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June 26, 2014

There’s room at the inn; vacation destination close to home

PRYOR, OK — Going the distance and paying for seclusion and family gatherings are what makes sabbaticals, weekend getaways or vacations a hot ticket item.  

Traveling can lead to many places in the world, depending on the miles and money spent. Just right outside of Oklahoma’s backdoor there’s a serene environment with a small price tag.  

Located one mile from Dry Gulch USA and off of the waterfront of Lake Hudson is the Horseshoe Inn. An inn, cottage, cabin, guest house, seven RV hookups and several tents are embedded in nature to accommodate individuals or groups who seek the natural elements of land and water. The landscape makes a good background for any photo and provides a great mental and physical vacation.  

Linda Garrett and Fred Aresco have operated the campground since 2007; five years after Garrett purchased the property. Due to the flooding lake on three different occasions, they made their official opening once again in 2010.

“The flooding did delay us,” Garrett said.  “We are going to change the dock to a floating dock so it can be used in case it happens again. We do have a regular group that books the inn every year for Rocklahoma, so we know in advance they are coming.  We also have people from other countries that book the inn. The inn can sleep up to 16 people; the cabin, guest house and tents can sleep up to 4 each.” The barn-style interior of the bunk house can seat up to 50 guests to celebrate occasions.

The dock includes a boat ramp. For those who want to tour the lake and do not have the means, the campground has a pontoon boat with a captain aboard.  

“Some guests really get caught up in what we have that they hardly make use of the boat. They love playing sports here, swimming in the in ground pool, cooking in the kitchen, grilling or just hanging out,” said Garrett.

The campground has been host to a number of events. Weddings, reunions and other celebrations have decorated the property. “There are a lot of people who do not know about us. Once a few found out about us, the word traveled,” said Garrett.

“There is always something to do on the property. It is hard to walk a few feet without getting sidetracked with things needing done. Although it is well-kept, it keeps us busy,” said Aresco. He helps Garrett maintain the property on a day to day basis.

“When guests are here, we do whatever we can to make this a place to come back to.  If someone wants to get away without the hassle of bringing all of the necessities for camping, we provide the tent, grill, use of kitchen, pool, showers, restrooms and we clean-up the campsite. It also keeps you from having to take up space in your vehicle and from having to unpack and clean it all after getting home,” said Garrett.

“It is so quiet here. You rarely ever hear the motors of boats.  We look forward to meeting guests. There are tons of activities for families to enjoy if they are not on the water.  We just want people to come enjoy themselves and not to have to pay a lot to do that,” Garrett said.  

Garrett purchased the adjacent property and is preparing it for expansion.

The Horseshoe Inn campground facilities or spaces can be rented or reserved by visiting www.horseshoeinncampground.com or by calling 918-809-3341.

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