RoadTripOK: Ep 12 – Eufaula, OK | Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department | TravelOK

RoadTripOK: Ep 12 – Eufaula, OK | Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department | TravelOK


– [Narrator] Our state is
one of the most beautiful and unique states in the U.S.A. (upbeat rock music) We wanna show you why traveling within the great state of
Oklahoma is a great idea. This is The Oklahoma Road Trip. From Blue Doors at Lake Tenkiller, the gang heads southwest toward Eufaula. We arrive just in time for brunch at one of the Eufaula
area’s local favorites. A diner with a cozy hometown vibe called I Smell Bacon. – You can’t go wrong. Every time you pull in, bacon, guaranteed. – Smells good.
– Guaranteed to smell the bacon. The atmosphere’s very down to home, kinda like a hometown. Everybody knows everybody. Our main dish is probably
the big pig omelet that everybody drives in for. It’s a three egg omelet
loaded with everything. All three meats, ham, bacon, sausage, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, hash browns, biscuit and gravy or toast. It’s great. All the customers come
in just about every day and a lot of my customers, I’ve been waitin’ on ’em
for at least 20 years now. There’s a guy in there named Shorty. He comes in every day and we just say, “The usual Shorty?” And he says, “Yes, ma’am.” – [Shorty] I come in, sit down, directly they bring it to me. I don’t even order. – So this is a special day, you’re getting to be famous on camera. – Lord have mercy. I hope there ain’t no law huntin’ me. – How long have you been
coming to I Smell Bacon? – I came here the very
first day they opened about 25, 30 years ago. We bring all of our family here from all over the country then they all walk out with
the smell of bacon shirt. People here are terrific and that’s what makes it nice. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] After eating
our fill and having our fun, we head north towards
Rentiesville, established in 1903. The town of Rentiesville is one of the 13 remaining historically
all-black towns in Oklahoma and is also the birthplace of nationally acclaimed
blues artist, D.C. Minner. (upbeat music) He and his wife, Selby, started
the Down Home Blues Club back in 1988 and Selby continues to keep the blues alive here
at the D.C. Minner’s Museum and Blues Hall of Fame. – Selby Minner, thanks
for havin’ us today. – Absolutely. – Take me back in time,
bring me up to speed. – D.C. grew up here in
the corn whisky house and then he went in the service and when he came back
out, he became a musician. In the 50s, he moved to Oklahoma City. And he played bass with the New Breed, that was the best band in town, they were the house band
at the Bryant Center for 10 years together and they could pull a
crowd on a Tuesday night. We got together about five years later. When we finally moved back here after we had done all that
and opened this place, reopened it as a blues place, it was ’88. So we started the Hall
of Fame in about 2004 and now we have 100 people on the wall. They all get a real nice trophy. It means a lot to them. A lotta the hall of
famers’ll come back and play. It’s really great music and it’s a great night. The Hall of Fame. – If you had, like, a
passion or a vision statement behind this, what is the thing that you love giving
to the next generation? – When people do somethin’
because they love it, then you really can’t take it away. It won’t die. And it’s about the love of the music and it brings people
together and they have fun and this is a wide variety of people and they’re all walkin’
around smilin’, you know? So that’s a good thing. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] From the
D.C. Minner Blues Museum in Rentiesville, we turn south
heading back toward Eufaula. Just outside of the
beautiful Lake Eufaula, we find our final stop of the day, a unique resort where guests can find peace and
relaxation among the trees. – All right, we are here
on the southwest side of Lake Eufaula at some tree houses. Actual houses built in trees. How did this become a part of life? – Well, Ray Weissmann, the builder, he built ’em and operated ’em for a while and then he was gonna move to Alaska. – He found it and he ran it past me and I thought, well, okay, we’ll go look at it so we came out here and of course as soon as we saw them, I fell in love with them. – [Richard] I love the
outdoors, huntin’, fishin’, so it’s just right in my wheelhouse. – I would say it’s like a Swiss Family
Robinson type adventure. – Very secluded, and after dark you get to hear everything
and the stars are bright and it’s a good, true getaway. The smaller tree house will sleep four. You know, it’s got a main bed downstairs then there’s a loft. And then your larger tree house will sleep, you know, up to nine. You know, we’ve had 70 year olds come out with their family for birthdays to, you know, newlyweds on honeymoon to just family comin’
out to enjoy the lake for a weekend. – So, how would one find
this place and book it? – [Richard] Well, you
can either go, you know, to our website or through
Airbnb, either way. – I like to make people happy so when we bring people out here and we see their excitement and then they leave
little notes in our book, you know, I love to come in
and see what they’ve written and just what they love about it and it just makes me happy. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] On today’s road trip, we experienced some of
the culture and relaxation that the Eufaula and
Rentiesville area has to offer. First we pigged out at I Smell Bacon. The breakfast was incredible
and the warm family atmosphere will definitely keep visitors coming back. We definitely recommend the big pig omelet and their chicken fried steak. Next, we explored the
D.C. Minner Blues Museum where Selby told us all about the history of the museum and the Blues Hall of Fame. Did you know that The Blues Club hosts the annual Dusk ‘Til Dawn Blues Festival every late August and early September? As well as a variety of public
events like jam sessions and performances throughout the year. Finally, we ended our
day with a relaxing stay at Eufaula’s Treehouse Tree-Sort. Visitors to the Tree-Sort
can enjoy a secluded and private getaway in a cozy tree house, less than a mile from Lake Eufaula. The tree houses book up fast so be sure to make your reservations through Airbnb as soon as you can. Join us next time on
The Oklahoma Road Trip as we visit McAllister and Cribbs. We’ll take you to lunch at Lucy’s Too, explore La Verra’s Italian Market and we’ll finish off the day
at Whispering Meadows Winery. We’ll see you then.

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