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Grand Lake Vacation

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Martinsburg, West...
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Grand Lake Vacation

We just booked Cassandra Shores on Grand Lake for Sept. 9-13 and are really looking forward to it. My husband grew up in OKC as a child, but the rest of us are East Coasters. We also have access to a pontoon boat for the week. What else is there to do in the area? Places to eat/bars/dancing/festivals? The guys are looking forward to fishing and golfing. What can the girls do within 50 miles? Other than that, looking forward to fun in the sun. What is the normal temperature that time of year?

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1. Re: Grand Lake Vacation

Well, you are miles from everything central to the lake, except fishing. It is quite shallow on that end of the lake so be sure to ask advice from the owners where NOT to go. They should give you a map and mark the really shallow places. I never take a boat up that way, only a jet ski. Air temps will most likely be warm, but the water temp gets too cool to swim in after Labor Day most years.

They are quite a distance from all the good golfing offered. Shangri La is the best, but you are also close to Miami, which is cheaper, but not as good. Medium priced and good golfing is offered at Patricia Island, but it's almost as far away as Shangri La. Food is superior at Shangri La, which you may dine in the Buffalo Bar or formal dining room. All the good clubs are near Shangri La as well, but a couple of so-so ones are Broccoli's (near Sailboat Bridge) and Spankys near Cowskin Bridge on Highway 10 (8-10 miles past Broccoli's). They have live bands throughout the summer, but after Labor Day its hit and miss on everything around the lake. If you go out there, however, there's a casino nearby if you like to gamble. Nothing fancy, though, and no entertainment. There is a Pelican Festival, but it's Sept 20-21.

You have presented me with quite a quandary. Having already picked your accommodations that are far from everything and during a time when most everything is shut down, I'm not sure what to recommend. If you had come here and asked me where to stay and what time of the year was best, I would have told you to stay on Monkey Island during June, July, or August. Guys could golf and girls could shop and have lunch. The most fun time is July 4th weekend. We have amazing fireworks in Duck Creek, F-16 flyovers and tons of military aircraft. Everyone drives their boat all weekend to Woodward Hollow, Dripping Springs, or Party Cove, and plays music and dances, then head off at cocktail time for one of the bars/restaurants.

One fun thing to do, in the off season, is shop, movie, coffee and lunch in Grove. Another is drive to Joplin, Missouri, where you can do group pedicures and massages at the fabulous Oasis Spa, then lunch at my fav restaurant, The Red Onion. Lots of shopping and a great movie theater near the Northpark Mall on north Rangeline Rd. Miami, my home town, has some fun things to do. We like to start out at Chapters Bookstore for coffee, then go to the historic Coleman Theater for a tour (check their website for days), then to the famous KuKu Drive in for lunch, and on the way out of town drive on the original 9-foot segments of Route 66. Vinita has Clanton's restaurant, an old time cowboy diner featured on Diners, Drive ins and Dives, but that's all there is to do in Vinita. Their famous PRC rodeo is in August.

I'm really reaching to think of non lake things to do during this off season trip. Maybe if you let me know your ages and interests, I can think of a few more things. This one really has me scratching my head...sorry.

Martinsburg, West...
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2. Re: Grand Lake Vacation

Bips, thatnks for the response. I guess I should have said that this vacation was built around attending the OU vs WVU football game on 9/7, so visiting during the best time of year does not apply. We chose this place because it had good reviews and an owner owned boat rental. I guess my thought was that if there is a pontoon boat on property that is rented, it must be ok to use it in the area, but thanks for the heads up. I'll make sure to discuss the low areas with the owner. One of the couples own a pontoon here, so they are familiar with navigating waters.

Our main goal is to enjoy the lake, the boat and the fishing. I was asking about other things to do more as an option to "do something different". The guys will find a place to golf a couple of times and they are used to driving to get there. It sounds like we will probably just be spending most of the time at the house relaxing, which is ok. I appreciate your input. Oh, we are aged between 45-55.

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