Let me just start off by saying that northeast Oklahoma is full of so many interesting spots…Muskogee being one of them. Muskogee is one of the most historic cities in Oklahoma and less than an hour drive from Tulsa. It’s a great place to explore on a weekend, and Spring is an especially wonderful time to explore it!
If you visit Muskogee in the Springtime, I highly recommend going during the month of April, which is when the city hosts its annual Azalea Festival at Honor Heights Park. Honor Heights Park is located atop a hill overlooking the city and features 40 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens featuring azaleas, dogwoods, redbuds and a host of other blooming plants. The highlight of the park, of course, is its azalea plants. There
are 625 varieties and over 30,000 plants. In addition, the park boasts a beautiful waterfall that is fun to climb up using the walking path to the side of it.
If you can’t visit Honor Heights Park in April, the next best time to go is over the holidays. From Thanksgiving through New Years Day, visitors to Honor Heights Park can enjoy a stunning drive through a holiday delight. The drive-through display includes over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds with holiday displays the whole family will love.
In addition to the beautiful plant life I mentioned, Honor Heights Park also features fishing in five lakes and ponds with fishing docks, playground, open play areas, three tennis courts, and even a sand volleyball court. A Splash Pad is in operation May-September.
While you’re in Muskogee, be sure to check out some of the local dining establishments. Harmony House is my favorite place to eat in Muskogee. It is a small batch bakery and cafe housed in a near 100-year-old house in the heart of Muskogee. This adorable bakery and restaurant has a tearoom feel. You can enjoy lunch with friends or simply stop in for some baked treats. On my recent visit with a group of friends, I tried the Daily Luncheon Special. On that day, it was the Sour Cream Enchiladas with a choice or salad or soup, a homemade roll, and a dessert, all for just $8.95. The enchiladas were sooo incredibly creamy — made with lots of sour cream and cream cheese! They pretty much slid right down my throat! The lunch menu also features sandwiches, salads, and burgers. All of the sandwiches and burgers are served on homemade bread and buns!
My dessert was a delicious cherry bread pudding. MMM! It was so tasty! Other items from the bakery include a variety of cakes, pies, squares/bars, cookies, and more. You can even buy casserole dishes and other catering-type items from Harmony House. I think if I lived in Muskogee, I would just get my dinner to go from HH every night!