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A Week In Bartlesville, OK

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A February 2004 trip to Bartlesville by ssullivan

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Quote: Incredible architecture, outstanding restaurants, interesting historical sites, and a great performing arts community all await you in this sleepy Northern Oklahoma prairie town of only 35,000 people.

A Week In Bartlesville, OK

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Overview

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I spent five days in Bartlesville, an old oil field town an hour's drive north of Tulsa, in February 2004 as part of an early retirement program my company was conducting for one of our corporate clients. While not a big city, Bartlesville has benefited from the headquarters of the Phillips Petroleum Corporation being located here in a downtown corporate campus since the early twentieth century. While Phillips has since merged with Conoco, the company still has a very large presence here, resulting in an extremely attractive and economically healthy downtown area. The blocks around the Phillips offices are filled with a number of very good restaurants and nice locally owned shops. On the edge of do...Read More

La Quinta Inn Bartlesville

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Bartlesville"

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I was booked at the Holiday Inn because my company was doing an early retirement workshop for a client in Bartlesville in this hotel's meeting space. However, I quickly found myself wishing I had insisted on staying at one of the nicer, newer properties up the street. At the time I checked in, I was given a key that did not work. After two trips back to the front desk I finally had a key that worked, only to have it not work on the second day of my visit because the clerk from check-in had activated the key for only one night. This was not the only issue with the hotel. My room had an air conditioner/heater unit with a broken thermostat. During my five day February visit the temperature rar...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

La Quinta Inn Bartlesville
1410 SE WASHINGTON BLVD
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006
918-333-8320

Taste of Europe

Restaurant

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I stopped in this little European-styled tearoom downtown for lunch one day during my trip. The restaurant is owned by a European immigrant family and features a menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, and European specialties. A selection of pastries and desserts is also available. My lunch was a chicken salad sandwich and vegetable soup. Both were delicious. The sandwich was very fresh and did not taste like the chicken salad was served out of a carton from a foodservice company. Likewise, the soup had a homemade taste that cannot come from a frozen or canned stock. Despite having a new server who was still a little unfamiliar with the menu and the restaurant's procedures, service was attentiv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

Taste of Europe
310 Dewey Avenue
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003
(918) 337-0787

Aroma's Italian

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Restaurant | "Aromas Italian Restaurant"

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Aromas was recommended by a group of women dining at the table next to mine when I visited Copper, the restaurant in the historic Price Tower. On the last night of my trip to Bartlesville, I decided to visit this downtown Italian eatery, and I was not disappointed in my choice. Aromas is one of several downtown Bartlesville restaurants in old storefronts. On the Friday night I went there, the restaurant was very busy, but I had only a short wait to get a table for one. Several nights a week, the restaurant features live music; I was told that on some evenings a local jazz singer entertains there. On the night of my visit, a pianist provided nice background music of popular standards and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

Aroma's Italian
322 S Johnstone Avenue
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003
(918) 336-1877

Vardeli's Cafe

Restaurant | "Vardeli's"

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Vardelli's is located in a shopping center off of US 75/Washington Blvd., the main "drag" in Bartlesville. The restaurant features good, although not outstanding, Italian fare. I chose the lasagna, which came with a salad. Both were good, although not the best I've ever had. I also ordered a piece of cheesecake to go and took it back to my hotel room to enjoy later in the evening. As with my entree, the dessert was very good, but not quite excellent. The service was fast and friendly. Overall, for the affordable prices and good food and service, Vardelli's is a good choice. While I found the Italian food and atmosphere at Aromas downtown to be more upscale, Vardelli's is a good choice, especially f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

Vardeli's Cafe
528 SE Washington Blvd.
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006
(918) 331-3755

Copper Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Copper Restaurant+Bar"

Copper Restaurant & Bar Photo, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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Copper Restaurant+Bar opened in 2003 with the Inn at Price Tower (see the journal entries on the Price Tower for more information). The restaurant spans two upper floors of the unique Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper and is accessible by elevators in the tower's lobby. Copper aims to bring upscale, somewhat trendy fine dining to Bartlesville, and overall it lives up to its ambition. The restaurant is very small, in part due to the fact that it is forced to fit into Price Tower's unusual floorplan without any major changes to Frank Lloyd Wright's design. However, this has resulted in the dining areas being separated into several small, intimate dining rooms, which add to the place's overall atm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

Copper Restaurant & Bar
510 S Dewey Avenue
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003
(918) 336-1000

Price Tower Arts Center

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Attraction

Price Tower Arts Center Photo, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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Phone: 918/336-4949 Website: www.pricetower.org Hours: Gallery and gift shop: Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12:30pm-5pm; closed on Monday. Guided tours are at 11am and 2pm (Tues-Sat)and 2pm (Sun.) Admission: Guided tours: $8 adults, $5 seniors and children 16 and under. gallery only, $4 adults, $3 seniors. Children 16 and under: free. For more on the history of this building, see the free form, "The History of the Price Tower," in this journal. Arguably one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's crowni...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

Price Tower Arts Center
510 Dewey Avenue
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003
(918) 336-4949

More on the History of the Price Tower

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Price Tower Arts Center Photo, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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Opened in 1956, the Price Tower is arguably one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest architectural achievements. The tower is his tallest constructed building and was described by Wright as a "tree that escaped the crowded forest" because the tower dominates the small town skyline of Bartlesville like a tall tree in the middle of a treeless prairie. This amazing structure was based on an earlier design for a mixed-use office and apartment tower conceived for New York City that was never built. When Harold C. Price, founder of Bartlesville's HC Price Company, was looking to build a new headquarters building for his firm, his son convinced him to commission Wright to design the building. Initially Pr...Read More
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Monday, February 2, 2004 Flew to Tulsa on Continental Airlines. This was the day after the Super Bowl in Houston, so security lines at the airport were ridiculously long. I was glad I arrived at the airport nearly three hours before my flight departed, because by the time I parked the car, took a shuttle to the terminal, checked in, and waited in line, I entered Terminal E only 50 minutes before my departure. I had just enough time to grab a quick bite to eat in the food court before boarding. The flight was very full but Continental's service was up the usual high standards. After arriving in Tulsa I picked up the rental car from Avis and headed for Bartlesville, about an hour away. ...Read More

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ssullivan

ssullivan
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