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The New Texas Hill Country?

At the start of every season, I take a few days away from city life to reflect, reassess and plant seeds for the future. While this requires me to leave the walls of my everyday life, it doesn't have to be fancy or far- but it is necessary. Why? 
When our brains take in a new environment, the novelty is stimulating. We're firing on all cylinders, our senses open to the newness around us.
In nature, I become my most innovative, creative and energized self. 
This summer solstice, I landed in... Broken Bow, Oklahoma. A three-hour drive from Dallas, it was a hassle-free last minute getaway. 
To some, the town is referred to only as Broken Bow, but to others it is Hochatown-- named for the Hocha clan of Natives who settled in the valley of the Mountain Fork river. 
The charming town in Southeast Oklahoma is known for its outdoor fun and adventure thanks to Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park. 
It has become an increasingly popular destination for people in surrounding states, including Texas. I remember starting to hear about it more during the peak of the pandemic when so many people, desperate to escape the cages of their minds, flocked to nature for open-air liberation. Before you read through my bullet points below, please note that the intention of my getaway was to enjoy a quiet, reflective weekend where I could enjoy a blend of rest and creative work. 

Five Things To Note About Broken Bow, OK: 

1. Where to Stay: There are cabins galore-- but where I stayed (Forest View on the Creek) is stunning! Equipped with modern amenities, this new build can serve as a perfect writer's cabin tucked into the trees-- a landing spot for a girls' getaway weekend-- or even a family reunion! With 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, there is plenty of room for several couples, kids or a group of friends.  The property boasts large outdoor decks with stunning sunset views, a fireplace and grill, hot tub, outdoor fire pit, and state-of-the-art appliances. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 

2. Things to Do: While "doing" things in town wasn't my goal for this trip, I did spend some time in nature at Beavers Bend State Park and can recommend a few good hiking trails.
I searched All Trails for some easy-to-moderate hikes in the area and ended up checking out: the Pine Ridge Trail, South Park Trail, Beaver Creek Trail, Friends of Beaver Trail, and Cedar Bluff Nature Trail with a beautiful overlook! Other recommended hikes that I didn't get to: Tree Trail (easy and family-friendly), Skyline Trail (longer hike and excellent if you're up for a challenge) and Mountain Fork River Trail (relaxing and easy to follow as you hike along the river). 
The nearby Ouachita National Forest is home to horseback riding, fishing, ATVing, camping, kayaking and so much more! 
If nature and the outdoors isn't your thing, there are still plenty of options for you! The town is full of wineries, distilleries, a bowling alley, movie theatre, casino, and an abundance of family-friendly attractions from a petting zoo to putt-putt golf.

3. There is no shortage of restaurants and bars lining the main downtown area, however I chose to use the cabin's extraordinary kitchen to make all meals for my 4-night stay.
Pruett's Food is a grocery store where you can find everything you need. There's also a Walmart in town for essentials.
Making my own meals allowed me to: stick to my unique eating plan, avoid wait times and lines or crowds at restaurants, and maximize use of the cabin without interrupting my workflow to go into town... again, based on my intention for this short getaway. Traffic through downtown picks up during dinner time, so consider yourself warned! 
4. Medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma. While you will see dispensaries on your drive through towns in the area, you are required by law to present an OMMA card (Oklahoma Marijuana Medical Authority) before acquiring, purchasing, or smoking marijuana in the state. 
5. I titled this blog, 'The New Texas Hill Country?' because it feels like a place where people are turning to find peace, fun, rest, and adventure. At a time when Texas' notables: Fredericksburg, Wimberly, Dripping Springs and Marble Falls are overrun with visitors and lodging is becoming increasingly pricey (if even available), Broken Bow offers a unique alternative. It's important to note that this area of Oklahoma is a branch of the Choctaw tribe's native homeland. 
A nature lover's dream, consider adding this relaxed year-round destination to your list
(before it gets even more crowded with droves of curious visitors)!  

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