Through the rolling hills of West Arkansas, there are a number of hidden getaways ready for anyone looking to take a break from everyday cares.
Here are five of the best places to stay for those looking for relaxation and rest.
Wine Family Homestead, Altus
Nestled in Arkansas wine country amid the gentle slopes of the Ozark Mountains, the white two-story home sits over the town of Altus.
The Post family owns the home, which is just up the hill from their winery, the largest in the state.
Joseph Post said the main section of the home was built in 1879. The kitchen area was added in 1904, and the south two rooms were added in 1919.
The family has kept the house as a guest house for the past five years. Prior to that three generations of Posts lived in what they call their "generational home."
There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms. People can book it for $250 a night.
"If they’re looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle, it’s a good place," Post said.
Cowie Wine Cellars and Vineyards, Paris
A row of bell towers and a chapel cover the front of the property, while the winery sits behind with wood resting on two rock pillars.
One guest room is upstairs above the winery and the other is on the side. The upstairs room is $80 a night, and the downstairs one is $100.
Robert Cowie, 80, has been making wine for 64 years and operating the guest house for about 15.
As part of their stay, guests can go to his Arkansas Wine Museum and also tour his historic collection of antique bells. Cowie says it is the largest collection in the country.
Each room has a whirlpool bath and a private entrance. The stay comes with a free bottle of wine.
"It was geared for romantic getaways," Cowie said about his guest rooms.
Ranch Cabin, Magazine
The cabin sits in the shadow of Mount Magazine, and the mountain makes a hazy blue figure in the distance.
Walene Beeoler has owned and rented the cabin for the last five years. It’s equipped with one bedroom and a living room couch that pulls out into a queen-sized bed. For each guests’ stay she makes homemade cinnamon rolls.
Beeoler estimated that people stay for an average of three nights. They can rent the home for $90 per night.
"And most people say they just come here to get out of the city and relax," Beeoler said.
Within close distance people can hike Petit Jean Mountain, Mount Magazine and Mount Nebo.
"A lot of people say it’s just peaceful and relaxing here, especially with the stars out on the porch," Beeoler said.
Wine Country Cottage, Altus
The interior of the home is designed after the owners’ honeymoon in Italy.
A mural decorates the kitchen showing an Italian villa. A white canopy hangs from the bed posts, matching the curtains and the bedspread.
Veronica and Paul Post own the home and rent it for $90 a night for use of one of the bedrooms and $150 a night for use of all three of the bedrooms. The Posts also offer midweek and off-season discounts.
"A lot of people come here for the wine and to drink," Veronica Post said.
She gets most of her business from people visiting the wineries in town. The guest home is something that said is constantly improving.
"It’s a labor of love," Veronica said.
Beland Manor, Fort Smith
White columns stand guard across the front of the red brick mansion, and shrubbery lines its porch.
The home dates back to 1950 but is designed after a turn-of-the-century house that the Beland family saw on vacation in Beaumont, Texas.
Louis Beland took photos of the entire house in Beaumont and drew up the plans for his own.
Suzy and Mike Smith have owned the manor for the past 27 years. There are seven guest rooms that range in price from $115 to $185 per night.
The Smiths offer Beland as a destination for a wedding and have also begun doing curbside pickup dinners on Mondays and Fridays. Breakfast is available for guests in the morning.