Arkansas the natural state, there are so many things to see and do, and with so many folks ready to venture outdoors this spring I have discovered the perfect place for that much-needed family vacation.

The place I'm am talking about is Lake Lucerne Resort and Ranch located 2 miles from downtown historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It's here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the country lifestyle and the beautiful natural landscape of Arkansas by spending time at a real ranch. This ranch resort provides the perfect combination of excitement and serenity for your Arkansas getaway. Imagine exploring rolling hills and peaceful rivers in the Ozarks, then settling down in one of several cabins or cozy cottages at the end of the day.

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Lake Lucerne Resort and Ranch is home to several cabins and cottages that have their own theme and are tastefully decorated no matter the occasion. Each cottage has its own fireplace, decks, and a two-person jetted tub that you can enjoy on their six-acre private lake with a floating gazebo. Imagine watching the sunset while you do a little fishing, now that's what I call paradise. All 11 cabins and cottages are surrounded by the beauty of towering trees and woods of the Ozark forest.

My personal favorite at Lake Lucerne Resort and Ranch is the Kingfisher Cottage, it's large 1450 square feet 3 Bedroom, 2 full baths, 1 cedar whirlpool tub room with gas fireplace, open kitchen, dining, living room with a wood-burning fireplace, private deck, and best of all it's pet-friendly. See photos. Lake Lucerne Resort also has a variety of farm animals that you will love petting and getting photos of.

Have a pet? No problem, Lake Lucerne Resort and Ranch can also accommodate your fur baby with four pet-friendly cabins. They also have seven kid-friendly cottages and a retreat for that romantic couple. Most all come with all the amenities you need for your stay whether it be for a weekend or a week. Bike rentals are also available for riding on the nearby trails near the lake.

So, if you are planning a vacation getaway this spring or summer, may I suggest Lake Lucerne Resort and Ranch in Eureka Springs.

Please visit their website or Facebook page for complete details on how to make your Arkansas getaway the best ever.

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