Take your special valentine to the state of Arkansas where you can enjoy a secluded spot in Roland, or take a dip in thermal baths in Hot Springs. If you head to Little Rock, look for unique shops to find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, or check out the breathtaking scenery. All around the state, there are plenty of spas, wineries, shows, and even sports races. Book a stay at one of many unforgettable Arkansas vacation rentals today. These top seven Valentine’s Day getaway spots in Arkansas will make your dream rendezvous come true.
1. Hot Springs
Hot Springs makes a perfect destination for families and couples when you want a Valentine’s Day to remember. Experience family thermal baths, pools, waterfalls, bubble pools, and massages with the kids at Hot Springs Massage. Andrea Rose Rejuvenation Center offers steam cabinets, Reiki, facials, massages, and much more for couples who feel like being pampered. Untangle those jangled nerves at one of the traditional thermal bathing facilities on Historic Bath House Row with mineral baths, hot packs, steam cabinets, and Swedish massages. When you’re ready for the perfect dinner to cap off the day, choose from Mexican, Cajun, Italian, or American cuisines from one of the area’s fine restaurants.
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2. Eureka Springs
Take your candy lovers to the perfect Valentine’s event: the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival in Eureka Springs. Immerse yourselves in a world of chocolate ecstasy for cookies, cakes, and everything chocolate that you can envision. Enter chocolate recipe and decorating contests, or attend the silent auction. Vendors showcase their products and offer chocolate samples to attendees. Each member of your family receives a box at the door to fill up with favorites to take back to your Eureka Springs vacation rental.
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If you and your beloved enjoy dressing up, the Cross My Heart Soiree is a semi-formal affair that includes dinner, live music, dancing, and an opportunity to find an exquisite diamond in an ice cube. The American Red Cross of Jonesboro hosts the event, which includes art exhibits, live and mystery auctions, and a wine pull. For a unique twist on exploring the city’s nightlife, start with Pinot’s Palette. It’s a full bar and restaurant featuring an opportunity for you to create some fun art. While you paint and sip, be sure to ask about the Dirty Paint Water Cocktail.
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Woo your darling anew and bundle up the kids for adventure on a Sweetheart Hayride and Campfire at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland. Snuggle down into the hay and cuddle under a blanket as a park guide narrates some of the remote sections of the park. Experience sweeping vistas and magnificent views of Pinnacle Mountain along the route. At the end of the trail, gather around the campfire with your family to enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. Stop by River Bottom Winery at BoBrook Farms for a wine tasting. While you’re there, pick up a cheese and meat tray and some wine or beer to enjoy back at your Roland vacation rental.
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The Hive is where to go in Bentonville for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. The renowned chef prepares refined country cuisine, paying tribute to high Southern cooking. Relax with your soulmate in the Hive Lounge, enjoying delicious cocktails before or after dinner. Indulge your sweetheart with an evening of sweet desserts and wine pairings at Ramo d’Olivo, located on Main Street just minutes from most Bentonville vacation rentals. Live jazz spices up the evening as you choose your favorite desserts.
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6. Fort Smith
If love runs in your family, then don your sneakers and take your partner to the Valentine’s Day marathon, half-marathon, and relay in downtown Fort Smith. Celebrate your shared passion for running, starting just a few yards from the Oklahoma border. The half-marathon takes you past the Fort Smith National Historic Site and the Fort Smith National Cemetery. When you reach the halfway point in Hardscrabble Golf Course, you make your way back to the finish line along Old Greenwood Road. Change the pace of your romantic getaway with Romance on the Rails, a Valentine’s Day dinner and train ride on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Picture your valentine’s smile across an intimate dinner for two in an authentic 1920s Pullman coach. When you aren’t gazing into each other’s eyes over a glass of champagne, breathtaking views outside your window include the Arkansas River and the scenic Ozark Mountains.
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7. Little Rock
Put some magic in Valentine’s Day for your family when you take them to a special Magic Lantern Valentine’s Day Program at the Old State House Museum. This is where to go in Little Rock for an authentic 1890s combination of images projected on a full-sized screen. It’s like stepping back in time when you experience the Victorian era’s most exciting form of entertainment. A showman and a pianist present romantic stories and songs. Join the kids in participating with the audience to make sound effects and get in on the singing. If you prefer a cozy just-for-two romantic evening with your sweetie, make your reservations for Dinner and a Movie Night Out, hosted by the Market Street Cinema on Valentine’s Day. This catered affair includes a screening of a romantic film with cuisine inspired by the movie.
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