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The 9 Best Airbnbs in Arkansas for a Relaxing Getaway

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No, Arkansas is not just the headquarters of Walmart — it’s known as the “Natural State” and it’s got plenty of nature to offer, along with charming towns and friendly people.

While you’ll find a wide range of outdoor adventures and beautiful scenery to enjoy, whatever you do, don’t mispronounce the state’s name while you’re there as it’s illegal according to  Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 105. The name must be pronounced “Ar-kan-saw” — the “sounding of the terminal ‘s’ is an innovation to be discouraged,” as the law says. Of course, you’re unlikely to be prosecuted for the mistake, though getting it right may help you make friends at local pubs.

In Arkansas, you can explore naturally bright blue swimming holes, stunning cave systems, natural hot springs, and, of course, the Mississippi River. No matter what activities are on your “must-do” list, you’ll definitely want to book one of these must-stay airbnbs in Arkansas before heading out on your trip.

And when you get back, prepare to find yourself telling your friends, “No, Arkansas actually is really cool.” Or don’t tell them, if you want to keep the secret to yourself.

1. Mills-Davis House

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Why you should stay: Stunning home with Victorian-era features just a few blocks from Main Street.

  • Location: Little Rock
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $99/night

Located in the heart of the Arkansas’ capital, the Mills-Davis house was picked by CBS as one of “five vacation rentals that will make your next getaway great,” noting that being here “feels like living in history.” The rooms have gorgeous decor paired with 19th-century antiques and a modern design, with elegant arched windows and tall ceilings.

You’ll be able to walk to just about everything, with the visitors center right across the street and both Main Street and River Market only four blocks away. A luxury two-bedroom apartment, it boasts nearly 2,000 square feet of space with original but recently restored hardwood floors, a deep clawfoot tub, and large windows showcasing a bird’s-eye view of downtown while providing lots of natural light. Combined with a responsible host, excellent cleanliness and comfort, and the fact that it’s one of the more affordable airbnbs in Arkansas, and you’ll see why it has such high ratings.

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2. Hidden A-Frame at Double Bridge

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Why you should stay: Peaceful seclusion, dog-friendly digs, and evenings spent around the fire.

  • Location: Mountain View
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $130/night

Nestled in a secluded spot in the woods, this A-frame cabin provides lots of privacy for you and your four-legged friends, since this is one of the best dog-friendly airbnbs in Arkansas. With plenty of scenic trails for hiking nearby, both you and Fido or Fluffy are sure to enjoy an escape here in the beautiful Ozarks.

The warm and friendly host is happy to provide insider tips – she especially likes the delicious fried catfish at nearby Jo Jo’s – and suggestions on the best hiking trails for your crew. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of the outdoor fire pit and since it comes with wood, all you need to bring are the marshmallows and chocolate. There’s very limited cell service, but the provide Wi-Fi should be strong enough for whatever you need to do.

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3. The Magnolia

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Why you should stay: Beautiful, spacious home close to cool bars and restaurants in the “Athens of the Ozarks.”

  • Location: Fayetteville
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $252/night

The Magnolia  is an elegant four-bedroom townhouse that looks as if it came straight from the pages of popular home decor magazine. No detail is overlooked, from the comfortable beds that you might not ever want to get out of to the heated floors and cable/U-verse services in every room.

One of the main reasons many choose to stay is the ideal location within walking distance of popular Dickson Street, the entertainment hub of the college town, with unique boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants. But make sure to schedule time to do nothing at the house and appreciate swinging on the front porch with your morning coffee or relaxing on the rooftop deck at night.

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4. The Emerald Gypsy Skoolie

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Why you should stay: Let us school you on one of the coolest airbnbs in Arkansas.

  • Location: Mountain View
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $78/night

Whether you’re a couple or a small family looking for a different kind of stay, Emerald Gypsy Skoolie is sure to be an airbnb you’ll be talking about for years to come. After a day of exploring the Ozarks, look forward to making s’mores by the fire pit or chilling with a good book inside the school bus’s surprisingly posh and modern interior.

“Had the best time at the bus! My children enjoyed the fire pit the most. But the memories of us getting to stay in a ‘cool bus’ will last us a lifetime. It was a wonderful retreat for our little family and my boys made some great memories while staying on ‘the bus’.”

Aimee, Jonesboro, AR
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5. English Cottage in the Ozarks

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Why you should stay: Authentic English feel with a warm, welcoming interior and loads of charm.

  • Location: Harrison
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $150/night

You might think you’ve somehow transported to the English countryside with a stay at this cottage in the Ozarks. The only way it would be more authentic is if it were actually on the other side of the Atlantic. Close to outdoor adventures on the Buffalo River, it comes complete with beautifully manicured gardens and picturesque views, while the interior is professionally decorated with a personal touch that includes handmade items.

Not only will you enjoy the cozy fireplace, but you’ll also get a relaxing porch swing and a bubbling fountain. Rumor has it (if you believe Airbnb reviews, that is) that the host makes some to-die-for scones, too. And you’ll have access to complimentary bicycles for cruising around the small town.

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6. Cabin Blue

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Why you should stay: The perfect spot to rest, recharge, and play on a beautiful Beaver Lake.

  • Location: Rogers
    Sleeps:
    6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

The rustic but modern Cabin Blue is ideal for those who are looking for an idyllic lake getaway combined with opportunities for hiking and biking. Located on Beaver Lake with its 487 miles of shoreline, natural caves, and towering limestone bluffs, you’ll be in an outdoor lover’s paradise perfect for fun during the day. And you’ll have a lakeview home to retire to after you’ve worn yourself out.

Spend your mornings sipping coffee or tea on the large front porch with comfortable seating, and in the evenings, cozy up to the fire pit while gazing up at the stars. And don’t forget to end your day with a soak in the clawfoot tub.

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7. The Natural State Nest

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Why you should stay: Easy access to Eureka Springs, but far enough to find plenty of solitude.

  • Location: Garfield
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $107/night

The Natural State Nest is a tiny house, but it comes with all the traditional amenities, including full-sized appliances. Located on a six-acre property, you’ll enjoy plenty of peace and seclusion while being close to charming Eureka Springs with its Victorian-era buildings, unique shops and galleries, and more than 60 natural hot springs. It’s also dog-friendly for a very reasonable $5 pet fee.

“What a cute place! If you’re looking for a getaway to get-a-way, this is the place for you! Quiet, secluded, natural, and oh so cute!”

Madison, Independence, MO
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8. Whispering Pines Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Romantic luxury under a canopy of trees near Hot Springs National Park.

  • Location: Hot Springs
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $185/night

Immerse yourself in nature at this treehouse Airbnb, surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains just a short drive from Hot Springs National Park, the first federally protected area of land (1832) and the only national park that has its own brewery. This cool airbnb offers a remote and peaceful setting along with plenty of luxuries, including a hot tub and fireplace.

While there’s lots to do in the area, including soaking at the park’s only remaining open bathhouse, guests can hike on the 27-acre wooded property, which borders a creek and has plenty of resident deer and wild turkeys. It’s one of the best airbnbs in Arkansas if you’re looking to relax, watch some birds and wildlife, or perhaps reignite a romantic flame. Valentines Day getaway, anyone?

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9. Rosete Family Farms

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Why you should stay: Why stay on a regular farm when you can stay on a blueberry farm?

  • Location: Garfield
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $278/night

Located near the most popular attractions in Northwest Arkansas on an organic blueberry farm, the Rosete Family Farms guest house is an ideal base for enjoying it all, from vineyards and outstanding restaurants to scenic mountain hikes. There’s plenty of space, making it ideal for all types of stays from girls’ getaways to a family vacation. Expect lots of special extras, with the hosts going above and beyond with surprises like a welcome bottle of wine and chocolate, gifts, and a fire already started, waiting for your arrival.

Guests can also look forward to exploring the grounds with their furry best friends as dogs are welcome, too. You can pick your own fresh organic blueberries during the growing season and spend your nights soaking under the stars in the private hot tub. It’s one of the pricier airbnbs in Arkansas, but it does sleep a fairly large group.

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Plan Your Arkansas Trip

After you’ve made your selection of the best of the airbnbs in Arkansas, consider putting some of these options on your itinerary.

  • Find your own gem in one of the world’s only destinations where the public can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source: Crater of Diamonds State Park. You can keep any rock or mineral you uncover in its 37-acre field.
  • Paddle a kayak, raft, or canoe on the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river, flanked by limestone bluffs while hosting dozens of cascading falls.
  • Explore and soak in Hot Springs National Park, with the historic Fordyce Bathhouse still in use and open to the public.
  • Experience the epicenter of live entertainment in north-west Arkansas, historic Dickson Street in Fayetteville, lined with countless trendy bars, restaurants and the state’s oldest live music venue, George’s Majestic Lounge.
  • Learn about Arkansas history at the Old State House Museum.
  • Hike the Whitaker Point Trail in Ozark National Forest, one of the state’s most popular treks, featured on everything from magazine covers to movies.
  • Take an underground tour at Blanchard Springs Caverns. The second longest cave in Arkansas, has absolutely remarkable formations.

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