We stayed at the Hyatt downtown. They lured us in with their fancy lobby escalator and "rooftop" pool, but the place turned out to be a total letdown. (An indoor/outdoor pool on the third floor of a 15-story building, does not a rooftop pool make.)
The room was cleanish, though I'm still not sure why there was a giant one-foot square hole in the bathroom wall. But the place was quiet (aside from the 2:30 a.m. fire alarm), so it was fine.
On our first day in town, we slept in and headed over to the mall for pedicures, manicures and way too many hours of shopping.
We attempted to have dinner at Ted's, which, from what every person I've encountered has said, is the end all be all of Mexican restaurants. We arrived starving, exhausted from shopping and ready to stuff our faces with homemade tortillas and free (!!) cheese dip. And then we learned Ted's uses peanut oil in several dishes and had to leave with growling bellies. Allergy livin' can be so sad.
The Philbrook Museum had Shakespeare on the Lawn, so we headed on over there to watch The Taming of the Shrew.
It was a beautiful evening, and fun to sit outside under tall oak trees while the sun set. But many of the players had some issues...like forgetting their own names...and after an hour of poorly timed sound effects, we called it a night.
The next day, we did even more shopping and had dinner at an amazing restaurant in Utica Square. Apparently, Fleming's Steakhouse is a chain, but we live in Arkansas, so we had never heard of it. The service was the best I've ever experienced in my life, and we had a fabulous time. The food is unbelievably good. And if you order the surf and turf - they crack your crab legs for you!! They also serve seafood with a bowl of drawn butter over an open flame to keep it hot. This made me ridiculously happy.
After our weekend of indulgence, we needed to burn some calories, so we went for a run the next morning. We went back to the neighborhood by the Philbrook Museum because it's such a pretty area.
The homes there are outrageous, and it seemed like the perfect place for a run. A few hundred other people thought so too, because about a half mile into it, we accidentally ran over the finish line of a 5K! Oops! I started seeing weary people wearing bib numbers and realized we were in the middle of a race course that was still in progress. We zigged and zagged through neighborhood streets, but couldn't find our way out of it. Sorry, racers!
A visit to Tulsa wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium. Luckily, we were there on a day when they feed the sharks, and it was so crazy to watch! Standing in the shark tunnel was eerie when these massive, scary beasts would swim right for us and then go over our heads.
A fun three-day weekend to prepare us for a crazybusy work week!
In the shark tunnel