Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Keeping it in the Family

When we decided to move to the Beavers Bend area, it was based mainly on the upkeep of our rental cabins. For three years now, we have managed, cleaned, repaired, and basically done everything ourselves relating to our properties. At first, we felt it would be overwhelming to take on every aspect of our business, but quickly learned how important it truly is. Since we own both properties, we are always trying to make them perfect for any and all guests. There is rarely a day goes by that something, big or small, could or should be done at one of the cabins. For instance, I cut, split, and season all firewood for the indoor fireplaces. Without properly cut and seasoned wood, an indoor fire typically turns into a frustrating experience. If poison ivy should appear, I am there to spray or remove it before it spreads. We also check all dishes, flatware, and utensils prior to putting them in their proper place. Simple, but important things like this can make a huge difference in a guests stay. Doing it ourselves may take more time and effort, but at least it gets done properly and makes our guests happy. By the number of return guests and word of mouth recommendations, we believe it is well worth it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Great new place to eat.

In early March a small restaurant named Shady Oaks located just minutes from Beavers Bend State Park reopened. It is next to Hochatown Country Lodge across from the Hwy 259a southern state park entrance. My wife and I mainly cook our own meals, but tonight decided to give Shady Oaks a try. Also, we often receive questions from our cabin guests about local restaurants and wanted to confirm food quality prior to dishing out recommendations. Everybody working was very friendly and the food was delicious. I had the cheeseburger basket with onion rings, while my wife had the pork ribs with a side of fried pickles. The interior is clean and well kept, with a cozy diner feel. If you are in the area on vacation, or just driving up highway 259, Shady Oaks is definitely worth a visit. You can view Shady Oaks Restaurant menu here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fishing in Beavers Bend

We often receive questions about places to fish in Beavers Bend State Park. The park has several easy access bridges and river front areas allowing visitors to cast into the crystal clear Lower Mountain Fork River. Rainbow trout are stocked regularly, almost guaranteeing fisherman and women will not be disappointed. Just remember, you must first have the necessary fishing license from the state of Oklahoma. You may purchase fishing license online via Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beavers Bend Log Cabins Specials

Did you know Beavers Bend Log Cabins offers specials throughout the year and all special rates are applied to all reservations, new or current? In other words, if you book now and your reservation qualifies for a special rate at a later date, the special rate will be applied to your reservation. Book with confidence! You will never miss out on a special because you book early. Check out Beavers Bend Cabins current specials today.

Owa-Chito Art Show at Beavers Bend

That's right, Beavers Bend Sate Park has an annual art show. This year will be the 40th annual Owa-Chito Art Show and will showcase artists from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Mediums range from Wood to watercolor, with professional,non-professional, and student categories. June 7th is the opening reception with awards being presented on June 17th. If you are an artist, you can get an entry form by contacting the Forest Heritage Center at 580-494-6497. June 1, 2012 is the early entry deadline. This year there are 11 entry categories with $5000.00 in purchase prizes and awards. Find out more information on the Kiamichi Owa Chito Art show here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Some sad news about the beautiful trees in the Beavers Bend area. It appears due to the drought last Summer, many of the local trees have developed a fungus that cannot be treated. It is called hypoxylon canker and has affected many trees. It can be clearly seen while driving through the area. It can spread from tree to tree and those that are affected will have to be cut down and burned on the spot. If your trees have lost their leaves on top, or never shed them from last Fall, it could be a symptom of the fungus. Luckily, our cabins were not affected, but others in the area had major losses.