Stately Mansion with Manicured Grounds
In the early 1920s, Tulsa was in the midst of its second oil boom, and the city was prospering. Having struck it rich in the oil fields northwest of the city, a doctor by the name of Samuel Kennedy built himself a Federal-style estate with soaring ceilings, a grand staircase, and a pair of second-floor terraces overlooking the carefully manicured lawn. Today, innkeepers Francoise and Darell Christopher maintain the Kennedy Mansion Bed and Breakfast and its sprawling grounds, set in the countryside on the outskirts of downtown Tulsa.
The inn features a handful of guest rooms, and each possesses an individual character. Both Osage and Gilcrease rooms feature hardwood floors and large windows that let in plenty of natural light. In the mint-colored Presidential suite, nine picture windows face downtown Tulsa. As the master bedroom of the house, the Presidential suite is equipped with a private library. The Country Club suite opens onto two outdoor terraces; one overlooks the in-ground pool and gazebo and the other faces west for sunset views. Suite stays also include a 60-minute, in-room couples massage.
In the morning, Francoise uses her French culinary expertise to prepare an à la carte gourmet breakfast, which you order at check-in. Breakfast entrees include crepes, omelets, quiche lorraine, and french toast and can be served in your room or outside on the sunny terrace.
Tulsa: Renowned Art-Deco Architecture and World-Class Art Museums
The oil booms of the early 20th century created an influx of wealth in Tulsa, and the downtown skyline reflects that prosperity. The city is peppered with art-deco buildings emulating the French-born architecture style that swept the nation in the 1920s.
Aside from the urban infrastructure, Tulsa is a green city with a prime location along the banks of the Arkansas River. Twenty-six miles of paved riverfront trails wind through River Parks past playgrounds, sculptures, and fountains. Near the hotel, the Brady Arts District is home to Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa's legendary dance-hall-turned-music-venue. Cain's rose to fame as the favored spot of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, who pioneered the musical genre of western swing in the late 1930s.
A touch of the cowboy era lingers at the Gilcrease Museum, which displays paintings by Frederic Remington depicting the Wild West. Tucked into the Osage hills, the museum also helps preserve Native American art and artifacts.
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