A Happening Downtown!
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, when we arrived. Tulsa looked more beautiful and alive than I ever remembered.
We barely made it on time to enjoy a local production of "Billy Elliot" starring a friend of my dad's. Then we rushed a block away to Guthrie Green to catch the end of a performance with composer/ performer, David Amram. He and my Dad had a quick reunion. It was their first, since working together over 50 years ago at Lincoln Center. It was a whirlwind of reunions and then it was time for goodbyes.
But we were in a rush. I only had time to glance up all 18 stories as we rushed in through the main entrance. This was once the tallest building in Oklahoma, when it was built in 1925!
From Floor to Ceiling
Don checked us in at the desk while I studied the 2-level lobby. (Those were some very long curtains!) I wondered what the place looked like when Bob Hope stayed... or JFK or Charlie Chaplin!
Off to Our Room
We got our key and headed for the set of elevators. It was fun to imagine the clothing styles and even the suitcases that traveled up these elevators over the years.
History in the Halls
The hall gave no hints of the hotel's age. The Mayo was gutted and renovated before its reopening in 2009, so all seemed sleek and modern. But there were numerous framed photographs telling lots of history. I longed for some time to study, but we were in a hurry.
We checked in at 7:10 and needed to freshen up and be in the bar by 7:30, so I snapped pics fast. It is my job to take photos before we mess the place up. This place was huge for $119.00!
It was nice to be able to spread out after 2 weeks of of road-tripping, with mostly cramped accommodations. The modern decor was a little unmemorable and I think they forgot to put artwork on the walls, but we weren't complaining. The bed was heavenly and the TV was huge.
Well, there was some art in the bathroom, which was spotless. My photos don't capture any of the clean, fresh feel of this place. I kept wishing we could slow down and enjoy.
I lifted the blinds of one of our two windows, since I always need to check out the view.
I couldn't see much, since we were surrounded by buildings. But if I have to stare at a building, at least it was one with some character.
Drinks Served by Casey
Casey was our very extroverted server in the bar. He brought our drinks and made sure to give Dan lots of olives. We yakked on and on over appetizers and drinks. We made sure Casey got a photo of all of us and of course he took a selfie of himself. I took my own photo of Casey and I think it shows off his personality quite well.
We made some toasts and enjoyed having the place to ourselves. I also had a chance to wander a bit and snoop at the decor.
Boiler Room Treasures
Good Night To Dan & Kim
If it hadn't been a Sunday night, our friends might have been able to hang out longer. We also could have enjoyed a visit to the Penthouse Rooftop Bar, but it was closed on Sunday. It was finally time for good-byes, then Don and I took a detour on the way to our room. We weren't able to peek at the Rooftop Bar, but we found The Crystal Ballroom.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!