By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: May 4, 2015
Here’s some fun and affordable Arkansas romantic getaway ideas. It’s called the Natural State, and you'll discover some of the most beautiful mountains and valleys in the South.
Romantic things to do in Arkansas? There’s State Parks with peacefully beautiful forests and rivers. Fun activities on over 600,000 acres of lakes. Or a romantic dinner while watching the moon rise above the Ozarks from the porch of a romantic B&B or secluded lakefront cabin.
Best Time to Visit Arkansas: spring and autumn seasons are great times to be here, with comfortable temperatures and great colors. You might find summer in Arkansas a bit too warm and humid if you're not from the South.
Hot Springs, AR – welcome to Spa City! The 140+ degree natural hot springs are a big attraction here, and you can sample the soothing water at various spa & mineral baths, including Buckstaff Bathhouse Co. on Bathhouse Row.
Other romantic things to do in Hot Springs, AR:
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn Romantic B&B Getaway - a wonderful spot for a Hot Springs, AR romantic vacation. Explore beautiful and serene Lake Hamilton, laze away the afternoon on a hammock, or rediscover your romance with one of their couples packages.
Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking the lake, this luxury bed and breakfast is perfect for your romantic getaway.There's captivating views from the spacious whirlpool tub guest rooms, and each morning a gourmet breakfast is served at your private table or outdoors by the waterfalls. You and partner will experience will experience the ultimate in luxury, R&R and Southern hospitality during your stay here.
2015 Rating* for Romantic Hot Springs AR B&B's: 99% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (104 Lookout Circle, Hot Springs, AR 1-866-525-6155)
Romantic Cabin Getaways in Hot Springs, AR from $55/Night - enjoy a lakefront secluded spot in the wilderness beauty of Lake Hamilton. This romantic one-bedroom couple’s cottage is perfect for a inexpensive and relaxing honeymoon or getaway, and gets top marks for cleanliness, location and friendly owners.
Crater of Diamonds - if diamonds are a girl’s best friend, she just might love this State Park, the only public diamond mine in the world. You can spend an afternoon digging for treasure here, and keep whatever you find! Located just over 2 miles southwest of Murfreesboro in Western Arkansas.
Ozark Mountains Romantic Waterfalls
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Journey
The Ozark Mountains are Arkansas' outdoor playground full of wildlife, sparkling clear rivers and lakes, interesting villages & resorts, and romantic sunsets followed by brilliant night skies.
Ozarks & Eureka Springs Cheap Getaways - romantic Lodging, Lakefront Cabins, B&B's & vacation package deals for Northwest Arkansas.
Eureka Springs - Tucked away in the mountains of Northwest Arkansas, historic Eureka Springs has some attractions for romantics, including horse-drawn carriage rides, country music dinner shows, and a charming downtown of candy shops, art galleries and cafes.
Arkansas & Missouri Railway – take this historic and romantic rail journey on weekends through the Ozark Mountains. For details on routes, excursions and prices, see www.amrailroad.com
Some places to stay for that Arkansas romantic getaway or anniversary in Eureka Springs, AR:
Arkansas Romantic Getaway Scenic Routes - driving through the Ozark Mountains is one of the most scenic drives anywhere in the southern US States. And especially in autumn (mid to late October), here are two foliage routes not to miss:
Hardy - small but extremely attractive Ozarks community with historic buildings and downtown, a vintage car museum, numerous places for hiking and kayaking, and some good eateries.
Van Buren - check out their gorgeous and historic main street, or wander around the Farmer's Market (Every Wednesday and Saturday from April to December) for a taste of area produce, baked goods and local arts.
Mountain View - surrounded by rivers and lakes, and home to some excellent folk music, as the town is a hot bed of artists and performances during their Folk Festival (held annually in April) and throughout the year.
Altus - there's tasting at any of the 4 wineries here in the "Wine Capital of Arkansas".
Enjoying a Hot Tub Soak, Arkansas
Trolley Stop in Little Rock, AR
Old Mill Park - One of the most romantic spots in Little Rock has to be Old Mill Park. Made famous in the movie Gone With the Wind, the quiet and picture perfect garden and setting is a great spot for a romantic picnic.
River Market – lots of activity in this fun indoor market in Little Rock. A great place to shop for crafts and collectables, and try different foods and ethnic dishes too.
Romantic Restaurants in Little Rock, AR:
Residence Inn Little Rock Downtown - romantic with that fresh "new hotel" smell (opened in 2013). King Rooms are air conditioned, there's a nice outdoor pool and fire pit, and you can walk to the River Market, Clinton Presidential Library & more. 2015 Rating* for Romantic Little Rock, AR Hotels: 98% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (219 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 501-376-7200)
Rosemont Luxury Bed & Breakfast - this romantic B&B is located in the historic downtown Little Rock River Market area, and has a romance package in a spa suite with wine, candles and chocolates. 2015 Rating* for Romantic Little Rock B&B's: 93% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (515 W 15 St, Little Rock, AR 501-374-7456)
Here's 2 Arkansas romantic getaway hotel & inn packages perfect for your honeymoon or anniversary in Arkansas. We try to bring you inns that offer a little more than just the standard "roses and box of chocolates"...
Need a getaway from Arkansas? Straight north, Missouri offers wine country touring and some great fine accommodation options, and heading southwest gets you to fun getaways in Texas. Or, travel straight west and discover the mix of outdoors and history that is unique to Oklahoma getaways.
Air Travel: Many airlines have non-stop flights to Little Rock, Arkansas. They include:
Official Arkansas Tourism Site: Arkansas.com
*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes: