Let’s be honest: the holiday season can be stressful. Every year when November rolls around, it seems like our to-do lists start growing at unstoppable speeds: dinners to cook, donations to make, trips to schedule, gifts to purchase, presents to wrap. This year, why not take things down a notch, and spend the holidays celebrating in scenic simplicity? McCurtain County, Oklahoma has everything you need for a merry and bright celebration—without the stress. Here are five ways to celebrate the holidays around the Beavers Bend.
Watch the seasons change
There’s no better place to watch the leaves change from green to gold than in McCurtain County. Even better: optimal leaf peeping happens around the same time every November—just in time for Thanksgiving! Plan a drive on the Talimena Scenic Byway, then spend a few days watching the colors change from the comfort of your cabin porch. With any luck, you’ll be smoking a turkey, too, and will have even more to look forward to.
Snag your own supper
Planning a big holiday feast? Change things up a bit and hunt, aim, or fish for your own. With plenty of premiere Bobwhite Quail, turkey (see limitations), rabbit, and deer hunting areas, and an abundance of fishable rivers and lakes, you can celebrate Thanksgiving in the same style as the old pioneers. Now there’s a holiday tradition the kiddos won’t soon forget.
Bring the family
Need room for both sides of the family tree? McCurtain County’s cabins are perfect for sleeping a crowd. Grab a few cabins next door to each other, then spend the days playing horseshoes in the yard, hanging in the hammocks, grilling dinner, and swapping old family stories with s’mores around your fire pit. After all the celebrating’s finished, you can even relax in the hot tub. Don’t worry—Santa can take it from here.
Deck the cabin halls
It wouldn’t be a merry and bright holiday without a cozy cabin to spend it in. Grab one that fits your style, then dress it to the nines with Christmas lights, holly and tinsel, and a big McCurtain County pine tree. Don’t have time to decorate? Most cabin owners decorate for the holidays, meaning you can slip right into Christmas vacation mode without having to lift a finger. Picture it: a roaring fire in the fireplace, hot cocoa, movies on the big screen, and the wintry McCurtain County mountains out the window? Christmas morning doesn’t get any better than this.
Ring in the new year with a hike
There’s something to be said for starting the year off on a high note. This year, take that idea literally and celebrate January 1st with a hike through the Ouachita Mountains. With nothing but land for miles and plenty of scenic peaks, the view and endorphins alone will make it worth your while. Here are some of our favorite Beavers Bend hikes.
With set-ups like these, home really is where the hearts is. And with so many ways to celebrate the holidays in McCurtain County, there really is no better time to book! Head this way to browse holiday cabin deals, now through December 31st.