Ardmore: A Weekend Escape for the Girls

Ardmore’s historic Main Street is a rich patchwork of restored and repurposed spaces, now home to locally owned boutiques, antiquaries, restaurants and used bookstores, perfect for a relaxing day of shopping.

The Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Collection, hidden in the Ardmore Public Library, showcases a breathtaking array of the world’s most impressive dolls, made from porcelain, wax, wood, and leather, including some of Marie Antoinette’s own hand-carved French dolls.

Cloverleaf Antiques and Imports is a vivid sensory experience, with a dizzying array of colorful curios and eccentric wares calling from the storefront, beckoning you to take a closer look.

Ardmore’s dining and drinking options are ample, but there’s only one martini bar, and it’s Bar 115, a great spot for a casual afternoon happy hour or an elegant post-dinner cocktail. Classic martinis are on the menu, as are more colorful modern inventions, such as the Lemon Drop, Appletini or the decadent Godiva White Chocolate Martini.

The Charles B. Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts houses permanent and traveling art exhibits, and offers theatre performances and art classes.

Plan a group pampering with manicures, pedicures, massages or hair stylings at one of Ardmore’s locally owned spas and salons.

Ladies, meet Lady Luck: There are three casinos in the area, including The Gold Mountain Casino, Ardmore’s premiere gaming center—open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just down the road off I-35 is the WinStar World Casino, and northeast of town is the Artesian in nearby Sulphur, OK.

Soak up the summer sun, take a dip, or go for a hike at Turner Falls, Oklahoma’s largest waterfall.