Afton is a small town in southwest Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Originally a farming and railroad town, Afton is located on the historic U.S. Route 66. This tiny town has a lot to offer, from tasting Scuppernog Jelly and blackstrap molasses at Miler Pecan Company, to fishing or swimming at nearby Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. Once there, you cannot miss Ugly’s Bar and Grill, right on the water. There is always a party going on. Car lovers will swoon at the Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame, with 50 exotic custom-built cars designed by Afton native Darryl Starbird and other car artists of his kind. Golfers will enjoy one of three courses at the luxury golf resort Shangri-la.


1.Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum
© Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

Located in Afton, Oklahoma on Highway 85A, an hour drive from Tulsa, is the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum. This 40,000-square foot facility is not an antique car museum seen all over the country. With more than 50 custom-built exotic vehicles, it represents works of art of iconic designers and creators who influenced the American society. Magnificent unique cars were designed by internationally renowned custom car builder and designer Darryl Starbird as well as many other famous hot rod and custom car builders. The museum walls are covered with photos and memorabilia of famous custom vehicles, including street rods, nostalgic custom cars, pickups, sports cars and experimental vehicles of the future. Actual original full size vehicles of the famous builders are displayed on a rotating basis. this is not your usual antique classic car car museum so prevalent throughout the country but a unique display of one of a kind custom creations.

55251 E OK-85A, Afton, OK 74331, Phone: 918-257-4234

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2.Shangri-La

Shangri-La
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Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina is an upscale golf resort located at the tip of Monkey Island in the Oklahoma’s magnificent Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee. The resort provides the first class golf, boating, parasailing, yacht charters and luxury lodging. Luxury resort hotel has 119 rooms with patios and fireplaces and state-of-the-art amenities, such as roof-top cocktails; swimming, sunbathing, casual dining and waterfront entertainment. The prestigious golf course includes an elite clubhouse with the Golf Shop, the Buffalo Bar, the Summit Restaurant and a state-of-the-art gym. Shangri-La Golf Club has three courses with 27 holes of Championship Golf. The resort also includes a full-service marina with shuttles to golf and restaurants.

57301 E, OK-125, Afton, OK 74331, Phone: 918-257-4204

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3.Miller Pecan Company

Miller Pecan Company
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Miller Pecan Company is one of the few pecan producers in the country that handle pecans from planting, grafting, growing, harvesting, cleaning, shelling and marketing, It is a family owned and run operation established in the 1980 located in Afton, Oklahoma ,where pecans grow at the river bottoms and creek beds of Northeast Oklahoma. Recognized as 2017 Pecan Grower of the Year by the Oklahoma Pecan Grower’s Association, Miller Pecan Company provides environmentally responsible, delicious fruits for cake-makers, five-star-restaurants, families and bakeries. Check their website for great recipes for all things you can make with their pecans.

21853 US-69, Afton, OK 74331, Phone: 918-257-6887

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4.Ugly's Bar and Grill

Ugly's Bar and Grill
© Ugly's Bar and Grill


Ugly’s Grill & Bar opened in 1991 when Ugly John bought Duck Creek Landing in Afton, Oklahoma, and made it into Thunder Bay Marina. It quickly turned into the most popular open air restaurant and club on Grand Lake. It offers mouthwatering food in a relaxed, cheerful lake atmosphere. The best seats are in shade on the patio, where guests can enjoy fresh seafood while watching the boaters and swimmers on the lake. The menu includes everyone’s favorites such as fried chicken, hamburgers and fish baskets. A full bar is known for its famous Pink Thang and the Ugly Mary, both developed personally by Ugly John himself. Ugly’s is famous for its regular events such as outdoor movies, shrimp boils, luaus, karaoke, dancing and live music.

32550 Thunder Bay Rd, Afton, OK 74331, Phone: 918-782-2104

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