A night bouncing between restaurants and bars with friends is generally good for the soul, but appreciating the moments when life is still and quiet is so important. Slowing down and taking a break from all the noise really allows you to recharge and connect with that part of your mind that is asking for a bit of rest. I recently found a place where I could disconnect and recharge if only for a weekend, and I highly recommend you do the same.
It’s not a secret that Hot Springs holds a special place in my heart. From the restaurants to the history to the incredible lodging, I truly believe that Hot Springs is the gem of the state. On my most recent trip down, I had the pleasure of staying at the Hot Springs Treehouses — a new experience for me and one I’ll be back to do again.
Tucked away in the Ouachita Mountains surrounded by trees, a creek and ample hiking trails, the Hot Springs Treehouses give that comforting feeling of being in nature while also only a five-minute drive from downtown. While usually I would be all over heading into town for some of my favorite bites and drinks, Ryan and I really wanted to take advantage of the solitude the treehouse provided. We made one trip into town for groceries, and the rest of the time was spent enjoying the sounds of the wind in the leaves, the fall foliage and each other’s company.
Our treehouse, the Whippoorwill, and most of the others are designed for two people, or couples, to get away and unwind without the kids. If you’re looking for a unique romantic getaway, this is the spot for you. However, if you want to bring along the kids or some friends, the House by the Creek has multiple bedrooms and a larger living space for you to hang out and still enjoy the peaceful oasis of the forest.
The treehouse loft was a cozy size perfect for the two of us. With a wonderful view of the forest through the windows, a remote-controlled electric fireplace inside and a small TV streaming Christmas movies, we had everything we needed. Moving outside to the deck, there was an outdoor swing we could talk and relax on, a hot tub to fight off the crisp breeze and a grill where Ryan made me an amazing steak dinner.
Every detail of the treehouse was immaculate, simplistic and perfect. The loft was charming from top to bottom with beautiful furniture, wood finishing and possibly my favorite detail, an old sewing machine cabinet used as the sink vanity.
During the day, we hiked around the forest and found a nearby creek along with a few picnic areas. Whenever Ryan and I go on trips, we like to find something to remind us about the place we visited and the memories we made. While we were hiking, we found a gorgeous crystal nestled deep in the earth, so naturally, I made Ryan dig it out. We took the gem back, cleaned it up and it’s now sitting on our shelf as a beautiful reminder of our break from reality.
Owners of the Hot Springs Treehouses, Susan and Ernie, fell in love with cabin getaways after their first experience staying in a cabin in 1990. The couple decided then and there that they wanted to create their own unique experience for couples to escape and unwind. Susan and Ernie moved to Hot Springs in 2009 in pursuit of a dream decades in the making and by 2017, they had found the perfect opportunity to get their dream on the ground.
The couple really put in the effort to make their resort unlike any other, and once you book your own stay in a treehouse you’ll know exactly what I mean. Susan and Ernie are so hospitable and professional, it’s a breeze to work with them. Most importantly, as a special bonus, banana nut bread was waiting for us upon our arrival at the treehouse, and that ranks at the top in my book.
This weekend getaway was the first time in a long time where I was able to do absolutely nothing and feel content. Being isolated in such a beautiful setting was exactly what I needed at that moment, and I cannot wait to plan my next trip back for another recharge. Life can be overwhelming, that’s not a secret, but what’s important to remember is that life doesn’t always have to be like that. You owe yourself a break, a chance to breathe, and the Hot Springs Treehouses are the perfect place to do so.
Contact Susan and Ernie here to book your stay with your special someone at any of their seven cabins.
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