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Rhys Martin
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My previous post was a guide down Route 66 in Tulsa.  As a follow-up I want to highlight other sights in the city that aren’t on the route itself, but provide a guide to what else the city of Tulsa has to offer for travelers interested in the city’s…
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Thursday night, I saw a few interesting photos show up on Facebook.  Some kind of experimental aircraft landed at Tulsa International Airport and a few friends had gained access to the tarmac to help provide a warm Okie welcome.  I didn’t think much of it…
Thursday night, I saw a few interesting photos show up on Facebook. Some kind of experimental aircraft landed at Tulsa International Airport and a few friends had gained access to the tarmac to he…
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Out in the Missouri countryside, about 20 miles southeast of Lebanon, sits a bridge. A fellow traveler mentioned it to me a year ago, but I hadn’t been in the area with time on my hands until recently.  It sits on Tulsa Road, too, which made me doubly…
Out in the Missouri countryside, about 20 miles southeast of Lebanon, sits a bridge. A fellow traveler mentioned it to me a year ago, but I hadn’t been in the area with time on my hands until…
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On Saturday, I woke early.  By early, I mean 6:00 AM.  Now, on a work day I have to drag myself out of bed after several snoozes and throw myself together before going into the office.  When I’m traveling the route, though, I get up early completely of my…
On Saturday, I woke early. By early, I mean 6:00 AM. Now, on a work day I have to drag myself out of bed after several snoozes and throw myself together before going into the office. When I̵…
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What a trip!  This past weekend, I drove to central Missouri to take part in the second ‘Save the Gasconade Bridge’ rally near Lebanon.  The gaggle of roadies that descended on the Ozarks from across the country also celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the…
What a trip! This past weekend, I drove to central Missouri to take part in the second ‘Save the Gasconade Bridge’ rally near Lebanon. The gaggle of roadies that descended on the Ozar…
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It’s interesting to think that there was a time when certain words didn’t exist.  ‘Motel’ is a good example of a word that was invented relatively recently.  Motel is a shortened version of ‘Motor Hotel’; automobiles have only been around a little over…
It’s interesting to think that there was a time when certain words didn’t exist. ‘Motel’ is a good example of a word that was invented relatively recently. Motel is a shor…
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Many people that come to town, whether by car or by plane, don’t quite know what to make of the city.  A lot of folks know that Tulsa is famous for oil, but perhaps they don’t know that Tulsa was literally the Oil Capital of the World at one time.  Route…
Many people that come to town, whether by car or by plane, don’t quite know what to make of the city. A lot of folks know that Tulsa is famous for oil, but perhaps they don’t know that…
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I don’t get over to Arkansas very much, which is a little odd considering the state is only an hour away.  Although I love to travel, I rarely make Arkansas a destination.  Really, the only place I can think of that has become a multiple-stop destination…
I don’t get over to Arkansas very much, which is a little odd considering the state is only an hour away. Although I love to travel, I rarely make Arkansas a destination. Really, the only p…
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  Last Saturday, a group of Route 66 roadies that had attended the Gasconade Bridge Rally stopped by Afton Station in northeast Oklahoma to pay their respects to a well-known icon of the Mother Road, Laurel Kane.  Laurel passed away in January (which I…
Last Saturday, a group of Route 66 roadies that had attended the Gasconade Bridge Rally stopped by Afton Station in northeast Oklahoma to pay their respects to a well-known icon of the Mothe…
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I'll have a pop-up shop at the big event on Saturday!
Starting today, Tulsans can get a glimpse of a re-imagined Route 66.
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I'm almost in first place!  Please click here to vote for my photo in the Ramada Kingman photo contest -- winners will have their photos reproduced for the Route 66 themed hotel in Kingman, Arizona!   #Route66   #Arizona   #Kingman   #Contest   #Photography  
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Thursday was my 35th birthday.  Over the last few years, I’ve developed a tradition of taking a road trip on my birthday.  Last year I drove up Route 66 to see Afton Station for the first time. The year before that was also spent on 66; I ate at Clanton’s…
Thursday was my 35th birthday. Over the last few years, I’ve developed a tradition of taking a road trip on my birthday. Last year I drove up Route 66 to see Afton Station for the first tim…
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World Traveler, Photographer, Movie Lover. Also makes julienned fries. Will not break.
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Sold everything I owned and backpacked internationally from April '09 to February '10.
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - Topeka, Kansas
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Ramona is the best! It's a well-known stop for Route 66 travelers with an amazing neon sign. It's pretty basic accommodations, but has always been clean and comfortable.
Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
Some friends were in from out of town and we met at the rooftop bar. Drinks were good and the view was amazing!
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Been here a few times for work functions. Great service from the staff, lots of external noise being so close to the airport. That's not within their control to an extent, but was bad enough to interrupt my sleep multiple times. My room was outward-facing in one of the towers.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
My first stop was one of my favorite new spots in Tulsa, Hoot Owl Coffee. It's a little shop on an old alignment of Route 66 at Lewis Ave, just a few doors down from the Circle Cinema. The coffee they serve is fantastic, and the owner is a super nice guy. When I went in for the first time, I talked to him about the shop and his history. Turns out this wasn't his first shop on the Mother Road; in fact, his first coffee shop was in a little town called Vega, Texas. Every time I've been in there, Andrew and the rest of his staff have been extremely kind and generous with their time. And, as I mentioned, the coffee is fantastic. They are very focused on their business model giving back, which is why they buy fair trade coffee and donate to local food banks with some of their profit. If you like coffee, you gotta check 'em out. They offer a wide variety of brewing methods and are very passionate about what they do.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
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Staff was friendly, room was comfortable. Easy access to the highway. The barren lobby gave the place a weird vibe and the third floor hallway had a strong musty odor; renovations appear to be ongoing.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
This place blew the doors off of my expectations. Not only is the food good (and it was spectacular) but the service was outstanding. The place has an atmosphere you wouldn't expect from the shopping center it's in; it's quiet, romantic, and appropriate for a date night. My server was knowledgeable about the history of the establishment and took pride in sharing his passion for the owner and the quality of our experience. I originally ordered the chicken fettuccine alfredo, but our server recommended altering it to the fettuccine carbonara. I've never had anything so delicious. Special mention to the tiramisu; it was the best I've had since the small restaurant in Mestre, Italy.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
I make it a point to stop by Clanton's any time I'm in the Vinita area. Not only are they one of the oldest family-run businesses on all of Route 66, they have continued to focus on quality service and quality ingredients to provide some fantastic home cooking-style dishes. There are a lot of places in Oklahoma you can get a good Chicken Fried Steak, but Clanton's is by far the best I've ever had. My fiance feels the same way about their Chicken and Dressing. All of their dressings are made in-house, by the way. A quick story: when I stopped by on Saturday, I couldn't help but overhear a conversation in the booth behind me. The customer couldn’t eat anything that had/was cooked with chicken fat and was making some meticulous special requests. I was sure that the waitress was going to tell the man that there was no way they could accommodate his needs, considering the establishment’s comfort food menu; however, I was surprised when she returned to his table a few minutes later and said they could make his meal’s breading out of buttermilk and a few other substitute ingredients. She also said she was worried another part of his order would be an issue, as the fryer they use also handles a few chicken products. They worked all of this out, to my amazement. There really is no substitute for a family-owned restaurant where the people truly care about the experience. Oh, and their pie is also AMAZING.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago