Arkansas might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a romantic getaway, but couples will find a number of accommodations that make the state an ideal choice. The Ozark Mountains attract nature lovers; Hot Springs offers mineral water baths and spas; and Little Rock has Victorian architecture, shopping and nightlife. Throughout the state, historic hotels offer packages that cater to couples seeking a romantic escape.
Located in Eureka Springs in the Ozark Mountains, this hotel has been an exclusive getaway spot since it opened in 1886. The historic spot offers package deals for anniversaries, honeymoons and weekend spa getaways, including amenities such as couples' massages, breakfast and dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and in-room champagne. The Crescent offers an unusual attraction, the nightly ghost tour, which introduces guests to the haunted history of the Crescent Hotel. The tour is offered during the resort town's busy season.
The Empress is a Victorian hotel in the heart of Little Rock that features a variety of romantic packages. The rooms are decorated in historic period detail and feature modern amenities such as a whirlpool bath, aromatherapy steam sauna and multiple jet showers. Some rooms have fireplaces, separate sitting areas and antique furnishings. Packages include a "Gone With the Wind" weekend that comprises a carriage ride, picnic basket and gourmet breakfast. Or, opt for a "waterfall weekend," which features a hiking tour of nearby Petit Jean Mountain and Cedar Falls, a picnic lunch and couples' massage.
For an upscale, sophisticated getaway, The Peabody in Little Rock offers a "Touch of Romance" package, which includes a night's accommodation in an elite king guest room, in-room champagne, dinner and breakfast for two, valet parking and turn-down service. A horse-and-carriage ride and in-room massages are available in an upgraded package. The Peabody is home to the Peabody ducks, who march down the red carpet to the Lobby Fountain every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Choose the Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs for a romantic getaway. Standard features include three on-site world-class restaurants, a bath house, an on-site full-service salon, twin cascading pools and privileges at the Hot Springs Country Club. Various romance and spa packages include champagne and chocolate, massages and mineral water whirlpool baths. The Arlington offers a special package for couples 50 and over, which includes their spa services and tickets to area attractions such as Hot Springs Mountain Tower, Oaklawn Park and the Gangster Museum.