You no longer have to choose a hotel or motel to stay in. You have some unusual choices to select from when visiting The Natural State. Whether it's a treetop cottage, a cave house hotel or a converted gas station in Eureka Springs, you can add "adventure sleeping" to your agenda while in Arkansas. Why take an ordinary trip, when you can have a treehouse vacation in Arkansas? Read on for more information --you'll find plenty of amenities just to your liking.
Beckham Creek Cave, Parthenon: The cave was “constructed” in 1984 by John Hays, founder of Celestial Seasonings Tea Company, as a preparation for what he believed was looming on the horizon – a holocaust. After several owner changes it is now available for overnight lodging.
Call of the Wild Bed & Breakfast, Eureka Springs: No other lodging in the state has a view quite like this one. Located on the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on the outskirts of Eureka Springs, overnight guests have a breathtaking view of the 450-acre refuge grounds and the resident “big cats.”
Diamond John's Riverside Cabins & Teepees: Diamond John's in Murfreesboro has a varied array of sleeping arrangements but the most attention-getting has to be the teepees. These furnished "fun houses" can sleep up to 12.
The Grand Treehouse Resort: All of the treehouses have 32-inch flat screen televisions, wet bars, stereo systems, DVD players, Jacuzzi tubs for two and fireplaces. Other amenities include walk-in showers, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, stained glass windows, luxury linens, WiFi, and homemade desserts available upon arrival.
Floating Cabin at Kirby Landing Marina and Motel: This is not your ordinary cabin. It has all the comforts of home while staying on the water. It's fully equipped with kitchen, bath, a 12' x 10' deck, a gas grill and deck furniture.
Livingston Junction Cabooses: Spending the night on a train used to be commonplace but today it's more of a novelty than a main mode of transportation. But neither train travel in its heyday nor today's modern AMTRAK have ever allowed sleeping in a caboose. But at Livingston Junction in Eureka Springs, visitors have their choice of three historic cabooses that have been completely restored and converted to lodging properties. The cabooses are geared toward couples and have private driveways fashioned to look like railroad beds, large decks with outdoor hot tub, furniture, a grill and hammock. Nature trails lead to a picnic area.
Texaco Bungalow & Bungalette, Eureka Springs: An old-fashioned service station with a vintage 1930s art deco style now welcomes guests as a bungalow. The former garage bays now comprise the “bungalette.”
Treehouse Cottages, Eureka Springs: Six cottages on stilts are nestled in the Arkansas Ozarks in Eureka Springs. Hillside Haven Cottage plus Cedar Shade, Hidden Oak and Hideaway Treehouses are located in town while the Bungalow, Whispering Wood and Towering Pines Treehouses are on the outskirts of America’s Victorian Village amongst 33 forested acres.
The Woods Resort & Treehouse, Eureka Springs: One and two bedroom Craftsman-style tree-top cottages offer birds-eye views from 23 feet in the air. A footbridge leads to the TreeHouse hot tub which is 15 feet above ground.
YURTS: Two Arkansas lodging properties have YURTS: DeGray Lake Resort State Park near Arkadelphia and StoneWind Retreat at Chester. What is a yurt? A YURT (Year-round Universal Recreational Tent) is a large, high walled tent with electricity, wood floors, screened windows and a door that can be locked. StoneWind has 709-square-foot Yurt Cabins built on 40 x 40' decks overlooking the Boston Mountains, most with hot tubs, all with WiFi access, gas grills and complete amenities. DeGray's are more rustic but just as much fun.
Zulu Safari Guest Lodge: The Safari Lodge @ Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs has comfortable canvas structures, each with its own theme corresponding with different regions of Africa, that spoke out from a 40-ft. central octagonal deck with hot tub and fire pit. Designed after Zulu lodging properties in Africa.