May 14-15, 2015
Looking for a family friendly trip to a by-gone era? Well, look no further, here it is! This mid-19th century, pioneer-era village will whisk you back to days that will make you even more grateful for the modern conveniences of today! Har-Ber Village, right in our backyard, sits on the shores of Grand Lake. Many historic buildings have been relocated including the village-schoolhouse, jail and 16 log cabins. The village also has multiple structures built on-site representing typical 19th century life including the courthouse, bank, stagecoach inn and a church constructed with hand-made bricks before the Civil War. A dentist shop, print shop, post office and drug store offer more life displays to enhance this era. Demonstrations such as a blacksmith, spinning and weaving are on-site. Multiple sites feature time appropriate information relating to agriculture, transportation, fashion and furniture. Making Memories has some other local jewels to be mined on this trip as well. Mark your trip and enjoy a couple days away from home getting a much needed change of scenery.
Lodging: Cherokee Queen Motel
From Springfield, Missouri to Bella Vista, Arkansas travelers will board the coach to arrive at the beloved Har-Ber Village. Among the many displays, artifacts, demonstrations, shopping and eateries Har-Ber Village also maintains a scenic 1 ½ mile nature trail for your enjoyment. True to the description, there are many places to visit in this village setting. See how life was lived in yesteryear. We will arrive at the Cherokee Queen Motel giving you time to catch a nap or change clothes for the anticipated evening event aboard the Sunset Cherokee Queen Riverboat. This twin-decked, 67’ Grand Princess paddlewheel boat is one of Grand Lakes most frequented attractions. It is reminiscent of the romance and adventure of the Old Mississippi riverboats. Oh, what a treat!
This morning expect a leisurely start spent at Lendonwood Gardens. This showplace is part of the Oklahoma Botanical Garden system. It has a constant changing palate of color and texture which includes the largest collection of false cypress trees in the US. If you don’t know what that means then you need this trip! You’ll learn something new while Making Memories! The six distinct gardens draw one into the oasis of relaxation and pleasure with sight and smell. During our visit to the garden, over 250 varieties of rhododendrons, among the largest collection in the region, will be in full drama and color! Boy, what a reception for us! We will depart the gardens and begin our travel home. This really is a great trip of traveling almost 300 road miles, taking in Har-Ber Village, the Sunset Cherokee Queen Riverboat and Lendonwood Gardens. You’ll have experienced a full two days and had a ball in the process.