Bed and Breakfast Arkansas

In addition to the down-home Southern hospitality the state of Arkansas is known for, it is more currently being praised for its astonishing  variety of scenery and year-round sports and recreational activities.  From such a vast assortment of attractive destinations, explore Arkansas bed and breakfasts for the perfect retreat.

Bed and Breakfast Arkansas
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Cliff Cottage Inn Bed & Breakfast, built in the 1880s and now lovingly restored and refurbished, is the only B&B in the very heart of Eureka Springs’ Historical Downtown, a magical place for your romantic or special occasion getaway to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or even for your small intimate wedding! It’s also ideally situated for a gals’ getaway for shopping galore and a pampering spa experience right downtown. For the fourth year in a row, the inn is recipient of the TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence and also has received Trip Advisor’s “Green Inn” distinction for its environmental care and protection policies. It also received an award for “Best B&B Breakfast” in the USA and was named “One of Six Most Romantic Inns of the South” by Romantic Destinations Magazine (published by Southern Bride). Cliff Cottage Inn is the only B&B in Eureka Springs with an elf who delivers a full-gourmet breakfast right to your suite. The inn is perched on one of those famous Arkansas rock ledges, away from noise and traffic, with pre-assigned off-street parking space for each guest….yet, just 17 steps back down to Main Street and all the shops, galleries, and restaurants. The main trolley is at the bottom of the steps in case you want to take a little tour of the town. In its splendid downtown setting, the Cliff Cottage Inn has three houses side by side, each with two private entrance suites. Cliff Cottage is a State and National Historic landmark built in 1880 and is the most photographed house downtown, with two king Jacuzzi suites. The Place Next Door is a purpose-built Victorian replica with two queen Jacuzzi suites. The Artist’s Cottage is a 1910 Arts and Crafts cottage with two king Jacuzzi suites. The inn also has a historic cottages with private hot and fully-equipped kitchen – the Zelda’s Studio, a 1910 artist’s studio. Whether you’re staying at Cliff Cottage Inn for one night or a week, the inn’s elves can offer you fun things to do for the length of your visit as optional extras.

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Explore Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts

Even the most discerning traveler will find a multitude of bed and breakfast Arkansas options guaranteed to delight.

Intriguing and diverse as the landscape itself, B&B choices range from those in the center of the action in big-city Little Rock to intimate inns secluded in out-of-the-way smaller towns such as Eureka Springs in the sultry, mysterious Ozark Mountains.

Classic, century-old Victorian-style  architecture lines the streets of many of these smaller locations. More  rural locations offer rustic and relaxed retreats that may have gotten  their start as a barn, a farmhouse, or humble roadside diner.

Spend a few days sampling the rich history of the Lower Delta on the Mississippi River, action-packed nights of West Memphis, or the peace and quiet of the Ouachita (pronounced wash-ee-tah) National Forest in the western part of the state.

Regardless  of your taste for style or amenity, you’ll find the perfect destination  for that short break to re-charge, a fun girls’ getaway, a long-awaited family reunion, or that romantic spot for a wedding.

    History

  • Much of the 19th-century American interior was wild frontier land and Arkansas’ early days were no different. Inhabited by few people when it was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, trappers, hunters, and the Native American tribe of Quapaw forged a living from the abundant wildlife across the region. The state name was derived from the term Akansea, a phonetic spelling of the Quapaw word for Illinois, where the tribe had migrated from.

    Becoming  a separate territory in 1819, it achieved statehood in 1836. It quickly  embraced the plantation economy supported by slave labor as its primary  method of commerce. The Civil War decimated the entire region culturally, socially, and financially. It  would take the better part of the next century for the state to regain  stability. But that it did, even to the point of producing the 42nd  president of the United States. And Bentonville in the northwest is home to Walmart, the world’s largest retailer.

  • Food & Drink

  • Arkansas has drawn visitors to its healing waters for centuries. That people of  different nationalities would choose to settle here is no surprise. And  with them come their culinary habits. The result is an eclectic amalgam  of menus, tastes, and treats across a broad spectrum of offerings versus  a more consistent regional style of food.

    Strolling  the vibrant downtown historic areas of towns and cities across the  state, local residents and visitors alike will have challenging choices  between Tex-Mex, Bavarian, Chinese, classic Southern cooking, Cajun,  Indian, and gourmet pizza. Specialty shops benignly seduce passersby  with their sweet delicacies, offering treats as hors d’oeuvres rather  than dessert!

    A sandwich of locally-sourced Arkansas BBQ washed down with an excellent craft beer at one of the breweries is  a lunchtime favorite. And there are several wineries close by where you  can sample the local grape and intriguing wine accessories.

  • Activities

  • Although the hot, humid summers can make outdoor activities challenging, the remaining eight months of the year in the state of Arkansas are a sportsman’s oyster. Hunters vie for the perfect trophy, or stock  up on meat for the winter. While lakes are busy with motorboats, water  skiers, and jet skis, the rivers offer a quieter, more scenic experience  for those who love canoeing and kayaking. Both lakes and rivers support  numerous anglers, swimmers, and campers. Mountain trails and the  endless forests seem to sprout ever more hikers, bikers, backpackers,  and trail runners.

    Of note for cyclists, mountain biking athletes and casual cyclists from all over Mid-America come to Eureka Springs to test themselves on the many mountain bike trails that snake through the area. The Oz Trails system of Northwest Arkansas is famous for its variety to riders of all levels, from an easy spin to  check out the scenery to those who want to challenge the courses  designed for professional riders on the Eureka Springs Downhill.

    Caves,  caverns, natural springs, and waterfalls offer respite from the summer  heat as well as points of exploration for those not familiar with such  natural curiosities. Options abound across this beautiful state for  outdoor activities all year round.

  • Natural Features

  • Arkansas, the Natural State. It might be a toss-up between two of Arkansas’ most famous claims to fame – BBQ and hot springs.  While mouth-watering BBQ can be found just about anywhere, we’re  talking about another kind of water - the kind with therapeutic elements  that draws thousands of visitors each year to the state and even has a  city named after it!

    These naturally-heated, mineralized waters that flow from deep within the earth are what many people associate with Arkansas,  and with good reason. Subterranean streams that reach the surface  provide welcome succor to those who place faith in the healing  properties of these effervescent waters.

    The  mighty Mississippi River defines the eastern border, and state and  national forests cover large swaths of the state's western part. There  are more caves, caverns, mountains, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls than  you can explore in a lifetime. The soft limestone that comprises much of  the region’s bedrock has been eroded over time by the rivers and  sub-surface alluvial channels. No doubt Arkansas is an outdoor enthusiast’s veritable year-round playground.

    Another majestic waterway, the White River, originating in northwest Arkansas, loops up into Missouri before arcing back through Arkansas’ Upper Delta on its way to the Mississippi. It is 722 miles of wild and scenic riverscapes.

  • Weather

  • Located in the western part of the American South, the weather in Arkansas is no different from the rest of the region. Summers are long, hot, and humid as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico continually flows north, keeping the air sticky. The numerous lakes and  rivers add to the air's overall moisture content, resulting in  sweltering days and sultry nights. With the resident humidity and hot  summer temperatures, keep an eye out for those afternoon thunderstorms  that can swoop up from the Gulf or pop up for a surprise.

    Winters  are short and typically mild to cool. With the humidity and dew points  maintaining consistently high levels, dampness prevails throughout the  year. Visitors who live in other parts of the Southeast US won’t notice  anything different. But those traveling from the US's drier parts will  want to make sure their B&B air conditioning is in good working  order.

    This doesn’t mean the weather in Arkansas can’t be delightful. Warm spring days spent sunning on the lake or out  taking in the local attractions as the landscape wakes from its short  winter nap make for a memorable weekend getaway. Fall colors every bit as captivating as New England’s garner attention along some of the scenic byways across the state.

  • Things to Do

  • The state has many destinations worthy of acclaim, but a couple of them are not to be missed in Northwest Arkansas. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge TCWR) is the top-rated big cat sanctuary in the state. Rare, exotic, and  endangered species of all types find a home at this outstanding  facility. Civil War enthusiasts will want to see the 4300-acre Pea Ridge National Military Park where in March 1862, twenty-three thousand soldiers battled ferociously to hold the state of Missouri for the North.

    If you see nothing else during your time in Eureka Springs, Thorncrown Chapel is the one. A stunning piece of design, it was inspired by one of Frank  Lloyd Wright’s students. Come and lift a prayer at the 7-story Christ of the Ozarks monument, a landmark seen for miles around that overlooks downtown. Another must-see is The Great Passion Play,  renowned for its moving re-telling of Christ’s last week. Supported by  live animals and 150 trained actors, these destinations will surely  bring some light to your soul.

    Lake Hamilton, just south of Hot Springs, entices visitors with water of their choice – hot or cold! Crater of Diamonds State Park, located in the scenic southwestern part of the state, is the only diamond mine in the world where, wait for it… you can keep what you find! On average, two diamonds per day are discovered. Dig for a week and retire, right?

Bed and Breakfast Arkansas FAQ

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  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Arkansas?

    Pamper versus pragmatic. B&B luxury versus hotel efficiency. Log cabin luxury surrounded by a breathtaking mountain view. A bed and breakfast getaway has a way of winning their guests over like that. Host-friendliness, coupled with a romantic getaway and aesthetically pleasing Victorian architecture, is found in many locations across the state and rounds out the sensory delight.

    Arkansas bed and breakfast inns work hard to please their guests and with good reason. Innkeepers are passionate about the service they provide. Additionally, while  comfort and extravagance are at the forefront of the guest’s experience  while visiting the inn, the hosts are extremely safety-conscious to ensure all rooms and facilities are safe and clean.

    This includes precautions about the current state of affairs with Covid-19.  Speak with your hosts at check-in or phone ahead to address any  questions you may have regarding their health and safety protocols.

  • What Are the Different Types of B&Bs in Arkansas?

    Locating the best bed and breakfast in Arkansas will depend on knowing what you’re seeking and having a good idea of  where to find it. Looking for something deep in the woods to immerse  yourself in silence? A lakeside cottage with an outdoor fireplace to  listen for the call of an evening loon? Perhaps a Victorian retreat close to town for the convenience of walking. You’ll find these  types and more across the state that possesses a fabulous assortment of  inns from which to choose.

    Eureka Springs is a hotbed of cool B&Bs. Named as the sixth most romantic inn in the South, the Cliff Cottage Inn is perched atop one of Eureka Springs’ many rocky ledges. Not to worry, being located in the Historic District, there’s a trolley stop at street level to whisk you around town. Evening Shade Inn offers the finest luxury Jacuzzi suites and private cottages perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

    Heart of the Hills Inn offers three 19th-century cottages on the Historic Loop just three blocks from the heart of the Historic District's action. Private entrances and decks make this a unique lodging experience. Arsenic and Old Lace B&B is a classic Victorian retreat with a wrap-around veranda to view the scenic surroundings and beautiful gardens.

    Not to be outdone, the 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast is a multi-award winning sanctuary located on the highest peak in the  city limits. Boasting nine rooms and suites, two cottages, and two Victorian homes, the wooded lot is home to a relaxing garden and wildlife.

    Hot Springs is a haven for luxury B&Bs. Since 1905 The Gables Inn is close to shops, restaurants, galleries, spas, and antique shops. Its  wrap-around porch is the perfect perch for R&R or just plain old  people-watching. The Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast hosted some fast company in Jesse James and Al Capone. Recently  restored to magnificence, it features five suites and stone fireplaces.  If you’re seeking a variety of room types, look no further than 1890 Williams House Inn. They offer rooms, suites, and a private cottage, all within five blocks of Bathhouse Row and the Historic District.

    Check out the enchanting Ouachita Mountain in western Arkansas with a visit to Tiffany’s Bed and Breakfast. It’s the ideal location to vanish for a few days, with 60 acres at your disposal and DeGray Lake just minutes away.

    With a name like The Empress of Little Rock,  it has no choice but to be a AAA Four Diamond luxury inn. Set in the  heart of downtown, you have every attraction within minutes of your  doorstep.

    Options abound across this well-kept secret of Middle  America, and you’ll make the right choice whether you’re looking for a  wedding venue, a family reunion home base, a girls’ getaway, or simply a retreat for respite. Come to Arkansas for your next Bed & Breakfast experience and return to The Natural State.

  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking an Arkansas Bed and Breakfast?

    Amenities at your favorite bed and breakfast inn can range from the expected to the exquisite. Free wifi, luxury bed with baby-soft linens, the option of a Jacuzzi or hot tub, and organic bath products are often staples today in all guest rooms.  Other basics can include free private parking and bicycles for  about-town touring. Free cancellation is the norm as well, provided you  give your hosts plenty of advance notice.

    Many inns will offer a  private bath or whirlpool tubs. The height of luxury is a fireplace  nearby for added ambiance, especially when booking guesthouses with a private entrance. Farm-to-table freshness can be counted on with any gourmet breakfast enjoyed in the dining room or the comfort of your room to enhance the beautiful view of a great location.

  • How can I get around Arkansas?

    The most convenient large city providing major carrier air service is Little Rock. Located smack in the middle of the state, you are only a few hours' drive from any point on the map. Aside from Little Rock,  consider Dallas/Ft. Worth, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, or  Memphis as excellent arrival points for more peripheral destinations.  You may also look at connecting flights to some of the smaller markets  if you want to reduce driving time.

    Upper or  Lower Delta? Check out airfare into Memphis. Western portion of the  state? Basically, any of the other metro areas. It just depends on  flight times and airfare that best suits you. Upon airport departure,  enjoy a relaxing drive to your destination while catching the scenic  beauty of the passing landscapes.

    For B&Bs located near the historic districts,  a walk or a bike ride is a great way to stretch the legs after  traveling. You will have easy access to desired attractions including  shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums, many of which are within a  short distance of each other. And when you can find a trolley,  flirt with an old-fashioned “bus” while making new friends onboard as  you check out the town’s attractions. For ventures farther afield, the  convenience of a cab or your rental car is best.