Pine Lodge Resort invites guests to enjoy Grand Lake

BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
06/04/2018 12:00 PM
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The Pine Lodge Resort in Afton is a short walk away from the Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees and features log-style cabins, mobile homes and recreational vehicle slips for rent. Cherokee Nation citizen June Box and her husband, Art, began building the resort in 1997. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The Pine Lodge Resort features amenities such as a clubhouse with a pool, laundry services, a kitchenette, table games and movies. It’s always open for guests to use. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Pine Lodge Resort owner June Box says the resort is the only establishment on the Grand Lake to feature true log cabins. Each cabin features a private wood deck with a patio set, charcoal grill and hot tub. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The Pine Lodge Resort in Afton features two lakefront cabins with boat slips on Grand Lake. Summer rates are $198 nightly, and a two-night minimum stay on weekends is required. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Each Pine Lodge Resort cabin is equipped with a queen or king bed, kitchenette, sleeper sofa, rock fireplace and private dining area. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Each log cabin at the Pine Lodge Resort is equipped with cable, a kitchenette with dishes and utensils, as well as a rock fireplace and full bathroom. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
AFTON – Just a short walk away from the Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees sits Pine Lodge Resort, a cozy getaway spot with hot tubs, wood-burning fireplaces, charcoal grills and lakefront views.

“We thought we would build a couple of cute little cabins here because there’s a marina next door, and we thought, ‘it’s for people who can’t spend the night on their boat.’ Everybody wanted a place to stay,” owner June Box said. “We’re the only log cabins on Grand Lake. Other places say they’re cabins, but it’s not true log.”

The Cherokee Nation citizen and her husband, Art, began building the resort in 1997 and have expanded to 10 log cabins, 18 mobile homes and 27 recreational vehicle slips. The resort also features a clubhouse with a pool, laundry services, a kitchenette and table games.

It’s open year round and located minutes from hiking, a beach, the South Grand Lake Regional Airport and Arrowhead South Marina. The resort also has a membership with the marina that allows guests access to a limited number of boat slips and fine dining. It’s these amenities, and the resort’s location, that draw visitors from across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.

“We’re just about making special memories for people,” June said. “We’ve done so many honeymoons that they come back for anniversaries. It’s a nice getaway for a couple. We also do family reunions, and a lot of people that have companies or their branches, they bring them here for sales meetings or whatever they need.”

The resort can sleep up to 108 people, Art said, and is an annual destination for staff from the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University.

The Boxes take care to make guests feel welcome and place laminated nametags on the side of each log cabin before arrival, which Art said lets them know “they’re not just a tag number.”

Each cabin features a king or queen bed, a kitchenette, rock fireplace and private deck with a hot tub. Dishes, utensils, linens, towels and firewood are provided. Summer rates are $198 nightly for the resort’s lakeside cabins, which include a boat dock, and $168 for cabins on the property’s wooded area. A two-night minimum stay on weekends is required.

June said there’s a waiting list for the recreational vehicle sites, which include 30-50 amp electrical hookups and a private deck. Annual leases are available for $235 per month plus electric and cable. Weekday and weekend rental rates are also available.

Furnished mobile homes are also available for nightly rentals. The Boxes also manage two homes near the lake – a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home and a four-bedroom, 2-1/2-half bath home. Rates and minimum nights vary.

June said guests get something different out of their experiences depending on the reason they visit but that the resort is always an “escape” from life’s stresses.

“We had a travel agent who visited for an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. She said to me, ‘you can’t have fun unless you drink’ and was just ready to throw in the towel, but someone invited her to a meeting here,” she said. “The lady came thinking, ‘I really don’t want to be here,’ but then she said she had never laughed so hard and had so much fun in her life without drinking. So this place here kind of saved her life. She thought it was so beautiful she couldn’t wait to come back.”

Pine Lodge Resort is located at 33635 Dock Road. For more information, call 918-782-1400 or visit www.pinelodgeresort.com or check Facebook.

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