Taking The Talimena Drive

Taking The Talimena Drive

Taking the Talimena Drive from Beavers Bend in late October and November offers spectacular views that are unmatched in Oklahoma.

Sherri and I took the drive yesterday as we as we traveled to Norman from our Mountain Vista cabin in Beavers Bend State Park. It is an easy drive for those going back to the Oklahoma City area from Broken Bow. If you take the the scenic route, it adds about an hour to the trip from Oklahoma City to Broken Bow. it is well worth it.

Driving north from Broken Bow through Poteau and Sallisaw offers a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors during the fall. The highway twists and turns feature magnificent views of the Ouachita National Forest. Oklahoma City visitors making the trip from Broken Bow will have easy access to I-40 and be homeward bound when entering Sallisaw, OK.

Taking The Talimena Drive

The US Forestry Service has a nice visitor center just south of Heavener, OK. It is well-equipped with information and history lessons that will be helpful when taking the 90-minute Talimena Drive from Beavers Bend State Park.

Taking the Talimena Drive is a great experience. The fall foliage in Southeastern Oklahoma will be at peak levels in about two weeks. We took our trip a little early to see the peak foliage but will do it again later this month.

Taking The Talimena Drive

There are areas along the highway to stop and take pictures of the this scenic region.  Restaurants and gas stations are scarce until you reach Heavener, OK. Fill up with gas before your trip and be prepared for a memorable journey! You will enjoy the beauty of Lake Wister State Park, Winding Stair Mountain National Recreational Area and the 1.7 million acres of the Ouachita National Forest.

Contact us at 405-535-8055 to reserve a luxury cabin in Broken Bow, OK. We never charge for firewood or have guest gouging fees for insurance and cleaning. Do your homework before choosing a luxury cabin near Broken Bow Lake. There are many great options. Remember to say “NO” to any add-on fees.

The peak foliage season is almost here. Get to a Broken Bow luxury cabin and enjoy it!

2022-02-25T14:51:48+00:00November 1st, 2014|autumn, travel|

Fall Cabins In Beavers Bend

Fall Cabins In Beavers Bend

Fall cabins in Beavers Bend are very popular and our Mountain Vista continues to remain a top destination for tourists who prefer luxury accommodations with breathtaking views.

As always, weekend dates are like gold…we only have one Friday-Sunday available in November. Our cabin property will soon be full of radiant colors from every vantage point as you’re on the deck or lounging inside while gazing out our massive picture windows!

Fall Cabins In Beavers Bend

Guests visiting our cabin near Broken Bow Lake are treated to free S’Mores Kits to enjoy around our fire pit. We spend a few extra bucks and offer name brand treats…no generic junk! Look for things like that when shopping for luxury cabins in Beavers Bend State Park.

I’ve written extensively through the years about autumn activities to take in when visiting the Kiamichi Mountains. One of the most popular tourist attractions is taking the Talimena Drive and travel north of Broken Bow, OK for about 90 minutes. It’s stunning during October and November.

We’ll keep you posted on “Peak Foliage” dates. Make sure you follow us on all social media outlets for information in real-time.

Don’t wait too late to reserve your fall cabins in Beavers Bend. Remember to do your homework and look for hidden charges before making your reservation. We never charge for firewood or hit you with “extra insurance” scams.  Be on guard for additional “cleaning fee” tricks as well.

Remember to leave your cabin in great shape before departing. Do this and you should never be charged additional cleaning fees.

Fall cabins in Beavers Bend

We feature acres of seclusion and 20-mile deck views so impressive that our competition continues to use them on their websites!

Contact us at 405-535-8055 if we can help you plan a memorable trip to Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake this fall.

By Jerry Isbell


2022-02-25T14:51:46+00:00September 11th, 2014|outdoors, travel, vacation blogs|

Beavers Bend, Broken Bow OK Grocery Store

Beavers Bend, Broken Bow OK Grocery Store

Where is the nearest Beavers Bend/Broken Bow, OK grocery store?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions from our Beavers Bend cabin visitors. You probably think a small, tourist town like Broken Bow, OK does not have an upscale grocery store…You’re wrong!

Pruett’s Food is located on South Park Drive and is convenient for Broken Bow Lake cabin visitors arriving from Dallas-Fort Worth. They feature locally grown vegetables and fruits. and have the premiere deli in the Beavers Bend State Park area. Our Mountain Vista guests rave about their outstanding selection of quality meats.

Pruett’s Food,  is your one-stop shop for all the groceries you will need while visiting Broken Bow, OK. They are located only about 10 minutes from Beavers Bend State Park.

When visiting Mountain Vista cabin, you will find our Beavers Bend, Broken Bow OK grocery store rivals anything available in a major city. Visit them on your next trip to our beautiful Ouachita National Forest.

By Jerry Isbell

2014-08-06T18:42:30+00:00August 6th, 2014|frequently asked questions, grocery stores, luxury cabins, travel|

Beavers Bend Fly Fishing

Beavers Bend Fly Fishing

Beavers Bend fly fishing enthusiasts flock to the Mountain Fork River area in hopes of landing a mammoth trout. A little help from the pros at Beavers Bend Fly Shop will increase your chances of landing the “Big one” for dinner!

I enjoyed visiting with owner, Roberta Brister at the shop last week. She and husband Eddie, are the new owners and have everything you’ll need to have a successful fly fishing day on Mountain Fork River.

They offer professional guiding services that will teach you the proper techniques and location to trick the trout upon your dinner plate. Their shop is located only a few feet away from the banks of the Mountain Fork River.

Beavers Bend Fly Fishing

Drop by and learn more about fly fishing on your next trip to the Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow Lake area. Email your trout catches to us at [email protected], we’d love to see and post them on our social media outlets.

We just opened dates at Mountain Vista cabin in Beavers Bend. Currently, June 30-July 1 and July 6-10 are available. Rare summer openings at one of Broken Bow Lake’s most sought after luxury cabins. Our current guests just called and booked an extra night at our cabin in the prestigious Southern Hills Addition. They’ve been enjoying our complimentary S’mores Kits and exploring the Broken Bow Lake area and all the hot spots that attract two-million annual tourists to our region.

Thousands are currently enjoying the Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest in Beavers Bend State Park, but there’s always something to enjoy here!  The fall Beavers Bend Folk Festival is also a huge hit with tourists. Reserve your luxury cabin dates now for this wonderful event.

Contact us via phone at 405-535-8055 or reserve online. Get to Beavers Bend and enjoy the beautiful river and serenity it provides. A few hours on Mountain Fork River is very good for the soul, and your frying pan!

The rainbow and brown trout in Mountain Fork River are standing by…Fabulous Beavers Bend fly fishing awaits you. What are you waiting for?

By Jerry Isbell

2021-09-14T13:14:19+00:00June 22nd, 2014|angling, outdoors, travel|

Top Activities For Kids in Beavers Bend

Top Activities for kids in Beavers Bend

A frequent question we’re asked is “what are the top activities for kids in Beavers Bend?” School is out for most ArkLaTex children and they’re arriving in droves to our area, searching for fun, sun and the glistening water of Mountain Fork River and Broken Bow Lake. The Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow Lake area offers numerous outdoor recreational choices for children.

Top activities for kids in Beavers Bend

A train ride through Beavers Bend State Park is fun for the entire family and offers breathtaking glimpses of the gorgeous scenery along the Mountain Fork River. Among other top activities for kids in Beavers Bend is taking a float trip on the river in a canoe or kayak. Wild Goose Canoe and Kayak Rentals  is highly recommended from many of our guests at Mountain Vista Cabin. Remember to have a life jacket on everyone; there are rapid water areas on parts of the river.

Top activities for kids in Beavers Bend

Hochatown Amusements features miniature golf and Go Kart racing, they’re located across the street from the Beavers Bend State Park entrance on Highway 259 North.

When searching for the top activities for kids in Beavers Bend, even though they’re on summer vacation, there are still outstanding opportunities for educational experiences.  The Forest Heritage Center, located in Beavers Bend State Park, will give you the opportunity to teach your children about the history of the Broken Bow Lake area. The Forest Heritage Center features historical documents and a research library, along with outstanding information on the Native American and timber influences in Southeastern Oklahoma.

Top activities for kids in Beavers Bend

Top activities for kids in Beavers Bend

There are scores of top activities in for kids in Beavers Bend to keep them entertained throughout their entire stay when you visit a Broken Bow Lake luxury cabin. Our best recommendation is “Get on the Water!” Broken Bow Lake is beautiful, don’t just view it from the road, get on the lake in a boat and explore. The Beavers Bend Marina has various boat rentals available.

If you have questions about the top activities for kids in Beavers Bend, our app has lots of information. Search the App Store for “Beavers Bend” and download it for free. We offer specials and VIP offers to Mountain Vista cabin in Beavers Bend.

What’s keeping you from enjoying Beavers Bend and Broken Bow Lake? Contact us at Mountain Vista cabin, 405-535-8055 to reserve our fabulous luxury cabin that features stunning 20-mile views.

By Jerry Isbell

2021-09-14T13:13:10+00:00June 16th, 2014|ArkLaTex Travel, Outdoor activities for children, outdoors, travel|

Beavers Bend Cabins Spring Break Update


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 [email protected] 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!


By Jerry Isbell

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

Winter Beavers Bend Snapshots…



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

Beavers Bend Spring Break


Sunsets are breathtaking from our deck, even in the dead of winter…

Oklahoma and Texas Spring Break weeks are just around the corner…Reserve your Beavers Bend cabins early. Holidays near Broken Bow Lake cabins are like gold, and we always receive scores of last minute emails and calls after we’re booked. It’s very important to make your plans and choose the best Broken Bow cabin that suits your needs.

If you have a group larger than six adults and two children and want to stay at Mountain Vista, we recommend reserving two cabins in our upscale Southern Hills Addition. Our first preference for large group guests is the Y-Knot Cabin, just down the street from Mountain Vista. Their owners are great friends and just as fanatical as we are about quality, cleanliness and making sure guests have a tremendous luxury cabin experience in Beavers Bend.

We love the feedback and emails from our blog readers. Our blog is read by Beavers Bend State Park fans from Guam to the Galleria Mall in Dallas and many points between. Thanks and follow us on Twitter @BeaversBend. If you need advice regarding what to do and where to eat while visiting your McCurtain County Getaway, get our app.

Thanks for reading!

By Jerry Isbell


2020-06-23T12:30:20+00:00January 17th, 2014|Lake Cabins, Luxury Vacation Rentals, Texas Travel, travel, TravelOK|

“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.


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


Broken Bow Cabins Christmas Gift Certificates

We have snazzy looking Christmas gift certificates available to Mountain Vista cabin in Beavers Bend. A McCurtain County Getaway luxury cabin is a great holiday gift for your friends and family!

We’ve done many of these during the past few years and they’ve been a huge hit with our Beavers Bend cabin friends. Contact us and we’ll make you look great this Christmas!

It’s not too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day at a Broken Bow Lake cabin. It’s one of our most popular holidays and we can have roses, champagne and many other special requests awaiting you upon arrival at Mountain Vista.

Jerry Isbell


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