I will admit that I was a tiny bit apprehensive when moving to Guthrie a few years back, but this town and the people in it have absolutely stolen my heart.
Guthrie is a unique, very small town that is surrounded by history.
It is THE ONE and only suburb of OKC that will not, and cannot become a cookie-cutter replica of all the other suburbs with chain restaurants and big-box stores.
The heart of the town, the downtown district, is protected historically and the town has made provisions to keep it exactly the way it is and has been since the early 1900s.
The Victorian architecture, quaint antique stores, mom & pop shops, and small-town feel give Guthrie a kind of magic I have not experienced anywhere else.
If you have not traveled north on I-35 to this hidden gem yet I am going to give you five REALLY good reasons why you should give Guthrie a go.
This quickly became one of our family favorites in Guthrie. At one point in Oklahoma there were over 100 drive-in theaters, and over time, the Beacon is hanging on as one of only five remaining in Oklahoma today. Run by the Powell’s who have had the Beacon in their family for four generations, it is truly a unique family experience. So on a warm summer night or crisp fall evening, load the kids up in their pajamas and head on over to the Beacon in Guthrie. Make sure to bring cash!
Guthrie’s downtown district is a step back in time, with over 2,000 historically preserved buildings that were built in the 1890s and early 1900s, and are filled with antique shops, delicious family-owned restaurants, the Pollard Theater, and mom & pop shops galore. I love taking my in-laws from Georgia downtown and just spending the day shopping and eating.
It is so difficult to choose because there are so many great choices in downtown, but I will say I tend to gravitate towards these downtown gems: Stacy’s Place (the fried green tomatoes are to die for), Boom-a-Rang Diner (breakfast all day is my jam), Boutique 206 (super cute clothes), Guthrie Bicycles (the owner Kent is so nice and extremely knowledgeable), & Rick’s Fine Chocolates (the mocha is dangerously delicious).
In the summertime, downtown hosts Red Brick Nights, which is quickly becoming my Guthrie favorite with food trucks, a kids area, and fantastic music, including Guthrie’s hometown favorites the Byron Berline Band.
Talk about a town taking full advantage of the history and magic of the Holidays. During the Territorial celebrations, Guthrie has a tree lighting ceremony, a lighted parade, and the entire downtown is transformed back to the Victorian era. The costumes and people are extremely fun and entertaining. This is one event that the entire town comes out to get involved with the fun! Definitely check the website for the many seasonal events during the Holidays.
This is by far my kids’ most favorite Guthrie event. Every April in Guthrie, we celebrate the birth of our State from the first land run on April 22, 1889. The downtown is transformed with a carnival, chuck wagon feed, food trucks, parade, and sideshows depicting life in Oklahoma from 1889. This celebration has been held in Guthrie since the first year after the land run, so to say that it is steeped in history is barely doing it justice. This is a fantastic event to bring the whole family out for.
I most definitely saved the best for last! Dominion House is a wedding/events venue, boutique hotel, has a gourmet restaurant (602 Bistro), and is a historical staple to the Guthrie backdrop. The Dominion house was built by the Freemasons in the 1920s to serve as a children’s orphanage, hosting over a hundred children in its early days. The facility included a large gym and a swimming pool. It closed as an orphanage in the late ’70s and laid dormant for many years before being bought, completely renovated, and ultimately transformed into the gem it is today. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a girls weekend I would absolutely suggest you try the Dominion House. It is such a gorgeous property that offers a luxurious getaway close to the metro. They even offer igloo dining on the property in the Winter!
Guthrie is one of the best-kept little secrets left in this state, and I felt it was my obligation to fill you all in. So if you’re looking to entertain people from out of town, or looking for a weekend getaway, you should definitely look North towards good old Guthrie. It is a historical gem, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing community.