Edmond, Oklahoma: "A Great Place to Grow"
Just north of Oklahoma's capital city is Edmond, a relatively small and close-knit town with lots of friendly people. In 2011, Edmond was ranked #1 on CNBC's top 10 perfect suburbs. Edmond is full of large mature trees, wonderful landscaping, and rolling hills; as a girl born and raised in the flat dry plains of West Texas, this is not something I take for granted. Being able to live in a place with an abundance of beauty is something I am thankful for every day. I guess that's why the Edmond slogan is "A great place to grow."
One of my favorite parts about Edmond is that you can live on large acreage lots and still be 5 minutes from town. Edmond is rich with architecture for each person's desires; from Contemporary and Modern to Rustic and Ranch Style. Edmond is also home to one of Oklahoma's most decorated golf courses, Oak Tree National, and has hosted several major PGA championships.
A local favorite is Charleston’s, which has a delicious menu ranging from chicken enchiladas to chicken fried steak. Charleston's has the atmosphere of an upscale restaurant for a nice dinner without breaking the bank. Edmond has tons of small family-owned restaurants that are more casual. Our favorite is Interurban, which serves cheese burgers, fajitas, salads, pasta, and much more. Edmond also has many family-owned Mexican restaurants which all offer complimentary queso and freshly made tortillas, a bonus for Mexican food lovers.
A Night on the Town
Downtown Edmond is a wonderful place to go after a dinner out. Ellis Island is great for coffee and wine. The Patriarch is great for craft beer and a good time. Once a month, Citizens Bank of Edmond also hosts Heard on Herd, which is a food truck street party with live bands, local artists and pop up shops on Broadway in downtown. A great attraction for a date night or entire family fun.
For the Kids
One of my daughter’s favorite things to do is go to Unplugits, which is a paint and play studio in Edmond. It is full of pottery to purchase and paint; once painted and dry, you can take it home. There also is an indoor playground to enjoy with a pirate ship that kids love. Edmond is full of beautiful parks with trees, walking trails, picnic areas and many playground options. There is even a splash pad and an Aquatic Center.
Edmond does not have an actual mall, so we make up for it with brick and mortar shopping locations. Spring Creek is a fantastic location to shop for trendy clothing. Stores include Francesca’s, Charming Charlie, Loft, Tiger Lilly, and White House Black Market, to name a few. One of my favorite places to shop is Serendipity Market. It is a craft mall that sells antiques, gifts, toys, and clothing for kids and adults in booths that are owned and managed by many different individuals. I always find what I am looking for at Serendipity. Downtown Edmond also has many antique shops and boutiques. There is even a wonderful Arts Festival in Downtown each spring.
The first public schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory was completed in Edmond in 1889, and it still stands today. If you head east from Edmond on historic Route 66 you will find Pops. Pops has over 700 glass bottled pops for you to choose from. They also have a restaurant that serves great food with a beautiful patio and courtyard. If you continue down 66 you will find the Historic Round Barn (an architectural anomaly) in the small town of Arcadia.
Edmond is a fun to visit for a day trip. The people are friendly and the shopping is great!
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