Cedar Rock Inn, 4501 W. 41st St., cedarrockinn.com
Not far from downtown Tulsa is a luxury bed and breakfast nestled on 45 acres of tall trees, gentle hills and a red brick driveway that leads guests away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Offering a place where couples can get away together was Sandi Dittmann’s plan all along when she purchased the house in 1998 previously owned by Tecumseh Perryman, a member of the Creek Nation and part of the historic Perryman family that founded Tulsa.
“The history of this house is amazing. I think it’s one of the oldest homes in Tulsa County. It would be a waste to keep it as a private residence,” Dittmann said about converting the 1890-built home into the Cedar Rock Inn.
“For the past 13 years, it’s been a place where guests can have a romantic getaway and enjoy time with each other.”
The labor of love with the home-turned-bed and breakfast included the addition of new spaces and updates prior to opening Cedar Rock Inn, 4501 W. 41st St., in 2005.
From anniversaries to weddings and weekend retreats, Cedar Rock Inn has become a regular stop for guests visiting Tulsa or for those who want to disconnect for a night. The original stone archways, floors and tile work, combined with the antique ceiling fans — some more than 100 years old — that decorate each of the spaces, custom furniture and decor, create the home’s rustic one-of-a-kind feel.
Each of the five suites offers guests a unique ambience and range of amenities, from a private terrace and a cedar sauna to Jacuzzi tubs and more. The suites can be booked individually or the entire bed and breakfast can be booked for larger events, such as small weddings and family reunions.
“A lot of memories happen here. This home absorbs a lot of emotion, and it has such a strong energy,” Dittmann explained.
Maybe it’s the several quiet common areas within the two-story home or the serene landscape that make it a special place to celebrate or catch up with longtime friends or reconnect with family, she added. The surrounding landscape makes it easy for couples to enjoy time together away from electronics and the rest of life’s demands. Many guests take advantage of the property’s wilderness areas — a pond, wooden bench swing, picnic area and hiking trail just north of the inn are just a few highlights.
“It’s a walking trail that is about a half a mile that goes up a hill,” Dittmann said. “I’ve heard from plenty of guests who walk the trail before breakfast, and they just love it. Once you’re out there, it’s so pretty in the Oklahoma woods.”
Guests can take a short drive from the inn to visit Tulsa’s thriving downtown, enjoy Gathering Place, Gilcrease or Philbrook museums. In May and June, the inn hosts its “On The Lawn” series every Wednesday, when it opens to the public from 6-8 p.m. for live music, wine and artwork.
“The nice part is that couples will be here for a few nights, and they may run into other guests or they may not. You can truly enjoy your privacy or you can chat with other guests during breakfast,” she said.