After a magical day in the mountains, return to the Ozark Cafe for some music, and then retire among the treetops at Cedar Crest Lodge, set along the Buffalo National River in Ponca. Six thousand square feet of rock, cedar, redwood, and cypress, the plush abode sleeps 10 to 12 adults comfortably and exemplifies the kind of expert craftsmanship the Ozarks nurture. At only $500 a night (roughly $50 per person) on weekdays, this stay could possibly be one of the best bargains around.
Though families love the spacious amenities provided at Cedar Crest Lodge, couples desiring less room to roam find a tasteful alternative at the Arkansas House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Jasper. Modest antique furniture, comfortable beds, and inexpensive rates ($59-$89 a night) make this small-town gem a sweet choice.
Moments spent here, as in most of the Ozarks, promise a window seat to something wonderful in fall.