A Muskogee Getaway

Muskogee, Oklahoma, the land of azaleas. And magnolias. And front porch columns. And other things that you logically connect with southern states.

Due to COVID-19 requirements and recommendations, many Oklahoma businesses and attractions have made changes to their hours of operation and available services. This may include some destinations mentioned in this article. We encourage all potential visitors to contact the business or attraction directly before visiting for up-to-date information. For Oklahoma State Health Department information and recommendations, visit the COVID-19 resource page.
A walk in the park is an exquisite treat during the annual Azalea Festival in Muskogee.
Photo Credit: Carolyn Fletcher

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The Amish Country Store & Restaurant certainly doesn’t mesh with the southern theme going on in Muskogee, but nobody is complaining. You sure don’t complain if you’ve eaten lunch there. This quaint little shop serves up a lunch that takes you right back to the farm kitchen. The roast beef was better than excellent and choosing the cooked cabbage just made home seem closer. But when I found out that I came on the day they make homemade fried apple pies, I knew providence was on my side. The store has goodies including fudge and candles and is well worth a stop.

For the shopper, Rustic Elegance in downtown Muskogee carries an eclectic mix of décor from country charm to European chic. Owners Danny Templeton and Michael Crossley work to create a unique shopping experience in the Severs Block, one of Muskogee’s oldest historic buildings.

For more eclectic shopping, visitors must see the shops down on Main Street. Peak’s Place offers tack and saddle as well as Western décor and collectibles, while Two Friends boutique adds a touch of class to this shopping mecca with beautiful décor, apparel and accessories. Don’t plan a shopping trip without a stop in downtown Muskogee.

Muskogee is a town that caters to the museumgoer. Since Muskogee is situated where the Arkansas, Grand, and Verdigris Rivers meet, the Three Rivers Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the rivers, the bountiful area, and its early pioneers. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is housed in the historic 1875 Union Agency building and honors the history of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes.

The museum experience doesn't stop there; those who enjoy history have more to see in Muskogee. The U.S.S. Batfish and War Memorial Park is an unusual experience allowing you to board and tour an original WWII submarine as well as learn about its crew and missions in the museum building. The U.S.S. Batfish sank 14 enemy vessels in WWII. (Note: Due to the damage from the flood that occurred in May 2019, guests are currently unable to board the USS Batfish.)

The Ataloa Lodge Museum features more than 20,000 pieces of traditional and contemporary Native American art including an impressive kachina doll collection and items of daily and ceremonial use. The museum is located on the campus of Bacone College and also serves as a genealogical resource.

When you work up an appetite from all the shopping and museum hopping, drop by the Station 1 restaurant for a bite. Savor a rich menu filled with cafe entrees, from hotlink grilled cheese sandwiches to meatball subs.

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