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6 Picturesque Small Towns in Oklahoma for a Weekend Retreat

by Staff

Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples’ getaway, a fun family adventure, or even a little solo downtime to yourself, these six picturesque small towns in Oklahoma are perfect for a weekend retreat.

From the charming cobblestone streets of Medicine Park at the foothills of the Wichita Mountains to the pretty lakeside setting of Eufaula; from the Victorian-era elegance of Guthrie to the Native American legacy of Pawhuska, and from the stunning Ouachita Mountains of Broken Bow to the soothing mineral springs of Sulphur, each of these towns provides an ideal backdrop for a variety of fun travel experiences.

Medicine Park   

Fall scenery at Medicine Park, located in Lawton, Oklahoma.


Medicine Park’s location in the foothills of the scenic Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma makes it an ideal spot for a weekend retreat. Handily located just off the I-44 between Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls, this picturesque small town is famous for its distinctive cobblestone streets and charming architecture, as well as for its proximity to the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1901 and covering over 60,000 acres of prairie grassland and rugged granite mountains, fun things to do here include seeing wildlife such as American bison, Texas longhorn cattle, elk, and a variety of bird species.

For accommodations, Medicine Park offers a range of options, including the Plantation Inn, a cozy bed and breakfast, and the Stardust Inn Bed & Breakfast, which also offers several standalone cabins.

Eufaula

The McIntosh County Courthouse in Eufaula, Oklahoma, USA.
The McIntosh County Courthouse in Eufaula, Oklahoma, USA. Editorial credit: Roberto Galan / Shutterstock.com

Located on the shores of Lake Eufaula, the town of Eufaula (pronounced “yoo-faa-luh”) is a magnate for weekend travelers. Lake Eufaula State Park is the big draw and is well-known for its beautiful trails, golf course, marinas, camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. The Eufaula Dam is a must-see and offers guided tours that provide insight into its history and its role in flood control and electricity production.

Need a place to stay in Eufaula? Lakeview Landing Motel and RV Park are options for those traveling with a trailer, while Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort provides a family-friendly atmosphere with cabin rentals, RV sites, and plenty of recreational activities. For those seeking a more luxurious stay, Eufaula House offers elegant B&B-style rooms that are perfect for a romantic getaway.

Guthrie

 Night view of historical buildings in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
 Night view of historical buildings in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Editorial credit: Kit Leong / Shutterstock.com

Located adjacent to the I-35 highway a few miles north of Oklahoma City, Guthrie is an easy getaway from the state capital. Guthrie Historic District is the place to begin a weekend adventure, exploring this National Historic Landmark, with top attractions, including the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, with its displays relating to the state’s pioneer history. Other must-visits include the grand Temple of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the historic Pollard Theatre. While fun to walk, this picturesque downtown can also be explored via a carriage ride.

The best places to stay in Guthrie are located close enough to walk the downtown area, including Dominion House, which offers luxury lodging in an elegant 1920s mansion. Pollard Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of downtown Guthrie and is another good choice with easy access to local attractions.

Pawhuska

The old business district on Main Street in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA.
The old business district on Main Street in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA. Editorial credit: Roberto Galan / Shutterstock.com

Pawhuska’s location in the Osage Nation makes it an ideal destination for a memorable weekend getaway for fans of the work of Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, whose culinary delights have put Pawhuska on the map for foodies. The food adventures in fact begin at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, which offers the chance to experience Drummond’s famed cuisine first-hand, as well as get in some shopping for unique kitchenware and gifts.

To learn more about the Osage people, the Osage Nation Museum offers a deep dive into their history, art, and culture, while the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is a must-visit for those wanting to spend time outdoors. In addition to the chance to see free-roaming bison herds across thousands of acres of preserved prairie, as well as explore its extensive network of hiking trails. Top accommodations in Pawhuska include the boutique-style Frontier Hotel and historic Hotel Whiting.

Broken Bow

Boats and yachts docked at the Beavers Bend State Park marina, one of the attractions at Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma.

Boats and yachts docked at Beavers Bend State Park marina, Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma. Editorial credit: RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com


Tucked away in the southeast corner of the state, close to the border with Texas and Arkansas, Broken Bow’s setting in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains is undoubtedly a scenic one. Part of the fun here is visiting Beavers Bend State Park for its hiking trails, river kayaking, and trout fishing, as well as stunning Broken Bow Lake, famous for its boating and water sports. The park’s Forest Heritage Center is also a must-do here and provides exciting tidbits on the area’s natural history and logging industry.

For accommodations, Broken Bow boasts a variety of options worth considering. Among the best is New Hochatown Country Lodge, with its cozy, comfortable rooms close to all major attractions. For a more secluded experience, numerous luxury cabins are available to rent through agencies like Vrbo and Airbnb.  

Sulphur

The Murray County Courthouse in Sulphur, Oklahoma, USA.
The Murray County Courthouse in Sulphur, Oklahoma, USA. Editorial credit: Roberto Galan / Shutterstock.com

Don’t be put off by its name. Located in the rolling hills of the Arbuckle Mountains, picturesque Sulphur serves as the gateway to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, a unique national park with spring-fed pools, lush vegetation, and diverse wildlife and is fun to explore. Another top attraction in Sulphur is the Travertine Nature Center. Located within the recreation area, it provides educational exhibits about the area’s natural history, flora, and fauna and serves as a starting point for exploring the park’s many trails, mineral-rich springs, and waterfalls.  

Another must-visit is the Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa, a luxurious spot offering a full-service spa, fine dining, and elegantly appointed rooms. For a more intimate lodging experience, Echo Canyon Spa Resort offers upscale rooms and cottages, a spa, and a gourmet restaurant, all set against the backdrop of the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains.

Embark on a Picturesque Retreat

For those seeking a great couple of days away from their daily grind, Oklahoma’s small towns certainly deliver. From the historic streets of Guthrie to the natural beauty of Broken Bow, each of these destinations presents countless opportunities for exploration… and relaxation. Whether you’re drawn to the state for its rich culture, beautiful scenery, or access to the great outdoors, these six picturesque small towns in Oklahoma are well worth considering for a weekend retreat.

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