Destination: “The Canebrake”

In one of our travels, we came upon an interesting place, The Canebrake.  You definitely have to know how to get there and it is definitely destination dining.  I am struggling on how to describe it—it is a rural retreat, a lake-side resort, a yoga workshop/weekend spa, but ultimately, a great place to dine.  The scenery is amazing.  On our first visit as we were parking, we literally saw two deer meander out from behind a bale of hay.  Seriously, “Cue the deer.” 

I tried their Lemon Cielo cocktail on our very first visit here.  As I recall, the menu stated cielo is Spanish for heaven.   I loved this cocktail so much, that I came home and made my own version.

Tuscan Sunset

2 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Amaretto
2 oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 sprig rosemary

Shake first five ingredients with ice in a shaker.  Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

We have had dinner there twice, plus we spent Thanksgiving there which was a huge treat.  (They even sent us home with “doggy bags” with turkey sandwiches.)  Friends tell me that Sunday brunch is awesome.

Experience it for yourself!  They also feature a “Zip and Sip”—guests take a wild ride on a zip-line and are treated to a flight of wine upon finishing.  I would love to try this!

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5 comments to Destination: “The Canebrake”

  • Ummmm! That sounds delicious, I love drinks with rosemary, must be very refreshing.

  • Hielo!
    Thanks for your kind words about The Canebrake and I hope you’ll come see us again soon. The Lemon Cielo is one of our most popular cocktails, but everything is delicious. I admire your “eating local” aspirations and your garden sounds delicious. Here at The Canebrake we try to source everything we can locally, from our organic bison that comes from a ranch 5 miles away to all-natural co-operative beef and poultry. Our seafood is flown in fresh every day, but we pick line-caught and seasonal fish.
    I laughed at your “cue the deer” comment – we have moments like that all the time – it’s uncanny. The State was here filming stock footage for travel commercials and were shooting across a meadow at sunset when a herd of deer appeared from the east while a flock of geese flew in from the north. They were impressed with our organizational skills (wink).
    The Canebrake is the first ECO-certified property in the state – a new program sponsored by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Tourism. We have 16 rooms and suites, a conference center and ropes course, daily yoga classes and our restaurant is open Wed-Sat for dinner and Sunday for Brunch from 10-2.
    Our next Zip-n-Sip’s are scheduled for Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 – come ride our 300-foot zip line as many times as you’d like then enjoy your choice of a flight of beer, red wine, white wine or a delicious dessert ($40, including tax, tip, zip and sip!).
    Best wishes with your garden and local food hunting. Come see us again soon!
    Take care,

    Adam Miller
    Marketing Director
    The Canebrake
    Wagoner, OK (45 miles east of Tulsa

    • Eliot

      Thank you for the kind words!! We are trying get a few couples together to come to a Zip n Sip!! Hope to see you there.

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