Let Sparks Fly With These Romantic Oklahoma Getaways
Paris, New York, Hawaii ... Oklahoma? Sure, the Sooner State may not be the first place that comes to mind as a romantic destination, but Oklahoma is home to some of the country's most unique romantic getaways. Leave the kids with their grandparents for a weekend or call up the hotel babysitter, because Oklahoma is waiting for you and your sweetheart.
Relax Together at Echo Canyon Spa Resort
Drop off the kids with grandparents and slip into a zen state of mind by indulging in a long weekend for two at Echo Canyon Spa Resort (350 Lawton Ave., Sulphur, OK). Nestled alongside Oklahoma's only national park, this former bed-and-breakfast is now a nationally-acclaimed luxury resort with everything you'd ever want from a weekend getaway.
Take in the pristine forest views from your secluded suite before going hiking, golfing or sailing with your partner. When you've had your fair share of activity for the day, take a break with your choice of refreshing spa treatments. The popular Aloha Spa boasts over 100 treatments, including intimate couples massages and sea salt scrubs. Celebrate a day well-spent with your lover at the elegant Baron of Beef restaurant, where you'll savor each of the four courses while toasting to a beautiful day.
Appreciate the Arts in Downtown Oklahoma City
For a casual, culture-focused night, take advantage of a hotel babysitter and grab your partner to roam downtown Oklahoma City. Start your evening by wandering hand-in-hand through the Paseo Arts District, a vibrant community featuring over a dozen art galleries within walking distance of each other. On the first Friday of every month, this neighborhood comes alive with free gallery openings, receptions and wine tastings as neighbors and visitors come together to celebrate their community.
Critiquing art will surely work up an appetite, so cozy up at the Paseo Grill (2909 Unit A Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK). Atmospheric curtains and secluded booths let you dine in privacy, perfect for reconnecting over a delicious meal. Finish your evening with a nightcap at the 21c Museum Hotel (900 W. Main St., Oklahoma City, OK), where you can walk through a contemporary art gallery and enjoy a crafted cocktail from the adjacent Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge.
Cruise the Oklahoma River at Sunset
All aboard! Grab your partner's hand and climb aboard one of the quaint ferries that sails the Oklahoma River. The most romantic of the budget-friendly Oklahoma River Cruises (701 S. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK) sets sail at sunset on Fridays for a refreshing start to your weekend. Feel the faint breeze on your face from one of the outdoor decks while sipping on your drink of choice from the ship's bar (and if you decided to board the cruise in winter or poor weather, there's plenty of indoor seating to keep you warm and dry). A variety of appetizers give you something to nibble on while taking in the views of the Oklahoma City skyline. Relaxing music makes the perfect backdrop to your adults-only date night.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Rivers Edge Cottages
Take advantage of a child-free weekend by booking a cottage for two at Rivers Edge (491 River Edge Rd., Watson, OK). Choose from enchantingly named cabins like "Mountain Chalet" or "Whispering Heights" where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle (none of the cabins have televisions, and only a few have wireless internet). The stately fireplaces in each cabin make this an enticing escape for fall and winter, when you can snuggle up with your loved one next to a crackling fire. After reveling in the beautiful morning light, explore your gorgeous surroundings via bike or canoe, knowing you likely won't see another person. Privacy, guaranteed.
Savor the Sweets at Cuppies and Joe
If you have a sweet tooth, make a beeline for Cuppies and Joe (727 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City, OK). This adorable cafe with gourmet cupcakes and coffee is the perfect way to spend some time just hanging out with your loved one in a quiet, cozy ambiance. Treat yourself (and your sweetie) by sharing some of its mouth-watering cupcakes, like the Boom Boom Pow or the Peanut Butter Solution. Pair your dessert with a cup of the titular joe, roasted by Topeca Roasters. Don't forget to earn some parental bonus points by bringing extra cupcakes home for the kids (and the babysitter, of course).