Guest Comments about River’s Bend Resort:
River’s Bend Resort has attracted the attention or regional and national travel media. We have been written about in Oklahoma Today and the Dallas Morning News and we have been host to ESPN Outdoors and mentioned in their broadcasts.
One of our guests was John Gifford, publisher and writer for American Fly Fisherman and Bassmaster. This is his description of River’s Bend Resort:
“Thanks So Much! Your cabins are absolutely stunning – the nicest I’ve ever experienced”
Here is the travel story that appeared in the Dallas Morning News in June 2003 about River’s Bend Resort:
Oklahoma for every taste
By ELAINE WARNER / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
Texans have found lots of reasons to visit southeastern Oklahoma: Beavers Bend State Park – the state’s most popular – plus beautiful scenery, great fishing and boating. What visitors haven’t expected is sophistication.
A new restaurant and inn that seem to jump from the pages of Architectural Digest are expanding the opportunities for visitors.
The newest eatery in the area is Abendigo’s, which opened in January. The family-owned restaurant hired Culinary Institute of America-trained Lance Ifuku as executive chef.
One of the owners, Charlette Hearne, explains the motivation to bring relatively upscale dining to the region: “Food has always been my hobby. I traveled to France about 30 years ago and studied at La Varenne [in Burgundy, France]. I’ve also taken classes under James Beard, Julia Child, all the big names.” Another family member, Chad Sargent, says the area is ripe for this type of restaurant.
“We ran the numbers,” he said. “We wanted a restaurant with style which would appeal to a wide market. We’re upscale enough for visitors looking for an elegant meal, but we’re casual enough not to be intimidating.”
The menu includes fresh fish flown in daily and steak, which is cut on the premises. But it’s not all upscale: You’ll also find hamburgers, chicken fried steak, Caesar salad and pasta. Deserts range from Strawberry Romanov – fresh berries with a creamy sauce hinting of rum and brown sugar – to Bananas Jubilee flamed at your table.
Abendigo’s, located nine miles north of Broken Bow on U.S. 259 at the road to Lakeview Lodge. Current hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Summer closings will be one hour later. Contact: 580-494-7222.
As if Charlette Hearne weren’t busy enough, she and her husband are planning to open Rivers Bend Resort later this week.
The three cabins have a prime location – a mile of riverfront on the Glover River, considered Oklahoma’s last “wild” river. Each cottage has its own canoe, and all units have full kitchens and decks. Two feature $10,000 shower units with full body spray, back and foot massagers.