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About Jerry Isbell

Jerry Isbell, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has a diverse background in corporate, entrepreneurial and international sales, marketing, philanthropy and media ventures. He began his career in media and marketing at KGOU Radio, KTVY Television and Remington Park Racetrack in Oklahoma City. Isbell also worked in marketing at a network affiliate in Minneapolis, MN. and has consulted internationally on sales, marketing and media projects. He was chosen as Oklahoma’s first field representative for Xerox Corporation's authorized agency program in the early 1990's. Isbell later enjoyed success at Curtis 1000, an international print communications company, and was named “Great Plains Sales Representative of the Year” in 1994 and 1995. In the late 1990's he worked in management at Commercial Financial Services for famed billionaire Bill Bartmann. He led a department of over 50 employees and was responsible for millions of dollars in monthly revenue. Isbell returned to Xerox in 1999 and won numerous Par Club awards while simultaneously completing the Xerox Management Program and earning certifications in Lean Six Sigma. He directed new business development territories that produced multi-million dollar annual sales in public, corporate and graphic arts sectors. He is a consultant for the Xerox Agent organization covering Oklahoma. He has traveled the United States and Europe on projects involving marketing, sales, media, social media and philanthropy including a project to begin an English speaking television channel in Paris, France. Isbell founded BeaversBendVacations.com, a popular luxury resort in the mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. This creation was featured in the Sooner State’s centennial celebration book, “Treasures of Oklahoma”, and his “Mountain Vista” Luxury Cabin marketing and videos have been featured in numerous markets across the United States. He is on the global board of directors of the Limbs for Life Foundation (limbsforlife.org) and has traveled internationally to promote their expansion and branding. Isbell is an avid bicyclist, weightlifter and has been involved in American Kennel Club dog shows with his nationally ranked Brussels Griffon and boxers for many years. He resides in Norman, OK with his wife Sherri, a senior administrator at the University of Oklahoma. Sherri was named the International Publishing and Management Association’s National Contributor of the Year in 2013 and President-Elect in 2017.

Beavers Bend Tourism Booming

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Broken Bow, OK cabins are in high demand according to a report from Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO).

VRBO’s Travel Trend Report projects the Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow Lake tourism growth will increase 50% in 2020.

Short-Stay Vacation Destinations

More Americans are taking short-stay vacations of two or three days — likely an outgrowth of flexible time-off policies and prioritization of experiences with people over material goods. You don’t need to fly to your next destination — hop in the car for one of America’s favorite pastimes, the road trip, to the top five short-stay destinations. In fact, these places are all less than 300 miles away from the top origin markets that guests were traveling from.

Average demand growth:

Broken Bow OK Cabins Have Two-Million Annual Tourists

 

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According to VRBO’s report, “71% of millennial travelers say they’d consider staying at a non-traditional vacation rental. While beach houses, cabins and condos still reign supreme, travel demand for unusual accommodations is on the rise. Joining barns, castles and treehouses, travel demand for properties on wheels and properties that float is up 30% year over year on Vrbo, including houseboats, yachts, RVs and Airstreams.” 

I’ve written extensively about the cabin boom in Beavers Bend State Park.

Beavers Bend realtor, Kelli Haus, indicates there’s strong interest in purchasing cabins in 2020.

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“Things typically slow down a bit in January, but not this year. I have had almost as much interest in purchasing an investment cabin from families and investors as I experience in the summer.As a Realtor and luxury cabin investor, I am often asked what type of cabin is the “best income producing cabin?”

There isn’t one answer to that question. One bedroom cabins are booked more days per year at a lower nightly rate, but cabins that […]

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Best Way To Rent Beavers Bend Luxury Cabins

There are many websites available for you to rent a Beavers Bend cabin. You can book from management companies, individual owners and sites like VRBO, Airbnb and Evolve.

Which is the best and most cost effective?

Many Beavers Bend cabin management companies are now advertising on VRBO. There were about 10 cabins on VRBO when we we began advertising there. Now it’s about 1,000.

It’s called vacation rental by owner…not vacation rental by management company. Management companies are flocking to the owners’ sites now.

The most cost effective way to rent a cabin in Broken Bow is from a website that doesn’t charge add-on fees. All third-party sites charge extra fees.

We never gouge guests with these charges at BeaversBendVacations.com.

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Top Beavers Bend Cabin Rental Tips

  • If booking on Evolve, you’re dealing with people in Colorado. They don’t have a clue about the lay of the land in Beavers Bend.
  • VRBO, Airbnb and others charge additional fees. It’s often better to rent directly from an owner’s website. 
  • Many cabin management companies charge additional fees and don’t provide free firewood. Some only supply “Starter Kits” for things like trash bags. Look for these tactics. 
  • Third-party websites can provide ease of mind if you’re not familiar with a cabin, owner or management company. Helpful if you rely on reviews.
  • Research the proximity of your cabin to another and if there’s lots of highway noise

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There are many great cabin owners and management companies in Beavers Bend. Research them thoroughly. Do they return phone calls promptly?

Mountain Vista cabin is nestled in the Kiamichi Mountains near Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake. We feature three king bedrooms, acres of seclusion and stunning 50-mile views.

Mountain Vista has been named “A Place To Stay in Oklahoma” by TravelOK. It’s been featured in the book “Treasures of Oklahoma.”

Download our Beavers Bend app for VIP offers.

Two-million visitors enjoy our area annually. You should too. It’s beautiful here!

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2020 Beavers Bend Cabin Deal

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We’re pleased to announce a fantastic 2020 Beavers Bend cabin deal!

Stay at Mountain Vista cabin in January and your third-night is half price.

The weather during January in Beavers Bend can be great or terrible. It’s a great time to look at the forecast and a last-minute getaway while enjoying this terrific Beavers Bend cabin deal.

2020 holidays and spring break dates will book quickly at the upper-end cabins in Broken Bow. Don’t wait too late to make plans. We’re very fortunate to have a loyal fan base at Mountain Vista. Each season is unique near Broken Bow Lake. We have scores of guests staying several times per year.

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Why is Mountain Vista Cabin Different?

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Mountain Vista has acres of seclusion and breathtaking 50 mile views. You deal directly with us, the owners, rather than a management company juggling dozens of cabins. Guests have immediate access to us and our staff.

We’re thankful for our great guests that enjoyed Mountain Vista in 2019. It was another record year for us. Sherri and I wish you many blessings in 2020.

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Beavers Bend Christmas 2019

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mountain vista guest book The Christmas decorations are in place for  holiday visitors at Mountain Vista cabin in Broken Bow.

Download our free Beavers Bend app for great deals.

There are scores of tremendous cabins in Beavers Bend. Often, you can’t see the true story on a website. Many are built too close together. Mountain Vista has acres of land that is wonderful for winter hiking.

We Don’t Do Starter Kits

We provide all the firewood you could possibly use during a Beavers Bend cabin trip. You’ll never see the phrase “Starter Kits” from us! Mountain Vista guests receive free Starbucks and s’mores kits along with an ample supply of spices in our fully-stocked kitchen.

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How is Mountain Vista Cabin Different?

You deal directly with us, the owners. We don’t have dozens of other cabins to juggle and you always have access to us while visiting our vacation home.

2019 has been another stellar year at Mountain Vista. Our cabin guests have flocked to the cabin so much we hardly get to enjoy it ourselves!

We’re thankful for our guests and wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.

Join us on social media. Search @BeaversBend on Twitter and Instagram!

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November-December 2019 Beavers Bend Promo

Last minute Beavers Bend cabin openings Mountain Vista Cabin

Your third-night is half-price at Mountain Vista through Dec. 17.

Mountain Vista cabin has three king bedrooms and features spectacular 50-mile views. Others charge for s’mores kits…not us!

Beavers Bend Tips

  • Never pay for firewood in Beavers Bend. Make sure it’s included at your cabin.
  • Beware of flaky insurance fee scams when reserving cabins in Broken Bow.
  • Be leery of terms and conditions referencing “Starter Kits” when reserving a cabin. Mountain Vista doesn’t skimp on supplies…and they’re not generic.
  • Ask about highway noise and proximity to other cabins before booking.
  • Look for cleaning, insurance and resort fee charges.

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Spring Break 2020

The holidays are booked at most top-level luxury cabins in Beavers Bend for 2019. Make sure to reserve your 2020 Spring Break dates ASAP. They fill quickly.

Get to Mountain Vista and enjoy the third-night at half-price until Dec. 17!

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Oklahoma Hall of Famer & Legendary Broken Bow Native Bob Burke

I enjoyed catching up with legendary author, attorney and Broken Bow native, Bob Burke over lunch recently. Bob has written more historical and non-fiction books than anyone in history. His stellar career includes being an ABC football broadcaster, respected historian and induction in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Bob would call our Broken Bow high school games in the 1980’s, then be on TV doing an ABC football broadcast the next day. The Broken Bow boy that grew up next to my grandparents, has made a huge impact in Oklahoma.

Bob is elated about the tourism boom in Broken Bow and co-wrote a historical Broken Bow book.

 “Uncle Johnny Beavers would not believe his eyes if he could see the booming tourism in and around what once was his farm along the Mountain Fork River. From his vantage point in the “bend” in the river, Uncle Johnny surely thought God had carved out this magnificent vista just for him. However, he was a man who shared his bounty with his neighbors. He was a legendary hunter who frequently gave his dressed game to fishermen drifting down the sparkling water of the Mountain Fork.
If visitors came by around meal time, Uncle Johnny invited them into the house where his wife, Aunt Levina, always had three or four different fresh meats cooked up or hanging in the smokehouse.

I predict that if any of the millions of visitors to our beloved Beavers Bend and Hochatown run across Uncle Johnny in Heaven, he will stick out his chest and say, “See what I preserved for you. I was glad to share it with you!”

-Bob Burke

Broken Bow To Oklahoma Hall of Fame

“Bob Burke is one of the hardest workers I know. Must have been a work ethic he picked up as a child…no one loves Oklahoma more than he.”

-Mick Cornett, Former Oklahoma City Mayor

Bob Burke, an Oklahoma legend. His kindness, tremendous heart and great contributions will always be cherished by those that love the Sooner State.

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Beavers Bend Fall Cabin Tips

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Fall is arguably the most beautiful time of the year at Beavers Bend State Park.

Beavers Bend Fall Cabin Tips

  • Get a cabin with outstanding views: They’re often difficult to find, but relaxing on a cabin deck with a nice bottle of wine is the perfect way to end a day near Broken Bow Lake.
  • Arrive on a Sunday-Monday: It’s less crowded and many times you can virtually have the area to yourself. Often cabins will have good deals on weekdays.
  • Don’t pay for firewood: It’s inexpensive for us to provide firewood to guests at Mountain Vista. Many cabins charge over $100 for add-on fees like firewood and s’mores. Don’t do it. 
  • Wear bright colors when hiking in deer season: Be cognizant of the hunting season when jaunting through the woods. 
  • Take The Talimena Scenic Drive: This is a must every October-November. 
  • Play Cedar Creek Golf Course: Tourists love the course and can’t believe how beautiful and inexpensive it is.
  • Book A Fishing Guide: Bryce Archey is our “Go To Guide” on Broken Bow Lake. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for area angling. Bryce and I often have “Fish & Stay” Packages in conjunction with Mountain Vista Cabin.

Beavers Bend Fall Cabin Tips

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OKC To Beavers Bend Driving Tip

If you’re making the trip to Beavers Bend from Oklahoma City, head to Sallisaw then down 259 and enjoy the Talimena Drive. It’s well worth it during the fall.

You can reserve our three-king bedroom luxury cabin at BeaversBendVacations.com. Mountain Vista features acres of seclusion and stunning 50-mile views from the deck.

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Extend Your Summer In Beavers Bend

Beavers Bend Cabin Special

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We’ll help you end summer with a splash during September at Mountain Vista Cabin near Beavers Bend State Park!

Your fourth night is free in September 2019 when visiting our vacation home.

Mountain Vista Is Different

You won’t be dealing with a large management company. It’s us…the owners! We communicate before during and after a guest stay. The Mountain Vista experience is different. Rather than simply an email confirmation and credit card charge, we’re available to answer your questions about the Broken Bow area.

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Mountain Vista features three king bedrooms and acres of forest. We’re secluded, yet near all the Beavers Bend attractions. For a complete list of tourist tips near Broken Bow Lake, get our app. When we announce VIP offers, app fans are always the first to know.  Make sure to accept push notifications when downloading.

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Fall foliage season dates are booking fast. Reserve now and enjoy the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains this fall. Contact us at BeaversBendVacations.com.

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Beavers Bend Realtor-Kelli Haus

 

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Kelli Haus has taken the Beavers Bend cabin real estate market by storm recently. She has major market media experience and is utilizing it to help scores find the vacation home of their dreams in Broken Bow, OK.

Kelli has implemented a unique approach to the Beavers Bend State Park real estate market and its catapulted her into a great new career. She has the contacts and social media presence to help buyers and sellers make great deals happen. Kelli was recently featured in the Colleyville Charm magazine.

Beavers Bend Real Estate Is Booming

“I have found my purpose. I have found my passion. Every day of my life now feels like it is not work,” says Kelli Haus.
“I have found my dream job and I love it,” she adds. After 50 issues of Colleyville Charm, she is forging a new path in life with renewed vigor, selling cabins in Broken Bow, OK.
Kelli discovered her new-found passion, real estate, almost a year ago. “I have been renting my cabin out in Broken Bow for a little over a year now. It has changed my life, literally. This is the best gift that has ever happened to me, other than my children.”
Her original plan was to buy homes in Dallas and flip them. When this was found to be too overwhelming, Kelli found her new path in Broken Bow. She has been coming to Broken Bow for years.
People are flocking to Broken Bow for family times together. With a gorgeous lake, some of the best fishing in the area and world-class fly fishing, there are lots of family-friendly activities. Families can hike in the woods, encounter waterfalls, bike, go horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, zip-lining and more. Enjoy eating at mom and pop restaurants, visit wineries or check out local breweries.
Kelli calls Broken Bow “one of the hottest markets in America right now.” Cabins can cost $250,000—2,000,000 furnished. Nightly rates can cost anywhere between $150 a night to $2,000 a night and can sleep anywhere between one and five families.

Beavers Bend Cabin Buying Tips

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Discover Oklahoma Features Rolling Fork Takery

Farm To Fork In Beavers Bend

I was excited to be a part of Discover Oklahoma’s feature about Rolling Fork Takery.

Our guests at Mountain Vista Cabin get a meal on us when arriving on Sunday-Tuesday in August.

Ranked Yelp’s #1 in Oklahoma

Our cabin guests rave about Rolling Fork’s quality and service. Tell Chef Skip and Shellye you read about it here!

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