while raising her young son. 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. Julie loves adventure. Not necessarily "scare-your-pants-off" adventure but the kind where you seek out new and exciting things. New foods, new places, new experiences. On her blog, Seek Adventures, Julie shares about the outdoor and travel adventures of her family as they camp and standup paddleboard across the South. You can also learn more about her writing on her site Seek Adventures Media.

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  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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