About four hours southeast of Oklahoma City sits Beavers Bend State Park. It’s a beautiful stretch of mountains filled with picturesque cabins, outdoor entertainment and a lake that will quite literally take your breath away. The Caroline Cabin is situated right in the middle of it all – perfectly positioned between the park entrance and all of the unique shops and restaurants that Hochatown has to offer. We couldn’t wait to call the Caroline Cabin home for a few days and really experience Beavers Bend in its purest form. I’ll tell you this much: the change of scenery, the fresh mountain air and uninterrupted time spent together as a family was priceless.
Simply put, the Caroline Cabin is stunning. Every room is decorated with a sense of comfort and elegance. And the amount of natural light that flows through the entire space is incredible. I was taking all kinds of design notes for our next house the whole time we were there.
We loved spending sunsets together in the living room snuggled up on the couch. The morning sunrises were equally as blissful while eating breakfast at the kitchen table. One area not seen in the photos below, but certainly worth noting: the expansive wrap-around deck in the back. It’s filled with everything you’d ever need for a memorable night: a grill, large couch, fireplace, hot tub and mountain views for miles. Scott and I kept saying we’d head out there after the kids went to bed, but we always crashed right after them each night.
While we were in an area with other houses, we were separated by significant acreage and trees as tall as the sky. We really felt like we were living in a treehouse and we already can’t wait to go back.
Given that our country is in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, our overall agenda looked a little different than your average Beavers Bend trip. Our main goal was to simply relax and spend quality time together in the cabin. Mission accomplished. So how did we spend our time there, you ask? Well, we made s’mores, played board games (the Caroline Cabin had a spectacular collection), relaxed in the hot tub, searched for bugs, watched the sunset, danced around the cabin and loved on all of our babies.
We also made a few trips out of the cabin, which included:
- Hiking. The Beaver Creek Trail ended up being our favorite because of the beautiful stream that guided our path. The incline was relatively neutral, making it easy for the kids to hike themselves. Plus, there were several low spots where you could cross the stream or even play in the water. Just a few hundred feet west of this trail was another short and sweet trail (away from water) that the kids loved. The incline was about 65 feet total, but was no problem for the little ones. Brady was actually our “tour guide” on this trail and was so proud of himself for leading the way!
- Sight-seeing. We found a spot called the Turnaround Point with the prettiest sweeping views of Broken Bow Lake and the mountains in the distance. You’ll see what I’m talking about below. I snapped some photos of the kids while we were there, then we all sat in the Jeep and ate cookies while Scott flew his drone. He got some incredible footage!
- Grateful Head Pizza. At first I was weary of getting food anywhere (because of the ‘rona) but after all of the recommendations we received from friends, we had to give Grateful Head a try. And oh my goodness, we’re so glad we did! This was the best pizza I’ve had in a long time. Bonus points for having vegan options. I’m still craving it today!
- Mountain Fork Brewery. To be honest, I’m not a huge beer person. I don’t drink that much as all anymore, actually. I just don’t have time. My drink of choice is always coffee because I need as much energy as possible at all times. But I’m telling you, this beer is so darn good. We’re kicking ourselves for not grabbing more before we left Hochatown. Scott is currently on the hunt for places that carry it in Oklahoma City.
Thank you, Caroline Cabin, for a wonderful stay.
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