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Though only a short drive from city life, the Stone Creek Bed & Breakfast in Broken Arrow offers true country charm.
By Sheilah Bright
Published September/October 2012
Sharon Wise followed her father’s advice and turned her family’s cabin into a bed and breakfast in 2007. But she wanted guests to truly experience the carefree nature of summer and the warm comfort of winter, so she called a carpenter and gave him a mission: Build a deck worthy of showcasing a hanging bed.
“I think the crew thought I was a little crazy when I showed them a photo that I’d clipped from a magazine,” says Wise, who owns Stone Creek Bed & Breakfast in Broken Arrow. “Now the swinging bed is the first thing people want to see.”
Like a giant cradle surrounded by trees, every season the bed rocks guests to sleep or relaxation on an inflatable mattress. In the summer, they loll around and watch the fireflies glitter above the private lake, part of a property located on the northeastern edge of Broken Arrow. In the spring, winter, and fall, they cozy up under blankets and nap in the breeze before spending the night inside.
It’s just one of the reasons folks keep returning to Stone Creek.
“I don’t know how to describe what happens there,” says Broken Arrow resident Tory Tipp, who has been visiting for four years. “It’s as if all the stress of your life lifts. It’s one of our favorite places.”
Tipp originally came to investigate Stone Creek as a honeymoon destination and left with a place to hold his wedding. He and his wife, Sonya, celebrate their anniversary here every year. For them, Stone Creek provides a place to escape that is only a ten-minute drive from home.
Despite its suburban location, Wise and her family have made it a point to preserve the property’s bucolic atmosphere. She, her mother, and her five siblings own the eighty acres of woods, water, and grassland, and most of them live on the property. When Wise’s parents, Jim and Rita Dawson, purchased the site, a former gun range, in 1993, they wanted to create a retreat their children could visit. The whole family helped turn the property into something they could all be proud to call home.
“What my dad wanted was a place where his grandchildren could run through the grass, walk through the woods, and fish in the lake,” says Wise. “Not every family could live so close to one another, but for our family, it worked beautifully.”
Many friends and family members visited the Dawson homestead over the years. As more people came, Jim and Rita decided to allow visitors to stay overnight in the small cabin they had lived in while their home was built. It soon became a retreat for local churches and reunion groups. When Wise retired as a FedEx driver, her father convinced her to open the cabin as a bed and breakfast.
Today, the cozy three-bedroom cabin welcomes visitors with inviting porches, a stone fireplace, and plenty of outdoor space to roam. On warm nights, Wise sometimes sets up a movie screen on the back deck and serves ice cream sundaes. In the fall, guests can roast s’mores in view of the lake. A conference cabin is available for gatherings during the day.
For those staying overnight, Wise whips up a home-cooked breakfast with a choice of menu items including hash brown casserole, apple butter pancakes, or eggs cooked to order with biscuits and gravy. She also provides a coffee and tea bar and snacks throughout the day.
“I always try to think if I were going to a bed and breakfast, what would I want?” asks Wise. “I would want a relaxing experience and good food. That’s what I try to deliver.”
Every evening around seven o’clock, Wise comes to the door with a treat: homemade dessert. Banana cream supreme, apple cherry tarts, homemade ice cream, and brownies warm from the oven get rave reviews.
“Sharon’s food is wonderful down-home cooking with a gourmet twist,” says Tipp. “The desserts are decadent.”
Accolades have come Wise’s way from all over. Stone Creek was named one of the top ten bed and breakfasts in the Southwest for 2009-2010 by bedandbreakfast.com, a website that promotes inns, boutique hotels, and home-stay properties.
Sharing her family’s home with strangers on a weekly basis also is Wise’s way of continuing her late father’s service to the Broken Arrow community. After retiring as president of Zebco Corporation, Jim Dawson volunteered with several mission projects before joining the staff at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow. He also served on various city boards and volunteered at local events. Dawson died in 2006.
Wise continues his legacy by sharing Broken Arrow’s events, shops, and recreational venues with her guests. Spreading the news about a community she loves is all part of being a good innkeeper.
“We’ve met a lot of wonderful people through the bed and breakfast,” says Wise. “And most all of them have become friends.”
Get There: The cabin at Stone Creek Bed & Breakfast sleeps ten people. Rates start at $200 per night for two people with a $25 per person charge for additional guests. 20510 East Seventy-Seventh Street in Broken Arrow. (918) 520-8291 or stonecreekbb.com.