Situated 100 miles between Oklahoma City and Dallas at the intersection of State Highway 32 and Interstate 35, this historically rich and romantic Oklahoma town offers travelers a close and convenient one-day couples getaway or weekend rendezvous. Marietta offers a short, sweet side trip for world-class attractions and captivating outdoor escapades.
What to Do
Explore pioneer life at the Love County Pioneer Museum! This museum stands as a tribute to the first pioneers who settled in the Love County area. The Pioneer Museum features an extensive collection of historical exhibits, First American artifacts, fossils, rocks, and antique guns and farm equipment. The museum also includes showcased displays of early-day kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms like those of old pioneer homes.
The Love County Military Museum is dedicated to honoring the military men and women from Love County who lost their lives fighting for our country. The museum houses more than seven hundred photos, artifacts and war memorabilia from World War I until the present-day War in Iraq.
For a mix of shopping and history, check out Norton's Jewelry. This family-owned business is a jewelry store offering high-end jewelry at reasonable prices. The shop features jewelry items such as rings, necklaces and bracelets in multiple cuts and stones. The jewelry store also contains Norton's Indian Territory Museum, which showcases a private collection of old soda pop bottles, arrowheads, antiques, historical area documents and more.
Last but certainly not least on this shopping list is Levine's Antiques. This is a lovely antique store located in downtown Marietta. This one-of-a-kind shop features a wide range of local antique items, classic collectibles and old-fashioned furniture. Levine's also carries various kitchen items, including tableware, glassware, cooking utensils and more.
Where to Eat
Robertson's Ham Stand has attracted hungry travelers along I-35 and mail-order fans worldwide for over sixty years. With locations scattered all across Texas and Oklahoma, the home branch is located in Marietta, Oklahoma. Robertson's Ham Stand is known for having the finest cured and smoked meats in the world! Customers can choose from various smoked ham, bacon, turkey, pork sausage, pork loin and cheese. Robertson's also carries a variety of barbecue sauces, beef jerky, cooked sausage and other locally made food items. When traveling through the Marietta area, stop by Robertson's for the best ham sandwich you've ever tasted – hand-rubbed with sugar cure and smoked with genuine green hickory!
This next restaurant has hours almost as quirky as the name, but don't let that deter you from making the trip to taste this excellent food. McGehee's Catfish is the grandpapa of all catfish restaurants around! Located on the outskirts of Marietta by the old airstrip, McGehee's offers customers a catfish dinner as they've never experienced before, topped with a panoramic setting of the beautiful rolling hills and colorful Oklahoma country. When dining here, customers must try the famous 'All-You-Can-Eat-Catfish' plate, served breaded and fried under a mountain of French fries with homemade hushpuppies.
Where to Stay
A whitetail wonderland & hunter's paradise, Addison Ranch is a family-owned and operated business offering some of the state's finest whitetail hunting. The lodge features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, accommodating up to 6 individuals. Located near the Red River in a wildlife-rich area, guests who want to hunt can choose from various hunts including trophy whitetail hunts, management whitetail hunts, bow hunts, hog hunts, turkey hunts, duck hunts and combination hunts. Guests will be provided with full-time hunting guides during their trip as well.
Carved from the Louisiana Purchase, the county lines were set in 1887 and named after the Loves, a prominent Chickasaw family. The first settlers influenced the area with commerce, ferry crossings and some of the first trading posts in the Indian Territory. Cotton became the major crop in the late 1800s to mid-1900s, harvesting the greatest inland cotton market in the world. The town's courthouse, famous for being the first county courthouse after Oklahoma statehood, is now a popular wedding venue for couples looking to tie the knot in America's one and only County of Love. Another helpful bit of information is that Marietta is located only 14 miles from WinStar World Casino & Resort and only nine miles from Lake Murray State Park. This offers up Marietta as a short and sweet side trip if you are already in the area for other world-class attractions and captivating outdoor escapades.