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Relax and Retreat

Whether ziplining over the Osage Hills, working on team building skills or just getting away from the grind for a few days, POSTOAK is all about helping guests relax.

Michele Chiappetta
Marc Rains
February 15, 2017

Relax. Rejuvenate. Rethink.

That’s the motto of one of Tulsa’s most ingenious get-away-from-it-all spots. We’re talking about the lovely, woodsy lodging destination known as POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat, located just northwest of downtown Tulsa in Osage County.

“We’re literally 7 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa, 15 minutes from downtown,” explains general manager Trisha Kerkstra. Located conveniently near the city, the lodge is still remote enough to provide a sense that you are no longer in the city.

Much of what makes POSTOAK unique is its connection to the area where it is situated. “We like to say we’re the gateway to Osage County,” Kerkstra explains.

The wooded area of the Osage Hills once served as the stomping grounds and hiding places of famous Western outlaws like Jesse James, Belle Starr and the Dalton brothers. Today, the area is home to world-class activities such as the Gilcrease Museum, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Woolaroc Nature Preserve and the Pioneer Woman Mercantile.

The Lodge itself also has its own interesting history. A retreat and summer camp for the area’s Catholic diocese in the 1980s, the site was purchased by the Williams Companies in 1997, which used it as a training and team development center until it was sold to private investors and turned into a lodging destination in 2003.

Today, POSTOAK is all about helping its guests relax and be refreshed in the shadows of 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape.

Similar to the resort areas you might find in Branson, Mo., POSTOAK has something for everyone. And that really does mean everyone. Whether you’re a local looking for something new to do, a business looking for a place to hold a retreat or a visitor to Tulsa who wants a fun outdoor activity to add to your vacation plans, POSTOAK has options for you to explore.

POSTOAK's zipline is a two-and-a-half-hour excursion above and through the treetops of Osage County. (Photo: Marc Rains)

For businesses, POSTOAK offers a great getaway location for special events.

“Corporate groups love that it’s close to town, but you still feel like you’ve gotten away,” says Kerkstra. Companies love the high and low ropes course options as well as exclusive, facilitated team building activities that POSTOAK offers in partnership with Challenge Quest, a respected local leadership, coaching and training organization.

“You can get the day’s work done, but also have time for team building and leadership development,” she says. It’s also a great location for charity events, which can be brought outdoors as well as held indoors, depending on a group’s preference.

POSTOAK also boasts wonderful opportunities for family reunions, get-togethers and weekend getaways. “Every sleeping lodge has a shared common area to hang out with everyone,” says Kerkstra. “You can enjoy one another’s company in the common area, then go to your private room any time.”

Leisure guests are just as welcome to POSTOAK as corporate groups or big event groups. Small families or groups of friends can enjoy the lodge too, which is conveniently located for anyone living in Green Country. “Use us for a weekend getaway that you don’t have to drive far to get to,” says Kerkstra. “Stay overnight, walk in the woods, fish, hike, play horseshoes.”

POSTOAK is all about helping its guests relax and be refreshed in the shadows of 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape. (Photo: Marc Rains)

Other activities to enjoy at POSTOAK include swimming, in-room massages, outdoor heated Jacuzzis, bird watching, and relaxing in the peace and quiet of the site’s thousand acres of wooded fun. There are seasonal activities including lawn games, basketball and volleyball in warmer seasons and bonfires, s’mores, indoor board games and a grand fireplace in the main lodge during cool weather.

And if you want to incorporate a bit of the city nightlife into your stay, it’s easy to do so. “You can still go to the Brady District for dinner or the Tulsa Botanic Garden during the day and still feel like you’ve been away,” Kerkstra says.

For visitors to the Tulsa area who want to visit for a special activity, POSTOAK offers a fabulous Canopy Tour Zipline.

“The zipline is on our property,” explains Kerkstra. “It’s a two-and-a-half-hour excursion above and through the treetops.” You don’t have to be a guest to participate, although there are age restrictions (ages 10 and up only) and weight restrictions for the zipline (at least 70 pounds but no more than 250). The zipline is open March to November, Saturdays and Sundays. Specific times and availability are outlined on the lodge’s website, where you can also book a tour.

POSTOAK is also known as a lovely place to host a wedding. And Kerkstra says the lodge works closely with guests to make their day a special one in every way. They employ a social planner who partners with the happy couple to plan the wedding, including recommending vendors as needed or working with the vendors of your choice to make sure everything you need is taken care of.

“We like to say we give one-stop shopping for our weddings,” says Kerkstra. “We can help with everything.” Several banquet rooms of varying sizes can accommodate wedding parties and other planned events of all kinds. Up to 60 guest rooms are also available on the property, and it’s easy to plan whatever type of experience you’d like, from a formal dining experience to a casual barbecue.

In the end, it’s all about the guest. And POSTOAK excels at helping each and every guest feel like a star.

POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat
5323 W. 31st St. | Tulsa