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Weekend Getaway

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If you’ve been here awhile, you know that Cole works away from home about three weeks out of the month; so trying to coordinate our schedules to plan any sort of extensive getaway is nearly impossible.

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His work ethic is bar none and he doesn’t believe in taking vacation days. Seriously, after our wedding, we took a 2-day mini-moon to a town about an hour away from home so he could be back at work without missing a beat.

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His drive is part of what I love most about him. He doesn’t have a lazy bone in his body and I appreciate how hard he works for everything we have. BUT, it does force me to get a little creative with our limited leisure time.

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Our favorite place to be is a cabin in the woods, preferably dog-friendly with water nearby. Hochatown, Oklahoma has quickly become our go-to spot for all of the above.

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Only about two hours from home, Hochatown offers a beautiful lake, reasonably priced luxury cabins, wineries, fun food and the most relaxing vibe. Even the drive itself is relaxing – it carries you through several small family farms, rolling hills, and beautiful Texas/Oklahoma sunsets -the perfect backdrop to our Johnny & June duets. Jackson, anyone?

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This time around, we stayed in As You Wish, a Princess Bride themed 1-bedroom, by Blue Beaver. We always book through VRBO for convenience, but the property managers were available to communicate with us via email and text from booking to checkout. We could not recommend them more!

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Upon arriving, we easily checked in through the app and unlocked the door with our custom keypad code to find a beautiful spread of chocolate dipped strawberries, wine, and rose petals.

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Before bed, we enjoyed a game of corn hole, relaxing in the hot tub with our wine, and reading through the memories recorded in the guest books. The next day, we stopped for chopped beef sandwiches at Hochatown BBQ before heading to the lake. Our favorite part of Hochatown is visiting Broken Bow Lake. We usually visit on a week day and have what seems like the whole thing to ourselves. But this time, we put in on a Saturday and unloading was incredibly crowded.

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Out on the water was a different story – the lake is so huge that we simply pulled onto the bank of a cove and never saw another boat! The water is always clear, cold and so clean that even I’ll take a swim.

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After a few hours on the water, we stopped at Girls Gone Wine for a bottle of b’ARK – a kiwi-pear flavored sweet white that provides $4/bottle to McCurtain County’s Animal Rescue & Kare.

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This Wine with a Cause is inspired by the owners’ rescue pups, Lucy, Rowdy, and Sooner. I also love their Road Trip, a dry red with cherry and spice notes.

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For dinner, we hit Hochatown Saloon. Their fries are amazing and we make sure to share at least one order on every trip! Back at the cabin, we hot-tubbed and watched Live PD on the flat screen before going to bed early.

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Checkout wasn’t until 11 a.m. so we got to enjoy coffee on the wrap around porch before heading home.

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We’ve only ever visited Hochatown in the Summer, but hopefully our schedules will let us visit As You Wish again this Fall to make use of the 3 beautiful stone fireplaces, in-cabin massages, and s’mores packages!

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Until then, checkout this list of other Must-Taste eateries in Hochatown:

  1. Grateful Head Pizza
  2. Abendigo’s
  3. Hochatown Hot Tails
  4. The Hochahut
  5. Shuck Me
  6. Adam & Eve’s Coffee
  7. The Blue Rooster
  8. Fish Tales Winery
  9. Vojai’s Winery
  10. Okie Girls Coffee & Ice Cream

 

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