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Places to visit in south-central Oklahoma

A long, long time ago my full-time hustle was living life as the original Chickasaw Country blogger and community manager. As such, I’m often asked to give my two cents as to the best places to visit, stay, explore, et al.

For those looking to extend a quick trip from Oklahoma City to Dallas in more of an adventure, here’s my top five.


Wayne Payne Exit

This has no actual relevance except that I have a dream to one day byline a fictional children’s book about two brothers - Wayne and Payne - who are divided because of the evil road builders who disregard their historic deeds and divided their land. With herds of buffalo (with the strength of Greek gods, mind you) to attack from both the east and west and faithful scissor-tailed flycatchers to deliver messages to align strategic attacks (rural reception is the worst), Wayne and Payne become victorious and unite their communities once again.

Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park


(Wynnewood, Okla.) Here’s the deal, you get to play with a baby tiger and see a Liger in real life. Worth. It.

Smokin’ Joes

(Davis, Okla.) Because, barbecue.

Downtown Ardmore

Places to visit: Threads Clothing Co., Cafe Alley, Cloverleaf  

Picking a favorite town in south-central Oklahoma is what I imagine picking a favorite child would be like. Today, I pick Ardmore, but know tomorrow I could easily pick Sulphur. Maybe because I once covered a free Pat Green show downtown, or watched our now-IRL friend, Josh, play in a historic venue. Bottom line: spend a few hours in Ardmore. 

The LadySmith

(Tishomingo, Okla.) Last fall, we celebrated my friend’s birthday in Tishomingo, Okla. - a weekend with the Lady Smith at The Ladysmith. With talented ownership, passionate staff and a curious town filled with proud citizens this stop is the best return on your investment. Each room in the Inn is uniquely decorated (yes, by Miranda) and the bar is equally stocked with top-tier wine and low-tier domestics. 

Across the street you'll find the Pink Pistol (a tick touristy) and the Ponderosa (filled with locals).

Of note: I should really byline a post about this weekend.


Although this list doesn't include ziplining, gaming (sorry - won't blog about that), restaurants, or concert venues know they're there. There are simply just too many to list. 

Comment below if you need suggestions for a particular town. I'm always game for discussing one of my favorite regions of Oklahoma. 

This is real life.

Almost a year ago, I had a wonderful job. I worked with great people - but I was complacent. Also, I didn't use the word "I" as much as I am right now. Probably. I read somewhere (let's get real, I read it on Pinterest.) that you should do for the rest of your life what you do when you're procrastinating. Well, that was networking via Social Media, blogging, and seeking new adventures.

Naturally, upon reading such a statement and taking a few days to ponder what exactly that job could be I tabled it for another lifetime. Who in their right mind would ever pay me  to manage a social media community, travel and then write about my experiences - in my voice?

One day I found a listing for a travel writer and eCommunity manager. Honestly, I didn't think too much of it. With a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and an M.Ag. in International Agriculture I thought I would for sure be the laughing stock of the individual receiving my application.

So, going against every fiber of career seeking advice I'd ever received, I applied. Using that term loosely, I sent an email hyperlinking all my social media properties (including Rural Gone Urban).

Fast forward 8 months later.... I sort of have a job doing what I do when procrastinating. Except, I'm not procrastinating.

Folks, this is real life. Also, can we agree to never talk about how poor my punctuation is today? And, "folks"? What is this the Waltons?

Oh, for the life..

It went LIVE today.

This is not a test.

If you visit - there will be a website... and my face and voice in all of it's abstract randomness will be there.

Excuse me while I panic. It's like that moment when you send the last approval of a print project to the printer... you can't take it back. It's there. It's live.