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I'm planning a trip to the Arkansas Ozarks this summer around the 4th of July and would like some recommendations on bike friendly inns/motels. Things to see, places to stop, etc.
 

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We went in Sept/Oct 2010. We didn't see a place that wasn't bike friendly! Every time we pass a place, there were plenty of bikes in the lot. We decided to stay in cabins and really enjoyed being away from the ratrace even if by a couple miles......
 

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I make a trip to NW Arkansas every spring. Hard to beat. The whole area is biker friendly, and they have some of the best roads in the US to ride (and I've ridden all over the west and south).

The web site below will give you all the information you need and more.

http://www.touringdepot.com/mcarkansas.html
 

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Arkansas is a very popular motorcycling area, and local motels, restaurants etc. have learned to make them (and their money) very welcome.
We stayed at America's Best Motor Inn at Eureka Springs with our riding group, ROMEO's (retired old motorcyclists eating out), didn't find a place that didn't make us feel like VIP's, many merchants have maps available with popular routes laid out, and details about things to see and do.
 

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Rode through there in 2010 on my way to Sturgis. Wish I could have stayed and checked it out a little while, but I was in a hurry. I went trhough on US HWY 63. Rode through a few cool little towns. Hardy, AR looked like a really cool town to stay at.
 

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Hey Dan,

You´re in for a treat! The riding is great and like the others have said, NW Arkansas really caters to motorcyclists. Check out this link to the Arkansas website- they have a downloadable brochure with the best motorcycling roads etc. and a little film to whet your appetite.

A must see in my opinion is Mountain View. You can spend the night there right next to the square in the town center at the beautiful Pinewood Cabins. On summer nights there are at least a dozen groups on the lawn around the court house playing folk music. It´s free and even if you´re not into folk music it really is a hoot to see and hear these folks rock! Also, you can take several loops around town that you´ll find in the motorcycling brochure. You can get your picture taken on Push Mountain Road (they have a guy there that snaps people as they go by like they do on the Dragon) and you can cool off and go for a swim at Blanchard Springs, an absolutely gorgeous swimming hole deep in the forest with a little sand beach and bluffs.

We spent a couple of nights at the Eureka Inn. We chose it because we wanted to be able to walk to down town Eureka Springs, but it is still a pretty steep walk uphill to get back but at least it is doable. There is a trolley, but that doesn´t run very late. There are plenty of nice looking places to stay around Eureka Springs that are on the trolley loop, but again, unless you turn in by 6 or 7 you´ll have to ride your bike or take a cab to most places from downtown E.S. It is definitely worth visiting though, so don´t miss it!

We had a blast in Arkansas and I´d go again in a heartbeat!
Enjoy!

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Hey Dan,

You´re in for a treat! The riding is great and like the others have said, NW Arkansas really caters to motorcyclists. Check out this link to the Arkansas website- they have a downloadable brochure with the best motorcycling roads etc. and a little film to whet your appetite.

A must see in my opinion is Mountain View. You can spend the night there right next to the square in the town center at the beautiful Pinewood Cabins. On summer nights there are at least a dozen groups on the lawn around the court house playing folk music. It´s free and even if you´re not into folk music it really is a hoot to see and hear these folks rock! Also, you can take several loops around town that you´ll find in the motorcycling brochure. You can get your picture taken on Push Mountain Road (they have a guy there that snaps people as they go by like they do on the Dragon) and you can cool off and go for a swim at Blanchard Springs, an absolutely gorgeous swimming hole deep in the forest with a little sand beach and bluffs.

We spent a couple of nights at the Eureka Inn. We chose it because we wanted to be able to walk to down town Eureka Springs, but it is still a pretty steep walk uphill to get back but at least it is doable. There is a trolley, but that doesn´t run very late. There are plenty of nice looking places to stay around Eureka Springs that are on the trolley loop, but again, unless you turn in by 6 or 7 you´ll have to ride your bike or take a cab to most places from downtown E.S. It is definitely worth visiting though, so don´t miss it!

We had a blast in Arkansas and I´d go again in a heartbeat!
Enjoy!

Sponk
@gree: Mountain View :woohoo:
 

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Be careful, almost half the state is dry.
 

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Be careful, almost half the state is dry.
Yup, I ride in Arkansas A LOT and carry a map on both bikes with the "wet" counties highlighted and plan our stops accordingly. I even found out that there are even dry townships within certain counties where churches have bought up the liquor license allotment. Monticello in the southern part of the state is an example.
You are gonna enjoy your visit to the area. Mostly well maintained roads with breathtaking scenery.
Pied Piper in Eureka Springs is a very popular bike spot but venture on down to Chelsea's for the real local flavor and the best pizza I have ever tasted.
 

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Great scenery and good people- The 4th weekend is Huge for boaters! I have made the mistake of not making reservations in that area a couple of times....rooms can be really hard to find over the 4th of July! So make reservations that particular weekend.
 

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I'm planning a trip to the Arkansas Ozarks this summer around the 4th of July and would like some recommendations on bike friendly inns/motels. Things to see, places to stop, etc.
Come on over! But be prepared...It's gonna be hot in July!! Some gotta ride roads in the Ozarks...Hwy 23, Hwy 21, Hwy 7, Hwy 12, and Hwy 71 are just a few of the local twisties. Some nice towns...Eureka Springs is always a blast on a bike, and very biker friendly....The Hub in Dogpatch Ar is another great place to stay, just off Hwy 7. Hot Springs is nice, and on the southern side of Hwy 7. Mt Magazine has some really nice cabins and great views. And Branson Mo is another great place to check out. I have lots of time on these twisties, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have. Have fun!!
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Clinton hangs out there when Hillary is away on State business. Don't leave your wife unescorted in a bar.:coffee:
 

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Ditto on all the above. Great place to ride. I've made the trek over ( ~ 350 miles ) three times and will keep going back. Note that any road atlas that has scenic routes marked looks as if someone gave a three year old Red Bull and a hiLiter ant the same time. The H-D dealer in Rogers, Pig Trail, has a lot of free maps of suggested rides (they also have a satellite store in Eureka Springs).

It gets awfully hot there in mid-summer; I highly recommend the Bikes, Blues, & BBQ festival in Fayetteville late September each year.
 

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The pig trail is a must ride if you get that far.
We rode it when we went down for Bikes, Blues and BBQ.
Had an awesome time and will be going again this year.
 

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Dry Counties...if you draw a line from NE Arkansas to SW Arkansas most every county to the NW half is DRY (no alcohol). From the NE to the SW on the SE side of the line most counties are WET (alcohol). I know this because I considered moving there and being an occasional imbiber I had to know. I mapped it all out county by county. I loved Arkansas. It is beautiful. The lakes are spectacular, clear, and full of fish. Watch out for animals crossing the roads. You'll see what I mean by all the road kill on the roads. Do take a RAIN SUIT with you. Enjoy the friendly hospitality of the people of Arkansas. The roads are in excellent condition and litter free. It is a beautiful secret of a state. I plan to meet my dad there this Spring and continue a drive to the west coast. Have fun.
 

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If you're in Eureka Springs, Bubba's or the Firehouse have good BBQ.
If you want ink, see Jody at Tattoos Eureka Style. Tell her I said hi. Great artist, and cute as a bug.
 
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