Plenty of out of water attractions await Bassmaster Classic visitors
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Scene Writer
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 at 5:52 AM
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Though most water activities are suspended until spring, Bassmater Classic visitors to Grand Lake O' the Cherokees will find fun attractions to lure them in their spare time.
The most activity will be found around Grove, near the launch site for the fishing tournament.
Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame usually doesn't open until March, but it plans to have all 51 of its custom cars under roof for the weekend of Feb. 22-24. Cost is $8 adults and $5 ages 8-12. More information: tulsaworld.com/darrylstarbird.
Want to get a closeup and personal look at an alpaca? Zena Suri Alpaca Ranch offers hands-on tours of the alpaca ranch by appointment (804-389-2579), and also operates a unique gift shop. Suzzy to Fabulous, in downtown Grove.
Antique store and flea market fans won't want to miss the many places around Grove.
It's also a good bet that some might want to try their luck at one of the dozen casinos within easy driving distance. Grand Lake Casino in Grove, Downstream Casino in Quapaw, and Buffalo Run Casino & Hotel and Stables Casino, both in Miami, are among the most notable.
About 30 minutes south of Grove is Monkey Island, home of Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina, where guests may play a round of golf, work out in the fitness center or have a fine-dining experience at The Summit Restaurant.
Hungry visitors to the lake have many tasty choices. Grove has everything from Mexican and barbecue to homestyle diners such as Nu-Taste and American Grill, waterfront spots such as The Parrot Steakhouse & Grill and the quaint yet trendy coffeehouse and deli Cafe Yum.
In addition to The Summit, the Monkey Island area has fun and lively dining spots such as The Shebang, and on the south end of the lake near Ketchum, Disney and Langley, one can find such intriguing places as the The Artichoke, a cozy, gourmet restaurant located in a 100-year-old farmhouse and only about 45 minutes from Tulsa.
Original Print Headline: Out of the water
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
Buffalo Run Casino near Miami is one of several locations near Grove for entertainment needs. Tulsa World file