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Whoever coined the phrase that “you can’t go home again” has never visited Carlton Landing, Oklahoma’s newest town on Lake Eufaula.

As a native Oklahoman, now turned Dallas transplant, I realize the Sooner State is part of my DNA.

I’m intrinsically drawn to explore new destinations that help build intentional family moments. It’s an ingrained familiarity like walking along paths of Oklahoma’s red clay dirt.

That’s why when I visited Carlton Landing for a recent weekend getaway I felt as if I had not only returned home, but that I had been teleported to a bygone era.

It’s a place that inspires guests, and residents alike, to lead life with more purpose, more enjoyment and more moments worthy of holding close to your heart.

This made it a perfect venue for our intergenerational ladies’ weekend that included my eldest teen daughter, my mother and a few her lively octogenarian girlfriends.

It was a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Dallas along I-35 North for my daughter and I to get to Carlton Landing. Whereas my mother and her girlfriends took the short 2-hour jaunt from Oklahoma City on I-40 East to meet up for this grand getaway experience.

Carlton Landing is a unique lakeside community that was founded in 2011. It sits on one of Lake Eufaula’s most scenic areas with sandy beaches, towering cliffs and beautiful woodlands.

As we meandered down through the entrance we were awestruck by the picturesque overlook that hovers above this storybook town.

Situated on just over 2,000 acres, Carlton Landing features more than 100 completed homes (the first of a long-term plan for 3,000), a farm, a community garden, and Oklahoma’s first rural charter school.

It’s modeled after seaside communities that you’re more likely to find on the Florida panhandle rather than in the middle of the eastern Oklahoma woodlands.

This vacation rental and residential development is part of a crafted master plan inspired by the New Urbanism movement. It’s a philosophy that genuinely integrates life, work, and play into the core of a community’s vitality.

As we drove along the idyllic tree-lined streets, I could almost feel my blood pressure drop as I exhaled and re-calibrated to this new rhythm of serenity.

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