Most of you know that I live in Oklahoma, was born and raised here, and lived in the state all of my life except for the first 5 years of our married life when we lived south of the Red River (Texas!). This state is near and dear to my heart, and for a while I've wanted to start a series of sorts sharing lots of fun things to do, places to eat, and spots to shop in our great state. I'll add posts here and there and start a new tab eventually to organize them all in one spot. My hope is that if you're local, you just might find a new favorite place to visit, and that if you're not local these posts will be a good resource for anyone visiting Oklahoma.
Today is the first day of our Spring Break, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to tell you about one of our favorite day trip spots, in case anyone close is looking for something to do this week!
The lodge is actually 60 years old, but has recently been completely renovated and is very accommodating. I haven't stayed the night, but my husband recently took our church staff there for a 2 day staff retreat, and everyone stayed in the lodge. It's very clean and comfortable and includes a nice restaurant dining area, an outdoor patio, and even a gift shop (my son's favorite!). He also took the kids there to camp one night last Spring while I was under the gun to finish up our bedroom for the One Room Challenge (the time I pulled an all nighter for this project!).
There is so much to do at Roman Nose. We usually pack a lunch or bring supplies to cook out at the picnic area, which has a good number of grills and picnic tables. This is one of our favorite spots to spend part of the day because there are several natural springs and waterfalls in this area. The water is very refreshing (cold!) in the summer and the kids have a blast standing under the waterfall.
There's a nice amphitheater area that can be used by larger groups.
There's a small general store on property for all of the necessities that you might have forgotten for your trip, as well as a few souvenirs and treats.
In addition to fishing, hiking, picnicking, and playing at the springs, we usually choose one other activity each time we go. There are paddle boats,
and horses to ride, as well as a full 18 hole par 70 golf course if you're a golfer.
Many times we'll head back home through Okarche and stop for dinner at the famous Eischen's, some of the best fried chicken and fried okra ever! Just so you know if you haven't been before, Eischen's is a bar environment, but there is a separate dining area beside the main bar area if you'd rather get a table there.
Even growing up in Oklahoma, we never visited Roman Nose when I was a child, so that's something we've done just since having our kids. I know so many have fond memories of visiting Roman Nose through the years, I'd love to hear one of yours if you do! And, let me know if you've never been and decide to visit!