If you don’t live in or around Oklahoma, you may not realize what a wonderful, interesting, and diverse place it is. As the 46th State in the United States, it is known for farming, oil, and natural gas, and actually ranks forth in the nation for its production of wheat.
Native American Territory
But there is a lot more to Oklahoma than this. The name itself has a fascinating origin, as it comes from the Chocktaw Indian word “okla” meaning people, and “humma” meaning red. The region was mostly Native American Indian Territory until the late 1800’s and today has the largest Native American Indian population of any state except for California. With over 250,000 people who are direct descendants of the original 67 tribes in the Indian Territories, there are no reservations, but rather 39 federally recognized tribal nation headquarters, including the center of the Cherokee nation in Tahlequah.
The Sooner State
Some of you may have heard the moniker, the Sooner State, which seems odd if you don’t know its origins. It comes from the homesteaders who entered sooner than they were supposed to when the land opened up for white settlers. ‘Sooners’ stuck and became the name native Oklahomans are still known for throughout the state.
More Interesting Facts
Oklahoma is the birthplace of Will Rogers and home of the world’s first parking meter. It is the location the first aerosol can was created and is where the ubiquitous shopping cart was invented. It is also the place where you can find exceptional romantic getaways to premier bed and breakfasts that are becoming more and more popular with couples in the know.
The Montford Inn and Cottages
In Norman, Oklahoma, this lovely inn is featured in Fodor’s, Mobile Guide, Southern Living, County Holiday and other directories for its attention to detail, sense of privacy, and unending hospitality. Located in a historic district, the Prairie-style architecture was built in 1994 with the idea of the best possible mid-western ambiance in mind.
A True Vacation
With every room decorated in a different style, you will find yourself enveloped in heirlooms, antiques, and Native American art. Fresh flowers, king size canopy beds, two-person Jacuzzis, private hot tubs, walk-in showers, and other amenities will make your stay feel like a true vacation from quotidian life at home. Charming and cozy, the Montford is the place to go if you want to unwind and more fully enjoy the company of the one you love.
Attending to Your Every Need
At the Montford, a gourmet country breakfast is served in the dining room each morning, or you can order it to be delivered to your suite. If you need room for extra guests, this can be managed, as the mission of this gracious inn is to attend to your every need.
A Plethora of Things To Do
Walk through the lovely gardens and take part in some of the seasonal events that happen in Norman to make your stay even more complete. Here are some of the festivities that you can look forward to:
• The Medieval Fair on the last weekend of March
• The Norman Music Festival in April
• Groovefest in the spring and fall, celebrating human rights awareness
• Jazz in June
• The May Fair Arts Festival
• The Midsummer Night’s Fair in June
• The Norman Mardi Gras Parade
• The Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade
Other Area Novelties
Other area novelties are the National Memorial and Museum, the city zoo, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. If you are a business traveler, the proximity to the University of Oklahoma can be a wonderful reference point.
The Shiloh Morning Inn and Cottages
In Ardmore, Oklahoma, this is a secluded, romantic setting that is adult-only and no smoking. Halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma City, it sits on 73 acres filled with walking trails, hammocks, benches, and a myriad of beautiful views to ponder. Relax in the living room where you can read or play cards or in the library where a large fireplace, books, movies, and games await you. Linger on the front porch in a rocking chair, sipping a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and don’t forget to raid the bottomless cookie jar that is ready for pilfering at any time.
Tranquil and Elegant
There are five large suites in the main quarters, also known as the Humphrey House. Additionally you can choose any one of the four separate luxury cottages that are well placed to give you all the privacy you need. Tranquil, elegant, and spacious accommodations allow you to enjoy the king size beds, whirlpool or private hot tubs, and all the other amenities the Shiloh has to offer.
A Good Dining Experience
The inn offers an excellent dining experience with a delicious 3-course breakfast that will last you well into the afternoon. Order one of their dinner packages to enjoy en-suite or in your cottage, and you can enjoy the benefit of complete private time with the one you love. There are also several great restaurants in town to explore if the spirit moves you.
Things To Do
The Ardmore area does not lack for some spectacular things to do. Here’s a short list of activities available out of the many you can find there:
• Lake Murray State Park: 12,400 acres with a 5,700 acre lake, the area is splendid for water sports, boating, fishing, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, and more
• The Chickasaw National Recreation Area: a national park made up of approximately 10,000 acres that include the Lake of the Arbuckles, clear streams for swimming, 30 miles of hiking trails, a nature center, a bison lookout, and wildlife galore
• Turner Falls and the Arbuckle Mountains: hike in the mountains, swim at the base of falls, go horseback riding, or simply gaze at the amazing views
• Golfing at Lake Murray, Chickasaw Pointe, or municipal course in Ardmore
• Great shopping
• The Greater Southwest Historical Museum
• The Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Collection
• The Gene Autry Museum
• The Visual and Performing Arts at the Goddard Center for Performing Arts
• Studio 107 in downtown Ardmore
• Many local spas where you can get a great massage
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