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Mitchell Talks Appearance

Mitchell Talks Appearance

Scott Mitchell, Kandyce Mitchell & Jerry Isbell

I enjoyed my appearance on Mitchell Talks in OKC. 

We taped this podcast and discussed Broken Bow Lake, fall foliage and Beavers Bend State Park. Scott (@MitchellTalks) and Kandyce (@KandyceMitchell) have been highly visible in the Oklahoma City media market for years.

Scott and Kandyce provided tremendous hospitality in their beautiful studio…tremendous people.

As a political junkie, I’ve enjoyed watching Scott on KWTV and listening to his radio show for years.

I’m was on-air with Kandyce and Andy Moore (@andyokc). I love the podcast format. It’s a relaxed medium with no time limits or commercials. It’s simply coffeeshop conversation.

We discussed tourism in Beavers Bend State Park and add-on fees you should avoid when choosing a rental property throughout the country.

Thanks to the gang at Mitchell Talks. Enjoy the podcast. I hope you learn something new about the Broken Bow Lake area.

2017-12-10T14:32:47+00:00October 25th, 2016|oklahoma tourism, Podcasts|

Beavers Bend State Park Open Today After December Flooding

Beavers Bend State Park Open After December Flooding

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BEAVERS BEND STATE PARK OPEN TODAY AFTER DECEMBER FLOODING…

Multiple sources just confirmed that Beavers Bend State Park reopened today. The park and Broken Bow Lake were closed for several weeks as workers cleared debris and repaired damaged roads.

Broken Bow Lake reopened recently and all boat ramps are available.

Beavers Bend State Park is a popular tourist destination for Dallas and Oklahoma City residents. Two-million tourists visit the area annually.

2016-02-10T18:45:05+00:00February 10th, 2016|Oklahoma flooding, oklahoma tourism, oklahoma travel|

Beavers Bend State Park Reopens

Beavers Bend State Park Reopens

 Beavers Bend State Park Flooding Update…

Beavers Bend State Park reopened today after the recent horrific flooding forced its closure for several weeks.

Broken Bow Lake boat ramps remain closed. Click the link above for an official statement from Beavers Bend State Park.

We just opened the July 4th weekend at Mountain Vista cabin in Broken Bow. These highly sought after dates will be booked soon.

Jerry Isbell

 

2015-06-12T17:38:09+00:00June 12th, 2015|oklahoma tourism, Oklahoma Weather|

Summer Beavers Bend Flooding Update

Summer Beavers Bend flooding update

Summer Beavers Bend Flooding Update…

Warm weather is finally here and we’ve just added a fresh coat of stain to all three levels of the Mountain Vista deck.

Broken Bow luxury cabins continue to be very busy despite the recent flooding. Officials are anticipating that Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake will reopen within the next few weeks.

Kurt Adams, Superintendent at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Beavers Bend tells me 11 holes will reopen tomorrow. The remaining seven holes will be available when the water subsides.

Summer In Beavers Bend flooding update

The heavy rainfall has produced thousands of baby pine trees on our acreage at Mountain Vista…they’re scattered everywhere!

June and July bookings are packed at Mountain Vista. Other than June 10-11, we only have the 29th and 30th available this month. The only multi-day reservation open next month is July 6-8.

Scores of people are frantically working to get Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park back in shape. The annual Kiamichi Owa-Chito-Festival of the Forest has been moved to the Broken Bow City Park due to the recent flooding.

Remember to do your homework before choosing a luxury cabin in Beavers Bend. Watch for hidden charges for cleaning, insurance, resort fees and firewood. We never gouge guests with these extra bills at Mountain Vista. Many times these fees can add over 20% to your cabin reservation fee.

We created the Beavers Bend app several years ago to enhance your stay while vacationing in Southeastern Oklahoma. Our app gives you local tourist information and our recommendations for places to eat, drink and be merry in Broken Bow. It’s a free download and we occasionally have exclusive “App Only” offers. It also features a link to my Beavers Bend News/Blog.

I appreciate all the great feedback over the past several weeks regarding my Broken Bow flood reporting. Thousands read my blog each month but traffic has picked up significantly recently as people are searching for information.

Fan our Facebook page and the Beavers Bend State Park group page I created years ago. Thanks for reading and make your plans to visit Broken Bow, OK!

Jerry Isbell

2019-07-05T17:10:41+00:00June 10th, 2015|oklahoma tourism, Oklahoma Weather|

Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2015

Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2015

Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2015 cabins are in high demand and it is almost too late to reserve a top one.

Holidays and weekends are golden for most upper-end cabins in Broken Bow, OK. There will always be a few cancelations so keep checking the calendar on cabin management websites. Always remember to watch out for hidden fees.

Your last few clicks on a website before reserving a luxury cabin in Beavers Bend are important. This is where the “gotcha’s” sometimes come into play. Fees for insurance, cleaning and resort charges will make an inexpensive cabin sometimes become very costly.

We never charge these add-on fees at Mountain Vista cabin Beavers Bend.

There are a few essential items to bring for your Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2015 visit to Broken Bow. You know all the essentials; bug spray, sunscreen and a first-aid kit. An item tourists usually forget to bring is a fire starter log for the fire pit.

These starter logs work great in the fire pit. If you are like me and have forgotten most of the tips from Boy Scouts, you will be happy about “cheating” a little to get the blaze started for your s’mores!

Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2015

Our app will make your Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2o15 visit more enjoyable. Scan the QR code above and keep it on your iPhone, Android and tablet. We have all the local Broken Bow hot spots listed on it. You will also have access to my blog and several years of tourist tips to consider when visiting a luxury cabin in Broken Bow.

We tried to think of everything when creating our app along with the Mobile Roadie team in Los Angeles. Thousands enjoy occasional “special offers” and last-minute Beavers Bend cabin deals.  Need a fishing license? We tell you how to get one. Want the best fishing guide on Broken Bow Lake? It is all there on our app.

Beavers Bend Memorial Day 2015 is just around the corner. Make your plans to visit Mountain Vista cabin before the holiday rush.

Thanks for reading!

By Jerry Isbell

 

2019-07-05T17:10:38+00:00April 21st, 2015|Dallas travel blogs, oklahoma tourism|

Broken Bow, OK Chamber of Commerce

Broken Bow OK Chamber of Commerce

The Broken Bow, OK Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic place to stop on your way to a Beavers Bend cabin.

If you’re wondering what activities are happening in the Broken Bow Lake area, their fantastic staff can answer all your questions. Led by outstanding Executive Director Charity O’Donnell and talented Office Manager Jessica Shank, they do a tremendous job providing tourists with information on restaurants, cabins and current activities going on in our area.

I’ve been to numerous tourist town chambers through the years and the Broken Bow OK Chamber of Commerce staff always amazes me with their professionalism and willingness to help locals and tourists.

Our app is another great resource for tourist information We also provide occasional specials to Mountain Vista luxury cabin. Our technology is awesome, but nothing beats the friendly and personable people at the Chamber who will happily welcome you to Broken Bow, OK!

By Jerry Isbell

2019-07-05T17:10:33+00:00September 2nd, 2014|oklahoma tourism|

Beavers Bend Cabins Spring Break Update

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Oklahoma Spring Break Update: We currently have several dates open. It won’t be long until the colors on our property at Mountain Vista cabin become vibrant!

Texas Spring Break Update: Very few days remain available. Check our calendar and book online or give us a call if you have any questions about the area, where to eat, what to do etc. Our phones are always available.

Book your stay at Mountain Vista soon. We really begin getting busy with lots of reservations during February. The phones and email begin blowing up once March arrives. Plan early so you’ll have a secluded cabin rather than something that’s not top of the line.

Restaurant Recommendation: We had a recent guest rave about Papa Poblano’s Mexican restaurant in Broken Bow. They planned a three-night stay but enjoyed our view so much, they added an extra night once they arrived to our property. You may want to check Papa’s out when visiting our area. I’m not a huge Mexican food fan, but have eaten there several times and the service and food have been fantastic. It’s very popular with the locals and tourists. When Sherri and I entertain guests at Mountain Vista, we often get takeout at Papa’s and take it back to the cabin.

Choctaw Casino in Broken Bow: Many of our Texas guests visit the casino when staying at our cabin. There’s no slots in the Lone Star State and if you’re feeling lucky, check them out! They usually have live music on weekends and my experience with all their facilities across the state is they’re first-class, very clean and they always go beyond the call of duty to offer a tremendous guest experience.

Contact us at info@beaversbendvacations.com or 405-535-8055 if we can help you with your next trip to McCurtain County. If you’ve never been here before, you don’t know what you’re missing! Remember to compare cabins, locations, proximity to other cabins and most importantly, the view. Sherri and I invite you to visit Mountain Vista soon!

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By Jerry Isbell

2014-02-15T19:38:52+00:00February 15th, 2014|Luxury Vacation Rentals, oklahoma tourism, Texas Travel, travel|

Winter Beavers Bend Snapshots…

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It’s the dead of winter in Beavers Bend, but you’d hardly know it. The weather has been spectacular over the past few weeks with the exception of a brief cold snap hitting the cabins in Broken Bow recently. If you time it correctly with the weather forecast, January and February can be amazing in the Hochatown area.

Construction on the new Beavers Bend Nature center looks like it’s going well and I believe it’s scheduled to open by this summer. Be sure and check it out, it’s just down the road from the Beavers Bend Restaurant on Mountain Fork River.

Beavers Bend Cabin Tip: If you’re searching for a Broken Bow Lake area cabin, be sure and ask how many hot water tanks the cabin has. We have two large tanks at Mountain Vista and our guests love being able to have six-eight people showering easily within minutes. Our tanks crank out the hot water magnificently! It’s HOT!

Having only one water tank is a cost-cutting measure many cabins employ…But with people on vacation and coming in from the lake, we knew to double down with our H2O heat! We’re really pleased with two tanks at Mountain Vista…Our guests are too.

We announced a great promotion for our App Fans yesterday. Be sure and search the App Store for “Beavers Bend” and download the area’s only mobile technology that offers specials, tourist information and tips while visiting your McCurtain County Getaway.

Thanks for reading and landing on our site. We hope you’ll experience our “Mountain Vista Views” soon.

By Jerry Isbell

Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Beavers Bend Cabin Rental

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We’ve been in the Broken Bow Lake luxury cabin arena for several years and have a pretty good grasp on what people like and dislike when choosing a McCurtain County getaway. Here’s a few mistakes people have told us they’ve made when looking for a “Great Deal” in Beavers Bend.

Choosing the Cheapest Price: This usually comes with lots of “Gotcha’s” upon arrival. You get what you pay for when staying at a Beavers Bend cabin. A lower priced cabin usually means there’s a great view of another cabin a few feet away and scores of loud neighbors are nearby. Discount cabins attract “Discount Guests” and this has an effect on a cabin’s wear and tear over the years. Never pay add-on fees or accept bogus charges for firewood or extra insurance. If you want groceries delivered to the cabin prior to arrival or have a special request, always expect to pay an acceptable charge of 15-20%.

Choosing A Location That’s Not Upscale: We’ve heard horror stories of people arriving at their cabin and the property is filled with trash, unkept and directly next to a trailer park. This can be easily avoided by thoroughly researching the cabin, owners and management company.

Believing Everything You See On Some Websites: Have you ever seen a cabin website stating “Our cabin is 30 feet away from another cabin, a nightclub with loud music is nearby and traffic is crazy around our area…?” Of course you haven’t. Others in Beavers Bend are actually using our deck view on their website to market cabins…Do your homework. You don’t necessarily need a 20 mile view like ours to enjoy a Beavers Bend cabin stay but make sure the linens aren’t purchased at a discount chain and the beds aren’t from a garage sale.

Accepting Horrible Inquiry Response Time: This is a huge pet peeve with us and perhaps the biggest complaint we hear from new guests who choose us over someone else. One of the reasons we’ve been successful and have developed great relationships with our guests is we respond back promptly to calls and emails. We’ve received tons of business over the years because other companies didn’t have great business acumen and professionalism. Waiting 10 hours or several days on a reply is unacceptable. If you don’t receive prompt feedback, look for someone else who values your business. Our phones and email are available around the clock.  You’ll never see “Please, no calls after 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday’s” on our site!

Choosing a “Rental Cabin” Vs. A “Vacation Home”: Make sure you select someone’s vacation home and the owners “baby it” and visit the cabin often. Many cabins are owned by the same person or company and were built strictly for revenue purposes. Remember, do your homework and you get what you pay for!

Call us at 405-535-8055 or via email: info@beaversbendvacations.com if you have questions about choosing the correct Oklahoma resort. By doing the proper research, you’re stay in our wonderful area will surely be enjoyable!

By Jerry Isbell

“Meet Our Beavers Bend Cabin Guests…” KWTV’s David Payne

DavidPayne_SAHe’s famous in the Oklahoma City television market for chasing tornadoes, reporting on treacherous winter conditions and delivering entertaining weather forecasts. When he’s not tracking a thunderstorm, KWTV Chief Meteorologist David Payne enjoys spending time in Beavers Bend State Park at our Mountain Vista luxury cabin.

We’re beginning this new feature highlighting several of our great guests who’ve helped make our Broken Bow Lake cabin such a popular McCurtain County getaway. Payne was chosen to replace legendary weatherman Gary England, who retired from on-air work at KWTV last year. Sherri and I have always liked David’s style, there’s none better to watch when wall-to-wall weather coverage breaks in Oklahoma City. When it’s 85 and sunny, you’re in store for a lot of humor and entertaining television. If deadly tornadoes or ice storms are approaching, he’s a no-nonsense, rock-solid professional.

Payne, a native of the Sooner State and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, describes Mountain Vista as “an amazing house, we always feel at home when we’re there…can’t wait to return and relax.”

The Emmy Award winner has also appeared on national media outlets many times during severe weather in Oklahoma. We have a great weather watching perch from our upper deck at the cabin looking westward. When Sherri and I are at Mountain Vista, I’ll occasionally snap a picture of storm clouds rolling in or video a massive rainstorm from the deck.

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We’re thrilled that Oklahoma’s premier television meteorologist chooses our vacation home in Beavers Bend as his Broken Bow Lake getaway. Hey, wouldn’t you need an occasional break from Mesocyclones, lenticular clouds and squall lines too?

We look forward to David’s next visit and are pleased he always forecasts a great experience at Mountain Vista!

By Jerry Isbell