tulsa desktop hero

Staff Picks Blog

coffee

A Caffeinated Taste of Tulsa

Whether you’re in Tulsa for business or pleasure, a little afternoon pick-me-up is always needed. And, part of what makes getting out of dodge so exciting is experiencing the flavors of the place you’re visiting. So stay away from the chains and keep your caffeine fix local. One of our favorites is The Coffee House on Cherry Street. The in-house made baked goods and desserts (lavender lemon cake or turtle cheesecake, anyone?) round out this quintessential café stop.

If you’re looking to hang out, head to The Gypsy Coffee House, a popular stop along the First Friday Art Crawl route. The Gypsy is home to Tulsa’s longest running open-mic night. Plus, every Friday and Saturday you can listen in to hear local artists and their original material. If that isn’t enough culture to convince you, get a little taste of Tulsa history from the building itself, constructed over 100 years ago!

HolidayInnTulsa Web Downtown Overviw 01 3 Blue Dome District

Go Big in the Blue Dome District

When you’re in Tulsa and in need of some fun, look no further than the Blue Dome District—the city’s hub of entertainment happenings. Centered around the 1924 Blue Dome building, the district has everything for a night out on the town. Check out T-Town classics like Lambrusco’z Deli and Arnie’s Bar, or head to new additions like Dilly Diner and Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge. Without a doubt, the district has you covered on food, fun, and flashbacks to the days of peace and love.

Blue Dome is also home base to some of Tulsa’s best events, and a big bash is right around the corner. Mark your calendar for this year’s 15th annual Blue Dome Arts Festival, held May 18-20, 2018. It’s a safe bet you won’t be bored with over 250 art vendors, live music, food trucks, special areas and activities for families and pets, an art contest and more!

Exterior Art Deco Architecture

Step Back to the Roaring Twenties in T-Town

It may surprise you to hear that Tulsa is home to one of the best collections of Art Deco architecture in the country, and many of these historical treasures are within a 10-minute walk of our hotel. How did this happen, you ask? Just as the Roaring Twenties were taking off, Tulsa was making a name for itself as an oil-rich city. It only followed that the two should grow hand in hand. Of course, not all of the buildings from those bustling days are still around. But as you wander Tulsa, be sure to stop by the Boston Avenue Methodist Church—a National Historic Landmark built in 1929—and the Philcade building—built in 1931 and now home to DECOPOLIS, the Tulsa Art Deco Museum. If you want to learn more, the Tulsa Historical Society has a complete list of Art Deco buildings in the area and offers tours to see some of the best spots in town!

snow leopard cub on rock

Exotic Encounters at the Tulsa Zoo

From endangered Snow Leopards to carnivorous Komodo Dragons, the Tulsa Zoo houses some of the most exotic animals in the state. Explore the zoo’s 85-acres by foot or take the ONEOK Safari Train between Crane Depot and Sea Lion Station for a quicker way to get around. Exhibits include the African Plains, where you’ll see giraffes, lions, meerkats and antelopes; Oceans and Islands, which houses sea lions, penguins and lemurs; and The Rainforest, where lush vegetation is home to anacondas, piranha, monkeys and sloths. Additional attractions include Life in the Desert, Lost Kingdoms, and the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, among other areas absolutely worth exploring!

There’s even a Children's Zoo where kids can meet miniature horses, Guinea hogs, river otters, red kangaroos, and wallabies. For extra adventure, dig for buried treasures at the COX Nature Exchange, where you can uncover fossils and gems by sifting through sediment and sand—best of all, you can keep what you find! And if you’re still in search of something to take home, stop by the gift shop on your way out to find cool keepsakes to commemorate your visit to the Tulsa Zoo. For hours and admission, click here.