It’s time to answer the call of the open road.
When you need to break away for a change of scenery, a group of girlfriends can make the best travel companions. Sometimes all we need is a getaway filled with nice weather and exciting attractions with lots of laughs along the way. So next time the road is calling your name, use this list of fine destinations to find what you need to relax and treat yourself to a little freedom.
When it’s time to relax your body, revive your mind and replenish your spirit, grab your best girlfriends and take a trip to Spa 211 in Tishomingo. This tranquil space offers everything from hot stone and CBD warming massages to herbal body wraps and Vichy Shower body treatments. Taking time to enjoy something as simple as a facial can be exactly what you need to turn your week around. Be sure to make your reservation at Spa 211 in advance and arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment.
Hunting for unique treasures is a great way to spend an afternoon with a group of friends. Since 2011, Ardmore Emporium has been southern Oklahoma’s source for antiques, vintage décor, jewelry and collectibles. With dozens of vendor booths and an ever-changing inventory of items, every time you visit is a new experience. One thing remains the same each time, however, and that’s the Emporium’s warm hospitality, from friendly staff members to complimentary coffee and snacks.
Luxe at The Artesian
Retail therapy reaches a new level at Luxe, located at The Artesian Hotel. This chic boutique carries women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, purses, athletic wear, handcrafted Chickasaw pieces and more. Come browse brands like Michael Kors, Ugg, Brighton, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Mizzen+Main and Under Armour and pick up the quality items your wardrobe needs. While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Shoenique for some fancy footwear or Springs at The Artesian for a tasty meal.
The Vault Art Space and Gathering Place
While in the Pauls Valley area, visiting The Vault is a must. The building itself is full of character, with traces of its early 1900s roots seen through the original vault door and ceiling tiles, brick, stucco and markings on the antique floor. Up next on the exhibition calendar is “Weather and Light,” April 23 through May 31 with a Meet the Artists event April 23 from 5-7 p.m. You can always stop into the gallery on weekdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or call ahead for visits after hours or on weekends. If you feel inclined to support local artists, you can also shop online here.
Every road trip needs fuel. Get yours at Stella Nova with locations in Norman, downtown OKC and on Western Avenue. Designed to be a gathering place where rich ideas and conversations brew along with strong coffee, this comfy café is a great pit stop for you and the girls. Enjoy a variety of coffee drinks sourced from local farmers and roasters as well as food items like muffins, bagels, coffee cakes, breakfast sandwiches and danishes. Once you have your caffeine fix, you’ll be raring to go forth on the rest of your road trip.
Home to an impressive collection of handcrafted work by Chickasaws and other Native American artists, Exhibit C in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district is the place to go to find unique jewelry, pottery, paintings, books, décor and other accessories. The gallery is easily accessible via the OKC Streetcar, which is an affordable way of navigating the city and its exciting attractions. One thing’s for sure: you won’t find items like these anywhere else.
Waters Edge Winery
Passing through Automobile Alley? Stop into Waters Edge Winery to sample globally sourced, locally crafted wine made with the world’s finest grapes. Wednesdays through Sundays, come pick up a bottle to enjoy at home or gather the girls close for a $6 tasting flight. Wines of all types are available from sweet to dry and red to white, just be sure to call ahead to ensure availability. True wine lovers should join the Waters Edge Wine Club with perks like free wine tastings, discounts and free bottles.
Balliet’s at Classen Curve
No matter if you’re looking for something tasty to eat, some upscale shopping, a professional haircut or even a relaxing soak at the Float Spa, Classen Curve is your one-stop district for all these and more. A variety of shops, from Anthropologie, lululemon, West Elm, Balliets and more, are nestled together in this thriving area located just ten minutes north of downtown OKC. You and the ladies will find all the retail therapy you need within The Curve.
Redrock Canyon Grill
Springtime is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoor patio area at Redrock Canyon Grill, which provides a relaxed setting to enjoy brunch and the view of Lake Hefner. With a menu full of carefully prepared American dishes, everyone in your group will find something that makes their mouth water. No matter what you order, coming together for a delicious meal is one of the best ways to enjoy each other’s company.
Next time you and the girls head out on an Oklahoma getaway, we hope you’ll keep this list in mind. Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on social!