Okie R&R at The Canebrake

by Malena Lott

While Oklahoma isn’t short on spaces to get away for the summer, it can be tough to find a place that truly feels like a quiet, private retreat. Not anymore. The Canebrake, a boutique resort in Wagoner, OK founded by Sam and Lisa Bracken, is a peaceful spot to “rejuvenate, regroup and relax” and they’ve been rewarded for it, too – being named winner of the 2013 Red Bud Award for Outstanding Lodging Property and the 2013 Oklahoma Living Magazine “Best Chef Award.”


The intimate setting is nestled next to Ft. Gibson lake and guests can take a nature walk alongside the lake, take yoga in the Yoga Barn, enjoy spa services or take advantage of the bonfire after a delicious gourmet meal in their Kitchen.

Upon check-in, we were offered complimentary champagne while we waited to be taken by golf cart to our room. A great way to kick things off, right?

Guests are taken from the lobby to the cabins by golf cart making the stay for guests much quieter without the sound of cars and lights coming in and out of the lodging area.

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IMG_5308After your drive and checking in to the room, you may want to stretch your legs with a walk along the property. We chose the more rustic trail by the lake with great views and only one tick. Not bad!

IMG_5326 IMG_5317 IMG_5315 IMG_5310That evening we dined at Canebrake Kitchen headed by Chef Sam Bracken. Delicious organic food, exceptional service.

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The concierge Kirt had told us that he’d start a bonfire for us that evening at nightfall, and sure enough the fire was roaring and waiting for us. With one other person at the campfire, it made for a peaceful night made even better by the huge nearly full moon behind us. IMG_5388The Canebrake is a great excuse to get out to Green Country, whether for  romantic getaway, a girls’ weekend or work retreat.

The last thing we saw as we exited the property was a family of armadillos. You don’t get that in the big city.


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  • Wednesday – Saturday 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday Lunch 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Sunday Brunch 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Reservations 918 485 1807