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Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City is a romantic spot to walk along the shore, take in a sunset over the water, or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants that offer a lake view.

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Enjoy a B&B experience, as well as gourmet dining, at Echo Canyon.

The warm Oklahoma sun hangs low in the sky, wine is poured and the gentle glow of candlelight awakens the unmistakable air of intimacy and love.  The scene is set and it’s time to get romantic.  With humdrum routines ensnaring modern-day couples, what’s a guy to do when trying to plan the perfect romantic getaway for his girl?  Simply find the personality type below that best fits your lady and discover tailored ideas meant to wow your sweetheart with something new, fresh and exciting. 

Uptown Belle 

If your lady loves the comforting weight of shopping bags filled to the brim and the sound of her heels clicking across the pavement en-route to a classy new boutique, then Tulsa’s bustling and exclusive shopping district, Utica Square, is where you take the girl that seemingly has everything.  Indulge your lady love with a shopping getaway that will have her squealing with delight while popping in and out of upscale shops and trendy plazas.  Instead of trying to find that one perfect gift that says “I love you,” guide her into such retail heavens as Saks Fifth Avenue, Crabtree & Evelyn and Williams-Sonoma and let her pick it out herself. When the midday sun hits its peak, take a seat on the patio of The Wild Fork for stylish fare such as ginger-crusted salmon and lemon-garlic pork chops. 

Let your belle show off her new purchases at an evening performance of the Tulsa Opera, where world-renowned performers entertain lucky patrons with acts of heightened emotion and unbelievable drama.  After taking in a grand opera, surround yourself with the sensual mood created by soft lighting and the clinking of wine glasses at Polo Grill.  Here, couples can feast on small plates of artisan appetizers, lobster bathed in drawn butter or the restaurant’s famous house-baked fudge.  Make the extravagant suites of the unrivaled Mayo Hotel your evening destination and be rewarded with prime examples of 1920s art deco luxury and style.  Offering awe-inspiring views of the downtown Tulsa skyline, the Mayo will leave her amazed and swept up in the overwhelming passion of a glamorous fairytale come to life.

Madame Minimalist 

If your lady regards frills and lace with nothing but an upturned scowl, but you still wish to ignite the roaring flame of intimacy over a tranquil weekend, it’s time to diverge from the typical romance circuit and dive headfirst into a unique, relaxing getaway.  Usher your girl into the passenger seat, take the wheel and point your compass toward southwest Oklahoma to your destination, the Stardust Inn Bed & Breakfast in Medicine Park.  Your down-to-earth gal will appreciate this Western-inspired inn, nestled within the picturesque glory of the Wichita Mountains, complete with a wraparound porch, private entrances and two-person Jacuzzi tubs in each room.   Sit down for a soothing glass of wine or indulge in a slice of homemade pie at the Old Plantation Restaurant and then take her for a walk amongst the quaint shops and historic cobblestone cottages of this former resort town.

Book the Caribbean guest cottage at Aaron’s Gate Country Getaway in Guthrie to whisk your no-frills woman to a luxurious haven without overwhelming her with girly accoutrements.  This private suite, with its king-size, hand-carved canopy bed, outdoor hot tub overlooking the surrounding countryside and a European spa shower for two, will leave you both feeling as if you’ve escaped to an exotic, tropical paradise.  Start your day with vanilla butter sauce drizzled over pancakes at Aaron’s Gate and then head into downtown Guthrie for antique shopping amidst some of the nation’s finest Victorian Main Street architecture.  Head south into the Oklahoma City metro area to walk the streets and enjoy the open galleries of the Paseo Arts District, a quaint Spanish-style village with a Bohemian flair that is home to restaurants, boutiques and art studios.  Stroll down to the Paseo Grill for a sophisticated, cozy and romantic meal.  Dine by candlelight on menu selections such as specialty steaks, fresh fish, and signature salads.  Sip specialty martinis on the patio overlooking the tile roofs and brightly colored adobe walls of the district's art galleries or enjoy the casual elegance of the dining room.

Pampered Queen 

If your lady longs for elegant indulgence and deserves nothing but the best, spoil her every whim on a grand getaway throughout Oklahoma that will leave her feeling like pure royalty.  Schedule a deep tissue massage for your partner or join the action with a couple’s treatment at Body Harmony Day Spa in Broken Bow.  Your queen’s toes will tingle as warm oils are massaged into her skin in the spa’s candlelit Tranquility Room.  Surprise her with a Romance Session, which includes rose petals, a private shower and bath and fresh fruit, and then let all of life’s stresses melt away as you relax on the patio with refreshments.  While in the Broken Bow area, stop at Girls Gone Wine to let your lady sample locally-produced wines in the popular tasting room while shopping for unique items in the attached gift shop.  Unplug and spend a quiet moment lingering over a glass of your favorite wine around the chimenea on the winery's covered patio and then escort her to a luxurious Beavers Bend Creative Escapes cabin to snuggle up by the wood-burning fireplace or in the hot tub.       

Leave her amazed and swept up in the overwhelming passion of a glamorous fairytale come to life.

Treat your partner to a VIP experience like no other by booking her a limo-chauffeured Nosey Parker Shopping Tour throughout Oklahoma City, and then meet your one and only at Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante in the Bricktown Entertainment District for delicate pastas, seafood and wood-fire grilled steaks.  Toast your queen with a specialty cocktail over a shared serving of strawberry shortcake and then whisk her away to Two Hearts Inn in Edmond.  Reserve the inn’s Venetian Suite for regal grandeur awash in rich hues of burgundy and gold.  Sink into a luxurious bath in the jetted whirlpool made for two while the in-suite fireplace roars in the background, or enjoy a romantic picnic of finger sandwiches, cheese, fruit and wine in the privacy of your own room.  A gourmet breakfast will be delivered to your door in the morning for you to enjoy together to start your day. 

The Take-Me-Away-From-It-All Girl 

If your lady seeks the unexpected beauty of a one-of-a-kind experience and yearns to get away from the everyday, cater to her desire for adventure by going the extra mile and taking her somewhere that requires a willingness to explore, a little planning and a tank of gas.  Travel 45 miles east of Tulsa to the Canebrake Restaurant & Resort and let your love blossom with the help of luxurious amenities, spa services and gourmet dining, all nestled along the calming shores of Ft. Gibson Lake.  For a southern Oklahoma retreat, reserve a room at Echo Canyon Spa Resort and let relaxation take hold. Cuddle up with your significant other on a private deck overlooking the neighboring canyon, hike through the surrounding orchards with your lady on your arm, and then treat her to a 5-star meal in the resort’s renowned restaurant.  Take a moonlit walk along the shore of glistening Lake of the Arbuckles at the nearby Chickasaw National Recreation Area and rediscover each other in the midst of natural splendor.

Think outside of the box when it comes to treating your adventurous girl to something special and head to Thackerville for the WinStar World Casino, a destination guaranteed to thrill and provide a marvelous good time for both you and your spouse.  Spend the day trying to hit it big in eight opulent gaming plazas, and then lead your lady over to the casino’s Spa Habitat for a heavenly, organic couple’s massage.  When evening hits, look no further than the WinStar World Casino Hotel for blissful accommodations and romance surrounded by Italian elegance.  Also, don’t rule out southwest Oklahoma’s Lawton for an escape perfect for any love affair.  Dine on salmon filets, succulent steaks and pieces of chocolate layer cake at Silver Spoon Kitchen & Bakeshop before taking a leisurely drive to the top of Mount Scott for stunning views of the gentle Wichita Mountains at sunset.