Oklahoma, Travel

P.S. I Love You cabin in Beavers Bend

Beavers Bend Part 1

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Where to stay in Beavers Bend plus some fun stuff to check out

My husband and I decided to visit the Beavers Bend area for our Anniversary.  My husband has wanted to go for a while, because he’s a Big Foot fan and there have been supposed Big Food sightings there.  I thought it looked like a really pretty and romantic place to visit.  Especially when I found the PS I Love You Cabin.  Normally I try to find really good deals for vacation and even weekend trips, but for some reason I splurge when it comes to our anniversary celebrations.

Why I chose P.S. I Love You cabin

This is the second year that we have went away for a weekend for our anniversary.  We honestly don’t go out much as a couple.  We may have dinner out with friends (no kids) once or twice a year.  I looked at so many cabins before I finally booked this one.  There were two thing I knew I really wanted, a hot tub, an outdoor grill and a fireplace.  This house had all that, plus an outdoor fire pit, a fire place in the bedroom with a huge jet tub in front of it, massage tables upstairs and a bed swing on the balcony!  I thought it would be a great place for us to relax and enjoy the cool immunities.  Plus every single review was 5 star.

Where I found the Cabin

I initially found the Cabin on VRBO.com, but booked from their website at Bear Mountain Lodging.  As usual, I did a ton of research before I decided on this cabin.  I just could not beat the reviews or the amenities on this one!

Getting To The Cabin

It took us about 8 hours to get to the cabin from our house.  It is suppose to be a 6 and a half hour drive, but of course we had a few stops along the way.  We only had 2 stops that lasted more than 5 minutes.  We stopped at the Boot Barn in OKC, a really nice place, but they were not having any good sales while we were there.  We also stopped for lunch at a BBQ place in Okeema called Papa’s Backyard Bar-B-Que.  I’m so glad we stopped here.  I had a Smoked Cheese Burger, it was delicious!  My husband had brisket and it was so good too.  All of our food was very flavorful!  They also have soft serve ice cream for free with your meal.  You can get it in a cone or a dish, and it is self serve.  We both had chocolate and it was the perfect amount of sweet after our meal.

The cabin is actually in Hochatown.  It took us a little while to find the cabin, but we found it with just a little bit of struggle.  Once you are in the neighborhood the cabin is in, you just need to look at the cabins signs.  Almost all of the cabins had their name on a sign near their entrance.  Our biggest issue was that all the wind streets were called Poplar!  Poplar Lane, Poplar Road, Poplar Way, Poplar Drive, etc.  I think that confused us the most.  But it was all worth it when we got to the cabin.  It was fabulous!  I can’t describe how beautiful it was.

P.S. I love you photos from our cabin.

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What We Did

Enjoyed the cabin and the time alone together of course!  Honestly you could stay in the cabin for days, never leave, and be happy!  We stayed 2 nights and I so cold have stayed more.  We did get out to eat an explore.  Our first night we decided to check out one of the wineries.  Even though our cabin was pretty secluded, we were close to several restaurants and other activities.  We went to Fish Tales Winery which was just a few minutes drive from our cabin.  It was evening, I believe around 6:00 p.m.  It was not crowded, there were just a few people relaxing on the porch in wooden rockers.  I’m not an expert on wines, but I like to drink it!  I tend to like sweeter wines and Moscatos.  The lady who helped us recommended several wines she thought we might enjoy, and we were able to taste them all for free.  We chose two that were our favorites and bought one bottle of each.  The winery was very nice and the server was very friendly.  If we are ever in the area we will go back and buy more.  For dinner my husband chose House of Burgers and Blues.  We ended up sitting at the bar.  The bar tender was great!  Very friendly and funny.  I swear the bear on tap was the coldest I ever had.  They had several local beers on tap and now I wish I would have tried one or two.  I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with fries.  The sandwich was good, and I loved the fries.  My husband had a burger and said it was really good.  The bartender brought out some batter dipped fried jalapeno strips with ranch dressing and let everyone at the bar try them.  Those were really good too!  That was a good time, but not really too romantic.

I brought some new essential oils with us to try out that I bought from Eden’s Garden.  One of the oils I bought was Aphrodisiac.  I figured, what they heck it wouldn’t hurt to try it.  I also brought my diffuser.  We put it in the bedroom and ran it when we got back from eating.  The smell to me was manly!  I do believe it was an aphrodisiac on my part.  We spent some time outside in the hot tub, and that was awesome.  I think the temperature outside was in the 50s, so the hot tub felt awesome!  They provide robes too.  There is also a big curtain to provide a little privacy from the closest neighbor, which was still quite a ways from our cabin.  They would probably need binoculars to really see us.

The next morning we took it easy.  My husband gave me a massage on one of the massage tables in the loft.  We used oils I bought from Edens Garden again.  We used a carrier oil called Sweet Almond and a synergy blend called massage therapy.  I just poured some of the sweet almond oil in a small container and added a few drops on the massage therapy to it.  It was minty fresh and soothing.  I loved the massage and the oil.  You can make an appointment to have a massage therapist come to your cabin and give you a couples massage.  My husband hates massages, so we didn’t do that.  we skipped the expense of hiring on and I let him give me one.  It was just a fabulous as a professional.

We decided to get out and explore some later in the morning.  We stopped my a gift shop called Janet’s Treasure Chest that had a lot of neat gifts.  If your a big foot fan, they have stuff for that too.  My husband did not buy anything, which kind of surprised me.  I thought he would at least get a t-shirt.

There was a guest book at our cabin where past guests could write a review of their stay at the cabin and write about the places they visited.  We got some good advise out of the book, and one of the places most mentioned was Grateful Head Pizza.  We decided to go there for lunch.  Wow!  Their pizza was delicious!  We had the Psychedelic (I love supreme pizza).  And we both got cokes to drink.  They have local beer on tap there too, plus all your favorites.  But, it was too early for me to drink beer, plus I was a little bit hung over from the night before.  I’m not usually one to get excited about trying a new pizza place, but I’m glad we stopped here.  I will go back.

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After that we went to Beaver’s Bend State Park.  The weather was pretty cool and over cast.  In the mid to upper 50s.  It was actually pretty nice.  We drove across the dam and drove down the road just a bit.  There was a place to pull over and park.  You could down to the water here and it was beautiful.  We hiked down a ways, it’s pretty rocky and steep in places, so we took it slow.  There were quite a few people exploring and fishing.  We just hiked around and took some photos of the flowing water and the beautiful autumn colored trees.  My left knee was really bothering me that morning, so I wasn’t really into hiking like I wanted to be.  We drove further up the highway and into the park.  Gorgeous scenery with people hiking, fishing and paddle boating.  We got out several times to walk and explore.

Beavers Bend Lake
Beavers Bend Lake

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Oklahoma, Travel

Our Visit to Echo Canyon Spa and Resort in Sulpher, Oklahoma

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Last year I decided I wanted my husband and me to have a romantic weekend getaway for our Anniversary.  I love visiting new places and wanted to do something just for us, since generally most things we do revolve around the kids.   I don’t remember how I discovered the resort, but I believe it was in one of those, “Only in Your State” posts.  I do know that you can find several articles on Echo Canyon Spa and Resort, plus they have been on Discover Oklahoma. The crew was actually there filming while we were visiting, though we never saw them.  One of the top reasons I wanted to go, besides the spa, was the food!  Lot’s of fabulous reviews, and it appeared to be delicious and perfect for both of our tastes.  The rooms were also very appealing, along with the atmosphere and surroundings.  It sounded like a perfect little anniversary getaway for us in mid-November in Oklahoma.  Make sure to make a reservation for dinner the nights you stay.

When we got there

We left early that morning with a stop in Oklahoma City for a doctor’s appointment.  We ate lunch and did a little shopping in the city before we headed to the spa.  I wish now we would have headed to the Spa & Resort earlier.  It was almost dark when we got there.  Everyone we met was very friendly, and I wish I would have remembered names!  The lady who walked us around and showed us our room, and where everything was, was very sweet.  I believe she was the concierge.  We stayed in the Merlot Canyon View.  She walked us into our room and showed us where everything was and how to use the jacuzzi tub.  The room smelled so clean and sweet.  There was a candle burning when we walked in to add to the romantic atmosphere and to leave a great scent to welcome us.

A few pictures of our room.  It was fabulous, and we had a great balcony with a beautiful view.

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Our Evening

That evening we had dinner in the Baron of Beef Restaurant.   The 4-course candlelight meal is served with three entrees and a great view of the canyon.   The setting was very romantic and service was fantastic.  You can check out their restaurant on their website for the menu.  It is different each night, so if we stayed Saturday we would have been served a different meal.  The food was delicious and so was the fresh Peach Hibiscus drink with champagne added.   We only had one issue and that was a couple at the neighboring table.  They were very condescending and dropped a lot of cuss words.  They kind of killed the romantic mood for us.  After we ate we went to the Bar, which is in a separate building.  It is very nice and filled with comfy seating.  We sat at the bar and visited with one of the owners.   He was very friendly, but a little pretentious.  He talked a little too much about himself and how well off he was, and how he could kick anyone out who misbehaved, referencing the rude couple we dined next to. I honestly thought the guy could have offered us a free drink after dealing with the too near dining companions, especially since he had so much money he could afford to kick them out.  Even after that, we still had a great evening and night.

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Breakfast and Massage

We got up the next morning and had breakfast in the restaurant and explored the beautiful property.  The food was delicious once again.  A little later I had a 30-minute Sweedish Massage scheduled in the Aloha Spa.  They offer several massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, and pedicures.  My massage was so relaxing and very much needed!  I loved it. Make sure to tip well.  You can also wait and tip everyone when you check out and sign your bill.

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Exploring other Areas

We checked out shortly after my massage and headed to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.  There are so many places to pull over and hike and explore.  We went to the Niagra Falls area first.  It was a pretty cool day, in the 50s, but still pretty nice.  The sun was out and it wasn’t to bad to explore and hike in those temperatures.  We drove around and stopped at several other spots to walk around and take photos.  We also drove up to an overlook, I believe it was called Sulphur Overlook because you could see the town from the top.  It was beautiful with all the fall colors.  We got out and hiked around for awhile in the area.  It was a good way to work off our breakfast and make us hungry again, so we headed into Sulpher for lunch. We stopped at the Bedre Cafe which is near the Artesian Hotel, Spa, and Casino.  The Artesian looks like another fabulous place to stay in the area.   The Bedre Cafe serves sandwiches, soups, chips, ice cream, and shakes. They also have chocolate from their chocolate factory just a few miles from town near the interstate.  It is fashioned like an old time diner.  The food was excellent, and so was the service.  It was a great quick meal and hit the spot after hiking the Chickasaw area.  We headed out of town and towards home after we ate.  We made a stop at the Bedre Chocolate Factory right before we got on the interstate.  They give you a free sample of chocolate and they offer lots of chocolate to buy!  I love raspberry chocolate, so I got several of those.  Their chocolate is delicious and I have made a point to stop at the factory anytime we pass it on the interstate since our first visit, which is not often.

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