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OKC Weekend Travel Guide

November 13, 2020

This trip started with a basic text message conversation.

Although we had only been on a couple of dates at the time, J and I planned a quick day trip to OKC before I went back to school. After our waffle date, we walked around OKC and talked about how fun it would be to come back for a weekend one day. Fast forward a couple of months, and we did just that.

Why OKC

Oklahoma City, or OKC, is the capital of Oklahoma with exciting nightlife, cool shops, great food, and so much more. There’s plenty to do, even with COVID restrictions, which makes it a great weekend getaway spot.

It’s a little more than a three hour drive from Dallas which is why it’s an ideal road trip destination. Not to mention, you can stop by Bucc-ee’s in Denton on the way.

I loved loading up the Nissan Sentra from Trophy Nissan and hitting the road! It drove so easy and had so many new, cool techie features. The cruise control and blind spot detectors were two of my favorite things about it. Not to mention, it’s sporty and gorgeous.

We had to pull off the road for some shots with the windmills too just to showcase how pretty it is! If you’re in the market for a new car, ask for Andrew at Trophy Nissan and he will make sure you leave happy.

Where to stay

We had the best time at The Ambassador Hotel OKC. It’s located in Midtown, which happens to be our favorite little area in town. It has a very lower Greenville feel to it for all of you Dallas people. Almost everything we did is within walking distance from this hotel.

The hotel features a beautiful rooftop bar, O Bar, as well as a delicious French restaurant, Café Cuvée. O Bar is one of the best spots to grab a drink with a view in OKC.

The views from the rooms are awesome, and each room is equipped with a Smart TV with built in subscription services. You can also connect your phone and project to it, so no need to bring your laptop or streaming device. Each room contains a fridge, snacks, and water bottles are always included.

My favorite thing about the hotel is that it is a historic property. It used to be the Osler building and housed medical offices from 1928-1965. The original sign and building face are preserved, but the inside has been completely renovated to a swanky, beautiful hotel.

Where to eat

Hall’s Pizza Kitchen is the perfect spot for the start of your getaway. They get packed, so be sure to make a reservation. We ate inside, but the patio is gorgeous too! I highly recommend starting off with The Indecisive and ordering a half and half pizza to try multiple flavors. Both the Saturday Night and Sweetness pizzas were a perfect combination. Don’t leave without checking out the bakery either.

If you’re looking for the perfect brunch spot, look no further than Hunny Bunny Biscuit Co. Literally everything we had was perfection from the savory choices (like our favorite, The Cannonball) to the sweet (Biscuit French Toast). This quickly became another favorite.

One of the best places to grab a romantic meal is Café Cuvée, located inside the Ambassador Hotel. They make delicious craft cocktails and the Charcuterie board really set the tone for a perfect dinner. The soups were spectacular. The Boeuf Bourguignon and Duck à L’orange…perfection. As always, save room for dessert because they are Heavenly here.

In case you didn’t catch this already, Waffle Champion is the main reason for both of our trips. Believe me, it does not disappoint, and is worth all the hype. Since my first visit, I have already had a few friends drive up there and everyone says the same thing. WOW. Do yourself a favor and order at least 3 waffles/sandwiches. Be sure to get at least one sweet one while you’re at it. Hey, Waffle Champion, if you ever come to Dallas, I will build my house next door or right on top so I can enjoy you every day.

What to do

Unlike Dallas, OKC still has scooters you can ride through the town. It’s the best and one of the quickest ways to get around from place to place. Enjoy the breeze in your face and zip through the neighborhoods and downtown.

I vividly remember April 19, 1995. Although I was only (almost) 8-years-old, I remember watching it on the news after school. My dad and his whole family are from Oklahoma, so at an early age I spent a lot of time in various cities. This trip, J and I spent a few hours at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. It’s a great museum that walks you through everything on and after that day. No matter who you are, it’s a humbling experience that reminds you about the impact of violence as well as the strength of everyday heroes. It’s super high-tech and offers a lot of hands on opportunities.

Grab a flight of beers at Vanessa House Beer Co. They have a cool taproom which makes a great spot to hang out and have a conversation with your friends. Check out their wide selection and take some home with you.

If you don’t love beer, can’t drink beer, or just want something different, grab some delicious ciders at OK Cider Co. Their beer-inspired ciders are unique and delicious. Tim, one of the co-owners, works so hard to make his ciders and space special. You can tell from the moment you walk in that it is his passion. Maybe it’s because he’s a theater person, but I felt right at home when we walked in. Also, it’s way too hard to pick a favorite flavor. Just try as many as you can.

Walk around the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately, when J and I visited they had just had a crazy ice storm that knocked out a ton of trees across the city, including at the gardens. They were closed the weekend we were in town to clean up, but it is at the top of my list for next visit, so I had to include it.

Visit the Wheeler District and ride the Ferris Wheel or lounge in one of the hammocks. It’s such a cute space and growing so quickly! We got a great view of the city at night.

Grab a drink at O Bar and take in the city views at night.

Walk or scoot through Heritage Hills. If you stay at The Ambassador Hotel, you are just a short walk to this beautiful, historic neighborhood. We walked through it to get to Hunny Bunny Biscuits and loved looking at all of the mansions and old, beautiful trees. There was a lot of damage due to the ice storm, but it was nice seeing everyone out in their yard cleaning up and waving to us as we passed by.

Oklahoma City is quickly becoming one of my favorite cities in the United States. I love that it is so close, there’s so much to do, and it’s a foodie haven. Weekend trips here will be our thing, and I kind of love it. My dad would be proud his Texas girl is growing very fond of Oklahoma’s capitol city, not to mention the boy who introduced her to it.

Be sure to check out my Instagram Stories highlights for a Timeline/Itinerary.

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Thank you to many of these brands for partnering with me for this post. Also, thank you to Visit OKC for a couple of the attraction passes and many great suggestions. As always, I wouldn’t recommend something to you if I didn’t love it or have a fantastic experience. Thank you for supporting brands that support Love You More Too.

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