As we drive into downtown Little Rock on I-30, a milky mist hovers over the Arkansas River like a bridal veil blowing in a summer breeze. Giggling in the backseat of my car sounds more like teenagers at a prom than an octogenarian couple celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Having met George and Adaire three decades earlier at a conference in Little Rock, I soon adopted them as surrogate parents and professional mentors. Now, we are returning to Arkansas’ capital city to celebrate serendipity and to let them enjoy an encore honeymoon to jumpstart our week-long jaunt around the state.
Lovers of every stripe find open arms in Arkansas. Outdoor adventurers can backpack, bicycle and hike to caves and curated trails systems along the Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges. Water lovers flock to a variety of crystal lakes, rivers, and streams throughout the state for boating and fishing, and to historic bathhouses for old school clinical spa treatments. Nature fanatics meditate at peaceful labyrinths, meander through extensive botanical gardens, and mull over conservation and sustainability in continuing education classes. Arts and culture aficionados find their tribes congregated at world-class museums, monthly gallery walks, and eclectic music festivals. Foodies discover everything from picnics to plated service, barbecue to baba ghanoush.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate getaway or a chance to share a couples’ experience with a group of like-minded souls, The Natural State is brimming with hospitable residents eager to share their passion for all that makes Arkansas inviting – especially for couples in love. Dive in with these romantic getaways in Arkansas.