When you live in the middle of the country near no major airports, travel can be a bit of an afterthought. The idea of spending a fortune just to get anywhere is not appealing. So when my friend asked me to plan a girls-only vacation, I naturally recoiled and tried to not picture the moths residing in my wallet.
Oklahoma isn’t exactly what most people would call a destination spot or tourist location. I’ve lived here my whole life and never thought of it that way. I wasn’t going to give up though. I pulled open my trusty laptop and did my due diligence. Turns out, I’ve been missing out all of these years. We both took a four day weekend and planned out our trip.
We started in Ada and browsed the boutiques on Main Street. The Ada Art District is a sweet area filled with galleries and studios. The 27 foot tall iron horse was massive and my head was spinning just looking at it. Some of the historic buildings were really beautiful but my favorite had to be the sculpture gardens.
We stopped at Mrs. B’s on Main for an early dinner. The mounds cupcakes and mini apple pies were absolutely incredible. Bellies full, we drove to Sulphur, Oklahoma where we had reservations at LaVille Inn in Davis. We opted for the Palm Suite and even had our own balcony. Obviously we hadn’t had our fill of sweets so we picked up some local Bedré Chocolates which were delicious.
The shower in the morning was amazing. Breakfast was delightful and we grabbed our things before heading to Turner Falls Oklahoma for the beautiful nature park. We swam in the natural pool which apparently sits below the state’s largest waterfall. We headed to Duncan and dropped our luggage at Lindley House before we caught a show at the Duncan Little Theater. For a small town production, they really did Fiddler On The Roof justice.
On our way to Oklahoma City the next day, we caught the Dinosaur Roadside Ranch, which was quite the spectacle. They used junk to create some pretty interesting artwork. OKC was fantastic. We had our fill of shopping at the Outlet Shoppes and then we had dinner at Deep Fork where I had the sirloin and my friend splurged on the lobster. Shopping was exhausting and I couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel.
Day four, and our last day, but I wasn’t quite ready to end our trip. Leaving OKC we caught an exhibit at Mainsite, a contemporary art gallery in Norman. Before heading home we stopped in Wynnewood and stopped at the Eskridge Hotel Museum. It opened in 1907 and was famous for it’s chicken dinners but has since been converted into a history museum. Legend says it’s haunted but we didn’t see anything while we were there. We left and grabbed dinner at Tarahumara’s Mexican Cafe before our ride home.
Needless to say, we had a blast and I’ll never doubt my state again. Our little homegrown vacation with girlfriends was better than I could’ve imagined. Going back to work the next day was not nearly as exciting.