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Friday, June 20, 2008

Turner Falls in Davis, Oklahoma

Oklahoma has many beautiful features, but the natural falls and swimming holes at Turner Falls have been drawing visitors for over 140 years. Located in the Arbuckle Mountains just outside of Davis, OK it was a short drive from our cabin so we decided to make it one of the first stops on our trip.

The park charges an entrance fee, a day pass is around $11, but if you bring some picnic supplies you can spend an entire day swimming, hiking or just sketching the falls. I recommend visiting the park on a weekday, we went on a Thursday afternoon and there were many grills, tables and shady places to sit readily available. I heard from the locals that the weekends are packed and that it is not quite as nice.

Because our cabin was too warm to stay in during the hottest part of the day, we went to Sulphur to bowl. The alley was very small with only 8 lanes, but the people were super friendly and the games were cheap. We bowled three games before we got hungry enough to eat at the local oriental restaurant. The food was pretty bad, bland and lifeless and the service was only slightly better.

We did find a diner down the road from our cabin that served some pretty groovy onion burgers. It was not the best I have had, but it was far from the worst! The establishment is not a diner, but a grill & bait store with small tables for eating outside or you can eat inside on the large 8 foot table and watch your food being made. It is the unlikely home to some pretty tasty burgers and right by the boat ramp, it could not be in a better place.

We were disappointed with the cabin we rented (Moonlight Bay Chalet), but we were happy with the location. Everything was close and the area has an abundance of attractions, I definitely recommend visiting the Davis / Sulphur area with the whole family.

Dianne M. Jones

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On the Route Cafe

On our trip to the Spring River in Quapaw, OK Tom and I spotted this cute little Downtown café in Baxter Springs Kansas called Café on the Route. Upon entering I knew I was about to be surprised by this little café, I walked in expecting “The Great American Greasy Spoon”, but this was obviously very different.
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OGGWMA Lists New Member Events!

There are lots of festivals going on throughout Oklahoma and our wineries have been busy trying to attend as many as they can. This explains the drop-off in winery hosted festivals, but don't worry there are still some out there. lists member hosted events.

Another great source for information is Oklahoma Wine News, they have the most current list of Oklahoma Wineries , events, wine news, articals and cool stuff for sale too.

StableRidge Vineyardswill be at the following events:

Art of Barbeque - Tulsa
BBQ, Music & More

Friday July 11th / 6pm - 11pm
Saturday, July 12th /11am - 4pm

2008 Oklahoma City State Fair
September 11th - September 21st

2008 Tulsa State Fair
September 25th - October 5th

Art on Main in Jenks, OK
Saturday, October 11th

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's A Great Time For Tasting Wine, Summer Wine Festivals

Don't Miss The Drumright Wine Festival
Saturday, June 14th / 2 - 8pm

Music ** Art ** Food ** Free Parking ** Free Shuttle to Tidal School Winery

Enjoy Wine by the sample, glass or bottle -- FREE samples from 7 wineries!! Tidal School, Grape Ranch, Nuyaka Creek, Oak Hill, Plainview, StableRidge, Stone Bluff

Music all afternoon --
Burner & Eicher - Acoustic Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass
Russell Shelly & Beau Phillips - Red Dirt, Rock
MoTown Sound - Popular hit tunes of the 50's, 60's and 70's

Adult Tasters Age 21 and up -- $12 at the gate
Ages 12 - 20 and Non Tasters $5 at the gate
Children 11 and younger - FREE

For more information, contact the Drumright Chamber at 918-352-2204 or

Please, no pets or outside food/drink

Oak Hills Winery Fans!

Oak Hills Winery has a new website!
Here you will find a new design and event list! More features coming soon but check it out today and see where you can taste some awsome wines at a festival near you.