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.

The historic Hayes House Bed & Breakfast has two luxurious suites where travelers can relax and soak up the Southern comforts offered by this charming Muskogee inn.

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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.

Overnight in Muskogee has many options, with the regular hotels and motels, but step outside of the norm and carry the magnolia and azaleas southern theme with you to your accommodations. The Hayes House Bed and Breakfast allows you to do just that. As you come up the drive, the grand columns and balcony let you know that you’re in for a treat. That only improves as you enter the foyer. It’s beautiful and inviting. Treat yourself to a special stay here.

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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