Often independently owned, a bed and breakfast (B&B) is a small hotel, usually wrapped in personal experiences and quaint charm. Oklahoma offers a handful.
Cedar Rock Inn
Tecumseh Perryman, a Creek Nation allottee, built his home in 1890. Now reimagined as Cedar Rock Inn at Redbury Farms, the B&B rests among 55 acres in the foothills west of downtown Tulsa. Five suites with attached baths, a three-course breakfast and a wooded walking trail with a pond add to the ambiance.
Owner Sandi Dittman says on April 4, Cedar Rock began its monthly, free pop-up-market with vendors in the barn, along with a food truck and live music. Guests should bring chairs or blankets for free Music On The Lawn weekly events through June.
Black Mesa Bed & Breakfast
Black Mesa B&B is two miles north of Kenton near the base of Black Mesa – Oklahoma’s highest point with an elevation of 4,973 feet. The B&B sits on a working ranch, the Roberts Ranch. Vicki and Monty Joe Roberts live in a 1910 native rock farm house, and they share their kitchen with guests who make their own lunches and dinners.
The historic chicken house, well house and other buildings are now bedroom suites, along with the newly built Sunrise Room, which looks like a 19th century picture postcard. Black Mesa offers country breakfasts and five rooms; two have attached baths. The others have access to bath houses. There’s an outdoor grill, and each suite has a microwave, coffee maker and fridge.
Referred to as ‘Oklahoma’s Best Kept Secret,’ Black Mesa B&B and the area at large draws hikers, birders, star watchers, fishermen, hunters and rock hounds.
“We have very clear dark skies,” says Monty Joe. “And we have at least 200 species of birds that come through. There are no gas stations or restaurants. Come with groceries and a full tank of gas. The closest place is Boise City, which is 36 miles away and has limited amenities.”
Grandison Inn at Maney Park
In 1904, railroad magnate James Maney built his three-story, 7,000-square-foot home, one of Oklahoma’s finest examples of Victorian architecture.
Located in OKC, the mansion is now the Grandison Inn at Maney Park B&B, and features a grand staircase plus parlors. A pet-friendly venue that’s also open to kids, the inn offers eight bedrooms with private baths. Most baths have a two-person Jacuzzi. Visitors opt for continental-style breakfasts, and full breakfasts on weekends when they can savor such favorites as Grandison salsa eggs and apple French toast.