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Experience the Magic: Top 8 Things to Do in Hochatown this Winter

Beautiful sunset photo of Broken Bow Lake.

Winter in Broken Bow, Oklahoma is a magical time of year. Known as the "Little Smokies", Broken Bow is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. And what better way to relax than in a luxury cabin nestled in the heart of the Ouachita National Forest near Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park. With its picturesque landscapes and year-round recreational activities, it's the perfect place for those looking for a winter getaway. From cozy firesides, to scenic winter hikes, to savoring the local libations, there's no shortage of things to do in Broken Bow during the winter months.


One of the most popular activities in Broken Bow during winter is spending time with family and friends while cozying up by the fire. Relax and unwind after a day of adventure with a warm fire at the Retro Rose Retreat. From the cozy fire pit outside, to the hot tub cabana, to the beautiful gas fireplaces inside the cabin, you'll feel right at home making lasting memories. We provide firewood for all of our guests.

Chairs around a fire pit in the forest.


Take a break from the indoors and bundle up to explore the great outdoors on a scenic winter hike. With its breathtaking views, crisp air, and peaceful surroundings, it's the perfect way to get some exercise and enjoy the natural beauty of the Broken Bow area.  Hit the Friends Trail or Forest Heritage Trail for breathtaking views of towering pines, crisp air, and peaceful surroundings as you walk along side the Lower Mountain Fork River.

Two people on a hike in the forest.


If you're looking to savor some local libations during your stay, spend some time visiting one of Broken Bow's excellent wineries, breweries, or distilleries. Find a seasonal brew that strikes your fancy at Beavers Bend Brewery or Mountain Fork Brewery. Plan a girl's trip to Girls Gone Wine and let loose indulging in locally produced wines and good girly fun. Or, better yet, savor the rich flavor of Hochatown Distilling Co.'s small batch Bourbon to keep you warm & toasty.

A still photo of a plant, bottle of Hochatown Distilling product, and a glass sitting on a slice of wood.


Another great way to relax and unwind in Broken Bow is by enjoying the hot tub. Whether you're in the mood to relax quietly under the patio lights or in the daylight, you'll find that the hot tub is the perfect way to soothe sore muscles and warm up on a cold winter's day.  We designed our outdoor space to maximize privacy under the covering of a cabana, while still being able to enjoy the natural beauty of the forested surroundings.

A steaming hot tub at Retro Rose Retreat in Hochatown.


For families with kids, a stay at our cabin is guaranteed to be a hit. Kids will love roasting marshmallows by the outdoor fire pit, playing one of the many family board games included at the cabin, the toy campfire and tee-pee or even playing any of the thousands of games available on the arcade. We also have a piano for your little Mozart, a small basketball net that makes it okay to play inside, and a real working phone booth to teach the kiddos about the good ole days! And what could be better than streaming your kids' favorite movie complete with hot chocolate by the indoor fireplace? Here are some creative recipes for delicious s’mores and homemade hot chocolate!

A stand up arcade with a neon sign hanging on the wall above.


Fishing is a year-round activity in Broken Bow, and winter is no exception. When you visit, pack your rod and waders and enjoy some trout fishing. Check out the assigned trout area on the Lower Mountain Fork River, and you'll find that it's a hopping spot for trout, even in the winter. With less crowds, it's the perfect time for fly fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River. Beavers Bend Fly Fishing has excellent fishing guides that will take you out for a fun day on the river, no matter your skill level.

A person fly fishing in the Lower Mountain Fork River.


Finally, be sure to drive the Talimena National Scenic Byway for breathtaking views of the Ouachita Mountains. This picturesque drive is a must-do during the winter months and is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Broken Bow.

A winding road through the Talimena National Scenic Byway, showing the beautiful mountain scenery.

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