Early in December, Mr. Wonderful and I were able to take a little escape away just over the Oklahoma border into Texas from the holiday season craziness to Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, Texas.
And by escape, I mean a SORELY needed escape due to wrapping paper, ordering gifts, still recovering from Thanksgiving and all the millions of parties revolving around the holidays which were overloading makes me a little nutso. Add to that, we haven’t been out of town alone in forever, and we were a tad bit giddy.
Tanglewood is located on the south shoreline of Lake Texoma in a beautiful setting with a view of the lake.
The resort houses both hotel-style rooms and luxury condos and villas, two restaurants (one a bar and grill type, and the other fine-dining), a heated three-tiered pool and Tiki Bar, three cocktail lounges, a gift shop, fitness center, game room, pickleball courts, state-of-the-art meeting space, and a 18-hole championship golf course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer.
Oy yeas, there is also an on-site spa.
AND there is a tower building, and at the top (with beautiful views all around of the lake and countryside) it houses the Tower Whiskey Bar, a quaint but lovely little place that features a slew of whiskeys and live music to boot.
You literally could never have to leave the grounds during your stay.
We arrived after dark Friday night to stay in one of the 1100 square foot One Bedroom Luxury Villas, which are actually apartment like in multi-floor buildings.
We were pleased upon walking in to be greeted in style with a lovely room complete with living room and kitchen area.
There was also a nice full kitchen stocked with oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishes, glasses, wine glasses, pots and pans, a coffee maker, toaster and more.
We felt special upon finding this to greet us.
In case you bring a family, they provide an air mattress or sleeper sofa so they actually would sleep 4. There was a washer and dryer and additional 1/2 bath as well. They are also pet-friendly for a fee.
Hotel rooms are located in the main resort complex, including six classy, themed suites located in theTower… like the James Bond Suite, Elvis Presley Suite, or Marilyn Monroe Suite to name a few.
We barely had time to freshen up a bit before our reservation at the Lakeview Steakhouse was approaching so we took the short walk over to the main building. The steakhouse was very classy inside with a windowed-wall facing the lake.
We ate at the Tanglewood Resort Lakeview Steakhouse both Friday and Saturday night. We were immediately brought a warm and delicious basket of bread.
One was focaccia-style and the other a cheesy biscuit style. The green sauce above was a basil oil that was so good I was sopping it all over everything.
We ordered two appetizers. Yes you heard me correctly – we were coming off of a 4 hour drive and were ravenous. We ended up ordering the crab cakes with lemon remoulade.
And we ordered the the Seafood Platter – that had a selection of jumbo gulf shrimp, sea scallops, crab fingers (kind of like crabcake filling tucked back into the claw, brie and roasted bell pepper with a whole grain mustard buttery dipping sauce.
Then it was onto the entrees.
Were we still hungry at this point? Well heck no, but this weekend was about indulgence and we aimed to fully indulge!
I ordered the Peppercorn Filet.
I love me a good filet and this one didn’t disappoint as it will crusted really well and tender as butter inside. I chose Wild Mushroom Risotto and Grilled Asparagus to accompany.
We’ve been into making some amazing steak ourselves of late, like this KC Strip with Tomato Basil Butter.
Mr. W ordered the Bone In Ribeye with mashed potatoes and broccolini and he seemed pretty happy as most men are with a giant hunk of meat.
Dessert was next and I wanted to try the Cannoli, even though I could barely breath and wanted to run to the Villa and get in my yoga pants.
And anyway I didn’t feel guilty at all because Mr. Wonderful ordered this.
Yes that piece of cake as almost, well, quite possibly IS as big as his head.
After all that food….this cake came out. It had layers of Devil’s food, cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake filled with chocolate French mousseline buttercream and encased in ganache.
And if that wasn’t enough, it came with salted caramel bourbon sauce. The man was HAPPY. So very happy.
After dinner, we were tired and happy and full and headed back to our villa to try out the jacuzzi, because who doesn’t want to go into a hot tub looking like a stuffed lobster?
The master king bed was so wonderful and we woke up the next morning ready to get out and see the sights. Because it was the start of winter, we didn’t get to visit the pool and Tikka hut etc., but we did take a nice long walk, played pickleball and went up to explore the Tower Whiskey Bar view.
We wanted a trip to the spa for a couples’ massage but alas they were completely booked. If you decide to go, book early!
Breakfast was back at the steakhouse. After the night before I wanted something reasonable healthy and ordered the Avocado Toast and eggs which was delicious and hit the spot!
We tried out the Tanglewood Bar & Grill for Lunch.
At that point the waitress offered us dessert. I opted for something a little light like the Tiramisu which came out just lovely – even topped with a gold leaf.
After dinner on night two, we ventured back up to the Tower Whiskey Bar to listen to some live music. It’s a small space so it was cozy and fun and we made friends!
I wish I could report more on the outdoor activities at Tanglewood Resort, but we will have to take another trip in the summer to try them out!
We definitely enjoyed our stay and look forward to another trip!