Oklahoma Stories

7 Must-See Hot Spots in Oklahoma

Everything you could ask for a great spring break—unless you’re set on skiing or deep-sea fishing—you’ll find here in Oklahoma. Whether you’re looking for outdoors adventure, a history lesson or just a place to kick back, we’ve got it. We’ve skipped over the big cities—their attractions are numerous—but here are seven spots a little more off the beaten track.

Get Your Tix on Route 66

Experience American heritage with movies, musicians and much more along the country’s favorite highway.

Destination Pawhuska

Pioneer Woman Mercantile establishes rural Oklahoma on the national map

Shear Beauty

For professional sheep shearers, practice makes perfect.

Get Adventurous in Cimarron County

Find unique terrain and special bed and breakfasts in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Prairie Flavors

Roasting Veggies

Roasting transforms the flavor of vegetables as the hot, dry heat of the oven coverts the starch into sugar. If someone in your family is not a huge fan of vegetables, give roasting a try. 

Red Velvet Treats

Show love to your friends and family by whipping up some red velvet treats for them. The bright red color of red velvet was traditionally made with beet juice and enhanced by the cocoa in the batter. 

Resolving to plan ahead

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be healthier, to lose weight or to become more financially stable, meal planning can help. 

A flour-covered Christmas

This month, Oklahoma Living staff members share some of the recipes that have become part of their families’ traditions over the years.

Pretty Pies

Pie is often thought of as an all-American dessert. But did you know pie existed long before America did?

Table Talk

Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Hoboken Coffee Roasters is a highlight of downtown Guthrie. 

Cafe Bahnhof

Find a taste of Germany in Waynoka, Okla.

Butcher BBQ Stand

If smells trigger memories, the Butcher BBQ Stand in Wellston, Okla., is a sure shot for hungry travelers to make a trip unforgettable.

Kendall's Restaurant

Kendall’s Restaurant serves up Oklahoma favorites and celebrates family traditions in Noble, Okla. 

Sid's Diner

Marty Hall is passionate about making customers feel at home with his specialty onion burgers. 

Powerful Living

Oklahoma Living wins national journalism award

Anna Politano, editor of Oklahoma Living,  has won the prestigious 2016 George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The award was presented at NRECA’s annual meeting in San Diego.

Life on the Line

A fulfilling career for Bob Owens

Here Comes the Sun

Electric cooperatives of Oklahoma add solar to power generation mix.

Core Data Center

State-of-the-art data center in rural northeast Oklahoma

Energy Trails: lighting a path in Bolivia

A writer's perspective on a life-changing journey.

Okie Snaps

Daytime Adventures

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to March’s photo contest ­winner Staci Old! Last month’s photo contest theme was “Daytime Adventures.”


Macie and Lexie take their Jeep for a ride. Submitted by Leigh Workman, member of Ozarks Electric Cooperative.


Braxton and his little sister Bentlee are ready for warmer weather. Submitted by Becky Price, member of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.

Braving Winter Weather

Ryan is bundled up for an adventure in the snow. Submitted by Phyllis Curtis, member of East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. 

Jump for Joy

Big jumps and big fun are found at Little Sahara in Waynoka, Okla. Submitted by Misty Green, member of CKenergy Electric Cooperative.


Getaway Giveaway

Sign up for OKL's newsletter for your chance to win a two-night stay at Chasing Fireflies, a luxury cabin in beautiful Broken Bow, Okla. and your 2016 Best of OKL winner for “Best Romantic Getaway!” 

Guess Where

OKL Winner RibbonCongratulations to last month’s winner, John Blaesi! Last month’s photo was La Quinta Bartlesville.

Okie Snaps

Enter your photos for next month's theme, "Flower Power." Submit photos by March 10!

Mom's Best Recipe Contest

Whether it’s her gooey cinnamon rolls, her savory chicken pot pie or her perfectly fluffy chocolate cake, we all have a recipe that mom makes the best. We’d love you to share your favorite recipe from mom with us as part of OKL’s “Mom’s Best Recipe” contest. 

Oklahoma Take 10

Our judges were impressed by Oklahoma Living readers’ talent and eye for beautiful shots across our state. Now, we are proud to share with you the top 10 submissions. Enjoy the winners of the 2016 contest! 


As Industry Changes, So Will Electric Rates

For the vast majority of electric consumers, there is little interest in the methodology used to develop an electric rate. When the monthly electric bill arrives, we look at the total amount due and—unless it is outside the range of our expectations—we accept it, pay it, and go about our business. Utilities, on the other hand, take a greater interest. Over time, electric utilities have to modify the electric rate structure to adequately and more accurately recover costs in an ever-evolving and more complex industry landscape. 

Build Memories Through Traveling

In Oklahoma, we are blessed that we don’t have to travel far for an adventure. In this issue of OKL, there are highlighted destinations close to home you can visit. Explore Oklahoma’s diverse ecosystems from the Panhandle’s mesa and dinosaur tracks to the pine forests of southeast Oklahoma. Chances are pretty good that you will experience something you did not expect and be able to build your own travel memories.

Oklahoma Outside

Your Fall Garden Begins in the Spring

Crafting a beautiful fall garden begins in spring. What you plant in late April should carry you through to autumn even after a hot Oklahoma summer.

Why Plant Native Shrubs and Trees

Native plants are those found naturally occurring in a particular area. They are acclimated to its climate, insects, diseases and changing weather patterns. Many of the shrubs offered at garden centers originate from Asia. 

Planning and planting a fall vegetable garden

Do you have leftover seeds from your spring planting? In an Oklahoma vegetable garden, fall is often a better and longer season than spring. Days grow shorter, and nights are cooler giving plants a respite from the heat.