By D. J. MORROW INGRAM
VALENTINE IDEA: Cedar Rock Inn is a new and unique Bed & Breakfast nestled among forty-five acres in the foothills just west of Tulsa, once home of Creek Nation allottee, Tecumseh Perryman. The lovingly renovated and restored luxury Bed & Breakfast illuminates in the exclusive and peaceful setting of Redberry Farm.
On its face, a day focused on celebrating love and those you love sounds like a good thing. Except….February 14 is close to the holidays and all the ‘gift giving’ pressures that comes in that merry season. For many, buying the perfect gift or planning the perfect night just means an ever-increasing level of anxiety. For some, it challenges a relationship like no other event. What to do? What to buy?
While GTR Newspapers can’t solve all of your romance issues, you might find that a romantic getaway is just what the love doctor ordered!
GET AWAY WITHOUT GOING AWAY
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday, staying in the Tulsa area might be the bet you can do. Never fear. Romance is at your fingertips in Green Country.
Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center—Tulsa’s only four diamond hotel is only three years old and with 265 rooms and 35 suites, you stand a good chance there is still time to make a reservation. The hotel features the award winning Cyprus Grille for your dining plans which can also deliver dinner for two to your room. $139-$159 for standard room; 6808 South 107th East Ave., Tulsa, Okla., 918-307-2600.
McBirney Mansion—One of Tulsa’s most treasured historic dwellings, the McBirney Mansion offers the discriminating traveler all the comforts of a beautifully appointed home in a quiet residential neighborhood. Each luxury bedroom boasts a spectacular view and its own unique décor – most have private baths and some have jetted tubs. $140 – $275. 1414 South Galveston, Tulsa, Okla. Phone: 918-585-1414.
B&B’S CLOSE TO HOME
Cedar Rock Inn—Open just six months, this unique Bed & Breakfast is nestled among 45 acres in the foothills just west of Tulsa. The Inn was originally a house built in 1890 that has been renovated into five suites on two floors by proprietors Sandi & Randy Dittmann. Antique furnishings acquired from estate sales and auctions adorn the suites, which also feature full bathrooms and expansive views of the property. Visitors will be able to enjoy gourmet meals in an airy dining room, socialize in the living room, peruse books in the small library or visit the gift shop for unique Cedar Rock Inn products. A wilderness area and walking trail surround the Inn and includes a relaxing pond, cascading waterfall and beautiful fountain. $165-$295. 4501 West 41st Street, Tulsa, Okla., Contact: 918-447-4493, 877-446-4493 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron’s Gate—This new exclusive private retreat has been created by Gary and Martha Hall, owners of the renowned Arcadian Inn Bed and Breakfast in Edmond, Okla. The retreat is just a short drive north of the Arcadian Inn in the Guthrie countryside, surrounded by 82 acres of woods, ravines, and an Oklahoma pond. Guests can enjoy Oklahoma summer mornings and starry winter nights from their porches or even the fabulous beds enveloped in windows. Each Cottage offers the same luxurious features and amenities including king-sized canopy beds, an indoor Jacuzzi for two, gas fireplace (in season), screened porch, outdoor hot tub and dry sauna. $239 to $299. Guests check in at Arcadian Inn Bed and Breakfast, 328 E. First, Edmond, Okla. Contact: (405) 282-0613 – Toll Free: (877) 540-1300 or email@example.com.
JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY
CLIFF COTTAGE INN—The only Bed and Breakfast in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs, Cliff Cottage Inn features three separate historic houses and two individual hideaway cottages just 17 steps to all the shops and restaurants. Each of the three houses has two large suites with private entrances, Jacuzzis for two, their own living rooms, private balconies or decks, complimentary Champagne or white wine in your fridge and coffeemakers with imported teas, coffee and hot chocolate in case you wake up early. And, for the ultimate in pampering, the inn’s elf delivers a full-gourmet breakfast right to your door each morning! The two individual hideaways (Oscar Wilde’s Cottage and Zelda’s Studio) feature their own private hot tubs in the woods, fully equipped kitchens and lots of privacy. Rates from $165 a night. 42 Armstrong Street, Eureka Springs, Ark., 72632 Contact: (479) 253-7409, (800) 799-7409 or email: Cliffcottage@sbcglobal.net.
Eagle Creek Guest Cottages—Enjoy the beauty of a drive to the Ouachita and Kiamichi Mountains to Oklahoma’s only private lodging establishment that caters strictly to honeymooners or couples in love! Twelve log cottages are spread across 40 acres of pine and oak countryside and feature double-sized Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, king-sized beds, full kitchens and privacy! You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from the large covered back decks. $125-$165. 68438 Eagle Creek Road, Smithville, Okla, 74957. Contact: (580)-244-7597 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.