Sometimes you just need to close the laptop, pack a bag, and getaway for the weekend with your partner. But oftentimes the effort that goes into researching, planning, and reserving your trip can feel like a job in and of itself. Never fear, we’ve got you covered! Let us (Vinson Images) take the guesswork out of your getaway with our guide to romantic getaways in Arkansas.
- Romantic Getaways in Northwest Arkansas
- Romantic Getaways in Northern Arkansas
- Romantic Getaways in Southwest Arkansas
- Romantic Getaways in Southeast Arkansas
- Romantic Getaways in Central Arkansas
- Romantic Getaways in Northeast Arkansas
Romantic Getaways in Northwest Arkansas
Immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks, Fayetteville is the entertainment capital of Northwest Arkansas, with its thriving arts scene, legendary live music and nightlife, culinary treasures, and events and attractions. This community prides itself on being inclusive and welcoming to all, as well as supportive of all things local. From Razorbacks games to the Farmers’ Market to performances at the Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared, couples are invited to join in on the fun!
Alumni returning to Northwest Arkansas for the weekend will get a kick out of staying at The Graduate, where prices begin at $130. Filled with Razorback mementos and done up in red and white, it’s sure to bring back memories of the glory days. Those wanting to stay downtown should check out Dickson Street Inn for $140 a night. It’s easily one of the city’s most accessible hotels, putting you steps away from Fayetteville’s vibrant nightlife.
With so many activities, it’s hard to play favorites. Check out a Razorback game, go for a wine tasting, catch a Broadway show or take in a breathtaking view from Mt. Sequoyah. Build the perfect weekend that’s uniquely you. For upscale dining, we recommend Mermaids or Atlas. As the name implies, Mermaid’s serves up a modern take on seafood while Atlas offers globally inspired fine dining. Both are a splurge, but really cap off a romantic weekend in Northwest Arkansas.
Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas
Step back in time with a visit to Fort Smith and Van Buren, communities where the past plays a vibrant role in the present and future. No romantic trip to the area is complete without a stay at Beland Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast, where rooms start at $120 a night and feature private jacuzzies and fireplaces. There are also a variety of romantic “extras” you can add to your stay, starting at $50. Our favorite is the Healing Aromatherapy package, which comes complete with an in-room two-hour massage.
Looking for things to do? Catch a ride on the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century passenger car from Van Buren’s historic Old Frisco Depot. This scenic excursion train travels through the foothills of the Ozark Boston Mountains through a quarter-mile tunnel and over a series of high trestles overlooking the rugged forest. History buffs should visit the Drennen-Scott Historic Site, which boasts unobstructed views of the Arkansas River. Built in 1838, the home was continuously occupied by the Drennen family until the property was acquired by the University of Arkansas in 2005. Today, it’s open for couples to explore and learn about the home’s role in Arkansas history.
When it’s time to grab a bite to eat, we love Doe’s Eat Place and Bricktown Brewery. Doe’s is a splurge with gourmet steaks on the menu. Bricktown is more affordable, while still delicious, take on pub food and craft beer.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs has a vibe like no other town in the state. Streets are lined with Victorian homes hugging cliff sides, and the entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Block after block boasts one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, fine art galleries, craft emporiums, spas, museums, and restaurants. Festivals and events span everything from blues, jazz, and opera to car shows to UFOs, antiques, and the arts. Eureka Springs has everything you need to make your weekend away memorable.
We recommend staying at the iconic Crescent Hotel while in town. Step back in time in their luxurious rooms start at just $149; ghost sightings are included at no additional cost! If you love history but crave something further south, why not check out The New Orleans Hotel? Historic 1890s architecture, with original woodwork, grand four-story staircase, and period-era furnishings take you back to a bygone Louisiana. Rooms start at $120 a night.
Eureka Springs is Northwest Arkansas’ personal spa city, so plan on reserving a couple’s massage for your trip. We personally love Spa 1905, where a duet massage will set you back $190. After that, why not try the local ghost tour? The Crescent Hotel’s Walking Ghost Tour has staff members in period garb who recount the hotel’s spooky origins. Tickets start at $24.50. When it’s time to eat, we love Local Flavor Café and Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave. Both offer a romantic fine dining experience at a moderate price range.
While a trip to Walmart isn’t the most romantic, a trip to the home of Walmart headquarters sure can be! Bentonville is a town where modern progress meets rich history, where the arts meet innovation, and where companies meet communities. It’s a slice of big-city attractions set within a small-town atmosphere.
Our favorite place to stay in Bentonville is 21C Hotel. This boutique hotel boasts its own collection of contemporary art, as well as a critically acclaimed restaurant. Prices begin at $200 a night. If you prefer more of a home-away-from-home feel, we adore this AirBNB five minutes away from downtown Bentonville. It’s newly renovated and affordably priced at $91 a night.
No visit to Bentonville is complete without a stop at the famed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It features the finest examples of American art and stunning architecture. As a bonus, admission is always free! Once you’re done exploring the fine art, explore the great outdoors via bike! Bentonville is renowned as the mountain biking capital of the world. Trails like Slaughter Pen, Coler Mountain, and Back 40 will delight thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, while those wanting a more scenic route will love the All American Trail.
When it’s time to dine, look no further than the Bentonville Square. Local favorites like Table Mesa Bistro, Tavola Trattoria, Pressroom, and Oven & Tap are sure to satisfy any craving at an affordable price point.
Romantic Getaways in Northern Arkansas
Mountain View, Arkansas
The Folk Music Capital of the world offers a piece of the Ozarks to all who stop by to visit. But it’s not just renowned for music; it’s also home to some of our state’s most beautiful natural sites. We love to stay at the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast when we come into town. Located just off the square, you’ll be close to the music, shopping and all the area’s attractions. They also feature private en suite bathrooms and luxury linens. Pricing begins at $119 a night. Prefer more privacy? Wildflower also offers cabins on the property for extra seclusion at an additional cost.
First on your agenda, make sure to explore Blanchard Springs Recreation Area! Well known for its clear streams, waterfalls, hidden caverns, and rolling hills, the area also boasts crystal clear streams and picturesque rock bluffs. You’ll want to bring your camera along for this hike! Mountain View also has musical events year-round to celebrate all there is to love about folk music. You can stop by Craft Village, where more than 20 working artisans demonstrate and create handmade items. Make sure to check the city’s calendar to plan your trip during one of their celebrations, like the three-day bluegrass festival!
We love stopping in Tommy’s Famous for a cheap pint and a slice. It always hits the spot! You can grab local favorites at Bushel and a Peck Café, which has affordable menu items that are always made fresh.
Romantic Getaways in Southwest Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Live the lake life in Spa City! Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs is the picture-perfect place for a romantic escape. Whether you’re looking for excitement in the Great Outdoors or relaxation on Bathhouse Row, you’ll find it here in America’s First Resort.
You could make a weekend alone just staying at Oaklawn Racing Casino and Resort. Recent renovations to the property have made it a must-visit with plushly appointed rooms overlooking the track; prices begin at $135 a night. Visit the resort’s onsite spa while your partner enjoys a beer and tries their hand at blackjack. And with twelve restaurants on the property and a host of entertainment options, you could easily stay on-site and never run out of things to do.
Prefer to explore the city? Hot Springs has a plethora of accommodations via Airbnb or VRBO. We personally love this historic cabin overlooking the tranquil Lake Catherine. Prices start at $125 a night. After you’ve checked in and settled, explore what the city has to offer. Book a visit to Quapaw Baths and Spa to relax and unwind. Quapaw offers over 30 body treatments. Choose from their seasonal options or build your own relaxation experience. Pricing starts at $100 for packages for couples. When you’re done, why not try out The Ohio Club for an incredible selection of drinks and pub fare? Rather have a slice? Grateful Head Pizza is a fantastic option. Both restaurants are budget-friendly and come in at under $15 per person for entrees.
Want to knock out two states in one weekend? Visit Texarkana! When you’re there, you’re destined to find something special! From the small-town charm and Southern hospitality to locally-crafted food, museums, and art galleries, there’s a whole world to explore and experience. Every corner holds a unique story filled with rich history and heritage. Texarkana offers a robust selection of VRBO bookings, including this cute cottage for $114 a night or this one near the city center for $57 a night.
At the top of everyone’s list of things to do should be at a photo opp at the historic post office. Straddled across the state line of Texas and Arkansas, it’s your chance to be in two places at once! the post office and be in two places at once. Need an excuse to cuddle close? Sign up for the Haunted Texarkana Ghost Walk. It takes you on a 90-minute walking tour of the city’s most haunted spots for only $15 a person. Classic cars more your thing? Motor enthusiasts will love the Four States Auto Museum, which boasts free admission. And when dinner rolls around, you can’t beat the options at Zapata’s Mexican Grill or Cattleman’s Steak House. While Cattleman’s is more upscale to Zapata’s laid-back intimacy, both are affordable date-night options with all entrees priced at under $35.
Romantic Getaways in Southeast Arkansas
In his book Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain described Helena as occupying “one of the prettiest situations on the Mississippi”. Nearly 150 years after Mark Twain shared this observation, the city continues to offer a unique brand of Delta charm. Today you can take in Helena by touring historic downtown Cherry St., exploring the region’s unique natural assets, most notably the Mississippi River, and learning about their rich blues heritage via the Delta Cultural Center.
While in town, you should stay at the Edwardian Inn. This charming bed and breakfast is listed on The National Register of Historic Places, and it’s easy to see why. Stunning examples of turn-of-the-century architecture and original furnishings make your stay a trip back in time. Nightly prices begin at $124.
During your trip, you’ll find so much to love in the area’s great outdoors. Make sure to visit the Louisiana State Purchase Park. An elevated boardwalk leads you through swampland to the point where all surveys of property acquired in the 1803 deal began. Strap on your helmets and hop on your bike to ride part of the new Delta Heritage Trail. Craving adventure? Journey down the mighty Mississippi, guided by River Gator, in a handmade Quapaw canoe. You will share in the story and history of the great river, and witness the wild, raw beauty of the Lower Mississippi River.
Craving a tipple? Stop by Delta Dirt Distillery. They offer drinks made with their own Delta Dirt Vodka, which is distilled from sweet potatoes and corn that is grown on their family farm. Gin and Bourbon are soon to follow. For dinner, stop by the Helena Tavern. It offers a full menu and drinks in a bluesy atmosphere. It’s also a total steal, with no menu item topping $15.
Romantic Getaways in Central Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
As Arkansas’s capital city, Little Rock is renowned for its charming hospitality, history, and culture. Recently ranked the third most “Travel Worthy State Capital,” by USA Today readers, Little Rock continues to garner national and international acclaim for its quality of life and tourism amenities.
Visitors should consider staying at the iconic Capital Hotel, with prices beginning at $166 a night. A staple in Little Rock lore, you’ll be steps from River Market District and Old State House Museum. Have tickets to a show at Simmons Arena? You might prefer a room at The Burgundy Hotel. Priced at $140 a night, the king-size suite offers an in-room whirlpool as well as free parking.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Little Rock, from a visit to The Clinton Library, checking out a show at Robinson Center, or laughing to local comedians at The Looney Bin. Nightlife enthusiasts will delight in The River Market, which boasts a wide selection of bars and nightly entertainment. But when it’s time to eat, it’s hard to beat local favorites Samantha’s Tap Room or Kemuri. Samantha’s boats upscale hobs with downhome comfort, plus affordability. Entrees top out at $34. Kemuri is a sleek, contemporary Japanese restaurant that features sushi, seafood, and robata-style skewers; entrees range from $9-$30.
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Once one of Arkansas’ spa towns, you and your partner will welcome an escape to Heber Springs. Here, couples explore the historic county courthouse with its traditional square surrounded by gift galleries, boutiques, antique stores, and eateries. The community’s balance of lovely weather, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation continue to attract thousands of visitors and newcomers every year.
For accommodation, riverfront individual cabins are available from Lindsey’s Resorts. Priced starting at $115 a night, Lindsey’s offers amenities including a fireplace, en suite hot tub, and covered porches. Another option is Little Red River Retreat, which comes complete with a private dock and self-check-in. Pricing begins at $250. When preparing to visit Heber Springs, make sure to pack your fishing poles. Greer’s Ferry Lake is a fisherman’s paradise stocked with every game fish native to Arkansas. Is a day spent speeding across the lake more your bag? Eight marinas offer ample boat rental opportunities, with pricing beginning around $300. For a romantic dinner, stop at Mack’s Fish and Steakhouse. Entrees range from $15-$32, making it one of the most affordable steakhouses on our list. On your way out of town, grab an amazing latte and pastry at Jitterbug Coffeehouse.
Romantic Getaways in Northeast Arkansas
Jonesboro serves as a cultural hub for northeast Arkansas and the Missouri bootheel. Home to Arkansas State University, Jonesboro has the charm of a college town and the feel of a big city. Visitors can hit downtown Jonesboro for antiques, boutiques, and restaurants. Cultural attractions, artistic and theatrical events, and museums are available year-round, so there’s always something new to enjoy.
Comfortable accommodations can be found at the Hilton Garden Inn for $114 a night. Prefer to live like a local? We recommend this funky Airbnb located in the heart of Jonesboro, priced at $59 a night. While you’re in town, take in a Red Wolves game, which offers all the excitement of Division 1 sports! Pop into the ASU Museum to learn more about the rich history of the Mississippi Delta; be sure to check out the Mastodon skeleton on permanent display. Art lovers will enjoy a stroll through the Bradbury Art Museum, which houses an impressive collection of contemporary pieces. Hungry? Grab a pint with Irish flair at Creegan’s Pub. For dinner, we love The Brickhouse Grill. You’ll enjoy New Orleans flair for a bargain price, with entrees ranging from $15-$29.
Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
Nestled between the Ozark Mountains and Arkansas Delta is the beautiful town of Mammoth Spring. This quaint community offers hospitality in abundance and some of the most beautiful scenery in the South. You’ll enjoy leisurely walks around Mammoth Spring State Park, fun-filled days on the Spring River, and lazy evenings on the front deck of a cabin.
We recommend waking up to views of the Spring River in this rustic cabin; at $103 a night, it’s a steal for the room and tranquility. Or check out this charming Airbnb and complete with patio seating, gas grill, and kayaks for only $79 a night!
While you’re there, definitely check out Mammoth Spring National Park. It’s one of the world’s largest springs with over nine million gallons of water flowing through it hourly. Active couples will love the scenic hiking along Spring River Trails. Shopping more your preferred form of cardio? Find exquisite antiques along Main Street Mammoth Spring. When you’re ready to grab a bite, Mammoth Spring has several affordable options. Stop at Fred’s Fish House. One bite will tell you why it’s a Food Network favorite. Or enjoy lunch at La Pastorella Bistro. Their European-inspired changes regularly, so you’ll have a new experience each time you visit!
Wilson is the southern sanctuary on everyone’s lips. Don’t believe us? Check out these stories in AY Magazine or Delta Crossroads. This small town is having a bit of a renaissance, with cozy restaurants, wine tastings, and musical events away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A weekend trip to Wilson is just what the doctor ordered to enjoy a quiet moment with your partner while enjoying world-class cultural experiences.
For accommodations, we recommend the luxury and boutique, Hotel Louis. Opening in April 2022, this charming hamlet is nestled in the heart of Wilson’s Town Square and combines the city’s signature Tudor-style architecture and ever-present Southern charm for an experience unlike any other in the region. We highly recommend sipping on a specialty cocktail at the bar while enjoying the Delta sunset from the rooftop. Or how about this Airbnb in the heart of downtown? Newly renovated and at $250 a night, it offers plenty of space to spread out. We’re in love with the screened-in porch ourselves!
While you’re in Wilson, relax with a visit to The Spa at The Grange. Whether you are coming in for a facial or a massage, you’ll walk away refreshed and rejuvenated. History buffs will enjoy a trip to the newly re-opened Wilson History Museum. It tells the story of the life and times of this little Delta community and its founding by an agricultural pioneer. Pop in for lunch and enjoy the fresh local offerings at The Grange Kitchen. For a romantic dinner, splurge on the Chef’s Table experience. You’ll enjoy a multi-course, personalized meal and wine pairing in an intimate setting, working with Chef Shawn Davis to build your dream menu. Pricing begins at $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Looking For More Than Just Romantic Getaways in Arkansas?
While we know planning a romantic getaway in Arkansas is the main reason you are here, you won’t want to miss what else we have to offer. From Northwest Arkansas date night ideas to Bachelorette party ideas, to the must-see Glass Chapels in Arkansas. Also, if you are looking for a photographer for your next big event, head over to our contact form and let us know! Because we may know a lot about romantic getaways in Arkansas, we know even more about capturing important moments.