Along with cooler temperatures, fall brings in beautiful foliage and new opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Make the most of this sensational season with a 48-hour getaway to Broken Bow or Lawton and fall in love with Oklahoma.
Book one of Beavers Bend State Park's 47 cozy cabins where you'll be surrounded by stunning foliage from mature trees and the nearby Lower Mountain Fork River.
Morning — Spend the morning at Broken Bow Lake watching the vivid sunrise reflect off the water, or head to the Mountain Fork River for world-class trout fishing. Beavers Bend Fly Shop, located within the park, offers guide service, tackle and tips on the best areas to fish along the river.
Afternoon — After a morning on the water, refuel at the park's on-site Beavers Bend Restaurant, then check out the David Boren Hiking Trail for trails suited to every skill level. Visitors can even take a horseback ride through 2.5 miles of stunning scenery.
Evening — For dinner, visit Abendigo's Grill & Patio located just minutes from the park. Treat yourself to a five-star meal followed up by live music on the patio.
Morning — Linger under the covers longer than normal before kick-starting your day with an autumn-inspired jolt of caffeine from The Hocha Mocha. Indulge in a relaxing massage from Body Harmony Day Spa to work out lingering knots from yesterday's outing.
Afternoon — Continue the pampering with a trip to Girls Gone Wine and take home a bottle of your favorite wine. Continue your mini-vacation with a visit to WhipPoorWill Resort & Fudge Shop to stock up on freshly made fudge. With wine and fudge in hand, find a quiet spot in the park, unfold a blanket and enjoy a picture-perfect picnic.
Evening — When the chilly temperatures push you indoors, head to Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room where you can warm up with a mouthful of gooey cheese pizza. Take your pie on the patio where a roaring fire and space heaters will keep the chilly weather at bay while you stargaze.
Tip: Drive down the Talimena National Scenic Byway, and take a camera. This 54-mile scenic drive includes twists and turns through a canvas of colors that brings visitors in from across the nation.
Stay at your choice of privately owned cottage, lodge or bed-and-breakfast like the popular Stardust Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Morning — Begin your Lawton getaway with a trip through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Spot free-roaming buffalo in the refuge, then lace up your hiking boots and explore the 2.4-mile Charon Gardens Wilderness Area. No trip to the area would be complete without climbing (or driving) up Mount Scott.
Afternoon — Visit the Museum of the Great Plains, which houses over 3,000 Plains Indian 20th-century artifacts. The on-site Red River Trading Post offers a unique glimpse back in time to an 1830-1840s trading post.
Evening — Loosen your belt and head to Meers Store & Restaurant, the sole remnant of a gold rush boom town, for a helping of local history and mouthwatering 7-nch burgers served in a pie tin. Quality is key at this popular eatery, so all burgers are made from the store's own grass-fed longhorn herd.
Morning — If you're staying at the Stardust Inn B&B, watch the sunrise from a comfortable rocking chair on the large porch, then enjoy a late breakfast served up by the friendly innkeepers.
Afternoon — Roam the quaint cobblestone streets of nearby Medicine Park and check out the river running through the town's center.
Evening — Wrap up your 48-hour getaway at the Old Plantation Restaurant. Traditional American fare is sure to satisfy, but save room for their cobbler of the day served a la mode.
For more ideas on planning your fall getaway, visit TravelOK.com.
Jordan Attebury is a writer for TravelOK.com, the official website of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.