Summer travel guide

Looking for a weekend getaway or summer vacation idea? Look no further …

TulsaPeople is pleased to present nearby summer travel ideas that are just a car ride away!

 

Summer is an exciting time of year to visit “naturally fun” Northwest Arkansas! Enjoy the perfect mix of nature's sights and urban delights. Hike the stunning Ozark mountains, paddle sparkling lakes and rivers, and shred the 200-plus miles of internationally recognized mountain bike trails.

Savor award-winning High South cuisine and explore the many distinctive downtowns — from Bentonville to Fayetteville, Siloam Springs to Eureka Springs, Rogers, Springdale and more — and discover the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

From bountiful farmers’ markets and lively summertime festivals and events, to the state’s largest live-music amphitheater, collegiate and minor league baseball, an ever-evolving craft brew scene and a public art movement that is transforming the ordinary into something truly extraordinary —Northwest Arkansas has it all. Come discover for yourself why more than 4 million people visit annually! Plan your trip today at northwestarkansas.org.

 

Last year, Dallas staked its claim as the “Official Home of the Frozen Margarita” by launching the Margarita Mile — a curated collection of the best and most brazen margaritas across Dallas’ unique neighborhoods, all collected in a colorful mobile app.

Dallas’ history with the frosty concoction dates back to 1971 when the first frozen margarita machine was invented by local restaurateur and living legend Mariano Martinez. That original frozen margarita machine now lives in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Nearly 50 years on and Mariano’s Hacienda in East Dallas is still dishing out the quintessential cocktail.

The margarita has become so imbedded in Dallas culture you can find them just about anywhere — from traditional Tex-Mex spots to upscale Japanese restaurants, swanky cocktail bars and beyond in an array of flavors and preparations. The Margarita Mile includes delectable variations with infused tequilas, liquid nitrogen, house-made syrups, fresh herbs and even full popsicles dunked right in.

The Margarita Mile app takes users on a curated, self-guided tour of nearly two dozen spots. As users taste their way through the app and check in at each location, they rack up points that help them earn fun gifts along the way.

This colorful and user-friendly app is a jumping off point to discover neighborhoods all over Dallas, from East Dallas to Deep Ellum, Uptown to Downtown and beyond. The app encourages locals and visitors to step outside the norm to discover only-in-Dallas restaurants and bars.

Get started today by downloading the app in the Apple Store or Google Play.

margaritamiledallas.com

 

Oklahoma City Museum of Art welcomes landmark exhibition.

Opening June 22 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” features more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Rousseau and Van Gogh. After first becoming interested in British sporting art, Paul Mellon began to collect 19th-century French art in the 1940s with his second wife, Rachel Lambert Mellon. While their collection largely consists of Impressionist paintings, it also includes masterpieces from every important school of French art — from Romanticism and the Barbizon School through Cubism and the School of Paris. Taken together, these works exemplify the Mellons’ personal vision and highly original collecting strategies, which provide a context for understanding this unique collection. Exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

OKCMOA, located at 415 Couch Drive in Oklahoma City, will host several special events in conjunction with the exhibition. Visit okcmoa.com for exact dates and details.

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The nationally acclaimed summer music festival featuring premier emerging opera singers and musicians from across America presents its 69th season from June 21-July 19 with two-dozen performances of three all-time opera greats: Mozart’s romantic comedy “The Abduction From The Seraglio,” Puccini’s tragic love story “La Bohème,” and the classic American opera based in Civil War times, “Little Women,” adapted by Mark Adamo.

Performances are at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with other events at the Fayetteville Town Center and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista. Tickets start at $25 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets and season schedule, visit opera.org or call 479-253-8595.

 

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