Top 10 budget weekend getaways
A few unique vacation ideas that will allow you to get away while staying close to home.
Big Cedar Lodge
Tulsa’s central location offers access to a variety of fun and wallet-friendly weekend trips. Whether you are driving or flying, start planning with our Top 10 budget getaways below. Then check out www.tripadvisor.com to find deals on hotels and visit www.kayak.com to search for the cheapest airfare and track changing ticket prices.
1. The Kennedy Mansion, 506 W. Fairview, Tulsa
This west Tulsa historical bed and breakfast is close to downtown venues and offers French cuisine by Françoise Christopher. The mansion has several weekend specials, from romantic getaway packages to BOK Center event packages. Rooms start at $99 and packages are under $700.
Call 712-8065 for more information.
2. Turner Falls Park Gate, 301 E. Main St., Davis, Okla.
Turner Falls Park is home to the largest waterfall in Oklahoma and a natural swimming pool. Located only two hours and 45 minutes from Tulsa, the park features cabins for $130 per night, which include park admittance or camping for $12.50 per night.
For more park information, call (580) 369-2988.
3. Big Cedar Lodge, 612 Devil’s Pool Road, Ridgedale, Mo.
Located only 183 miles from Tulsa, the secluded Big Cedar Lodge is located in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri on Table Rock Lake. Activities range from boat rentals starting at $30 an hour to in-room spa treatments starting at $145. Room rates during the summer start at $163 and drop to $81 during the winter months.
Call 1-800 BCLODGE (1-800-225-6343) for reservations.
4. Schlitterbahn Water Parks
This is not your average water park: Each park has a theme, lodging and dining. The Schlitterbahn Water Parks have locations in Galveston, New Braunfels and South Padre Island, Texas, plus a brand-new park in Kansas City, Kan. Passes are priced in the $32-$39 range with afternoon ticket discounts and military discounts at some locations.
5. Robbers Cave State Park & Lodge, Highway 2 N., Wilburton, Okla.
Located two hours and 30 minutes from Tulsa, Robbers Cave State Park accommodates RV and tent campers. Lodging facilities include the Belle Starr View Lodge, with views of the San Bois Mountains, and cabins for $61-$81. Features include mini-golf, paddleboats, a nature center, equestrian trails and a swimming pool.
Call (918) 465-2562 for reservations.
6. Hot Springs, Ark.
Hot Springs National Park is just a four-and-a-half-hour trip from Tulsa and offers a weekend getaway of healing mineral baths and spa treatments. The Hamilton House Estate offers a Weekend Getaway package for $489. Spa salons and historic bathhouses are located on Bathhouse Row.
7. Hollywood Goes to Guthrie, Okla.
Guthrie’s collection of restored late-19th and early-20th century commercial architecture is the perfect location for the new 1950s-inspired movie “The Killer Inside Me.” Visit spots in town that will be featured in the movie and stay in a historic bed and breakfast; many offer room packages and special events. Guthrie is located north of Oklahoma City, and just over an hour and a half from Tulsa.
8. Bricktown, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Oklahoma City
Check out this interactive map of Bricktown to plan the weekend’s adventures, all within walking distance of multiple hotels, many of which offer special rates and deals on their Web sites. Tour the Myriad Botanical Gardens, $6 for adults and $3 for children, and stay for a free Twilight Summer Concert.
9. Grape Ranch, Okemah, Okla.
Grape Ranch hosts live music throughout the summer, a Woody Guthrie Festival and the Red Dirt Harvest Festival over Labor Day weekend. It is located just south of Okemah, about 90 minutes from Tulsa.
Call Grape Ranch at (918) 623-2250 for reservations.
10. “Route 66 For Kids,” Miami, Okla.
Download this free guidebook, “Route 66 For Kids,” by local author Emily Priddy and head to Miami, Okla. Visit the Coleman Theatre Beautiful for a free tour and entertainment. Also take a free tour of the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and stop at Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger for dinner.