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Pecan Cottage Bed & Breakfast

By Susen Foster

I have long believed that Pauls Valley, Okla., with its lush tree-lined and brick-paved streets and historic neighborhoods--plus its convenient access to Interstate 35--would be an especially attractive setting for a bed and breakfast. So when a lovely 1948 Craftsman-style cottage located on a shady corner lot in the middle of a pleasant neighborhood came on the market, I admit it was love at first sight and an easy decision to make it mine even before I stepped inside.

As with many homes in rural Oklahoma, the back door is the main entrance, and in this case it opens into an immense kitchen and eating area with a vaulted cedar ceiling, double glass front hutches, and a center island. The realtor will tell you I had tears in my eyes.

Not only was the price reasonable, but there were many bonuses. The most valuable was the new central heat and air and new plumbing. There were also new window treatments and freshly painted walls, trim and doors--and a gorgeous Tiffany-style hanging lamp.

The charming two-bedroom house has several other advantages. The western view is of cropland instead of houses; the lot is covered with large pecan trees, Mimosa, Dogwood, and many flowering shrubs; plus the front porch is enclosed with windows facing west.

The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a full size. There is also a queen sofa sleeper. Though there is only one bathroom, it is large and has two vanities plus a shower/tub combo. The living room is quite large and has many places to relax. The kitchen is completely equipped and the dining table comfortably sits eight to 10. The sunroom is like a tropical haven with tangerine and aquamarine sheers that suit the rattan chaise and chairs.

In the 1990s I published a series of four travel books about inns and wineries in regions of Northern California which turned out to be surprisingly popular--not just for the artwork and information, but mostly for signature recipes provided by the innkeepers. I visited hundreds of unique lodging facilities as I researched this series and never imagined myself as an innkeeper. But when I first saw 530 North Pecan, it was obvious to me that this friendly cottage could be something different than any other B & B or vacation rental.

"Chick trips" are a new and popular travel concept, and Pecan Cottage offers chick trip packages that include meals and beverages for up to four ladies traveling together. It truly becomes their home away from home. Then I help them plan the perfect itineraries, from spa treatments and shopping, to casinos, wineries, golf or four-wheeling.

Whether my guests are extreme sport enthusiasts or home hobbyists, virtually everything imaginable can be found at the cottage, in town, or within a short scenic drive from Pauls Valley. In fact, Pecan Cottage has already hosted its first scrapbooker's retreat.

It is a great place for a girls-only getaway, but couples who want a rural experience without being far from art, wine tasting, and good food will also enjoy Pecan Cottage; so will the in-laws during a family reunion and bridesmaids before the wedding.

Visit www.pecancottage.com or check out our Facebook page. You can get special deals by finding us at www.travelok.com or www.bedandbreakfast.com. E-mail me direct at pecancottage@gmail.com or call 580-622-5408.

Editor's note: Susen Foster is the owner of Pecan Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Pauls Valley, Okla. She is the author of numerous travel books. Susen can be reached at www.greatersuccess.com or call 580-622-5408.

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