Enjoy a Getaway to Grove & Grand Lake this Fall

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Located in the western foothills of the Oklahoma’s Ozark Mountains, fall is a wonderful time to getaway to Grove and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. The cooler temperatures, changing leaves, a host of special events, and small-town ambiance makes autumn at Grand Lake a great time to visit.

Golf Grand Lake
Cool, crisp autumn days are ideal for enjoying a day on the links at Grand Lake- Oklahoma’s top golf destination. Challenging and well-maintained courses, beautiful lake views, and first-class amenities make Grand Lake one of the best places to getaway for a golf outing in Mid-America. Two popular courses – Shangri La Golf Club, Resort & Marina and Patricia Island Country Club – offer special “Golf Grand Lake” packages for duffers. More information on these packages and the courses can be found at www.GolfGrandLake.com.

Beautiful Fall Drives
The Ozarks’ colorful fall foliage is world-class and, combined with some of Oklahoma’s most scenic drives, makes Grove & Grand Lake the ideal hub for “leaf peepers” in the Four State region. Har-Ber Village, Lendonwood Gardens, and Honey Creek State Park are three great places to enjoy fall colors in Grove and scenic drives in all directions provide countless opportunities to those wanting to enjoy the beauty of autumn in the Ozarks.

The Return of the Pelicans
Grove & Grand Lake is known far and wide as a great destination for birders – and especially in fall with the return of the pelicans. In fact, Grove’s Lendonwood Gardens was recently ranked as one of the top 5 birding spots in Oklahoma. While there are many birds to see at the lake, pelicans are the big stars during the fall. So big, in fact, that Grove hosts a Pelican Festival each October. This year’s festival will be October 11-12 at Wolf Creek Park and will feature carnival rides, food trucks, arts & crafts vendors, and live music. In addition, Grove’s Grand Lake Queen riverboat is planning a number of pelican cruises during that time – so what a fun, unique way to explore Grand Lake and see the pelicans and other waterfowl!

Downtown Grove – Small Town America at its Finest
Downtown Grove – also known as the Grove Springs Cultural District – offers a slice of true Americana with many quaint shops, galleries, and restaurants. Take in live music on the patio of a local restaurant or on the Community Lawn at one of the popular Food Truck Friday events. Stroll through the Grove Farmers’ Market – a producers’ only market where everything is made or grown locally. Check the Grove calendar of events at GroveOK.org to learn more about popular autumn events in Grove’s Downtown area to include plays at the Grove Playmakers Theater, the Merchants’ Fall Open House, and the Grove Springs Arts Festival.

Great Festivals and Events Throughout the Fall
From major bass fishing tournaments to festivals celebrating the history and cultural heritage of the Grand Lake area, there are many great things to see and do in Grove & Grand Lake each weekend during the fall months. As one of America’s top bass fishing lakes, top anglers will be fishing Grand’s waters at major fishing events all autumn long, to include the Bassmaster Open, FLW Costa, Bass Fishing League, and other major regional tournaments. Har-Ber Village will be hosting special events to include the popular Pioneer Days and Cherokee Heritage Days. Down on the south end of the lake, boat lovers will enjoy a visit to the Mahogany and Chrome Classic Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club. And the first weekend of October, the Spyders are coming to Grove for the Green Country Spyder Jamboree for a weekend full of fun, great rides, and festivities.

Halloween Fun & Festivities
Fall also brings a number of fun Halloween-themed events and activities to Grove & Grand Lake. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the Grove Merchants’ Daytime Trick or Treat in Downtown Grove. New this year is “Ghosts of Grove – A Haunted History Tour,” with spooky trolley tours both the Friday and Saturday prior to Halloween, sharing some of the darker secrets and spooky history of this corner of the Ozarks.

For more information on autumn vacation fun in Grove & Grand Lake or throughout the year, contact the Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau at (918) 786-9079 or check out their Facebook page at @grandlakegrove.

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