Three Blondes and A Massage…

Ha!  So you thought this was going to be a dirty blonde joke…(Sorry Shane…)

So in my spare time (at 2 a.m.) – I write a monthly column on travel for the Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspaper. And as you all know – I have LOTS of travel stories (disasters) to share. However, this is one of the non-disaster stories – a nice 24 hour getaway with two of my closest friends…hope you enjoy!

Canebrake is a Welcome Break from Business

RELAXING MOMS: From left are Shannon Wilburn, Marnie Fernandez and Liz Hunt during their recent visit to The Canebrake.


Yes, I know this is supposed to be about family travel. But let’s face it; every once in a while, we need a break from the little darlings. My theory is that I’m a much better parent if I have some me time thrown in the mix.

And since taking a week to travel to the Bahamas with my girlfriends is not in the cards anytime soon, I’ve found a great compromise that is only 40 minutes from Tulsa and a fraction of the price.

Two of my dear girlfriends Shannon Wilburn and Liz Hunt decided that we needed to get away, if only for 24 hours. The Canebrake in Wagoner, Okla. was just what we needed, a relaxing retreat that did not involve diapers, homework or cooking meals.

For those of you who have never been, the Canebrake is a phenomenal asset for our state. Situated on a beautiful family-owned ranch, the Canebrake is an eco-friendly resort right in our own backyard. This amazing resort is the vision of the Bracken family whose wish is to preserve their family property while providing a respite for local, regional and national groups, as well as the individual.
And what a respite it was.

We arrived just in time for the Canebrake’s amazing Sunday Brunch, which is worth the drive in and of itself. Sam Bracken is not only the owner of the Canebrake, but also the chef. It is a cozy and welcoming restaurant that focuses on wholesome dishes influenced by flavors around the globe. Chef Bracken focuses on naturally grown cuisine and locally sourced produce.

The brunch had several stations to choose from which included the best eggs Benedict I have ever put in my mouth and too many delicious homemade desserts to count. We were stuffed and pleasantly surprised at the bill, it was only $21 per person.

Then we went to check into our rooms. There are no cars allowed past the main building, so the staff drove us via golf cart to our cottage in the wilderness. It was a beautifully decorated suite with two beds, kitchenette with seating area and a fireplace. Everything was eco-friendly, clean and welcoming.

And then it was spa time. The day just kept getting better. Shannon and I both had amazing massages, which left us both like jelly, and Liz had a facial and scalp massage. I wish we could have stayed longer, because they have an entire spa menu with several different services from which to choose.

Did I mention they also have a yoga barn? Talk about the ultimate in renewing your mind, body and spirit. And classes are free to anyone who is staying at the resort. I was lucky enough to catch the Power Yoga class. It was the best yoga session I have ever taken.

They offer several classes everyday. Even if you don’t stay there, you can pay by the class. Again, almost worth the drive just to do the yoga.

By that time, we were so relaxed, we ended up staying inside our room for the rest of the night, talking, laughing and drinking champagne alongside a cozy fire. It was like a grown up slumber party and just what the doctor ordered for these three weary moms on the go.

The next morning, we lounged around in our pajamas and dined on the continental breakfast they delivered to our rooms. I decided to take advantage of not having a baby on my hip and went for a hike.

The Canebrake has several hiking and walking trails throughout their property. They also have ponds for fishing and it also a popular place for bird watching. The scenery was beautiful and the trails were well marked.

All too soon, our 24-hour escape was over and we headed back to reality. But we will definitely be back.  And maybe have some juicer stories to tell…(but we have to get rid of the preacher’s wife first. 🙂  (Just kidding Shannon…love ya!)

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About marniefernandez

Official kid wrangler of four. Step mom, adoptive mom & bio mom. City girl turned country bumpkin. Small town girl next door married to Hollywood sniper/moto-cross/ninja architect. Career girl turned stay-at-home mom with baby on hip. Permanent taxi-cab driver, schedule organizer and professional laundress. (When not chasing kids...) Mommy blogger, columnist, travel writer and consultant. And no, I don't sleep. And yes, I take Prozac. And drink wine from sippy cups.

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