1. Good Ol' Fashioned Wieners
Picture this: You drive to your favorite camping spot, set up your tent and make a fire. You have a package of all-beef franks calling your name. You could have brought a pan to boil franks in, possibly an iron rod to roast them on? Hm… not so much, you drove out to your spot to live among the wilderness! You take to the wood to find a perfect roasting stick, once acquired you pull out the trusty pocket knife you’ve had since first grade( we all have one). You then start to whittle the stick to a perfect point. When the supreme point is achieved the next step is to roast the ol' dog. Along with great concentration and patience, you finally reach the optimal roast. Congrats, you just made the best hot dog you have ever tasted (cries tears of joy).
2. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
Yeah, you already know this is number one on the list. The best peach cobbler I have tasted has been cooked over the crackling coals of a campfire. I picked peach because it’s my favorite, but honestly, you can use any fruit you want! You can make it with only a few ingredients and it tastes so good! Check out https://50campfires.com/simple-cobbler/ for the recipe!
3. Hobo Dinners
A staple in the camping community. Hobo dinners don’t fall too far from their titles. You just get a bunch of ingredients, doesn’t matter what and throw it in some tinfoil. You then cook it on the fire and check it every so often! Pretty simple but it does the job! You can add seasoning or sauces as you wish, there is only one rule… you must enjoy!
4. Skillet Breakfast
We covered dessert, dinner and now… breakfast! You will start to notice a trend with these topics, they all use Cast Iron! Pack your cast iron skillet, some eggs, sausage or bacon, and potatoes for a quick throw together breakfast. If you happen to be a cheese lover pack that too! Check out https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/105678/campfire-skillet-breakfast/ for a great recipe! See you in the morning!
5. Bourbon Bacon Marshmallow S’mores
Wait… What? Yes, you read correctly and we aren’t ashamed. We know to some this might sound a little off-putting but don’t knock it until you try it. If you have ever had a bourbon bacon burger than you might be able to envision the power of this treat! If you want to enjoy this while going camping it would take a bit more preparation but it would be worth it. You can find the recipe at https://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/07/bourbon-marshmallow-smores-with-bacon/
For Camping in Tahlequah we recommend staying out on our beautiful Illinois River! The river has plenty of public access spots you can camp for free and it comes with beautiful views like this one! Come to Tahlequah and experience the outdoors with us. For more information you can reach out to us and we would be happy to answer any questions!
Author: Timothy Bradshaw
Tour Tahlequah- Marketing Specialist
So you have lived in your town for 20 plus years and never been to one of the museums? It's okay i'm guilty as well. Sometimes your just so busy you don't think about it, that's what we are here for! In starting let's understand why museums are even a thing. A museums role is to collect objects and materials of cultural, religious and historical importance, preserve them, research them and present them to the public for the purpose of education and enjoyment. Many people might write them off as boring or uninteresting but I think you might surprise yourself. Here are five reasons you should go to your local museums.
1. Museums grow your knowledge.
You know the old saying "knowledge is power"? It's true... museums carry artifacts and materials that bring history to life. When you visit a museum there are descriptions that go along with the display. Take the time to read and learn about the stories and background of the displays. Some schools are actually using local museums as teaching opportunities which is awesome... after all the main goal is to engage and educate society. You might actually find something interesting! It also makes for a great casual conversation topic!
2. Museums provide inspiration.
Some of us are very technical, by the book people. Others are creative minds who are always innovating. If you have a creative mind visiting a museum might just be what the doctor ordered. It's common for us to get creativity blocked. We have so many things going on in our head that our minds become blank and we get stuck in a rut! Escape to a museum and let the arts and crafts help inspire you to continue creating. Seeing the displays could be the perfect inspiration you need for your next great project.
3. Friends & Family
Everyone has their family traditions. For some it might be a game of football. For others it could be a fun board game. If you are looking for a new tradition, or just want to switch things up for a weekend consider visiting your local museum! Sharing moments with family is something we all cherish so why not do it in a active learning environment? The kids will love watching the interactive videos and seeing all the cool art displays. The best part is they will stay occupied and they will be learning a thing or two in the process!
Come on you know we had to throw this in the mix! Museums are main attractions for tourism. If you are visiting a town that has museums... GO! When you visit a museum, check in, let people know you are there. In doing this you are spreading awareness so that others can experience them too! Many museums are non profit so the way they get their word out is from people visiting and talking about them! Not only will you be supporting the museum but you will be supporting the growth and development of the community that surrounds it. Tourism plays a huge part in a towns economic growth so go visit, and share with others! Spread that awareness!
5. Museums will make you happier
Excuses such as "I don't want to spend the money to go to a museum" or "it's not really worth my time" are yesterdays news! Think about it this way. In this day and age you can visit a museum with a family of 10 for probably less than $50. For that same family eating out might cost $100. The difference aside from cost is that one activity (eating) is material, the other (visiting a museum) is a whole experience. Experiences drive our lives. When we spend more time having experiences, rather than material things our happiness skyrockets. I challenge everyone to have more experiences. Sit back and watch your quality of life improve.
In conclusion, Museums are a great opportunity to learn and obtain rich experiences that you can remember for ever. We would love you to come see our museums and experience the opportunities that Tahlequah has to offer. You can find information on our website www.tourtahlequah.com
Author: Tim Bradshaw
Tour Tahlequah Marketing Specialist
We are starting to see cooler weather here in Tahlequah. Here at Tour Tahlequah we obviously love the outdoors. We think about fall and our mind goes to pumpkins, leaves, and colors. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact we love it! Something else we love is camping!! Camping brings people together and allows time for personal connection.
Some people are outdoor lovers and some are not. This article is for both! We are so lucky to have camping areas and five star resorts so close to us. Lake Tenkiller offers great options with Resorts such as Terrapin Peak Bed, Breakfast & Beyond (https://www.terrapinpeakbbb.com/). Here you will find cozy cabins with delightful accommodations, and food you will talk about for years! Campgrounds such as Cherokee Landing offer electric hookups. You can also camp at one of our many public access sites!
Wait?! I have never been camping but always wanted to go, what do I need? Here’s the hookup with some camping essentials!
If you have never been camping, and think you can handle the cold, think again! Stay warm with a sleeping bag or regret it in the morning. You will be thanking us when you wake up and your toes aren’t frozen. Plus who doesn't love getting cozy in a sleeping bag?
Bringing a tent might not be essential. Some people like to rough it, but if there is rain in the forecast or heavy winds you will want to pop that tent up to have some shelter. I myself am guilty of forgetting the tent tarp, and waking up soaking wet. Always check all your equipment before you leave! I know I learned my lesson!
A traditional camping activity is whittling a stick to roast your hot dog on. Somehow it makes the hot dog taste better? You also might find the need to cut some rope, or possibly fishing line if you plan on catching dinner! Whatever the case we promise a knife will come in handy.
First Aid Kit
Camping can take you some pretty interesting places. The woods can produce all kinds of harmful things and accidents happen. In regards to camping, let’s make it a rule. Always bring a first aid kit!
We would love to hear some of the things you like to do when camping! Let us know in the comments below! As always you can find all the information for Tahlequah and it's amazing activities on our website. We welcome everyone and are always glad to help you out! Thanks for reading.
Author: Tim Bradshaw
Tour Tahlequah Marketing Specialist
We all know that sometimes nature just takes it course. Not too long ago we had some serious rain storms come through. Our beautiful Lake Tenkiller was flooded and accumulated a lot of trash! Lake Tenkiller is a popular place for boating, fishing, and diving. Over here at Tour Tahlequah we realized that we needed to do something about it so we took action! In August we held our first event Tidy Up Tenkiller.
The event had great response and the numbers reflected that. 160 volunteers
- Roll off dumpsters weighed in with 27.6 tons/55,200 lbs. of debris
- 200 tires @ 25 lbs. each = 5,000 lbs collected and removed
- 1,024 30 gal. bags @ 5 lbs. each collected on land = 5,120 lbs of debris
Total debris collected: 65,302 lbs./408 lbs. per volunteer over 3 days removed from the lake!
We decided, because this worked so well we would do it again! Tidy up Tenkiller ROUND 2!
Fall clean up is going to be at Chicken Creek & the surrounding area.......and ALSO......Snake Creek Island!
FREE T-SHIRTS to the first 50 who register!
Go to www.laketenkiller.com to register
Take pride in your town and let's make this event even bigger then the next!
By: Tim Bradshaw
Tour Tahlequah Marketing Specialist
With a brand new school year just beginning, it also marks the beginning of an exciting calendar full of events happening in Tahlequah! Here is a look ahead at just a few you can look forward to!
Cherokee National Holiday The 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday is a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness and reuniting families. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, Cherokee National Holiday has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the world! Events revolving around the Cherokee holiday include the Cherokee National Holiday Gospel Sing, free admission into the Cherokee nation museums, living history demonstrations at the Murrell Home, and much more!
Illinois River Run Don't miss an exciting weekend filled with events the whole family can enjoy! Taking place on September 14 - 16 at Sparrow Hawk Camp, the 2018 Illinois River Run's weekend events will include a bike show, raffles, auctions, food & merch vendors, and much more! With live music performed every night! For more information and a full list of other activities taking place , visit the Illinois River Run Facebook page.
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It's almost here! Ready to start planning your week's worth of fun during Bassmaster week? You've come to the right place! While you shop, stay and dine while you explore all things Tahlequah, here's everything you need to know about the events taking place during the tournament!
Photo credits: B.A.S.S.
TAHLEQUAH's origins trace back to the Cherokee National Council of 1843, more than 50 years before the area now known as Oklahoma became a state.
Tahlequah is home to the Cherokee Nation and Northeastern State University. Nearby are Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River. Tahlequah has the oldest downtown in the state and boasts handfuls of locally-owned businesses, restaurants, and boutiques.
Traveling to Tahlequah gives you the opportunity to step back in time and experience what life was like in a 1710 Cherokee village when you visit Diligwa at Cherokee Heritage Center. Learn about Cherokee history at the Cherokee
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