So, here you are looking for cool places to stay in Arkansas. You want to get out of the house and go somewhere but you don’t want something ordinary. You’ve done ordinary.
You’re looking for something awesome like maybe a renovated missile silo or a gorgeous Victorian carriage house. You want a totally unique place to stay in Arkansas.
Well, you’re in luck because, in Arkansas, we know a thing or two about thinking outside the box.
If a renovated missile silo is what you’re after, we’ve got it.
If you’re looking for a chic downtown Victorian home that will make you feel like Caroline Bingley, we can do that too. (Even though nobody actually likes Caroline Bingley. Let’s be honest.)
Cool Places to Stay in Arkansas
Here is a list of all the cool places to stay in Arkansas. This isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill internet list that turns out to be mediocre. All of these unique places to stay are recommended by the locals.
They are tried and true. You can count on us Arkansans!
The Baker- 1886 Victorian Mansion
Bring your corset and your evening gown (you know, the one with the long train that you wear every evening at dinner) because we have the perfect Victorian mansion where you can re-read that copy of Pride and Prejudice you’ve had laying around.
“The Baker is a 1886 Victorian mansion on the National Register of Historic Places. A boutique inn – the self-sufficiency and privacy of an Airbnb with the service and amenities of a hotel. A clean, fresh, comfortable, interior with special care to restore and maintain the history of the beautiful home. The Hamiltons are thrilled to share their love of North Little Rock and fun southern hospitality with their guests.” –source
Go back to college at The Graduate
Sometimes I think about how much fun it would be to go back to college. Except this time without the Ramen noodles and the daycare side job. This time, I would never run out of gas or have term papers to write. I would just stroll around campus with a latte and pretend I was doing something important.
Well, if you have the same dreams, then The Graduate in Fayetteville, Arkansas is for you! Bring the Ramen if you have to.
“Right in the heart of downtown, Graduate Fayetteville is the perfect spot for your next Northwest Arkansas getaway. The hotel is just a few blocks off Dickson Street and a short stroll from the University of Arkansas campus. Feel happily at home in our colorful, rustic spaces, decked out with nods to the Ozarks, Old Main and notable Razorbacks.” –source
Mt. Nebo Cabins- a stay with a view
How would you like to wake up, perk a fresh pot of coffee, and watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. Nebo? Ok, me neither. Who gets up at sunrise on vacation?!
However, even if you don’t get up at sunrise, a cabin on Mt. Nebo is the best place to relax and take a deep breath of that Arkansas fresh air.
“Situated in the Arkansas River Valley just 45 minutes from Arkansas Wine Country, this state park sits atop the 1,350-foot Mount Nebo. The 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the rustic-style cabins, pavilions, bridges, and 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Cabin 1 was the first cabin rental in state park history. Twelve of the park’s 15 cabins are located along the bluff and have views of the river valley below.” –source
Miss Martha’s B&B – relaxation comes with a delicious breakfast
When I think about a get-away, I always include breakfast. I do not (I repeat: do not) want to wake up on my relaxing vacation and cook myself breakfast. Even worse, is driving into town to find breakfast. Maybe I’m high maintenance. Call me what you want.
The next time I’m in Cabot, Arkansas, I’m staying with Miss Martha. I hear she’s got the goods.
“Miss Martha’s Pine Hill B&B is the perfect place to relax or be active. Whether you want to swim, ski, or fish in a nearby lake, shop downtown, or go for a leisurely hike on our trails, we have it all right here for you.” You will find this B&B at 2766 Mountain Springs Rd. Cabot, Arkansas 72023 –source
Eureka Springs -cool places to stay in a unique town
Nothing says, “I’m looking for a cool place to stay in Arkansas” like a trip to Eureka Springs. The first time my husband and I visited there, we found this cool hotel over-looking a valley. We walked in and there was a red, heart-shaped jacuzzi in our room. Now, that’s unique.
So, do yourself a favor and take a trip to Eureka Springs. You can’t go wrong there. Be sure to check it off your EPIC Arkansas Bucket List.
Eureka Springs: “It is a tourist destination for its unique character as a Victorian resort village. The city has steep winding streets filled with Victorian-style cottages and manors. The historic commercial downtown of the city has an extensive streetscape of well-preserved Victorian buildings. The buildings are primarily constructed of local stone, built along streets that curve around the hills and rise and fall with the topography in a five-mile long loop. Some buildings have street-level entrances on more than one floor. The streets wind around the town, and no two intersect at a 90 degree angle; there are no traffic lights.” –source
Don’t miss all the amazing things to do in Eureka Springs!
Hilltop Manor – Magnolia trees, fireplace, and a walk on the estate
Do you know how all of those relaxing getaways on Hallmark movies always involve the main characters traveling to a fancy estate where they are greeted by the scent of rosebud trees?
They roll their suitcases across the large front porch and watch the other guests (who are already relaxed because they traveled here from the “big city” weeks ago and already shut off their cell phones) stroll through the Magnolia grove with a glass of wine.
Well, you can do that here in Arkansas. Who needs Hallmark movies?!
Hilltop Manor in Hot Springs, Arkansas: “Gaze at the waterfall from the extensive front porch. Dream of the guests that attended gala events and danced under the antique chandelier in the dining room. Wander the estate, exploring walls and buildings that have existed for over one hundred years. Meander through the grove of Magnolia trees and stop to smell a rosebud. Enjoy a glass of wine or roast some marshmallows by our outdoor, stone fireplace. Come stay in a well-appointed suite and watch a movie on the large flat-screen television, soak in the JACUZZI® jetted tub, and enjoy your gas operated fireplace. Whatever the reason for your visit – an anniversary, wedding, honeymoon or just a romantic getaway – we are here to help you unwind and relax.” –source
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The Anderson Carriage House – a step back in time with luxury
Tedd and Emily (the owners of this beautiful carriage house and the Anderson main house) are friends of mine. I remember walking through this carriage house with them late one night soon after they had purchased it. They had already started the process of renovating it into a beautiful and luxurious place to stay. Now, they have achieved their dream and the Anderson Carriage House does not disappoint.
“The Daniel A. Anderson Carriage House: Built in 1885, this 1200 sq ft brick building held horses/carriages for the Andersons. Now totally remodeled, while preserving the original charm. Located in the Belle Grove Historic District, within walking distance of all the best Downtown Fort Smith has to offer: the new Marshalls’ Museum, shops, music, Natl. Historic Site, River Park, bike/walking trails, restaurants, & more! Great for families, couples, or solo travelers who love historic houses!” –Airbnb
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Titan Ranch – renovated missile silo
Yes, I was serious about that missile silo! If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime, crazy cool place to stay in Arkansas, this is it! You’ll find this awesome Missile Silo in Vilonia.
Stay in a former Titan II Nuclear Missile Complex! You’ll have the entire Launch Control Center (LCC) of about 3500 sq ft to yourself.
The space: This is the original underground Launch Control Center of a decommissioned Titan II Nuclear Missile complex. It has been converted into a completely stand-alone home with a luxury master bed / bath, kitchen, theater / living space and multi-use space.
Guest access: Guests can access the original Launch Control Center and Blast Lock area. This is over 3000 sq ft and features a completely underground self-contained home. –AirBnB
Cool Places to Stay in Arkansas
As a native Arkansan, I know that Arkansas is rich in history, fun activities and cool places to stay. We know how to have fun and we know how to relax.
This list is constantly growing and evolving as my family and I travel the state. I also get input from other Arkansans about the best places to stay in their hometowns. Check back here often for new additions!