Are those keys in your pocket…or are you excited for a couples trip to McCurtain County, Oklahoma?
Whether you’re getting away on a romantic honeymoon, celebrating the big anniversary, or just looking for a little together time, you’ll find it here in our neck of the woods. So pack those bags! We’ve got the top six ways to set the mood on your next trip for two to cabin country.
Play in the State Park
First up, we’re headed to Beavers Bend State Park. With over thirty-four thousand acres to play with, this nature oasis has a way of making the sparks fly for newlyweds and long-time lovers too. Horseback riding. Kayaking. Breathtaking hikes. Maybe even a little flirty fly fishing. The activities you can do as a duo are endless.
If you two are looking to get a little wet and wild, go for a pontoon or jet ski rental at Beavers Bend Marina. Along with uninterrupted sunset views, you’ll get the keys to all twenty-two square miles of Broken Bow Lake’s hidden coves.
Take in the Sights
There are a lot of beauties in McCurtain County — and not just the one you brought. The sights of McCurtain County could turn anyone into a romantic. And the best way to see them is with your honey in the passenger side. So load up for a joy ride filled with the Ouachita National Forest’s green canopies, cotton candy vistas over the Lower Mountain Fork River, and sweeping views of Broken Bow Lake.
For some truly jaw-dropping sights of the Kiamichi Mountains, drive the Talimena National Scenic Byway just north of Broken Bow — especially if you’re in town in the fall. And don’t skip out on those scenic outlooks. They’re the perfect place to steal that sunset kiss…or pop the question.
Let Loose in Hochatown
Just off Highway 259, run-of-the-mill date nights get put to bed. Stir up some friendly competition with axe-throwing or bowling, explore your wilder side at Hochatown Petting Zoo, or go for par at Old West Town Mini Golf. A little two-steppin’ at Hochatown Saloon never hurt anybody either.
Looking for keepsakes to remember this trip? You’ll find those in Hochatown too. Several local shops offer one-of-a-kind finds made with love, like hand-carved bigfoot sculptures, artisan-made jewelry, souvenir t-shirts, and more.
Few things bring you closer together than a relaxing couples’ massage, but this ain’t your average side-by-side shiatsu. McCurtain County massages are a little more intimate. And a lot more breathtaking.
Many local spas offer in-cabin treatments from the privacy of your porch, so you can head straight to the hot tub after your hot stone treatment. Plus, nature makes a pretty good white noise machine.
Fall in Love with Local
When it comes to winin’ and dinin’ your better half, you’ve found the honey hole. If you can crave it, somebody’s cookin’ it. We’re talkin’ perfectly grilled steaks, gourmet pizza, big ole ribs, and everything in between.
And we can’t forget the local libations. Get cultured with a winery tour (Fish Tales Winery, anyone?), warm up with some local brews, or put a little pep in your step with a stiff one from Hochatown Distilling Company.
Not feeling a restaurant? Take lunch to-go for a picnic in the state park, or grab some Wagyu steaks from Mountain Man Meat Market for grilling back at the cabin.
Get Cozy in the Cabin
Speaking of which, shut those curtains. ‘Cause we’re gettin’ cozy in the cabin. These woods have a way of rekindling even the dimmest spark, so take advantage of your luxury love shack for a little romantic reconnecting.
Whether you’re looking for a homey one-bed or want a showstopping lodge to yourself, you’ve got over 3,000 cabins to choose from — with all the amenities. Be sure to check with your cabin owner before you arrive to see if they offer any romantic add-ons, like champagne on-hand, chocolate covered strawberries, or fresh flowers.
Whether you’re staying in for game night, cuddling up in the hot tub, or treating your cabin as home base for the next adventure, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. In fact, the only thing that might come between you two is who gets that last s’more.
Get Here Already!
The sparks are really flying now, and we’re just heating up. For even more ways to light your campfire, download the Visit McCurtain County app. Think of it as your guide to woodsy date nights, local must-eats, and all the hiking trail maps your hearts could desire.
Alright, you crazy kids. Book that Broken Bow cabin and get here already!