Every October Elisabeth and I, along with our husbands, travel to Broken Bow, Oklahoma for a weekend of fun and relaxation. We rent a huge cabin, buy all kinds of snacks and groceries and spend our evenings sitting around a fire pit and looking at the stars. I can’t wait to share with you all of our fun and pictures from our trip last week! If you’ve never been to Broken Bow it is the best place to spend with your spouse, family or friends – it’s a hidden secret that is waiting for your adventures.
Lucky for us living in the DFW area, our drive trip is about 3 hours. We pack some coolers, luggage and necessities in the back then load up Elisabeth’s adorable Scottish Terriers then hit the road.
We always pass over the Red River – it’s tradition to raise your feet while crossing the bridge so we make sure to life ours and the dogs too!
After passing through some small towns we finally make it to Broken Bow and our cabin for the weekend, The Birdhouse. It is GORGEOUS! When we got there we just started screaming. Here are some pictures of all of the rooms.
The cabin was nestled in a national forest – can you see all those trees? It was amazing. I think the patio was just as large as the inside of the house!
The cabin is HUGE and has everything we need for a great time… pots and pans, silverware, coffee, towels, even board games and matches. The owners have thought of EVERYTHING to make sure our stay is enjoyable. We use Beavers Bend Lodging every year (this is our 5th year!) and we have NEVER been disappointed.
The first night we went to the Grateful Head, a local pizza restaurant. We enjoyed some fresh, homemade pizza and local craft beers. We sat on the patio and even enjoyed some live music and friendly locals. When we came home we got right into the hot tub which was already warm and ready. Luckily Wes, my husband, thought to bring an E-Z up tent because he heard it may rain – he was right! So we set that up right over the hot tub and relaxed while watching the raindrops and talking. Then we came back in and played some late night charades a game that the cabin provided. Ask Elisabeth to act our “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” next time you see her!
The next morning we woke up and enjoyed some coffee and a homemade recipe of pancake mix in a cast iron skillet (yes the cabin even had a cast iron skillet!) topped with pumpkin brittle. Travis, Elisabeth’s husband created this dish and it was DELICIOUS! We all play to make it again for Thanksgiving and Christmas morning meals.
Then we set out to visit the famous Broke Bow river. We drove around the dam and the lake and found a small trail just off the highway leading to a lake.
We didn’t know at the time where we were walking but when we got there we were speechless. Nature is BEAUTIFUL!
We took lots of pictures of the gorgeous slate and other rock on the edges of the river, as well as the beautiful fall leaf colors and wildlife.
When we left the river we headed to town for lunch at another local restaurant, Papa Poblanos. We are all very picky about our Mexican food so as always were leery about training some from another state. We were pleasantly surprised and will be definitely going back for more next year. It was great! Then we ventured to the local grocery store, Pruetts, for our weekend rations – s’mores, fajitas and eggs for breakfast among some of the things.
Back at the cabin we cooked fajitas, made some cocktails and enjoyed an evening around the fire pit in front of the cabin. The night was cool and crisp and perfect for a colorful fire and our friends.
The next morning we ventured out to the forest (literally) using one of the marked hiking trails. We weren’t really sure what we were getting ourselves into, what we thought would be a mile walk turned into 3 and a half miles but it was totally worth it. The scenery of the large climbing trees, the streams, the leaves and other plants were absolutely breathtaking.
The pictures from our hike do not do the trails we visited justice. Just image walking through thousands of trees hundreds of feet high, all changing colors surrounding you along with the constant trickling noises of streams and creeks and that fresh open air.
That night we came back and got ready for a fun evening at Girls Gone Wine. This is a tradition for Elisabeth and I. We LOVE spending an afternoon there shopping through the fun gift rooms, trying their free samples of wine, the purchasing a glass or two along with cheese and crackers and sitting on the patio talking for hours. Here is a picture of us visiting in past years since we didn’t get to take any this time. This year was a little different, since it was Halloween we dressed up and joined Girls Gone Wine for a fun party where we got to meet other tourists and locals. We had a great time.
Usually while we are in Broken Bow the boys go visit a golf course. Every year the see groups of deer and other wildlife (including tarantulas!) while playing since the course is right along the forest.
While the boys were were playing we stayed back and did some Texas Craft House business. We planned an upcoming craft party (we are so excited!) and Elisabeth taught me how to sew some stockings. Here is a sneak peek – the tutorial is coming soon!
While taking a break on the patio we found our own wildlife too, a leaf bug. It even has the leaf veins. It was bright green and so cute!
That evening we stayed at the cabin and cooked again then spent the night sitting around the outdoor fireplace. It was so relaxing and again just cool enough to need a jacket and you wanted to sit next to the fire to keep warm.
The next morning we packed up, took some last pictures including this “family photo” in front of The Birdhouse. We had so much fun and created so many memories. Another year in the books.
This trip is worth while. The price, the location, the scenery and of course the company. I can’t believe we have been going for 5 years now. We plan to keep this tradition going, even after we have families.
Anytime of the year would be great to visit, but we love October for the changing of the leaves. It’s beautiful.There are all kinds of activities including hiking, canoeing, boating, fishing and even a zip line park coming soon (we heard Spring 2016). It’s more of a laid back vacation and perfect for those who enjoy the calm outdoors, a good roaring fire, a dark endless sky of stars and great bonding time whether with family or friends. Google Broken Bow, Oklahoma and book your trip!
Do you have any friend traditions?