The words you are searching are inside this book. To get more targeted content, please make full-text search by clicking here.
Discover the best professional documents and content resources in AnyFlip Document Base.
Published by Sherry Sartin, 2016-05-19 11:03:01

Guide to Green Country 2016

Tourism Guide


G R E E N C O U N T RY ! O K L A H O M A ’ S S P E C TAC U L A R D R I V E - I N T H E AT E R

Now Showing Green Country’s Foothills • Great Lakes and High Plains Communities
Route 66: The Mother Road • Northeast Oklahoma Scenic Byways
Lakes of Green Country • Historic Sites and Museums • 2016 Festivals and Events


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 7 Ultimate Eagle Watch


“Princess for a Night” Father Daughter Dance

Mother Son Dance 7 BisonBison Film Festival 7 City Wide Garage Sale

We’re rich in history, culture and May
adventure. From oil baron mansions, March for Babies Walk 7 Cowboy Ball
world class museums, Native American
experiences, cowboys, rodeos and Western Camp McFadden Outdoor Expo
history; to art of Chinese Emperors and hand
painted lobby art of the 1930s; lakes and June
incredible outdoor recreation . . . Herb Festival 7 Schooners Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
there’s something for everyone in PONCA CITY. Cherokee Strip Corvette Car Club Show 7 101 Wild West

PRCA Rodeo 7 101 Wild West Rodeo Parade
89.7 The House FM Kid DJ Day 7 Juneteenth Celebrations

For more details on these events, go to July
Freedom Fest Fireworks 7 Ponca City Amateur Motocross Championship 7 Crazy Days

1-866-763-8092 toll free August

Party at the Palace

Cherokee Strip Golf Classic 7 Arts Festival

Cherokee Strip BBQ/Chili Cook-Off

Standing Bear Pow Wow

Oktoberfest 7 Goblins on Grand Halloween Carnival

Camp McFadden Outdoor Expo

Veterans Day Parade 7 Festival of Angels

Lighting Display

Breakfast with Santa 7 Festival of Angels
Lighting Display 7 Lights at Lutheran Display
Nativity Festival 7 Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade

Holiday Happening

1st Saturday of Each Month

Fly-In Breakfast

Visit our website for live theater performances
from the Poncan Theatre and the Ponca Playhouse.

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 3

elcome to Creen ountry

O K L A H O M A’ S

This is Green Country. Our area is located in Northeast Oklahoma, sprinkled with lakes and more lakes; some are big, some not so 85,000 copies produced by Green Country Marketing Association in cooperation with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department at a cost of $.37 each.
roughly bordering I-35 and Ponca City on the west, to the state line much. But there’s plentiful water for all sorts of fun.
on the east, Lake Eufaula and I-40 on the south, to the state line
on the north. Got that picture now? The following pages will whisk you through Green Country.
We’ll introduce you to our many communities, some
People ask “Why is it called Green Country?” quaint, some dynamic and some historic; they are located
in three distinct regions within Green Country – Great
There’s no secret. Someone named Green didn’t discover the area. Lakes, Foothills and High Plains, check out the map below.
It isn’t “new” as green might indicate. We’re not Green with envy.
We are simply beautiful and green in color, that’s it! Our area is Now let’s get started, OK?

Oklahoma Tulsa

Approximate Mileage:

St. Louis............ 393 mi. Kansas City....... 249 mi.
Dallas................. 263 mi. Little Rock......... 276 mi.
Wichita.............. 176 mi. Amarillo............. 364 mi.


table of


High Plains................6-21 Route 66 .................32-33 Executive Director: Jackie Stewart
Contributing Editors: Nancy Phillips
Bartlesville......................... 14, 17, 20, 21, 63
Broken Arrow .......................................10-11 Jeanette Swindell
Sales: Charlotte Ashworth
Events..................... 42-48Dewey........................................................21 Printing: CP Solutions, Tulsa
Creative: Sherry Robinson
Hominy ................................................16, 63 Cover Photo: Kim Baker -
Jenks ...........................................................8
State Parks...................49Kaw Lake...................................................13 Cover Art: Mick Thurber, Thurber Creative
Osage County .......................................14-19
Pawhuska................................16, 16, 18, 63 Contributing Photographers: Area
Pawnee ...................................................... 19 Chambers and Convention and Visitors
Bureaus, Bloyed Creative, Lesa Cordle,
Agriculture ...................50Ponca City .......................................2, 13, 63 Jerry Ehlers, George Harris, Martin
Herlacher, Katie Johnson, Fred Marvel,
Sand Springs.............................................63 Greg Mashburn, Donna Meier, Oklahoma
Sapulpa ...............................................32, 33 Tourism, Nancy Phillips, Sherry Robinson,
Shidler .......................................................18 Steve Rasmussen Photography, Jeremy
Scheffel and Don Sibley.
Lakes ......................51-55Skiatook ..............................................15, 63
Green Country Marketing Association
Stillwater ...................................................19 2512 E. 71st St., Ste. G
Tulsa, OK 74136
Tulsa ..............................9, 12, 17, 19, 33, 63 Member At tractions, 918.744.0588 • 800.922.2118
Foot Hills ............... 22-31 Accommodations &
Fort Gibson Lake .......................................29 Restaurants............ 56-57
Lake Eufaula..............................................28
Lake Tenkiller ............................................27
Muskogee...................................... 26, 30-31

Oklahoma ScenicOkmulgee ..................................................28
Byways ................ 58-59Park Hill.....................................................25

Sallisaw .....................................................26
Tahlequah ..................................... 24, 25, 27

Historic SitesWagoner ....................................................29
Great Lakes .............. 34-41 & Museums ........... 60-62

Claremore ............................................ 39-40
Grand Lake .......................................... 38-39
Grove .........................................................39
Lake Hudson..............................................32
Langley ......................................................37
Pryor .......................................................... 41
Quapaw .....................................................32


Plains —

Anything but


Communities Let’s begin your tour of the Sooner one hundred years ago, not only had a
State in Green Country’s High Plains central vacuum system but also the first
Barnsdall Newkirk region. This area is pretty much anything indoor pool in Oklahoma. The basement is
Bartlesville Nowata but “plain”. You’ll find wide open spaces, a “treasure trove” of all things pertaining
Owasso gently rolling plains and the Osage Hills. to the massive 101 Ranch. The miniature
Bixby Pawhuska By the way, do you know how Oklahoma diorama of the central ranch area requires a
Bristow Pawnee got the “nickname” Sooner? It seems that selfie. From here you’ll visit his next home,
Broken Arrow Perry during the great land runs prior to our if you can call it that. It’s a 43,000 plus
Cleveland Ponca City statehood, there were some unscrupulous sq. ft., 4-story, 55-room mansion built in
Sand Springs knuckleheads who sneaked out across the 1928. The massive grounds of this “Palace
Copan Sapulpa starting line the night before the big rush on the Prairie” are lovely year round and
Dewey Shidler and staked their claim “sooner” than those the tantalizing story of Mr. Marland and
Drumright Skiatook who waited for the official start. his family is the stuff movies are made of;
Glenpool Stillwater perhaps there will be one soon.
Hallett Tulsa That being said, let’s get you back to the
Hominy Yale High Plains. The area is home to the Osage Next on the list is the Pioneer Woman
Jenks Nation, the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve and Museum, just around the corner from the
Kaw City multiple lakes sprinkle the area. The High Mansion. This unique museum focuses on
Mannford Plains region also provides an outstanding the accomplishments of Oklahoma women
venue for watching sunrises and sunsets and their influence on Oklahoma and the
and you’ll still find cowboys, Indians and oil rest of the country. Take another selfie here
barons here. with the giant bronze that welcomes you to
the Museum.
Begin your travels in Ponca City, one
of Oklahoma’s noted oil communities. The next stop in Ponca is the Standing
There are many “must sees” in Ponca, Bear Museum. This lovely setting features
so you’ll need to get a room for the a bronze of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and
night – or two. The Grand Home and the is a tribute to all Native Americans. You’ll
Marland Mansion, both homes built by want to hear the story of this Chief and his
E.W. Marland, are windows in time – times people, it will certainly tug at your heart
of lavish spending by early oil men. The strings.
Grand Home, Marland’s first, built over

Lakes Absolutely do not miss the Immaculate you. If you’re visiting in June you might be
Conception Church in Pawhuska. The lucky enough to see the Wild West Show
Birch Lake Hulah Lake magnificent stained glass windows, crafted scheduled each year.
Bluestem Lake Kaw Lake almost 100 years ago in Munich, for this
Keystone Lake Cathedral on the Osage, are breathtaking, There’s a bit of a short side tour out
Copan Lake Skiatook Lake especially so on a sunny day. of Green Country now. Perry, Yale and
Heyburn Lake Stillwater are a bit west of this region.
Next stop in the Osage is Hominy, In Perry, during its early days before
If time permits check out the Wentz Pool where one of the best art galleries around statehood, there were some notorious
and Camp, built in 1928 and located high can be found. Cha Tullis Gallery offers an gangs robbing banks and trains and then
above Lake Ponca. The setting, dramatic extensive selection of Native American there were the great land runs with tens
architectural style and size scream out for pieces and quite often he can be found in of thousands of people; things have since
a Gatsby Party, don’t you think? the Gallery. Also in Hominy is the Victorian- settled down a bit, but you’ll want to stroll
style Fred Drummond Home, built in 1905. through the quaint downtown and visit the
From Ponca City, you’ll visit one of the Mr. Drummond, the patriarch of the Osage home of the Ditch Witch, Charles Machine
largest lakes in the area, Kaw Lake, a County Drummond family was involved in Works.
definite playground for locals and visitors ranching, banking and real estate.
alike. Special activities here include In Stillwater, where Oklahoma State
Eagle watching in January and an annual There’s also a dramatic silhouette University—Go Pokes— is located, you
noodling tournament in June, wanna try? overlooking the town – did you see it? must take time for Eskimo Joe’s, absolutely
a selfie here. This iconic restaurant has
Shidler is just a few miles east of Kaw Did someone mention Dick Tracy? been serving up tasty burgers and fries for
Lake where there’s a little oasis you’ll want Creator, Chester Gould hails from Pawnee, a very long time. Head back east toward
to see. Molly Bivin has created over the where giant murals are just waiting for Green Country but not before you visit the
past few decades, a lovely garden on this selfies. There’s also the Pawnee Bill Ranch home of the greatest athlete of the 20th
Osage County high prairie. Take a stroll here, home of Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Century, Jim Thorpe, in Yale. The tiny
through or just sit and be pensive, this Lillie, a destination by itself. There’s so home is just one block off the highway, and
peaceful garden’s only disturbance is an much to see; bring a picnic, perhaps one of houses memorabilia relating to him.
occasional hawk screeching high above. the roaming draft horses will share it with
Open May-September.
Continue east on the Osage Nation
Heritage Byway (US Hwy 60) to Pawhuska, Did you know? — The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska is home
the capital of the Osage Nation. The Osage to one of the largest buffalo herds in the country.
Tribal Museum is located here as is the
southern entrance to the massive Tall Grass
Prairie Preserve. The Preserve’s 39,000
acres is owned and managed by the Nature
Conservancy and a sizeable and growing
herd of bison—2,500—graze this largest
tract of remaining tall grass prairie in the
world. No selfies with the bison allowed.

Pawhuska also has the distinction of
hosting The Cavalcade each summer; it’s
the world’s largest amateur rodeo. World
champion rodeo cowboy and Academy
Award winning actor Ben Johnson hails
from these parts and Food Network star
Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) calls
Pawhuska her home, word is she’ll soon
have some type of dining facility in town.

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 7

Returning to the High Plains, the Tide Following the Arkansas River to the OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM - PHOTO ©DON SIBLEY
Water Winery in Drumright, located south, the Garden Spot of Oklahoma is
in the historic Tidal School, offers up the next stop. Bixby’s location is ideal for There are many attractions and events in
entertainment and libations on a regular all things “grown,” celebrated during the Tulsa—far more than could be mentioned
basis. The town is host to the annual annual Green Corn Festival each June. here—so here are a few highlights. The
Drumright Oil Patch Jamboree each The BBQ and Blues Festival each May Gilcrease Museum is another “must-see”
autumn celebrating the significance of really draws a crowd for finger-lickin’ good in Green Country. Housed here is the
the area’s oil history from the early 20th barbeque. largest collection of art and artifacts of
century. the American West in the United States,
Further east the Rose District in Broken pretty much sums it up in a sentence.
Route 66 is looming ahead in Bristow, Arrow welcomes you and is a must stop You’ll want to enjoy a stroll through the
home to Lebanese food and the annual for dining and entertainment. You’ll want gardens. Speaking of gardens, the new
Tabouleh Fest each May. Bristow and to visit the Broken Arrow Museum and Tulsa Botanic Garden, on the eastern edge
Sapulpa (Sa-pall-pa) to the northeast, both the Military Museum. Persimmon Hollow of the Osage, is working on a 25-year plan
have vibrant downtown areas and celebrate Village, offers shopping in a replica old to develop 60 acres into a myriad of garden
their association with the “Mother Road” west town and Bass Pro Shops provides spaces, streams, conservatory and much
by hosting annual car festivals. In Sapulpa most everything for the outdoor person and more. The Tandy Floral Terraces opened
the Sapulpa Historical Museum is a 3-story dining, too. Broken Arrow events attract in late 2015 and the Children’s Discovery
treasure-trove of antiques, arranged in tens of thousands annually, from Rooster Garden is scheduled to open in the spring
a small village format. Many of these Days in May, to the incredible Rhema of 2016. This will certainly be a venue to
antique items you will recognize, others Holiday Lights each Christmas season, revisit time and again.
– well, who knows what that thing did. featuring over 2 million lights.
Freddie’s Steakhouse, a Sapulpa Lebanese The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish
restaurant features many tasty Lebanese Art features the American West’s largest
delights – definitely a place you’ll try more
than once.

A brief jaunt east and you’re in Jenks,
locally known as the Antique Capital of
Oklahoma. You’ll completely understand
once you settle into the Main Street area
- shops, shops and more shops to browse.
The “must-see” Oklahoma Aquarium
is located in Jenks on the banks of the
Arkansas River. Housing the largest bull
sharks in captivity, their “residence”
includes a tunnel and dome where visitors
can get up close and personal with these
swimmers. Several other exhibits feature
local, and sometimes prehistoric, aquatic
life in their natural habitat.


collection of Judaica and the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition must not Everything. Right where you need it.®
be missed on any Tulsa visit. The Tulsa Zoo and Tulsa Air and Space
Museum & Planetarium are situated convenient to one another and 100% NON-SMOKING FACILITY
supply hours of fun and learning for all. The largest event in Tulsa
is the annual 11-day Tulsa State Fair, held in late September/early

Keystone Ancient Forest

500-year-old cedars

300-year-old post oak trees

If you’re looking for entertainment in Tulsa, look no further than GARDEN GRILL & LOUNGE LOBBY & LIBRARY WITH FIREPLACE
the Brady District in the downtown core. Hotels, restaurants, clubs CONFERENCE CENTER
and multiple entertainment venues including the historic Cain’s
Ballroom, the BOK (B.O.K.) Center and Oneok (One-Oak) Field
home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team, offer an endless supply
of action.

As you may already know Oklahoma offers casino gaming. Those
found in Green Country range from not-so-big to mega. In Tulsa the
Cherokee Nation operates the massive Hard Rock Casino and Hotel
complex. Rapidly approaching is the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s

Tulsa, OK's TOP 107 Spacious Rooms • 3,200 Sq. Ft. Meeting Space
Entertainment District Business Center • Complimentary Internet Service
Serving Breakfast & Dinner • 24 hr Pavilion Pantry
The Brady Arts District of Downtown
Tulsa is home to retail and service Garden Grill & Lounge Featuring Scenic Patio
shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, 2.5 miles from Tulsa Expo Center Fairgrounds
galleries, museums, parks, private Complimentary Parking • Easy Access to I-44
businesses, residences and Fitness Center • Large Indoor Pool & Hot Tub
historic music venues.
Microwave & Refrigerator in all Rooms
Plan to Arrive Early and Stay Late Lobby and Library with Fireplace
100% Non-Smoking Facilty Shuttle Service to Airport

@BradyArtsDist 2.5 miles from Tulsa Expo Center Fairgrounds

A Certified OK Cultural District 918.878.7777 • 918.878.7779

4518 E. Skelly Drive • Tulsa, OK 74135

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 9




What’s your BA? | Broken Arrow Convention and Visitors Bureau | | 866.503.7081

BrokenArrowAd_resize03Sept15.indd 1 9/3/15 10:04 AM

• Unique Oklahoma Exhibit - Learn why a “broken” arrow “Promoting patriotism
isn’t really broken through the preservation

• Childers family’s full-size, furnished, 150 year old cabin of military history”
exhibits lifestyles and ways of doing things before electricity
Military History Center
• Reproduced Katy depot houses a working scale railroad 112 N Main Street
• 'Broken Aro' Coal Tipple
• Gift Shop features “Made In Oklahoma” products Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Tues-Fri 10am-4pm • Sat 10am-2pm • 918.258.2616 Tue-Fri 10am-4pm • Sat 10am-2pm
400 S Main St, Broken Arrow, OK • Closed Major Federal Holidays

10 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 918.794.2712 

Margaritaville and River Spirit Casino complex, that will have Just a bit further north the thriving city of Bartlesville offers so
“parrot-heads” enjoying 5 O’clock somewhere – here. Anticipated many activities and attractions you’ll once again need to get a room
completion date of the entire facility will be late 2016 or early 2017. for a night or two. The iconic Price Tower, designed by Frank Lloyd
These may be the mega casinos but there are many others sprinkled Wright, is front and center in the downtown core and welcomes
through the region. The Osage Nation offers gaming fun throughout overnight guests at the Inn; a toddy for the body is available in
the entire western counties of Green Country and several casinos the Copper Bar high atop the Inn. This art-deco sky scraper is
are found in the Miami community. (See Great Lakes Region) Want affectionately known as “the tree that escaped the forest” and is
to know more about our casinos – request a Casino Map of Eastern certainly a must-see on your Oklahoma bucket list. The Price Tower
Oklahoma, they’re all laid out for you. Museum showcases a variety of exhibits.

Heading back west, Sand Springs is the site of the hugely popular Other attractions include the Frank Phillips Mansion (Phillips 66),
Herbal Affair each spring and the nearby Keystone Ancient Forest, the Phillips Petroleum Co. Museum, Keepsake Candles and many
offers limited hiking days, to preserve the 500-year-old cedars and others. The annual OK Mozart Festival features world-wide talent
300-year-old post oak trees. May not be the giant redwoods, but during its ten-day run each June. Dining is a treat in Bartlesville
still pretty special. The Forest is located on the banks of Keystone especially at Frank and Lola’s, don’t let the quirky décor fool you
Lake, a water wonderland for locals and visitors alike. – it’s first rate chow. A long-time local favorite is Dink’s, where an
order of onion strings is a must treat - you’ll understand.
Mannford sits on the banks of Keystone Lake, where it was
established after the original town was covered by the lake in Just a few miles out of town, the ranch home retreat of Frank
the 1960s. You’ll find a Jellystone Park here along with 2 state Phillips, is another must-see. Known as Woolaroc, for the WOOds,
parks. Cleveland is found on the upper end of the lake and offers LAkes and ROCks, this massive Osage County estate covers 3,700
additional recreation sites for lake goers. acres and is home to numerous animals, who greet you upon your
arrival. No selfies with any of them. The ranch house is elegant in
Travelling back to the north Skiatook (Sky-a-took) is a booming a western style and be sure to notice the baby grand piano and
community on the edge of Osage County. It hosts the annual Pioneer learn about its unusual façade. The museum, which houses an
Day Festival each September and the “toe-tappin’” Tallgrass Music outstanding western art collection, also includes many rare and
Festival in June. Skiatook is located near Skiatook Lake, where curious items both given to Mr. Phillips and collected by him.
fishing and multiple other outdoor activities await you.

Broken Arrow Main Street CHECK OUT
Merchant Association OFFERINGS:

Shop 71st-91st - on Main Street Apparel • Arts
Bike & Motorcycles
MARCH Main Street Mingle OCT Fun & Games on Main Collectibles & Antiques
Night Out Against Crime Furniture & Home
MAY Rooster Days Fine Chocolates
NOV Holiday Tea-Off Gifts • Decor • Floral
JUNE Tuesdays in the Park Heart of BA Arts & Crafts Restaurants & Bars
Blue Bell Taste of Summer Fine Jewelry
Wine, Eats and Easels DEC Christmas Parade Salons & Spas
Prof. & Fin. Services
AUG White Linen Night 2016 New Events, Happenings Fitness Centers
and More to Come Book Store
SEPT Fall Main Street Mingle Farmers’ Market

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 11

iVnISthITe AheFaRrICt oAf You really never know you’ve left want to see to believe, the bowling ball yard
Bartlesville and arrived in Dewey. Another art display north of town, where over 2,000
GREEN of Green Country’s quaint towns is home bowling balls create a myriad of designs –
to the Tom Mix Museum and Dewey look close or you’ll miss the turn-off.
COUNTRY Hotel. Handsome Tom Mix was King of the
Cowboys, sheriff of Dewey, silent movie star You’ve now completed your tour of the
and the namesake of the annual Tom Mix High Plains area, clearly there’s more to
Festival and Western Heritage Weekend. see, even those who live here haven’t seen
The Museum houses items related to Tom everything, just ask ‘em. Our partners have
including a replica of his trusty steed Tony; taken time to put together some very helpful
a theatre shows many of his films. info-ads on the following pages. Peruse
them and find something exciting to do with
The final stop in the High Plains region of your time.
Green Country is Nowata (No-wa-ta). The
J. Wood Glass Mansion, just a block from
downtown is a lovely multi story, elegantly
furnished home that is especially popular
during the Christmas season. More glass,
as in stained glass windows, is found in the
historic Presbyterian Church. They were
imported from Europe and are every bit as
beautiful today as they were in 1912.

Top off your Nowata visit to a local,
favorite burger joint housed in the Historic
Train Depot; and for a bit of “kitch” you’ll


Inn & Suites 31st & Memorial Area, Tulsa, OK
I-44 Memorial Exit
Adjacent to I-44


363 Days OF WOW, On Route 66 • Easy Interstate Access Buffet Breakfast • Outdoor Pool • Free WiFi
Workout FacilityOpen Lobby • Meeting Space
OOOH, AND AWW 62 Spacious Rooms • Variety of Suites
Accessible Rooms & Parking • Shuttle Van
Visit the Tulsa Zoo for an up- Complimentary Breakfast Complimentary USA TODAY Newspaper (M-F)
close encounter with a variety of
colorful critters, plus a wide array Wireless Internet Refrigerator • Microwave • Coffee Maker
of immersive exhibits like our new Large Desk/Convenient Desk-level Outlet
Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve. Indoor Heated Pool • Sauna/Fitness Center
Check our website or follow us Serta Mattress • Flat Screen HDTV
on Facebook for current pricing, Guest Laundry • Business Center Shuttle Service to Airport
hours, camps, events and more!
10 minutes from BOK Event Center
& Expo Center

Cracker Barrel & Ruby Tuesdays
Located Next Door

W W W. T U L S A Z O O. O R G Holiday Inn Express Tulsa Midtown
4680 E Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74135
6421 East 36th Street North Tulsa OK, 74115
918 986 8200


Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 5pm


[email protected]

701 Monument Road
Ponca City, OK 74604

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 13

GCC.THIRD.PG.2.375 x 9.875.indd 1 10/26/15 9:10:34 PM


Scenic Byways • State Parks • Wild Horses
Blue Lakes • Museums • Bison • Casinos • Wineries

Outdoor Adventure • Proud Osages

Big Heart Day  Tallgrass Musical Festival
KawFest Celebration  Pioneer Day

Ben Johnson Steer Roping  Shidler Car Show
Cavalcade Rodeo  Kiheka Steh Pow Wow
Indian Taco Championship

Calendar of Events & Info at

They say
is in
the eye
of the

We say, Behold!

(918) 336-0307 •


The perfect place to visit, shop, eat, and live.


Sister’s Attic

Antiques, Collectibles & More

Skiatook, Oklahoma is just minutes from 2016 Area Events “Where the Buffalo Roam”
Tulsa International Airport, Downtown Tulsa,
and beautiful Skiatook Lake — just west of Skiatook Annual Chamber Banquet – January 115 E Main St, Pawhuska
Skiatook. Surrounded by gentle rolling hills Skiatook Lake Anglers – March - October 918-287-2626
of Blackjack and Post Oak, the meandering Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt – April 3
shoreline is accentuated by steep Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
picturesque bluffs which offer spectacular Oklahoma Championship Wagon Races – May 7 Sat: 10am-4pm
views. Boating, hiking, swimming, camping, Tallgrass Music Festival – June 4-5
picnicking as well as hunting and fishing are
all popular activities. Sport fishing is also Skiatook Education Foundation Golf Tourney – June 18
very popular with a wide variety of fish Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks – July 3
including largemouth, smallmouth and Skiatook Lakeside Fireworks – July 4
spotted bass, hybrid striped bass, walleye,
black and white crappie, channel catfish, 45th Annual KIHEKAH STEH Pow Wow – July 29-31
and several species of sunfish. Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival – September 17
Skiatook Color Fun – September 17
Fantasy on Wheels Car Show – September 17
Skiatook Trunk or Treat – October 31

Skiatook Chamber Annual Auction – November 19
Skiatook Christmas Parade – December 9
Skiatook Santa Workshop – December 9

Skiatook Chamber of Commerce • 918.396.3702 •

70th Annual

Held at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, OK 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 15

July 19–24, 2016

World's Largest Amateur Rodeo!

Over 1,600 Contestants & Over 100 Roundup Clubs
Wild Horse Race • Chuck Wagon Race • Bulls • Broncs & More
“Dance Under the Stars” held after each nightly performance

headlining some of the hottest acts in country music.


CHa’ TuLLiS Gallery
Gallery of artist Cha’ Tullis
established in 1977 on the Osage
Indian Nation Reservation, just 35
minutes North West of Tulsa.
Large selection of Silver &
Turquoise Jewelry, Paintings, Prints,
Sculptures, Pottery & Gifts.

Present this coupon for a



Mon–Sat, 10 am–5 pm • 108 W Main St, Hominy, OK • 918.885.4717 •

63Rd Annual Ben Johnson
Memorial Steer Roping

Osage County Fairgrounds, Pawhuska
Saturday, June 18, 2016

TICKETS: JEANNE STROM 918.287.4170 OR 918.338.9495 • PO BOX 64, PAWHUSKA, OK 74056

Uniquely Renovated Studio Apartments
Nightly & Weekly Rates

Osage Square in Historic Downtown Pawhuska
707 Block Kihekah Ave • 918-287-4839


The Grand Canyon, Thomas Moran (1837-1926) American born England, detail, oil on canvas, GM 0127.2351

ExplorE GilcrEasE

TU is an EEO/AA Institution.

6 Ziplines
7 Platforms
Get Close to Nature. Fast!

Relax. Rejuvenate. Rethink.

Sleeping Lodges • Catering • Events • Swimming • Fishing • Hiking • 918.425.2112 • Tulsa, OK

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 17

to the Tallgrass Prairie

Shopping • Dining • Scenic Attractions

The Bivin Garden

Six-acre botanical garden
surrounded byTallgrass Prairie

Open weekends May–September
or by appointment

918.793.4011 Shidler, OK


Visit the A.R. and Marylouise
Tandy Floral Terraces

Children’s Discovery Garden
Opening Spring 2016

3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
918.289.0330 |

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 19 • 800-364-8708

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
Oklahoma Indian Summer
Frank Phillips Home
OK Mozart Festival
Phillips Petroleum Company Museum
AT&SF No 940 Locomotive
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower

Courtesy of Price Tower, photo by Joe Price

VHFPrhioasiminltlkieps’ OMOKZART 2016FESTIVAL

oklahomas premier music festival JUNE 11-18

Classical, Jazz, BARTLESVILLE, OK
Chamber, Swing,

Folk & String.

Public Tours: Wed-Sat 10-5 • Last tour 4pm Featuring the O3PU2S
Director’s Tour with Exclusive Access Not
Available on Public Tours Wed, Th, Fri 9am nest of Oklahoma
1107 S. Cherokee, Bartlesville, OK musicians - and more!
918.336.2491 •
Artwork by Gary Gibson, OK Mozart’s o cial 2016 Festival Artist.
Dewey is ...

• Antique & Specialty Stores Dewey Hotel Museum
• Dewey Hotel & Museum
• Prairie Song Pioneer Village The Grand Ole Lady of the Prairie
• Antique Car & Tractor Show Owned by
• Tom Mix Museum
• Wild West Show Washington County Historical Society
Constructed in 1899 • Original Jake Bartles Water Well

Home and Hotel to entrepreneur Jacob Bartles
and Nannie Journeycake Bartles

One of the first examples of Victorian architecture
in Indian Territory

Popular rest stop for cowboys, oilmen, and outlaws
Tom Mix Jail - Replica of the original structure containing

original metal and hardware

Visit the Dewey Hotel Museum and imagine life in the Old West.

Apr – Nov, 10am – 4pm - Tue-Sat
3 floors to tour, staircase access only
*Wheelchair accessible to first floor only

Cit y of D ewey. c om Dewey Hotel Museum

800.922.2118 801 Delaware, Dewey, OK 74029 • 918.534.0215 •


Hills —

Nature Lovers

Communities The Foot Hills region is a gorgeous and you’ll also want to poke your head
area with lots of water, trees and winding inside the store next door, Evening Shade
Checotah Porter roads. The lakes and rivers to the north of Mercantile, there’ll be some “guy stuff”
Coweta Rentiesville the Foot Hills flow into this region’s lakes here. Additionally you’ll find a couple of
Eufaula Sallisaw and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. Nature antique stores in Vian to prowl through, too.
Stilwell lovers and those relishing the outdoors will
Fort Gibson Tahlequah embrace the area immediately. Continuing to the east and Sallisaw –
Gore Wagoner have you ever heard the Oklahoma town
Webber Falls Your trek through the Foot Hills begins funny? Here it is – Sallisaw, Henryetta,
Henryetta Vian along its southern edge (I-40) in the Wagoner, Catoosa. Get it? Back to
Muskogee communities of Vian and Gore. Even Sallisaw, where you’ll want to visit the little
Okmulgee though they’re small they offer visitors home of Sequoyah tucked in among the
some neat shops and restaurants, and tall trees northeast of Sallisaw. One of the
nearby Lake Tenkiller is outstanding for most significant members of the Cherokee
water recreation. Nation, Sequoyah created the Cherokee
A must visit in Gore is Emily’s Tea Room
and to be safe, you should just go ahead It’s not part of Green Country, but if
and start out with dessert, they are sinful. you’re this close you might want to check
Afterward there’s a maze – really, a maze out the Heavener Runestone just south
of aisles to wind through in the attached of Poteau. The inscription was purported
antique store and you’ll probably not get to have been left by Vikings exploring the
out without a treasure or two. You might region over a thousand years ago, the area
want to consider staying in the area for a today looks like it probably did those many
few days and the Mar Val Camping Resort years ago.
can take good care of you, they’ve been
doing it for decades. Not to fear, if you As we leave Sallisaw and head north to
don’t camp – they have cabins too. Stilwell, you’ll want to plan your journey
to arrive here during the annual Strawberry
Just to the east of Gore in Vian there’s Festival each May, strawberries and ice
the cutest ladies boutique, Morning Sky, cream, what a treat.
it offers the trendiest threads around,



Dripping Springs Lake
Lake Eufaula

Fort Gibson Lake
Greenleaf Lake
McClellan-Kerr Waterway
Okmulgee Lake
Robert S. Kerr Lake
Tenkiller Lake

man-made lakes in Eastern Oklahoma, was
created by the damming of the Illinois River. Fort Gibson Fact: Did you know that every year in February, an officer from Fort
Many visitors scuba dive in this clear blue lake. Gibson would travel to New Orleans, Little Rock, and Fort Smith on a quest to
Numerous other water activities are available purchase seeds? Armed with funds from the Post Council of Administration, the
and a variety of overnight options are offered officer would purchase all of the seeds needed for the growing season.
in the area. Jincy’s Restaurant on the west side
of Lake Tenkiller offers dynamite fried chicken; Why? The soldiers had to provide much of their own food in the 19th century and
you’ll want to place this on your Oklahoma worked from spring to fall to produce the food needed to sustain the army at the fort.
bucket list.

Just a few miles north is the thriving
community of Tahlequah, notable for being the
Capitol of the Cherokee Nation and the oldest
town in Oklahoma. There are several attractions
to see here including Diligwa (dee-lee-gwah) -
1710 Cherokee Village at the Cherokee Heritage
Center. Here you’ll experience Cherokee life, as
it was 300 years ago, at interpretive stations
where crafts are demonstrated and stories
told. Several other historic sites are open to the
visitor in Tahlequah. Check out the street signs
labeled in both Cherokee and English.

Staying and playing is a must. During warmer
weather the Illinois River is chocked full of
kayakers, rafters and canoers. This scenic river
is perfect for a refreshing float, especially during
really warm weather. The green forested banks
and occasional sandy beaches make for a
grand time. The wise river-goers always secure
everything, there’s always a possibility of a turn-
over, generally it’s all in fun; and speaking of
fun, Peyton’s Place Resort, combines everything
you need for an Illinois River voyage - camping,
cabins and watercraft.

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 23

Moving on westward toward Wagoner, watch for the massive Its smooth sailing as you leave Wagoner headed toward the
tree and plant nursery, the patchwork effect on the sloping hillsides metropolitan area, but first you’ll cross an Oklahoma “claim-to-
is lovely. You’re also in the vicinity of Our Lady of Clear Creek fame”, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation channel. The
Abbey, where guests are welcome to visit, even stay with prior channel runs from the Mississippi River 445 miles upstream to the
arrangement. The Canebrake Resort, also located in the area, Port of Catoosa, just east of Tulsa. The navigation system is one of
provides the guest with first-class accommodations and dining. the largest and furthest inland ports in the U.S. Did you know that
one gallon of fuel can carry one ton of cargo, 514 miles by barge,
Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival 202 miles by rail and 59 miles by truck? Pretty amazing.

Home of Troy Aikman The community of Coweta (Co-eat-uh) is now in your headlights
and the quaint downtown area is off the highway to the west.
600 Miles of Shoreline Significant in the downtown area is the Mission Bell Museum,
which began life at the First Presbyterian Church in 1907, the
In a very short while, you’ll enter the Fort Gibson Lake area and year Oklahoma gained statehood. The Museum houses historical
another opportunity to get back to nature at The Lodge at Sequoyah memorabilia.
State Park. Located on a peaceful, forested point, guests will find a
multitude of activities available - horseback riding, trails, tennis or From Coweta you’ll turn south and make your way to Muskogee
maybe you’ll want to just kick back and do a bit of critter watching, and Fort Gibson. Along the route (if you don’t take the turnpike)
mostly deer and feathered friends. Cap the day off by catching the you’ll visit the tiny community of Porter, commonly known as the
sun as it sets - way over there on the other side of the lake. peach capital of Oklahoma. In fact pretty much anytime someone
says Porter it’s in conjunction with peaches. Once again a real treat
Just a few miles further in Wagoner, there’s fine dining, in pies, cobblers, ice cream, fudge or straight off the tree with sweet
barbeque, a tea room and antique shopping. This will provide a juice running down your arm. Their annual festival celebrating this
respite from all that resting you’ve been doing at Fort Gibson Lake. delicious fruit occurs mid to late July.
Pick up a trinket or two to share with family or friends.
It wouldn’t be Oklahoma if we didn’t mention “Okie”, a term now
considered endearing and quite notable in Muskogee. Muskogee
has so many attractions, you’ll need to get a room for a couple of
nights for sure; and as you travel the city streets be on the look-
out for over 30 hand-painted guitars. There’s the Papilion (think
butterfly) and the Five Tribes Museum in Honor Heights Park, sight
of the annual and hugely popular Azalea Festival, so big that it lasts
the entire month of April. The Castle and the USS Batfish are great
fun for the kids. The USS Batfish, a WWII submarine is open for
tours – Note: need to “think thin” on the sub.


800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 25


Downtown Muskogee is a rockin’ place You’ll be humming “I’m proud to be In keeping with the military theme,
with the historic Roxy Theater and the an Okie from Muskogee” as you leave The Battle of Honey Springs in nearby
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Just wait town and cross back over the navigation Checotah (She-co-tah) is reenacted every
until you see how influential Oklahomans channel on your way to Fort Gibson. Its two years. It was the largest battle of the
have been to the music industry. Let’s see, namesake, the Fort Gibson Historical Site, Civil War to occur in Oklahoma, on a rainy,
Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Blake was established in 1824 as one in a chain and most probably humid, Friday in July of
Shelton, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and so many of forts designed to help maintain peace 1863. The 1,100 acre site has several trails
others. Across the street The Three Rivers as the United States expanded westward. with dozens of interpretive signs for self-
Museum is housed in the 1916 Midland A reconstructed log fort and some original guided tours. Nearby Checotah is known as
Valley Railroad Depot and is just a few short buildings from the mid-1800s can be seen the steer-wrestling capital (want to give it
blocks from some delightful cupcakes at along with the nearby Fort Gibson National a try?) and the home of mega super-star,
Sweet N Sassy Café; better walk to work off Cemetery. Carrie Underwood.
those calories.

Sallisaw … the end of the trail begins here!

• 14 Flags Museum • Farmers Market
• Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge
• Applegate Cove Marina • Dwight Mission

• Unique Shopping & Dining
• Robert S. Kerr Lock & Dam • Cherokee Nation Casino

Brushy Lake Park The Indian Store 918-775-2558 Sequoyah’s Cabin
RV, Camping & Picnic Areas Indian Art & Souvenirs Tu-Fr 9am-5pm; Sa-Su 2pm-5pm
Fishing & Boating, Hiking & Bike Trails 1900 E Cherokee
FREE Admission
Hwy 17 & Maple • 918.775.6507 470288 Highway 101 918.775.2413 •


Nearby Rentiesville (careful, blink and you’ll miss it), is home Lake Tenkiller AreaFREE Visitors Guide • • 888.963.8947
to D.C. Minner’s “Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival” each Labor Day
weekend. No kidding it goes until 5am daily. M lR

Can you smell the water yet? You’re getting very close to Lake 800-340-4280
Eufaula (You-fall-uh), Oklahoma’s largest lake (within the state 918-489-2295
borders). It attracts visitors, many with 2nd homes here, from
all four directions and lake-goers will find everything from sandy • Cabins • Swimming Pool
beaches to rocky bluffs along the 600 miles of shoreline. The • RV Sites (FHU) • Splash Pad
gateway city of Eufaula provides visitors with numerous dining and • Tent Sites • Planned Activities
shopping venues. Don’t miss a stop at “Our Favorite Place” -there • Lodges • Nature Trails
are many treasures here. There’s even a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone • Reunion Hall • Fishing on River
Park for young and young at heart on Lake Eufaula. • Clubhouse • Game Room
• Full-Service Meals • Mini-Golf
Changing directions, head for the setting sun, westward to • Catering
Henryetta, home of 16-time World Champion rodeo great, Jim
Shoulders and former Dallas Cowboys star, Troy Aikman. The
Henryetta Territorial Museum houses exhibits on both of these
former citizens. Did you know that Jim Shoulders invented the
mechanical bull?

You’re currently in the area of Oklahoma known originally as Indian
Territory and more specifically in an area given to the Muscogee
(Creek) Nation. Okmulgee, north of Henryetta is the Capital of this
Nation, and a large complex is located on the north side of the
city. Each June the Nation celebrates the annual Muscogee (Creek)
Nation Festival complete with stomp dance, sports tournaments,
arts and crafts and numerous other activities.

This is the end of Foothills but that doesn’t mean it has to be
the end of your travels. You still have an entire region to explore.
The Great Lakes region summons you. Feel free to alter your
route and don’t worry about getting lost, sometimes the best
things are found when that happens.


Creating a Legacy of Memories

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 27

Oklahoma’s Largest Lake


Lake fun is better than ever on our 105,000 acre water
playground. Fulfill your passion at Lake Eufaula including
world class fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, hunting,
wildlife watching, off roading, biking and hiking.

701 S Main, Eufaula, OK • 918.689.7751 •

Oonkly imn ulgee

Historic Downtown - Great American Main Street Winner
Festivals & Special Events • Orpheum Theatre

Deep Fork Wildlife Refuge • Okmulgee County Fair
Okmulgee & Dripping Springs State Parks
Muscogee (Creek) Heritage & Culture

Okmulgee Tourism Program • 112 N Morton, Okmulgee, OK • 918.756.6173 • [email protected]


800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 29


UUeal Adventte



TO PLAN only




Bed & Breakfast
Fun, Food and Entertainment Events for all Seasons!

All Under One Roof! Saturdays & Sundays
April 30 - May 30
June 15-July 5th
December 15-31
September 10th, 2016

Fridays & Saturdays
Sept. 30 - Oct. 29

501 North Main Suite 99 | Muskogee, OK Come as a guest, leave as family Nov. 24 - Dec. 31
918-683-4100 |
The perfect venue for weddings, retreats, 6p-10p
parties, celebrations & corporate events.
501 N 16th St, Muskogee, OK • 918.683.0100
[email protected]

Home of the USS Batfish

3500 Batfish Rd, Muskogee, OK HONOR HEIGHTS PARK
Wed-Sat 10-6 Sun 1-6 Open Air Butterfly Sanctuary
26 Native Varieties
Thurs-Sat 10-5 Sun 1-5 Butterfly Garden Habitat
Children’s Garden
Group Overnights & Tours Available
Special Events • Private Rentals
918.682.6294 Open Daily May 7-October 10, 2016
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm

$3: Adults $2: Child/Senior/Military • 918.684.6303



In 1901 Tulsa changed from a small Claremore is home to the Will Rogers
frontier town to a boomtown with the Memorial Museum, a magnificent

discovery of oil at Red Fork, a small museum of native limestone overlooking
community southwest of Tulsa and on the city and honoring famed humorist and
the opposite side of the Arkansas River.
philosopher Will Rogers (1879-1935).

Founded in 1897 as a Trading Post, Bristow's Tulsa Claremore
history dates back to the opening of the
Sapulpa Catoosa
Indian Territory to white settlers. The coming
of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad in July

1898 spurred the building of Bristow.


Sapulpa was built on 2 things - railroad and The Blue Whale in Catoosa, is one of the most recognizable
oil. Enjoy rich heritage and architecture and best loved icons on historic Route 66. Built in 1972 as an
throughout downtown, family owned anniversary gift, it quickly evolved into a local summer hot
businesses, golf courses, fishing, shopping spot and family travel destination. Today, travelers can stop by
and more. and enjoy a picnic while reminiscing about days gone by.


OKLAHOMA Over 55 Years
In Business!

Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm Quapaw Tribal Museum
Friday 11am-11pm
Saturday 2pm-11pm 905 Whitebird St. • Quapaw, OK
918.674.2619 •
1425 New Sapulpa Road, Sapulpa, OK

918-224-4301 •

West of Route 66 in Foyil, The Quapaw Tribal Museum in
you will find the Ed Quapaw is a great attraction at the
Galloway Totem Pole Park.
Ed dedicated his beginning of Oklahoma Route 66.
retirement years to
building a monument to Commerce is the boyhood home of
the American Indian from baseball legend Mickey Mantle.
stone, concrete and his
imagination. The Totem Quapaw
Pole is the world’s largest
concrete totem pole.




Miami is center stage for
an iconic theather. Since

opening day–April 18,
1929, with a full house of

1,600–the Coleman
Theatre Beautiful has

never been "dark".

Get Your Kicks
On Oklahoma Route 66!

Great Lakes —

Cool Waters &

Blue Streams

Communities Let’s begin your journey into the Great of audiences over it’s almost ninety years
Lakes region at Quapaw, located at in existence. Will Rogers, Bob Hope, even
Bernice Locust Grove the very tip-top northeast corner, where Groucho Marx (“I intend to live forever, or
Catoosa Miami Route 66 enters the state from the east. die trying”) shared their humor with theater
Chouteau Oologah The Quapaw Museum is found here. The goers. The Coleman, built in 1929, has
Claremore Pryor museum holds artifacts relating to and been completely restored and still sells out
Commerce Quapaw preserving the history of the Quapaw performances.
Salina Indian Nation. You’ll also be able to learn
Disney Vinita about their cultural activities and traditions. Miami’s numerous other attractions
Foyil West Siloam include the Dobson Museum, with its
Grove Springs Moving on down Route 66 to lovely grounds, where numerous historic
Commerce, a short detour off the main artifacts and documents pertaining to
Ketchum road will take you by the boyhood home of Native American and Ottawa County
Langley its favorite son, Number 7, Mickey Mantle history can be found. A bit further south
(“If I’d known I was gonna live this long, on Main Street, at the Route 66 Vintage
I’d have taken a lot better care of myself.”). Iron Motorcycle Museum, you’ll see some
The home is pretty much in its original pretty slick rides.
state and can be found at 319 S. Quincy
St. If you’ve come this far you must stop Of course you’ll need to eat while
and snap a few selfies, then check out the prowling around Miami, so you might
baseball dents in the adjacent barn—can’t consider Waylan’s Ku-Ku Drive In, the last
you almost hear Mickey with his Dad and of its kind and somewhat of an international
brothers whooping it up as they played hot-spot. Chapters Bookstore is another
ball? step back-in-time and offers some pretty
tasty coffees and teas while you shop.
You’re in Miami almost before you realize
it, and in Oklahoma we pronounce it My- A short drive south from Miami is Grand
am-uh. Miami’s main street is a treasure Lake O’ The Cherokees and certainly one
trove of shops and attractions, so plan of Oklahoma’s favorite playgrounds. It’s
on extra time here. The most remarkable not just a big Bass lake but offers some
place in Miami is the historic Coleman outstanding activities for anyone. There’s
Theater, some top-notch entertainers Har-Ber Village in Grove, where dozens
have shared their talents with thousands of tiny buildings make up the pioneer-era
village and history museum complex. It’s a


Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees
Lake Hudson
Oologah Lake

Spavinaw/Eucha Lakes

Route 66 History: An important attraction
that runs directly through the heart of the
Great Lakes region is Historic Route 66.

With a deep history as America’s most
beloved highway, Route 66 has played
a large part in the history of Oklahoma.
Often referred to as the “Birthplace of

Route 66” Oklahoma was part of the
road’s beginning and is blessed to have

more miles of this historic 2,400 mile
roadway than any other state. Miami
boasts of the longest Main Street on all
of Route 66 and is proud to serve as
the Gateway into Oklahoma for all those
traveling the mother road. Just outside of
Miami is the last section of the original
nine foot wide “Ribbon Road” that is
listed as an Oklahoma National Historic
Landmark. Although a part of the Historic
Highway, this section predates Route
66, having been built in the early 1920s.
Legend has it that when the road was
built, Oklahoma’s budget was tight, so
rather than covering half the mileage, they
covered half the width. This remarkable
piece of vintage pavement zigzags for 13
miles between Miami and Afton. Another
small section of the original road also lies

farther south in Narcissa.


800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 35

must see attraction that also offers multiple events and hands- If you’re really lucky perhaps you’ll be in Vinita during the annual
on activities throughout the year. A bit further south around Grand “World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival”, now that’s some really tasty
you’ll cross Pensacola Dam. This PWA-style Art Deco dam is the eatin’!
longest multiple arch dam in the world and is open for tours daily
during the summer. With a bit of advance planning a visit to Oasis We’ll take off to the south to one of our prettiest lakes and
Animal Adventures in Disney (not World) is a refreshing treat. You’ll communities—Pryor and Lake Hudson—where you can while
meet Zola the zebra and Simon the camel and a host of other away the hours on the lake’s peaceful waters. The scenic shoreline
friendly critters. (By appointment). ranges from majestic bluffs to inviting coves and the fishing is an
opportunity for those searching for that trophy catch. Nearby Pryor
Nightlife With Dance Halls is a booming community with plentiful shopping and dining options
and some of the finest events in the area. Each Memorial Day
Gourmet Dining weekend rocks with Rocklahoma, featuring hit bands banging their
way into the late night, with thousands of adoring fans begging for
Lady Luck at the Casinos more. The holiday season sparkles with the Christmas Train at Dry
Gulch. This wildly popular and spectacular event sells out quickly
It isn’t likely you’ll want to just dip your toes in the water once ticket sales open – so don’t tarry, you will miss the train.
then leave, so why not opt for one of the outstanding overnight Pryor’s annual DAM J.A.M Bicycle Tour hits the trail in the early fall
accommodations in the area and take a load off for a few days. with winding routes through the local countryside.
The Box’s welcome you to their “little bit o Heaven” at Pine Lodge
Resort in Ketchum and they’re really great at taking good care of Nearby Salina is home to the Salina Highbanks Raceway,
their guests. There’s also a Wyndham Vacation property on Monkey featuring high octane, fast and furious dirt track racing. The track
Island, home to Shangri La’s great golf course and countless other is also home to some great eats at the Finishline Restaurant.
cabins and resorts to consider.
Travelling further south along Lake Hudson, you’ll arrive in
Seemingly endless are your options for nightlife with dance halls, Locust Grove where noted Cherokee sculptor Willard Stone lived.
gourmet dining and lady luck at numerous casinos. Then there’s His home place is now the Willard Stone Museum and his son
always the option of just watching the sunset from your lounge Jason follows in his footsteps, creating stylish works of art much
chair. like his father.

It’s now back to the Mother Road and Vinita, home to Clanton’s From Locust Grove, you’ll travel West through an area where
Café which has been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and many Amish families reside. In Chouteau the Dutch Pantry is
Dives. You’ll definitely need to dive into some great home cooking a great stop for fine home-cooking and delicious desserts. As
here. The world’s largest McDonalds over the Will Rogers Turnpike you leave grab a quart of some quite tasty beets, you won’t be
is located in Vinita and Vinita is the home of talk show host Dr. Phil. disappointed. The Amish Cheese Store is also a perfect stop for
cheese, fudge, ice cream, what more could anyone want?

Continuing to the west, nearing Tulsa, you’ll veer off at the Hard
Rock Hotel and Casino and find yourself in great “Blue Whale”
country. You’ve now reconnected with Route 66 in Catoosa, where
the iconic Blue Whale is just waiting for a selfie with you.

Continuing on Route 66 back northeast to Claremore, the
Will Rogers Memorial Museum is an absolute must see when

Built in 1972 as an anniversary gift, the Blue Whale
quickly evolved into a local summer hot spot and family
travel destination. Almost immediately the whale began
attracting people who wanted to fling themselves off
his tail, slide down his water-coated fins and poke
their heads out the holes in the whale’s head. Travelers
stopped by to picnic, swim, or fish. So began what
became one of the best loved icons on Route 66.





in Oklahoma. This Memorial to “I never met a man I didn’t like”
Will Rogers, is chocked full of memories and memorabilia about
Oklahoma’s Favorite son. For good-luck rub Will’s boot in the
Museum, you can’t miss it. You’ll also want to visit the J.M. Davis
Arms and Historical Museum, for a glimpse of the largest private
collection of firearms in the World. But that isn’t all they have, you’ll
need to see for yourself ‘cause there’s a few bizarre items as well.

Plan on staying in Claremore for a while, there’s an abundance
of trendy and antique shopping for everyone. Dining will certainly
be a difficult choice, with options available from the Pink House
Tea Room, to “mile-high” pies and home cooking at the Hammett
House and rich creamy fudge at the Nut House. Perhaps it’s too
difficult to choose, so just try all of them.

As you conclude your travels in the Great Lakes region you’ll
venture just a few miles north to Will’s birthplace in Oologah (oo-
la-ga). The Dog Iron Ranch truly couldn’t be in a prettier setting,
high on a hill overlooking Lake Oologah. On the way out to the
Ranch, stop in town and snap a few selfies with the bronze of Will
and Soapsuds, its right square in the middle of the street. On the
highway check out the replica of Will’s Birthplace – watch carefully
or you’ll miss it.

This concludes the tour portion of your visit to Oklahoma’s Green
Country, should you decide to accept the invitation to visit our
area, you will be warmly welcomed and this brochure will not self
destruct in ten seconds. Take it with you, it might come in handy.

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 37

Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees

All the ingredients for the perfect get away!


ROCK CLIMBING Commerce Quapaw

59 Miami

2 Grand
Vinita Lake O' The
44 Cherokees


66 Will Rogers Tpk Grove
82 85

Langley 59
Adair 28

Lake Spavinaw
Hudson Lake

Pryor 20 Eucha Lake

20 Salina

Locust Grove Cherokee Tpk 412 W Siloam




800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 39

visit 20 minutes Northeast of Tulsa on Oklahoma Route 66
Historic Downtown with 300+ Boutiques, Antiques & Specialty Shops
JM Davis Gun Museum - World’s Largest Private Collection
World-Class Museums • Great Accommodations

877.341.8688 • • VisitClaremore

Will Rogers Hot Mama’s Deli 37TH Annual La Quinta Inn
Memorial Museums The Nut House Bluegrass & Chili & Suites

Experience 12 magnificent Authentic log cabin on Festival We go above and beyond to provide
galleries of the life and times of Historic Rt 66 featuring a selection the luxuries that make your stay
a man who brought laughter to of nuts, homemade confectionery Sept. 8-10, 2016. On the a comfortable one. Rooms come
the world. View a vast collection treats and Rt 66 souvenirs, gifts, grounds of Claremore Expo Center. standard with comfortable plush
of world class art and artifacts. A great weekend of family fun and
Enjoy his timeless wit and wisdom. spices, and jellies. Hot Mama’s entertainment. FREE concerts, arts, pillowtop beds, premium television
offers fresh, made-to-order hearty crafts, Mid-America Regional Chili programming, free high speed
Learn. Laugh. Be Inspired. sandwiches with all the trimmings! Cook-off, Festival Market, Outhouse
Memorial in Claremore Internet WiFi, micro-fridge, single
Races, Open Car Show, Kiddie cup coffee maker, hairdryer and
Birthplace Ranch in Oologah Korral, Dance Exhibitions and more!
iron and ironing board.

918.341.0719 • 800.324.9455 26677 S Hwy 66 877.341.8688 774 S Lynn Riggs Blvd 918.266.1604 918.965.1877

Comfort Inn Hammett House Claremore Expo Holiday Inn Express
Restaurant Center RV Park & Claremore
If you’re looking for warm, inviting
accommodations located on A Claremore tradition and home of Full RV Hookups, 20, 30 & 50 Connference Center
Historic Route 66, then the the “Mile-High” pie and “Pamper amp service; paved; shower
Fried” Chicken. We feature daily pavilion; access to indoor New facility with beautiful, modern
Comfort Inn® Hotel is the perfect specials, are group friendly and pool; playground; handicap decor and outstanding amenities.
place to call home. We are close catering is available. As close to accessible; laundry service.
to all the best the area offers, and Venue for concerts; equestrian Within walking distance of
have countless amenities that will home cooking as it gets! events; motorcycle, bicycle, Walmart, Cinema 8 movie theater,
and demolition derby events;
make your stay memorable. dog and livestock shows; and a variety of restaurants, and
auctions. CENTER, offering 5400 square
feet of event space, adjacent

to the hotel.

918.343.3297 918.341.7333 918.342.5357 1400 W Country Club Dr 918.283.4877 •


Pryor ... Where Oklahoma Meets

The Future

Wedding Venues Beautiful Scenery Water Sports
Race Enthusiasts
Pryor Area Annual Events

Mar-Oct (Sat) – Mayes County Farmers Market
Apr-Nov (1st Sat) – Traders’ Day Whitaker Park
May – Rocklahoma Music Festival
June – 4-Way Rodeo ACRA/CRRA

Dads Drag Main Street Festival & Car Show
July – FreedomFest Celebration & Fireworks

American Cowboy Trade Days
Sep – Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour

Mayes County Fair
Pryor Fever Race and Mud Run
Sep-Oct – NE Oklahoma Art Show
Nov – ChiliChristmas Festival
Dec – Christmas Parade of Lights

Nature Trails • 918.825.0157

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 41

Creen ountry

January Mid Century to Modern: Dinnerware Bartlesville
by Russel Wright and Heath Ceramics
8-March 27 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Tulsa
Ultimate Eagle Watch Kaw Lake
12-16 Martin Luther King Jr. Soul Food 918-684-6321 Muskogee
16 Cook-Off
16 Free Family Sunday Bartlesville
Western Hills Bluegrass Festival Wagoner/
17-December 18 Bluegrass-Festival Western Hills
21-23 Third Thursday Copper Music Series Bartlesville
Mad Dog Demolition Derby Claremore
21-September 15 Miami Stomp Dance Miami
30 Tulsa Boat, Sport and Travel Show Tulsa
Broadway in Bartlesville – Million Bartlesville
February Dollar Quartet
Million Dollar Quartet Broken Arrow
1-7 Faure Piano Quartet Tulsa
4 “Love On Stage” Bartlesville
Home Sweet Home Chocolate Festival Muskogee
5 POSTOAK Challenge Trail Run Tulsa
13 Junior Livestock Show Pawhuska
13 Bernadette Peters Broken Arrow
26-28 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow Vinita
Wet & Wild Bartlesville



10-13 Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show Tulsa
11-13 Claremore
12 Outdoor Sporting Expo Broken Arrow
13 918-682-2761 Muskogee
14 ShamRock the Rose Bartlesville

16-September 6 Flying Fez Wine Tasting Festival Bartlesville
17 Broken Arrow
19 Broadway in Bartlesville – Bullets 918-637-3540 Bristow
19 Over Broadway Bartlesville
Woolaroc Mountain Man Camp Bartlesville
Vietnam Veterans Day
Jeanne Robertson
1-30 Price Tower Egg Drop
8-9 Robert’s Auto Center 17th Annual
8-9 Easter Egg Hunt

9 Broadway in Bartlesville – Saturday
9 Night Fever
Claremore Kennel Club Dog Show Claremore
19-24 Azalea Festival Muskogee

22 Jerusalem Quartet Tulsa
29-30 Woolaroc Spring Traders Encampment Bartlesville
29-30 Green Country Hamfest Radio Claremore
30-May 1 Convention
30-May 1
30-May 1 Chili & BBQ Cook-off Muskogee
Herb Day in Brookside Tulsa

Rogers County Home & Garden, Farm Claremore
& Ranch Show

Herbal Affair Sand Springs

Bare Bones International Film & Music Muskogee

Lily Tomlin Broken Arrow

Herb and Plant Festival Jenks

Civil War Days Grove

Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo Claremore

Woolly Weekend Claremore

Camp McFadden Outdoor Expo Ponca City

Dali Quartet with Ricardo Morales Tulsa

Red Fern Festival Tahlequah

Renaissance Festival Muskogee

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 43

May Patti LuPone Broken Arrow
Cinco de la Rosa Broken Arrow
1 Oklahoma Steam & Gas Engine Show Pawnee
5 StrayKat 500 Dewey
6-8 Kiddie Park Bartlesville
6-8 Rooster Days Broken Arrow
6-August 27 Woolaroc Spring Trail Ride Bartlesville
12-14 Rose Festival Broken Arrow
14 Breeders Invitational Tulsa
14 Sailboat Regatta Eufaula
14-28 Tulsa International Mayfest Tulsa
19-22 Rocklahoma Pryor
19-22 Will Rogers Stampede PCRA Rodeo Claremore
27-29 Peanuts…Naturally Bartlesville
27-29 Big Heart Day Barnsdall
27-October 9 Route 66 PatriotFest Tulsa
28 Ruffles and Rust Expo Claremore
28 Diamond Daze Festival Sallisaw
June Tallgrass Music Festival Bartlesville
2-4 SunFest
3-4 Ponca City
3-5 37th Annual World’s Largest Calf Fry Ponca City
4 Festival & Cook-off
4 Ponca City Herb Festival 580-761-1041 Broken Arrow
4 Ponca City
Schooners Car, Truck and Motorcycle 580-763-7859 Pawnee
4 Show Eufaula
7-28 Checotah
9-11 Symphony in the Park Fort Gibson
10-11 Claremore
11 Tuesdays in the Park
11 101 Wild West PCRA Rodeo
Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show

Golden Eagle Poker Run

Old Settler’s Day

Mudstock 2016

Claremore Regional Air Show


11-18 2016 OK Mozart Bartlesville
13-25 Pinto World Championship Show Tulsa
16 Arts and Preservation in the Osage Pawhuska
18 Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping, Pawhuska
BBQ and Dance
18 Ecology and Environment Day Grove
18 Route 66 Festival & Car Show 918-256-7133 Vinita
19 10-Mile Yard Sale 918-429-9436 Longtown
23-25 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Okmulgee
24-26 Miami Nation Pow Wow Miami
24-25 Shidler Volunteer Fire Department 918-691-4920 Kaw Lake
Noodling Tournament
25-26 Woolaroc Kidsfest Bartlesville

July Freedom Fest Pryor
918-256-7133 Vinita
1 Vinita Bob McSpadden Annual
1 Fireworks and Entertainment Broken Arrow Sallisaw
3 Rockets Over Rhema Pawhuska
4 580-767-0430 Ponca City
4 Fourth of July Fireworks Show Grove
4 Sallisaw
4 Freedom Celebration Parade Broken Arrow
4 Disney
7-28 Freedom Fest Fireworks Claremore
15-30 Broken Arrow
16 Independence Day at Har-Ber Village Bartlesville
19-21, 26-28 Fourth of July Fireworks Show Pawhuska

19-26 Thursday Night Music and Theater Tulsa

20-24 “The Man Who Ran” 918-256-7569 Vinita Ponca City
23-30 Scissortail Wine Festival
27-August 5 Eufaula
Taste of Summer
Camp Woolaroc An Adventure in

International Round-Up Clubs

American Buckskin World
Championship Show

Craig County Free Fair

Ponca Amateur Motocross

Whole Hawg Days

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 45

29-30 Cowboy Traders Day Pryor
29-31 Kihekah Steh Pow Wow Skiatook

August 2 Hip Chick’s Roadshow Claremore Grove
6 Celebration of Art Tulsa
6 Claremore
12-21 Snaffle Bit Show Tahlequah
13 Vinita
19-20 Will Rogers-Wiley Post Fly-In
24-27 Muskogee
Tahlequah Rock and Mineral Show
26-27 Shidler
80th Annual Will Rogers Memorial
27 Rodeo Claremore

27-28 River Rumba & Cardboard Boat Tulsa
30-September 4 Henryetta
Shidler’s 13th Annual One Day Car Tahlequah
September Show Eufaula
1-5 Oklahoma Fall Hunting & Fishing Rentiesville
2-5 Show Henryetta
3-4 Claremore
3 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic Pawhuska
3-5 Pryor
4-5 Labor Day Celebration Tulsa
8-10 Pryor
8-10 Cherokee National Holiday Bartlesville
8-12 Ponca City
8-18 Labor Day Pow Wow Coweta
10 Claremore
10 POSTOAK Wine and Jazz Festival 2016 Claremore
10-11 Bartlesville
15-17 Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
16-17 Living Legends Rodeo
Bluegrass & Chili Festival

Osage County Free Fair

Mayes County Fair

American Miniature Horse Nationals

Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour

Woolaroc Fall Trail Ride

Ponca City Arts Festival

2016 Coweta Fall Festival

Rogers County Fair

Gatesway Balloon Festival

Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival


16-18 Art on the Hill Claremore
hill/ Pryor
17 8th Annual Pryor Fever 5K Race &
Mud Run
22-November 5 Pumpkin Festival
23-24 Standing Bear Pow Wow Claremore
24 Route 66 Cruisers Car Show 580-762-1514 Ponca City
24 Woolaroc’s Cow Thieves & Outlaw Claremore
Reunion Bartlesville
24-25 High Frontier 13 Rocket Launch
24-25 Western Heritage Weekend Pawhuska
24-28 Northeast Oklahoma Art Show Dewey
29-October 9 Tulsa State Fair Pryor
30-October 1 Woolaroc Fall Traders Encampment Tulsa
30-October 1 OKsWagen Festival Bartlesville
30-October 1 Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village Tahlequah
Museum Grove
30-October 31 Halloween Festival Muskogee
St. John Zoo Run presented by New Tulsa
1 Balance Pawhuska
1 National Indian Taco Championship Tulsa
1-2 Ponca City
1-2 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Pawnee
1-31 918-256-2281 Vinita
8 Oktoberfest Tulsa
8-9 Chouteau
15 Quilt Show at the Pawnee Bill Ranch Okmulgee
15 918-256-7133 Vinita
15 Oktoberfest Tulsa
Cherokee Art Market Tulsa
27-31 Grove
29 Annual Pryor Pow Wow

Harvest Spoon Chili Festival

Punkin Chunkin

U.S. National Arabian & Half Arabian
Championship Show


Historical Haunted Halloween at Har-
Ber Village

800.922.2118 2016 GUIDE TO GREEN COUNTRY 47


3-December 24 Christmas at the Belvidere Claremore
4-5 Grove
Cherokee Heritage Day at Har-Ber
4-6 Village Claremore
5 918-397-0756 Dewey
Will Rogers Days
12 Pryor
18-19 Christmas Arts and Crafts Show and Claremore
19 Sale Muskogee
23-December 30 580-767-0301 Ponca City
24-December 31 Christmas Chili Cook-Off & Car Show Muskogee
24-January 1, 2017 918-684-6302 Muskogee
24-January 1, 2017 Dickens on the Boulevard Tahlequah
25-26 Grove
Boare’s Heade Feaste
25-27 Bartlesville
Festival of Angels
Castle Christmas 2016

Garden of Lights

Snowflake Ice Rink

Christmas on Main St. at Har-Ber

Woolaroc’s Wonderland of Lights

1 Pryor Christmas Parade of Lights Pryor
2-3 Claremore
2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23 Motorhead Events ArenaCross Bartlesville
3 Pawhuska
3 Woolaroc’s Wonderland of Lights Vinita
3-4 Locust Grove
Pawhuska Christmas Parade
3-4, 10-11, Grove
Vinita Christmas Parade
9-11, 16-18 Claremore
10 Gourds, Etc. Cherokee Christmas Fine Sallisaw
10 Art Show 918-441-9276 Muskogee
10 Shidler
Christmas on Main St. at Har-Ber

Living Nativity

Downtown Christmas Parade

Garden of Lights Run

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Lighted Christmas Parade

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. Please confirm dates prior to making final travel plans.



Let adventure take flight in the rustic cabins of
Osage Hills State Park. Built in the 30s, these
quaint stone cottages feature modern appliances,
natural wood furnishings, air-conditioning, and
fireplaces to keep you cozy year-round. They’re
perfect for a weekend of fishing and hiking. Next,
explore the tranquil forest boardwalks of Natural
Falls State Park. Launch your boat in sparkling
waters at Keystone State Park. Or gaze at the
dazzling night skies of Greenleaf State Park.
Flyover country? We think not. Book your ticket to
adventure at an Oklahoma state park.

NATURAL FALLS Get your 4th night free!*
Check in on Sunday or Monday and stay three nights
at a state park cabin or lodge. Your 4th night is on us!

Offer is not valid in June and July. Other restrictions may apply.

*Visit for package details.





Step into the fascinating life of a farmer, a vintner,
a cowboy, or outdoorsman, and find yourself in the
adventure of a lifetime with an agritourism experience.
With so much to do, no two days are alike. Relax from
the city noise, bundle up, breathe in the brisk air and
let your worries melt away around the warmth of an
evening campfire. Now is the moment to discover
your perfect agri-adventure. Start your journey at


Click to View FlipBook Version