From time to time, a weekend in Carlton Landing will have no events scheduled. It’s a weird thing, but sometimes the weekends that aren’t loaded up with things to do allow you to have more time to fit in the quality family time you all enjoy or take the time for your health and relaxation! In the spirit of providing valuable information for your stay, here is a list of things to do on the “off” weekends in Carlton Landing, especially when the weather is going to be Spring like. 80’s and sunny during the day and low 60’s at night. Perfect porch sitting weather!!
We are surrounded by two things out here, land and water. When the water is too cold to take a plunge, we tend to turn inland for our recreation. If you hunt, ride, or run, there are options:
You will find a few hunters roaming around in camo after the morning hunt. According to the development office, please do a little leg work prior to your arrival. Email Laci (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the development office to confirm hunting is permissible and always make sure you are aware of the open game season. This can be easily done by searching The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife site and verify the licensing required.
Bicycle riders are a nice sight to see in our walkable community. Feel free to bring bikes and take in the surface streets and back roads to see just how big this place will be. Cut your own trails or follow those that have gone before you. We encourage our kids to stay on the wide sidewalks due to the visitor traffic that flows through on weekends. The in town speed limit is 15 mph and is usually obeyed.
Bring your running/walking gear and give the hills on the entrance road a go. From the town to the where the road forks and back is about 3.5 miles or just channel your inner Forrest Gump and take it to 9a and back for the full 6 mile experience! We highly recommend keeping the ear buds on a lower volume to listen for traffic coming at your back or around a corner. The townspeople are accustomed to watching out for runners and walkers, but those that come for a peek are not.
Our food options are currently limited. Even more so in the Fall and Winter months.
The Boulevard General Store is running winter hours, so call them before heading down. View a previous post on the General Store for menu recommendations and contact information. They are your best bet for a good breakfast or lunch without driving. Biscuits and Gravy or homemade cinnamon rolls are the usual breakfast fare. Lunch has to be the Cheeseburger and fries. Gotta. Be.
If you are up for a drive, there are a few local restaurants we love. For breakfast, head out of Carlton Landing, turn right on Hwy 9a toward Eufaula, take a right at the fork intersection of Hwy’s 9 and 9a to Longtown. Take in the scenic wonder of Longtown as you search for The Landing Cafe. It is found between the Sinclair gas station and Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant. Our kids dive in to the largest pancakes they have ever seen and Whitney and I usually go with the more traditional biscuits and gravy or whatever special they are running. They have a very friendly staff and open for breakfast and lunch.
Aside from the grills located around town that are open to the community, the dinner options are a bit more restricted around here. Our favorite is Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant in Eufaula. This little gem can be tricky to find, but it’s searchable in Google Maps. I am a fan of the Chili Verde which is tender chunks of pork sautéed in green chile based salsa! Can’t miss. It is served with rice, beans, tortillas, and a fajita set up. Chile Verde can be on the spicy side, depending on who whipped it up, so consider this your warning. Adelita’s does sell low-point beer, but no mixed drinks or margarita’s due to the proximity of a church. If you want a good, cold margarita to start your Fall off right, try out Los Arcos in Longtown. Located conveniently next to The Landing. We have not tried Los Arcos, but have heard good things.
You can also hunt down the Mama Tigs Pizza crew and grab a pie to bring back to your cottage. Pair it with a nice bottle of wine and enjoy an evening of games, football, or quiet time.
If you get cabin fever or want to take in Bedlam with new friends, try our newest addition to the block Tapper’s Ale House. They are open Wednesday-Saturday and have live bands or a DJ most nights. Enjoy pool tables, darts, horseshoes, or corn-hole. Smokers are welcome but will be asked to smoke on the back porch.
Other than that, there are a few places downtown or find a fire pit to get your S’mores on ( we like these recipes ). The Chocolate Graham Crackers make the classic S’more a Triple Chocolate S’more, then add bacon and you have a whole new realm of goodness. Boom! The Pavilion has a community pit and all are welcome to use it. Normally, firewood is provided, but you may have to scrounge if a pile is not down there.
Join Carlton Landing Community Church Sunday Mornings at 10am for some great Worship music and a great message. This week we have two guests coming in to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Andy Chrisman is returning to lead worship and our guest pastor Shan Hall from First Southern Baptist will deliver the message. Kids, 1st grade and under, are welcome to join Miss Amy in Sunday School for a fun experience, as well.