2016 Best of Chickasaw Country winners

It’s easy to say that my favorite time of year is when our Best of Chickasaw Country competition happens. “Why?” you might ask? Because you all get to decide your favorites across our 13 counties!

After calculating all 99,587 (Holy votes, Batman!) votes, it’s time to reveal the 2016 winners…

Best Attraction
Turner Falls Park
Located in Davis, the iconic Turner Falls Park is the oldest park in Oklahoma. With camping, hiking, the falls and more, this is the perfect spot for a short road trip or weekend adventure.

Best Barbecue
Jack Attack BBQ Shack
Opening only 10 months ago, Jack Attack BBQ Shack in Kingston has already made a name for itself for great barbecue! I hear their ribs and brisket are well worth the short weekend drive.

Best Boutique
Serendipity on Main
Located in Ada, Serendipity on Main is a one-of-a-kind boutique that has up-to-date fashion trends, home décor and features a bakery in the back! Fun fact, this is the second year in a row Serendipity on Main has won Best Boutique.

Best Casino
SaltCreek Casino
With over 550 electronic games, table games, a gift shop and the Fork Café, it’s easy to see why SaltCreek Casino in Pocasset is your choice for Best Casino!

Best Family-Friendly Attraction
Zippety’s Lazer World
One of the newest locations in Chickasaw Country, Zippety’s Lazer World in Chickasha is a great spot for the whole family! Did I mention they have laser tag, arcade games, pool tables and more?

Best Festival
Chickasha Festival of Light
With over 3.5 million lights, the Chickasha Festival of Light in Chickasha is a Christmas staple for people all over Oklahoma to visit. Pro tip: when you visit next year, make sure you snag a photo in front of the Christmas tree or the bridge over the lake in Shannon Springs Park.

Best Golf Course
Winter Creek Golf Course & Country Club
It’s beginning to get warmer, which means it’s time to get outdoors! In Blanchard, Winter Creek Golf Course & Country Club’s rolling greens will have you wanting to play hooky from the office to get 9 or 18 holes in.

Best Lake
Lake Texoma
Where can you fish, canoe, kayak, swim, go boating and more? Why, at Lake Texoma! Located in Kingston, Lake Texoma is a great spot for your summertime outdoor adventures.

Best Live Performance Venue
WinStar Global Event Center
Whether you’re in the mood for a comedian like Jerry Seinfeld, a country concert like Tim McGraw or some golden oldies like Aretha Franklin, WinStar Global Event Center is the place to be! Speaking of, make sure you check out their upcoming shows.

Best Lodging
The Artesian Hotel Casino & Spa
Rebuilt in 2013 after a fire destroyed the original hotel in 1962, the Artesian Hotel Casino & Spa in Sulphur is a luxurious getaway. Complete with a spa, indoor and outdoor pool, casino, dining and more, you won’t have to leave the comforts of the hotel for a weekend of fun.

Best Museum
Chickasaw Cultural Center
Also located in Sulphur, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is home to 109 acres of activities for you and the whole family. Wtih a theatre that shows movies every Saturday, rotating exhibits, traditional village and a café, there’s plenty to see and do here! Pro tip: I highly recommend having the Indian Taco from the Aaimpa’ Café.

Best Overall Dining
Aces Sports Grill
On the outskirts of Duncan in Chisholm Trail Casino, Aces Sports Grill is a great spot for lunch, dinner or even a snack. What do I recommend you order from them? Their country fried chicken!

Best Wedding Venue
Winter Creek Golf Course & Country Club
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to say, “I do,” Winter Creek Golf Course and Country Club in Blanchard is the one for you!

Best Runs and Rides
Fireball Classic Memorial
Started in 1967, the Fireball Classic Memorial is an annual run held in Ada’s Wintersmith Park on July 4. Lace up those shoes and begin training for this year’s event! 

Phew! That’s a lot of winners! In case you haven’t done so already, I would suggest adding these to your list of spots to visit this spring break, summer or all year long. Stay tuned as I visit these spots in the next couple of weeks to deliver their “Best of Chickasaw Country winner” window clings.

Caroline

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