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By Dacia Abel
If America has a romantic relationship with open road, consider Route 66 to be its greatest love affair. Although the highway was officially decommissioned in 1984, the lore of the famed route still draws visitors from around the world who desire a taste of a nostalgic American experience.
And since Oklahoma has more drivable miles of Route 66 than any other state in the union, it’s the perfect place to get your kicks. For example, check out the neighboring towns of Stroud and Chandler, which are both located directly on The Mother Road. And because it’s less than an hour from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa, this area makes for an easy weekend getaway. Local wineries, a famous restaurant, an interactive museum and a western experience guest ranch are just a few of the locations you’ll discover.
Grab a glass of wine at Stableridge vineyards and winery, which is located directly on the historic Route 66. Stableridge is famous for their historic tasting room, an impressive gift shop, and wines like Jeremiah Red, which has won international awards.
“I am proud of the wine,” said winery owner Loy Jenson. “It’s an awesome job because it’s awesome wine.”
Another great winery, just minutes away, is Territory Cellars, which boasts a large patio where guests can sit and relax. Don’t miss their gourmet meals, offered Thursdays and Fridays, and check out their sweet, fruit-flavored wines for dessert.
Dine at the Rock Café, in Stroud, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1939, this renowned landmark was recently reopened after a tragic fire. Featured in Disney’s motion picture Cars, the Rock Café has been a Route 66 staple for many years.
Explore the call of the open road at the Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler. Interactive displays will drive you down memory lane to rediscover the important role Route 66 played in building the American Dream.
Stay at the Tatanka Guest Ranch, which is a retreat for city-dwellers that want a western experience without forsaking modern amenities. The facilities’ facilities are rustic chic, turning cowboy living into a luxurious affair. The cabins and lodge are elegant and comfortable.
Named as one of the top places to stay by “National Geographic Traveler” in 2008 for showcasing local culture and offering a unique experience to travelers, ranch owner Sandy Sarette takes pride in making her guest feel at home on the ranch.
“If this isn’t what Oklahoma is about, I don’t know what is,” said owner Sandy Sarette. “Our mission is to highlight the Oklahoma experience...There is not another place that I’ve seen that has this kind of Oklahoma beauty.”
Guests of the ranch can enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, ATV riding, horseback riding, arcade games and much more. However, many guests just come to soak up the serene atmosphere and to unwind by the campfire.
To find out more about attractions on Route 66, visit TravelOK.com or call 800 652-6552 to speak with an Oklahoma Travel Counselor. Request a free copy of the brochure, Oklahoma Route 66: The Ultimate Road Trip.