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Spring Break Festivities at Oklahoma's Shangri-La Resort Announced, Including Hot Air Balloon Glow, Kids' Camp

Spring Break Festivities at Oklahoma's Shangri-La Resort Announced, Including Hot Air Balloon Glow, Kids' Camp

Lakefront haven brings 'A Month of Family Fun Packed into a Single Week'

By Brian Weis

MONKEY ISLAND, OKLAHOMA - Shangri-La Resort, Oklahoma's premier waterfront golf and outdoor recreation destination, is proud to announce and action packed and activity-filled Spring Break Week that has excitement for every member of the sun-and-fun-seeking family, March 15 - 23.

Shangri-La, the beloved resort on northeastern Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, will host an exciting array of events and festivities for the entire family. Special Sprig Break attractions will include dueling piano entertainment, an exclusive hot-air balloon glow, live music, karaoke, TV-game-show fun, St. Patrick's Day specials, a trivia competition, a three-day Kid's Spring Break Camp - all topped off with a Food & Wine festival complete with the official roll-out of "Monkey Island Maker's," a special house blend whisky created exclusively by Maker's Mark. Limited-time discounts on hotel room rates are also available during this thrilling kick-off to the spring season at Shangri-La.

The fun begins Friday evening, March 15 with a special performance by the talented Scott Musick at Doc's Bar & Grill at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night, March 16 is "Saturday Night Game Show Night" with an evening of fun competition in the sports bar at The Anchor Activity Park. Sunday, March 17, is dedicated to St. Patrick's Day celebrations with special offerings at all resort dining & drinking venues.

Fun starts for the kids with a special "Spring Break Kids' Camp" at The Anchor with four days of fun and games for ages 6-13 Monday-Thursday, March 18-21. The $250 fee includes a four-day schedule (beginning at 9:30 Monday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday) including pickleball lessons, foosball, ping-pong, pool, shuffleboard, singo, camp games, kickball, putt-putt golf, fishing, water balloons, a scavenger hunt, and free arcade play. Lunch is included for the kids every day with camp ending at 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday evening, March 19, the agenda includes a special performance in the Roosevelt Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. by "Killer Keyz," the top-rated dueling piano show in the country. Cost is $25 to the dueling piano show for non-hotel guests, but admission is included in the special "Spring Break Room Rate" for hotel guests. A kids' activity is also scheduled at The Anchor during the dueling pianos performance.

Wednesday evening, March 20 promises to be an incredible evening for the entire family. The festival fun begins at 6:00pm on the resort hotel's Grand Lawn with food & beverage offerings, concessions, music and games for kids of all ages. As the sun sets, attendees will enjoy one of the nation's most incredible hot-air balloon glows. The spectacle includes the colorful Champagne Cowboy balloon, among others, to top off an evening of special memories.

Thursday night, Jason Morgan leads the karaoke fun for the entire family at Doc's Bar & Grill beginning at 6:00. Friday night, JR Neal will provide live music at Doc's, also beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23 promises to be an incredibly special evening featuring a sumptuous Food & Wine Festival on The Anchor Lawn including many vendors and live music by Rockwell. In addition to delicacies from area restaurants, Shangri-La will utilize the festival to feature the public roll-out of "Monkey Island Maker's," a special whisky blend prepared exclusively for Shangri-La by Maker's Mark. Admission is $50 per person for the festival and food & beverage sampling ($35 for Shangri-La members)

Sports fans are never left out of the activities at The Anchor. March Madness "Selection Sunday" will be televised live at The Anchor Sports Bar with coverage of the "First Four" games Tuesday & Wednesday, and first and second round NCAA Tournament games Thursday- Sunday.

In addition to the "Spring Break Week at Shangri-La" special events, The Anchor activity park offers a full sports bar, an fun-packed arcade with traditional arcade favorites as well as virtual reality games. The simulator bay offers LaserShot shooting as well as Trackman golf play.

Add 27 holes of Championship golf, the breathtaking new 18-hole par-three course called The Battlefield, pickleball, tennis, basketball and a unique mini-Fenway Wiffle® Ball Park - and a stay at Shangri-La Resort always delvers fun for every family member - all day, every day.

Special hotel rates are available throughout the week - and boat rentals will be available for those who want to explore the 46,500 acres of beautiful Grand Lake. Spring Break at Shangri-La promises to be an incredibly memorable week during this very special week of family fun - or any time the urge to Escape the Ordinary arises.

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About Shangri-La Resort
Shangri-La Resort, located on northeastern Oklahoma's 46,500-acre Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, is the ultimate destination for relaxation and both indoor and outdoor activities. The resort hotel offers 9,000 square feet of versatile meeting and conference space, as well as a medical spa, steam room, sauna, fitness center, an indoor pool, and an expansive 6,500-square-foot outdoor pool with hot tub, tanning ledge, and splash pad. The resort offers six distinct dining and cocktails venues to complete an unforgettable getaway for golfers, families, groups, corporate and association retreats, and weddings.

Shangri-La's visionary owner Eddy Gibbs has transformed the resort into the pride of Northeast Oklahoma and put the lakefront vacation oasis on the map nationally with an investment of more than $100 million into the property's accommodations and upscale leisure amenities since taking it over in 2010.

Surrounded by the waters of Grand Lake O' The Cherokees on three sides, the revered 27-hole championship Shangri-La golf course meanders through rolling parkland landscapes with elevated Bentgrass greens and clever bunkering along with more open, flowing fairways accented by ponds, streams and the breathtaking lakefront. The Legends ninth, "The Mickey Mantle Hole," uniquely features two separate greens complexes and is named after the New York Yankees legend who hosted his Mickey Mantle Golf Classic charity tournament at Shangri-La and once holed an albatross on this iconic par five.

The Anchor indoor/outdoor activity park offers basketball, tennis, pickleball, cornhole, and a unique "Mini-Fenway" WIFFLE®Ball park, as well as a catch-and-release fishing pond for children under 12. The 11,000 square-foot indoor facility offers traditional arcade games, virtual reality games, a LaserShot shooting simulator, and Trackman Golf simulators. The popular Sports Bar at The Anchor features several sports screens, including two giant video walls, along with ping-pong, pool, shuffleboard, darts, and foosball.

The resort's full-service marina offers permanent rental slips and courtesy docks for those who visit the resort by water and is replete with a ship store that even sells gasoline and diesel. Boat and personal watercraft rentals are available, along with yacht charters and Oklahoma's only parasailing adventures.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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