OKC Staycations for Two Parents know Valentine’s Day is often a nightmare when it comes to booking a sitter. In fact, the online babysitter search service Urban Sitter reports finding a sitter for Valentine’s Day is even harder than scoring one on New Year’s Eve. But that’s no excuse not to make time for your spouse this month. If you can swing it, take the pressure off to celebrate on Feb. 14 and instead plan for a onenight staycation any other night of the month. Here are tried-and-true options in two hot Oklahoma City districts: Film Row and Midtown. BY HANNAH SCHMITT
TOP: MARY EDDY’S RESTAURANT. PHOTO PROVIDED. BOTTOM: RIDE OKC. PHOTO BY VISIT OKC. GUEST ROOM AT 21C. PHOTO PROVIDED.
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21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a funky, quirky hotel and museum that’s the perfect backdrop for a night away from the kids. Check into your room at this impressive Film Row property then budget some time to browse the incredible array of rotating art on the first level. If you’re the type who’s okay with not venturing out of the hotel for the night, settle into a booth at the hotel’s restaurant, Mary Eddy’s, for refreshing takes on comfort foods. The meal wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of dessert before retiring to your room for the night.
A terrific way to explore Film Row and areas nearby is by bike. Even if you live in the Oklahoma City metro and know the streets inside and out, a bike tour can help you see the city through new eyes. Ride OKC offers an Art + Architecture Tour, a Bikes + Brews Tour and other seasonal tours. The great part of doing a bike tour with your spouse is learning interesting bits of history and seeing what’s new in town together. Rides start at $45 per person for a two and a half hour tour. If a tour isn’t really your thing, the company also offers bike rentals starting at $10 an hour.
Film Row’s newest destination for dessert is Cafe Disco, a cozy shop in the Main Street Arcade at Main & Lee Avenues. The store specializes in macarons and cappuccinos. They make their macarons in-house in exciting flavors like cherry blossom, honey lavender and pistachio.
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A Spokies rental is another great way to get out on two wheels. Rentals are $3.50 per half hour and bikes can be picked up and dropped off at one of eight stations located throughout the urban core.
Also in Main Street Arcade, Revel Eight Nail Salon & Revel Eight Grooming offer prime opportunities for pampering both you and your spouse. Stop in for a relaxing manicure, pedicure, hot shave or blowout.