Engagement rings? Expensive. Weddings? Expensive? And the honeymoon? For some, it is yet another financially daunting part of getting married. But guess what? Honeymoons don’t have to include far-flung destinations and exotic (read: expensive) accommodations. You can have the trip of a lifetime without even leaving the state! Better yet, these close-to-home options can give you that much-needed after-wedding getaway if you need time to plan and save for a more elaborate trip. So keep reading to learn more about our favorite places to honeymoon in Arkansas and get inspiration on how to plan your trip!
- Honeymoon in Northwest Arkansas
- Honeymoon in Northern Arkansas
- Honeymoon in Central Arkansas
- Honeymoon in Western Arkansas
- Honeymoon in Eastern Arkansas
- Out of State Options That Are Still Close
Honeymoon in Northwest Arkansas
Rogers and Springdale Arkansas
With breathtaking natural scenery, fascinating museums, and a flourishing culinary scene, Rogers is bursting with possibilities for your honeymoon destination. For the couple who wants to enjoy luxury accommodations and close at hand spa treatments, look no further than the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa. Priced at $127 a night, rooms feature stylish décor, flat-screen televisions, and a separate living area. As a bonus, the renowned Spa Botanica is only steps away, giving you the perfect excuse to schedule a couples massage. The Love Rocks package includes hot stone massages and facials; prices are available upon request.
History buffs might prefer a stay at The Inn at the Mill. Countless amenities, a historic feel, and outstanding service are sure to please the most discerning of honeymooners. Room rates begin at $119.And while you are in town, enjoy a night out at Arvest Ballpark. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals offer some of the most exciting games in Minor League Baseball.
For fine dining, you can’t go wrong with Ruth Chris Steak House. While certainly a splurge, there’s no more romantic dinner option in Rogers. For more casual fare, try Fish City Grill. They serve fresh fish & seafood in a casual neighborhood environment with special daily chalkboard features. They also boast amazing cocktails.
Fayetteville is more than just a college town. Known as the entertainment capital of Northwest Arkansas, it is packed with restaurants, live music, and attractions to keep your entire honeymoon exciting. There’s a reason why Arkansas.com calls it the historic hotspot for fun!
Enjoy the refined elegance of a stay at Inn at Carnall Hall. A boutique hotel rich in history yet modern in the ways of comfort and cuisine, they sit next to Old Main on the University of Arkansas campus. We recommend the Bed and Breakfast option, which includes a deluxe breakfast each morning at Ella’s Restaurant. Prices begin at $139 a night. If you’d prefer to stay away from the city’s hustle and bustle, check out Stonewind Retreat. Thirty minutes down I49, these yurt cabins overlook the Boston Mountains. Featuring deluxe hot tub cabins with panoramic views and fully equipped kitchens, you’ll fall in love with this one-of-a-kind getaway. Prices start at $149 a night.
While you’re in Fayetteville, see what show is playing at George’s Majestic Lounge. Their historic stage features everything from notable musicians to famous comedians, with ticket prices depending on the event. We also love an afternoon spent antiquing a short drive away in Prairie Grove. There you are sure to find the perfect sentimental piece for your home! For dinner, treat yourself to New Orleans inspired cuisine with a view of the town square at Cheers at the Old Post Office. They have one of the best old fashions in town! Heading to Dickson? Grab a romantic dinner first at Theo’s. We recommend trying their Bolognese.
A small-town vibe with big-city attractions, Bentonville has been compared to Arkansas’ version of Austin, TX, or Denver, CO. And with people from all over the world relocating here, it’s got variety in abundance. Enjoy an out of this state experience while staying in Arkansas when you have your honeymoon in Bentonville!
Privacy is a must when choosing a honeymoon location. That’s why we love these two options that give you all benefits of renting a home while still being close to the action. The Benton Bungalow is bright and airy, with a thoughtfully curated design to ensure comfort and style. Pricing begins at $105. We also love The Mockingbird Cottage, with its southern front porch and clawfoot tub. Nightly rates start at $179.
Kick-off your honeymoon at Bentonville’s famous Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, an architectural wonder tucked into a natural ravine. Go with the flow on a network of trails to encounter a Chihuly installation, Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, and other massive steel abstracts in the middle of the Ozark woods. Once you are done, tour Bachman Wilson House. Reassembled at Crystal Bridges from its original location in New Jersey, it’s an iconic example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.
For a celebratory dinner, head to The Hive, located at 21c. Under the direction of executive chef and Arkansas native Matthew McClure, The Hive pays tribute to the High South while articulating McClure’s approach to refined country cuisine. For breakfast, we love the affordably priced Buttered Biscuit. A tip for visitors, this local favorite is often packed. Call early for a reservation!
Eureka Springs Arkansas
Honeymooners from the area have flocked to Eureka Springs for nearly a century. From a multitude of spas, the rolling hills of the Ozarks, art galleries and historic architecture, Eureka Springs is the perfect place to relax and unwind as your start your marriage.
During the summer, we love staying at Beaver Lake Cottages. Their lakefront patios are the perfect spot to cuddle, watch the sunrise, and enjoy a cup of coffee together. They also after the Romance Package, with a champagne and chocolate-covered strawberry reception you are sure to love. Pricing is available upon request. If you’d like to stay closer to downtown, try Grand Central Hotel and Spa. It boasts amenities like a wellness area, a spa center, and in-room jacuzzies. Visit their website for additional details on reservations.
A spa visit is a must during your honeymoon at Eureka. New Moon Spa & Salon. Wait for your appointment in their relaxation room or enjoy a visit together to their infrared sauna. Soak in the hot tub overlooking the forest after you’ve enjoyed a couples massage together. Pricing for an hour-long couple’s massage starts at $190. Make plans the next day to visit the cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Book the Carnivore Caravan Tour for an up-close look at the animals with a staff member. You will be able to see all the animals in the habitat areas and take a tour of Rescue Ridge, an area usually restricted to visitors. Tickets cost $100 per person.
For the socially conscious dinner, a must-visit is Bombadils Café. They strive to create amazing food at an affordable cost, using fresh ingredients, sustainable farming practices, & humanely raised protein. For fine dining, visit French restaurant Le Stick Nouveau. Their multicourse menu is priced around $80 a person and requires a reservation in advance.
Honeymoon in Northern Arkansas
Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Harrison is nationally recognized as one of the best small towns in America. Harrison and the surrounding area are abundant with natural resources like the Buffalo National River, Beaver and Bull Shoals Lakes, and the famous White River. It also offers amazing shopping, fine dining, and even mystical cave exploration!
There’s no better honeymoon spot in the area than Hotel Seville. Hotel Seville places you in the heart of Harrison. Guests enjoy a gracious experience in fully renovated guest rooms and baths, offering Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV’s. Buffet breakfast is included in your stay, as well as parking. Prices start at $74. For those who prefer more a home away from home, we love this Airbnb for $120 a night; it even features a hot tub!
While in town, be sure to check out the Boone County Heritage Museum. It is teeming with several exhibits and collections depicting the area’s local history. Among the features are the Heritage Room, Railroad Room, JoAnn Forrest Genealogy Room, the War Room, and a favorite among visitors, the Henry Starr exhibit. We also love the romantic Mystic Caverns. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime caving adventure through two of Arkansas’ most spectacular caves; guided tours start on the half-hour. Remember to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking beauty of these Arkansas caves. For dinner, think of Italy with Roma Italian Restaurant and La Torcia Brick Oven Pizza. Both offer amazing cuisine at a moderate price point.
Is your best day together spent on the water, rod, and reel in hand? A honeymoon in Cotter might be your perfect fishing trip! Cotter offers excellent trout fishing amid incredible scenery. The clear cold waters flowing along the banks attract anglers and novice fishermen alike. In addition, Cotter’s historic downtown area contains restored buildings, and gift and antique shops.
We recommend His Place Resort for just how close it gets to being all-inclusive. There are over ten secluded cabins on the property boasting waterside views, comfortable beds, and lots of privacy. They offer trout fishing guides for a guided spin and fly-fishing trips. They also have a fully stocked fly and tackle shop, as well as johnboat and motor rentals on site. If you’d rather just enjoy the sights, rent one of their canoes or kayaks from their private boat dock. Pricing starts at $75 a night.
When you’re done fishing, stop by Cotter Big Spring Park, which features swimming holes and memorabilia from the old railways. There are also local celebrities, bald eagles Isaac and Rebecca, that nest in the area year-round. While the cabins offer full-service kitchens with a grocery store nearby, you might want to step off the property for dinner. The short drive to Gaston’s Restaurant is more than worth it! Weekly specials include bison short ribs and pan-seared scallops that start at around $30.
A small town nestled in the Ozarks, Kingston is a hidden gem in northern Arkansas. Things move at a slower pace in this tiny hamlet; you and your partner will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area at an easy pace. Azalea Falls Lodge boasts the most romantic accommodations in the area, with rooms to fit every need and price point. Stay at the bed and breakfast to enjoy local artwork and luxurious furnishings, or revel in privacy when you rent the cabins on the property. Prices begin at $475 for two nights when you use the honeymoon special.
Artisan crafts and wares can be found throughout Kingston. Make sure to check out Madison Woods Arts for nature paintings made from Ozark pigment watercolor. Afterward, grab your hiking boots and explore the trails around Lost Valley Recreation Area. Appropriate for any skill level, it’s three miles long from start to finish. Those who finish the whole thing will be rewarded by getting to explore the cathedral cave at the end of your route. Just watch out for low-hanging bats!
For dinner, make the short drive to Sugar Boogers. Funny name aside, this place offers the best homemade southern cuisine and features all your nostalgic favorites. Locals also love Waldron’s Valley Café, which offers classic diner fare. Take it from us, the burgers are to die for!
Scenic and quaint are two words that well describe Jasper, AR. The small town is surrounded by the natural beauty of where the nation’s first national river, the Buffalo, begins to flow. The area is packed with outdoor opportunities like hiking, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, and has a picturesque downtown square with a beautiful courthouse in the middle and gazebos on the grounds.
As far as unique honeymoon accommodations go, Beckham Creek Cave Lodge is world-renowned. Beckham Creek is a four-bedroom lodge carved into a cave and boasts contemporary décor and majestic views of the valley below. It also offers meals prepared by a personal chef, a private helicopter pad, and a six-seater UTV to explore the surrounding area. At $2200 a night, it is certainly our most expensive location recommendation – but it’s an experience you and your partner will remember for the rest of your lives.
While in Jasper, make time to take in Arkansas’ Grand Canyon by driving along AR 7. Make sure to stop in at the Rotary Ann Roadside Park, which offers a 180-degree view of the Ozarks. If you prefer to explore the area by water, visit Buffalo River Canoes to rent a kayak, raft, or canoe. When it’s time to eat, enjoy a romantic meal at Cliff House overlooking the valleys surrounding Jasper. Prices run around $17 for an entrée, and it’s always BYOB! In town, stop by Low Gap Café for unique twists on southern cuisine and live music.
Honeymoon in Central Arkansas
Hot Springs Arkansas
Once vacation home to gangsters and mob bosses, Hot Springs is now one of the most romantic locations in the state for your honeymoon. Nestled among the Ouachita Mountains and surrounded by beautiful lakes, Hot Springs has an old-fashioned appeal, yet is large enough to provide everything you desire in a romance-filled vacation for two.
Homes. Offers our favorite lakefront property rentals in the areas. They include such luxurious amenities as pools and jacuzzies with lake views, spa-like bathrooms, and private boat docks. Pricing begins at $150; call for a reservation. The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa has been the place to stay in Hot Springs since 1875. The historic hotel has an onsite spa with a thermal bathhouse and places you at the center of the action downtown. They offer numerous packages throughout the year, so call their booking hotline to see which best fits your honeymoon needs.
Remember earlier when we said that it was the home of gangsters? We weren’t kidding. In fact, the city founded the Gangster Museum of America. The museum features exhibits about bootlegging, illegal gambling, and other notorious criminal activities that once went on here, as well as profiles of the lives and times of famous gangsters. Admission is $15 a person. When you’re done, visit The Hot Springs National Park Grand Promenade. It runs along behind Bath House Row and has fantastic views of downtown Hot Springs. From Reserve Street to Fountain Street, the paved trail will take you along sites such as the Arlington Lawn, quartz veins in the sandstone, and tufa cliffs. You won’t want to miss the hot springs cascade as it surges from the mountain.
Enjoy continental cuisine without leaving the state when you visit Steinhaus Keller and Via Roma Italian Restaurant. Their respective German and Italian fare have something to please every palette at a moderate price point.
Little Rock Arkansas
A trip to the state’s capital may not sound romantic, but you’re in for a surprise. Little Rock is filled with activities to make your honeymoon not only swoon-worthy but fun! From historical sights to incredible shopping, to fine dining and wineries – Little Rock is the ideal place to celebrate your marriage.
We highly recommend checking An Enchanting Evening to see if their honeymoon cabin is available for rent. It offers scenic views of Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Maumelle, a double copper slipper tub, and best of all, chocolate fondue upon arrival. Pricing is available upon request. Should you prefer a bed and breakfast option, we love The Empress of Little Rock. The Empress’s late-nineteenth-century architecture, in its most flamboyant style, boasts clawfoot tubs, period-appropriate furnishings, and a delicious breakfast each morning. Rooms begin at $185 per night.
While in town, make time to visit Rock Town Distillery. You’ll learn how corn, wheat, and rye can turn into bourbon, vodka, or gin, receive a tour of the distillery, and enjoy a tasting at the end of your visit. Fun fact: Rock Town uses grains grown not more than 125 miles from the distillery! Tours cost around $20. Once you are done, pay a visit to the Old State House. The former state capital building displays items related to Arkansas culture and history including Arkansas art pottery, African American quilts, Civil War battle flags, and much more.
When you’re done exploring, stop in at The Pantry, which boasts amazing Central European dishes rare to Arkansas and unique beers on tap. For fine dining, the icon Brave New Restaurant remains a staple of the Little Rock scene for a reason. Make sure and call ahead to reserve your table.
Honeymoon in Western Arkansas
DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas’s only resort state park, located on the shores of beautiful DeGray Lake. Here, you’ll find first-class lodging and amenities along with outdoor fun and adventure year-round. DeGray Lake Resort offers a lodge, campsites, and Rent-A-Yurts for you to stay in. The lodge offers stunning views of DeGray Lake and includes a conference center, heated swimming pool, indoor hot tub, and more. Pricing depends upon accommodation selection.
You certainly won’t be short on activities during your stay! For amenities, enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course with a driving range, disc golf, swimming, tennis, and hiking trails. There’s also guided horseback riding that is available in the park with world-class mountain biking trails nearby. The full-service marina has bait and tackle, fuel, and boat rentals including party barges, kayaks, and pedal boats. Seasonal programs include sunset cruises, snorkeling, and guided hikes. There’s even an escape room on the island for you to test your problem-solving skills!
The lodge’s Shoreline Restaurant offers lakefront dining options, including a beautiful sunrise during morning breakfast or a sunset dinner for two. Best of all, it is always affordably priced. Nearby, try Fisherman’s Grill, which offers pizzas, homemade soups, and buffet-style lunch and dinner.
Honeymoon in Eastern Arkansas
Walnut Ridge Arkansas
With the recent downtown revitalization, the Grill District, and its rich musical heritage, including a stopover by The Beatles, Walnut Ridge is a one-of-a-kind destination with unique attractions, good eats, and fun shops that make it a great spot in the Upper Delta.
Plush accommodations can be found at The Hotel Rhea. Run by students at nearby Williams Baptist College, it was originally built in 1908. It has recently been upgraded to include modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and electric fireplaces, while still retaining its historic charm. Rooms are priced at about $130 a night. We also love The Callahan Hotel. The 50s-era Phillips Hotel features a motor court with 14 rooms, which have been updated with new amenities, but the nostalgia remains intact
Perhaps what Walnut Ridge is most famous for is being the one place in Arkansas The Beatles (yes, those Beatles!) ever stopped. So, you’ll want to make sure to visit “The British Invasion of the Rock ’N’ Roll Highway.” The sculpture depicts the group as they appear on the iconic Abbey Road album cover. Take a selfie with the Liverpool lads then head to Cavanaugh Park, a few blocks away, to find Guitar Walk, a 115 foot-long by 40-foot-wide guitar, is based on an Epiphone played by John Lennon. The guitar features nine plaques dedicated to some of the country’s musical legends, including Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. When you’re done, head to the Wings of Honor Museum. Founded in 1999, the museum tells the rich history of servicemen in the Upper Delta region.
Our favorite choices for meals are Don’s Steakhouse and La Casita Grill. Both are sure to satisfy your tastebuds and your wallets, with most entrees priced around $15.
Are you a couple that celebrates the start of hunting season like it’s a national holiday? Do you live for 4 a.m. wake-ups and watching the sunrise from your deer stand? Then consider a honeymoon in the duck hunting capital of the world, Stuttgart!
Stay in ultimate luxury when you reserve your all-inclusive stay at 5 Oaks Duck Lodge. While you experience the joy of duck hunting on more than 6,000 acres of flooded timber and rice fields located in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, their expert staff takes care of everything for you, from chef-prepared meals to license, leaving you free to enjoy cherished time with your spouse. Best of all, the lodge is only rented to one group at a time, meaning you’ll have the entire lodge to yourself. Prices are available upon request. Those who prefer a more secluded experience should check out this cabin getaway on a local farm. The whole place is yours for only $214 a night!
When you take a break from hunting, you’ll want to stop in at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. This museum this unique museum depicts the history of agriculture and the pioneers who farmed the Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas from the 1800s to 1921. Make sure to pencil in time for a little shopping. The famed Mack’s Prairie Wings has its headquarters in Stuttgart, along with one of the south’s finest jewelry stores, Wilkerson Jewelers. There’s also the historical downtown which boasts many local storefronts for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.
For dinner, the local favorite is El Canaveral. Moderately priced, their tex-mex options are to die for. We personally recommend their chicken chimichangas. We also love Open Seasons, a sportsmen-themed grill. Their steaks are generously portioned, and they have a great selection of wine and spirits.
Out of State Options That Are Still Close
Honeymoon in Tulsa Oklahoma
Tulsa is where Southern comfort and cosmopolitan style meet in the great state of Oklahoma. It boasts world-class attractions like Philbrook Museum of Art, amazing entertainment at the BOK Center, a fabulous array of cultural amenities including the acclaimed Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Symphony. In short, a honeymoon in Tulsa will not be short on things to do!
The Mayo Hotel is a historic Tulsa icon rising tall and grand in the middle of the city’s downtown Deco district. As a meaningful destination for Tulsa and its visitors since 1925, this boutique offers both luxury and modern comfort, gorgeously renovated with state-of-the-art amenities. There’s even complimentary Escalade car service to or from the airport and within a 4-mile radius of the hotel, with reservation. Pricing begins at $149 a night.
If you prefer a bed and breakfast, try Cedar Rock Inn. It is nestled among 55 acres in the foothills, just west of Tulsa. Recently renovated and restored, this historic home is now a luxurious bed and breakfast with walking trails, a pond, a 3-course breakfast, and five private rooms with private bathrooms. Rooms begin at $219 a night.
With so much to do in Tulsa, it’s hard to narrow down just how to spend your days! Stroll along the Tulsa Riverwalk, see what free concert is happening at Guthrie Green, or explore the natural wonder that is the Tulsa Botanic Garden.
For lunch, you need, yes need to visit the Mother Road Market. This unique stop offers over 20 local restaurants, live music, mini-golf, and dining on their beautifully decorated patio. For dinner, plan to splurge for Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Their modern approach to traditional steakhouse far is unmatched and sure to impress.
Honeymoon in Memphis Tennessee
Memphis is constantly grooving, either to the songs of Elvis or the live musicians along the famed Beale Street. The Cradle of American music also delivers on good eats and good attractions. You and your partner are sure to have an amazing honeymoon set in this city, set right over the Arkansas border.
There’s no more opulent stay than Peabody Memphis. The South’s grand hotel since 1869, The Peabody puts you in the heart of Memphis. They offer a honeymoon package that includes champagne and chocolate cover strawberries, floral arrangement, and a dinner for two for $489 a night. We also love the River Inn of Harbor Town, voted The South’s #1 Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler. Located steps away from the Mississippi River, combines elegant Southern style with contemporary sophistication in a quaint and quiet neighborhood just minutes away from bustling downtown Memphis. It also includes a made-to-order breakfast each morning. Rooms begin at $229.
During the day, make time to visit the Museum of Science and History Spend the day exploring history, science, nature, and culture through MoSH’s many fascinating exhibits and displays, show-stopping attractions like the planetarium, and events like Science of Beer. At night, enjoy drinks and live music on Beale Street. It’s considered America’s Most Iconic Street and home of the Blues. You can dance the night away to some of the best live musicians the state has to offer!
While in Memphis, you of course must have some barbeque, and what better place than Rendezvous? Good enough for royalty (yes, Prince William himself once dined here), they offer some of the best examples of BBQ in the state at a price that won’t break the bank. For breakfast, a trip to Arcade is worth your time. Rock-and-Roll king, Elvis Presley, frequented Arcade every time he was in Memphis, and they still serve his favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich!
Honeymoon in Branson Missouri
There’s never an off-season for romance in Branson, MO! Whether you’d prefer your honeymoon be spent either in secluded intimacy or amid tremendous shows, attractions, shopping, golf, and outdoor recreation, Branson offers it all. It may be a short drive from Arkansas, but you’ll feel truly transported during your stay.
Big Cedar Lodge is always a favorite for Branson accommodations. Built to embrace the natural landscape of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, it offers 317 private accommodations, including grand lodges, cozy cottages, private log cabins, and inviting camp-style units. There’s also a variety of attractions and entertainment on the property, a spa, and a host of dining options. Pricing and availability information can be found by visiting their website. Prefer a trip back in time? Stay at Bradford House Bed and Breakfast. They offer 15 Victorian-style rooms featuring a pillow-topped mattress, comfortable decor, and an in-suite bathroom. A full breakfast is served daily in the formal dining room. Rooms begin at $125 a night.
What to do in Branson? The question is more – what can’t you do? Branson offers incredible live shows, like Legends in Concert tribute band, The Haygoods, and Comedy Jamboree. Embrace your inner child and thrill-seeker with a visit to Silver Dollar City! Visit one of the many museums, like Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum or the Titanic Museum. The fun truly never stops in Branson.
For dinner take a romantic dinner cruise across Table Rock Lake on the Branson Belle. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal complete with stunning views and a lively stage show. Ticket pricing information for 2022 will be posted to their website soon. In town, plan for a romantic meal at Level 2 Steakhouse. Voted Branson’s best steakhouse, it features 28-day aged corn-fed Midwest beef, fresh seafood flown in weekly, and locally grown produce. Entrees begin at $22.
Looking For More Than Just Romantic Getaways in Arkansas?
While we know planning a Honeymoon 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. Also, while similar to a honeymoon yet different at the same time, you may be interested in our guide to the Best Romantic Getaways 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 while we may know a lot about planning a honeymoon in Arkansas, we know even more about capturing important moments and epic portraits!
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