Road Trip: Escape To Tranquility
Unwind and rejuvenate with a trip into Oklahoma's heartland to visit the charming towns of Norman, Purcell and Ardmore for antique shopping, a cozy B&B, lakefront stays and plenty of sublimely unhurried relaxation.
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Romance at Whispering Pines
Located on 20 acres of beautiful trees and rolling pasture, Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast near Norman, serves up peace and serenity with considerable charm. The menu at their reservation-only restaurant includes a wide variety of Continental cuisine with crowd pleasers such as mouthwatering steaks, freshly baked bread and homemade sorbet. Each suite in the Victorian-style house is decorated with a different theme and is designed to offer couples a cozy, comfortable and romantic getaway. There are also four separate cottages with individual decor themes. Whether you choose to stay in the main house or in a cottage, you'll find thoughtful touches such as bath salts and bubbles, candles and a basket of snacks provided as part of the amenities. In the morning, a delightful breakfast is served in each suite and cottage.
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Nestled in the cross-timbers east of Norman, Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery near Norman creates flavorful wines such as their Riesling, a dry wine with hints of pear and melon, or Big Red Steak wine, a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with dashes of raspberry and luscious chocolate. Don’t miss their Wine for Stoops, a sweet and light wine with hints of black cherry and strawberry, a perfect selection for OU game days and parties.
Main Street Soul
When you feel the need for a pleasant pause from life’s frantic pace, escape to Purcell located in the middle of Oklahoma. Drop in and spend a laid-back day exploring Purcell’s Main Street antique stores, full of elegant and eclectic collectibles – pretty things you remember from childhood or visits to your grandparents. Start off at Butler’s Antiques, tucked inside the historic Hotel Love building. This beautiful building with a large covered porch is the former home of a hotel built in 1895, which has now been meticulously restored. Be sure to peruse the treasures at Auntie Mae’s Antiques and Grapevine Antiques as well. When you’re ready for a break from shopping, take a hearty appetite to the Railhead Diner, a 60-plus year tradition that’s still going strong, known for its crunchy fried chicken made just like your mom made it, homemade pies, fried pies and oh-so-moist strawberry cake with sweet creamy icing.
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Spend an afternoon sipping wine on the deck of Canadian River Vineyards & Winery, near Lexington. Canadian River Winery produces wine from grapes grown locally and throughout the southwest.
Immerse yourself in the renaissance of downtown Ardmore with its intriguing array of boutique shops, restaurants and antique stores. Start with The 9, a beautiful space where about a dozen small businesses provide a wide and interesting variety of clothes, food, accessories and home decor items. If vintage and time-tested is your thing, check out Antiques, Etc. just down the street. And once you've worked up an appetite, head to Ten Star Pizza Kitchen, the product of two young Ardmorites who decided to move home from South Carolina and help with the rebirth of downtown Ardmore. Ten Star is a unique restaurant with an Old World feel and an inspired menu built around the pizza recipe of Pizza Getti in Dallas. The pizza kitchen’s dough and sauce are made fresh daily and their organic frozen yogurt is the perfect way to top off a meal with something sweet and healthy.
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For overnight accommodations try Lake Murray Floating Cabins, formerly known as Lake Murray Bed & Berth, where the cabins actually float on the water of one of Oklahoma's most pristine lakes. Lake Murray State Park & Lodge, Oklahoma’s oldest state park, offers 52 guest rooms and suites along with 52 cabins and plenty of activities.