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GC GREEN COUNTRY SCENE AT CARLTON LANDING NEAR LAKE EUFAULA, YOU CAN HIKE, BIKE, FISH OR STROLL YOUR WAY TO URBANISM BLISS IN THIS GLAMOROUS HAMLET THAT MIMICS THE LIFESTYLE AND RESORT FEEL OF GETAWAY FLORIDA SPOTS. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA

Town founder Grant Humphreys, an Oklahoman with fond memories of family vacations past, explains that his visits to Seaside and Rosemary Beach profoundly influenced the approach he and his wife, Jen, took when structuring Carlton Landing. “When we would travel to Seaside and Rosemary Beach as a family, we saw how powerful a planned community can be,” he says. “It offers a sense of quality and intentionality. Visitors feel like they’re in a nice place that was not planned haphazardly.” For visitors to the resort town, that means you can arrive for your vacation-stay, park your car and not have to get behind the wheel again until you’re ready to head home. “It does bring people together,” says Humphreys. “People are often isolated or have to drive by automobile from place to place. It feels disjoined, inefficient.” Thus, one of the pleasures of Carlton Landing, is its walkability. Take advantage of that when you visit, says Humphreys. “When you take the car keys away, it changes the pace of life in a dramatic way,” he says. “When people come here, they often do very little except be present in the moment.”

Tucked away in the wooded shores of Lake Eufaula, there’s a best-kept secret resort spot awaiting your exploration and discovery. Take Oklahoma Highway 9A and just before you reach the town of Eufaula, turn down Carlton Landing Drive. A delightful, winding 3-mile trip through the woods leads you to the newly minted town of Carlton Landing (incorporated 2013), a planned community that promises to offer a luxurious getaway from your everyday life.

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Carlton Landing combines two different approaches to town planning to create a one-of-a-kind experience within driving distance of Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Ft. Smith. First, the town mimics the lifestyle and resort feel of getaway spots like Florida’s Seaside and Rosemary Beach, both of which are built around the concept of new urbanism — a walkable community with all the major amenities within a 5-10 minute walk from your residence.

In other words, luxurious down time is yours during your stay. Stroll with your family, including the dog, to the country store, where you can pick up the essentials to cook a meal at home. Walk to the lake, hop in the kayaks available for your use, and play in the calm waters of Lake Eufaula. Stop by the local drinking hole — designed like a casual beachside bar — to order a beer and enjoy the sunset. Or head to the pool and hot tub for a dip and time in the sun. The second design element Humphreys incorporated into Carlton Landing is an old-time farmhouse and lake house experience that hearkens back to the days before we had cell phones, constant Internet distractions, crowded streets

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