5 to Find: Romantic Tulsa locales for a Valentine's Day rendezvous
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Thursday, February 07, 2013
2/07/13 at 4:45 AM
Those times wheN it was just the two of you - with the frequent romantic evenings, date nights and afternoon lunches - can seem like a distant memory as your relationship matures, but it doesn't have to be that way. Romance can literally be just around the corner.
With Valentine's Day in mind, here are some ideas for places you and your special someone can find alone time.
Pedestrian Bridge at Riverside
Just north of 31st Street
Let it be like something out of the movies - walking across the Arkansas River with your special someone, early in the morning or - even better - as the sun is setting and the sky reflects on the water.
Utica Square at night with Starbucks
Just because you missed the lights during the winter holidays doesn't make the quaint character of Utica Square any less sweet.
Have dinner at one of the area's restaurants, then grab a cup of tea and head to one of the shopping center's charming gardens.
Linnaeus Teaching Garden patio
2435 S. Peoria Ave.
The garden, which is full of several smaller gardens, reopens March 5, and when it does, bring a light breakfast - perhaps some fruit, coffee and toast - out to the garden patio located behind the garden's namesake statue botanist Carl Linnaeus.
"(It's) a nice quick getaway during the day," says Joel Hitsman. He and his wife like to go grab lunch somewhere and take it to the patio, which overlooks the garden's pond and has only a few tables, so you won't be crowded in.
West Edison Street and North Quincy Avenue
Past the splash pad at this park is the type of sweet place that will make you envy those who live near there. Find a pond filled with ducks and geese - that periodically wander out into the street - and benches to enjoy the shade of the trees, the view and the peace.
Oxley Nature Center
3452-3676 Mohawk Blvd.
Pete and Karen Watkins enjoy going to the Oxley Nature Center in Mohawk Park. Karen said all the trails allow you to be alone in a natural setting where nothing is man-made.
"The Yellow Warbler trail is our favorite getaway to be alone yet surrounded by the sounds of gurgling creek waters, the happy chirping of birds and the surreal scurrying feet of a number of wild creatures. ... All alone yet surrounded by so much life! It is a great place to be alone and listen to your heart-mate."
Original Print Headline: 5 to FIND
Bravetta Hassell World Scene Writer 918-581-8316
The patio at the Linnaeus Teaching Garden is a great place to share a meal with your significant other. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World