TULSA'S CULINARY SCENEis in our backyard

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A Tempting Halloween in T-Town

Halloween only comes once a year, so there’s no time to waste when it comes to flaunting your costumes—and Tulsa has the spookiest parties where you can show them off.

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Take in the Spotlight in T-Town

Tulsa’s rich history extends beyond its living museum of Art Deco architecture into the world of the arts.

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Tulsa's New City Park of the Century

No city is complete without its parks, and Tulsa is taking the cake this year with the park of the century. USA Today named Tulsa’s new Gathering Place American’s Best New Attraction in 2019. First opened in September 2018—with The Roots playing the soundtrack to the opening party—the park is set to open a whole new attraction late this summer to add to the 100+ existing experiences covering the park’s 70-acres. From the basics such as a trail system and a boating pond to the next level entertainment such as the Chapman Adventure Playground, where all ages are welcome to explore the seven realms like the Land of the River Giants, Skywalk Forest, and Volcanoville. Of course, that’s just the start of the fun the park holds. If that wasn’t enough, the Gathering Place stays alive and exciting with events like this month’s Riverside Ribfest, where BBQ masters will compete for the title. Bring your appetite for ribs, BBQ, brews and more!

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A Rocket Show to Remember

Fourth of July is approaching fast, and in Tulsa, there’s no shortage of freedom-focused festivals to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

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Tulsa's Cooling Summer Cocktails

When Tulsa’s summer temperatures spike, keep cool and beat the heat with a crisp craft cocktail. Like the burgeoning craft beer culture, cocktails are taking a turn toward a carefully crafted, high art approach with studied molecular mixologists taking over the bar and turning out clever house concoctions. Tulsa’s take on libations is no different, with plenty of top-notch establishments ready to pour out their inspired spirits. The Vault returns to its location’s roots as the First National Auto Bank with beverages like the Ponzi Scheme and the Banker’s Ex-Wife while MixCo pulls witty inspiration from pop culture and mainstream with mixes such as Elon’s Musk and Aperol We’ve Been Through. But Valkyrie takes their business of crafting cocktails to another level with a seasonally rotating menu that infuses a grab bag of flavors. Try the Jay Bird—genever, gin, cava, spiced blueberry, habanero hibiscus, lemon and egg white—or the Pickwick Punch for a perfect summer spritzer.

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At the Heart of Tulsa's History

Generations may come and go, but the heart of a place is found in its past, with the people and ideas that came before. To find that heart in Tulsa, take a trip back to Twenties.

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Take to the Streets in Tulsa's Brookside

If you want to feel in the know, Tulsa’s Brookside neighborhood is the place to go. Stroll the streets around South Peoria Avenue to get a feel for the up-and-coming neighborhood that’s been drawing locals recently. Spend the day stopping into the various coffee houses, cafes, boutiques and wine bars such as Aberson’s for new apparel and Cosmo Café and Bar for charcuteries and cabs. Or, after a day at the Philbrook Museum or the Gathering Place find dinner at Brookside, the nearest entertainment district. Savor a signature burger and beer at Bricktown Brewery or enjoy all things American at Charleston’s. Best of all, spring brings the Brookside Farmers’ Market. With live music, a mission to promote health and wellbeing, and every vendor Oklahoma Grown certified—from fruits and veggies to wheat and meat—the market is a great way to experience the sights, smells and tastes of Tulsa’s seasonal scene.

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Spring in Bloom at the Botanic Gardens

Spring showers bring colorful flowers—or something along those lines—and the Tulsa Botanic Garden is a great place to see them all.

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Oklahoma's Acoustic Anomaly

Philosophers have theorized about it, writers have dreamed about it, governments have searched for it. But it turns out the thing they’ve all looked for lies in the heart of downtown Tulsa.

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T-Town's Tried and True Brews

It might not be the first city that comes to mind when you’re craving a hoppy tour of brews, but with 13 breweries and wineries, Tulsa has plenty of choices to keep you satisfied.

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Holiday Nights and Christmas Lights

There’s so much that goes into the holiday season—lights, sweets, and Santa—that sometimes you need an end-all-be-all event that wraps it all up with a beautiful bow. Tulsa has you covered with a plethora of holiday parties.

The Americana of the Heartland

Tulsa is a city nestled in the heart of the USA—a 1920s oil boomtown right in the crosshairs of Route 66. There almost couldn’t be a more American city. So it’s only fitting that T-Town has some of the best Americana museums around.

Kickin' it Retro on Route 66

When a walk down memory lane sounds like what you need—to a time of drive-ins, diners, and roadside diversions—we suggest taking a tour of the retro stops along Tulsa’s stretch of Route 66.

Savor the Flavors of Tulsa's Food Scene

As an oil-boom town, Tulsa has always saved a spot in its food scene for classy cuisine, but recently, creatives are taking over and changing the course of this culinary metropolis.

Flora, Fauna and Full Moon Fun

There’s no time like summer to get out and take in all the grace and beauty that nature has to offer, and Tulsa is full of some of the fairest gardens and parks around.

Stars, Stripes and Tulsa's Best 4th Fests

Tulsa stands its ground as one of this country’s strongest supporters of the stars and stripes. If you’re around for the holiday, you’ll find no shortage of patriotic parties to fill your time! Catch Broken Arrow’s Celebration at the Creek, complete with food trucks, inflatables toys, games, and live music entertainment before the fireworks show kicks off. Take in 12 hours of excitement and events at the Boom Fest in Jenks. The day includes helicopter rides, balloons and face painting, and one of the largest fireworks displays around. S

Take to the Streets at Tulsa Tough

Beat the heat and put your stamina to the test this month at the annual endurance event, Tulsa Tough. Don’t let the status of a National Criterium tier one event scare you, this three-day cycling challenge is worth the push—the prize money pot is the highest in the nation. While the main event is three days of high-intensity criterium racing—make sure to check out Cry Baby Hill—there are rides for everyone.

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!

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!

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!

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.