The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 7, 2013

Enid boasts a pair of unique bed and breakfasts

ENID, Okla. — Looking for a room? Or are you searching for spacious accommodations lavishly decorated with a personal touch?

Enid boasts a pair of unique bed and breakfasts. They are perfect for those visiting northwest Oklahoma, but they also are inviting for Enid residents who just need a few days and a relaxing change of scenery.

Southard House, 518 W. Pine, is a new bed and breakfast in a beautifully restored historic home in the Kenwood Historic District. It joins another bed and breakfast, Maple Place Bed and Breakfast, located at 418 W. Maple.

James and Tammy Neal purchased the historic Southard House in November 2012, and quickly turned their dream into reality.

The house was purchased from Marty Tydings and was built in 1912 by George Franklin Southard and Lilla Hughes Southard, who settled in Oklahoma Territory in 1904.

Each of Southard House’s four suites has a theme and a name: the garden-themed Suite Dreams; the Marie Antoinette-themed Suite Hope; Suite Blessings, accented with angels and lace; and Suite Beginnings, inspired by the City of Love: Paris.

“We’re really blessed to take this on and share it with the public,” said James Neal, a former Enid News & Eagle reporter now working for the city of Enid. “We’ve been working on this for six months, and we really tried to pay attention to all the details.”

Maple Place, also in the Kenwood district, began in 1999 and has been owned by Lissie and Jeff King and Roxanne Pollard since December 2012.

Maple Place offers 10 guest rooms throughout three historic homes in Enid.

Each suite name is reflective of the room, and Maple Place often hosts out-of-town visitors for events.

We wish both bed and breakfasts the best of luck.

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