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New Brochures Available to Lead You on Growing Adventure
By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
Agritourism Program Offers Four Revised Guides to Wineries, Land Bounty, Hunting and Western Experiences
Most Oklahomans are as many as four generations removed from the family farm. The state’s agritourism program - where agriculture and tourism intersect – lessens that gap by offering experiences that create a connection to the land and Oklahoma’s farming heritage, all in one fun visit.
Through the agritourism program, more Oklahoma farms, wineries and ranches than ever have opened their gates to give you the chance to try your hand at feeding cattle, ride the fence line, navigate a corn maze, get your hands dirty at a u-pick farm or sip a glass of wine overlooking a vineyard.
Four updated (and free) brochures are now available from the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department to help lead you to some of the most popular agritourism spots. All pieces include a detailed fold-out map to make it even easier to find your way.
Highlighting 168 gardens, farms and specialty crops, the Oklahoma Land Bounty brochure will help you find the best places to pick berries, peaches, pumpkins, fresh vegetables or even harvest a Christmas tree on an Oklahoma farm. U-pick farms are often friendly community gathering places where more than just the produce is delicious and local. Depending on the location, home-baked goods, jams, crafts and artwork are often available alongside mounds of fresh produce. As an added bonus, you get a sense of the fabric of a community and connect with the farmers growing the food you eat. The breadth and depth of produce found at a u-pick farm is truly amazing – everything from apples to eggplants, potatoes to watermelons, carrots to blackberries may be found in season. The brochure also features farmers markets throughout the state if you are in the mood for fresh without the work.
Oklahoma's rolling hills, prairies and mesas are the perfect setting for the real deal when it comes to western adventure, and the Oklahoma Western Experience guide will take you there. Whether you're looking for a secluded place to ride horses, hike, fish, or a quiet respite and a few relaxing days away from home, this guide will help you find 111 bed & breakfast destinations, guest ranches, country stays and trail riding ranches and farms scattered across the state.
The Oklahoma Wineries and Vineyards brochure will lead you off the beaten path and to 47 wineries and miles of vines. This handy reference is packed with everything from wine-tasting tips and highlights of wine-related events, to a reference of the state’s wineries and vineyards. Oklahoma wineries range from small family-operated shops with friendly tasting rooms to large rural attractions with pastoral views over acres of vineyards. You may even find yourself ankle-deep in a grape stomp and many vintners are happy to take you on a tour and teach about the wine-making process.
Oklahoma’s popularity as a hunting destination continues to grow and the Oklahoma Hunting Guide gives you valuable information on where to look for licensing information, and a map showing the 57 ranches and farms offering lodges, cabins or guided hunts. The guide also tells you where to find fishing excursions and other adventure recreation. Whether you're after deer, waterfowl, quail, pheasant, turkeys or something more exotic, this round up of diverse Oklahoma hunting grounds will help you find the right spot.
To order these brochures and plan your next Oklahoma getaway, go to www.TravelOK.com. In addition to the agritourism brochures mentioned above, you will find a wealth of online information there about Oklahoma’s farm and ranch tourism attractions.