As this Arlington couple builds it, people are coming

Benson and Anna Phillips would be the first to proclaim their affection for Broken Bow, the delightful Southeast Oklahoma retreat that has proven to be a favorite of R&R seekers from DFW.

Anna and Benson Phillips stand on the porch of one of the cabins at Hackberry Creek Getaways.

The rustic cabins were a frequent stop for the couple when it came time for some romantic refueling of their own. What they most enjoyed: the privacy, the rural beauty, the tranquility. Just one thing bugged them after awhile, though: the three-hour-and-change drive from their Arlington home.

So five years ago Benson and Anna, high school sweethearts who met as missionaries in Africa, made a rather bold move in solving this pesky little nuisance. They began building their own cabin getaway, hoping to give area vacationers a quicker route to paradise.

The Phillips’ Hackberry Creek Getaways offers all the luxurious trappings – the exquisite cabins, the upscale ambiance, the romance of nature right at your doorstep – of Broken Bow.

Excluding the drive.

Just head east on I-20, just beyond Terrell, and you’re there.

Hackberry Creek offers three wallet-friendly cabins peaking out from wooded lush on 33 acres. The place is so forested with statuesque East Texas trees and opulent foliage you’d swear there’s no cabin – or a living, breathing soul, actually – within miles.

More are on the way. Next up is a unique tree house cabin nestled across a fountain-spewing pond. No matter how many cabins pop up on the property, you won’t be able to detect that one, either, until you cross a suspension bridge (to be built) and come right up on it.

“We want to make sure the cabins can’t be seen from each other,” Benson says. “Privacy is one of the things we really want to maintain.”

Benson, a home healthcare professional, and Anna have lived in Arlington for nearly a dozen years. Two of their four boys attend Martin High School’s STEM Academy.

Hackberry Creek has been a family affair. Their boys helped build the deck where renters can now sit and take in nature’s beauty – in complete silence.

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The Phillipses haven’t cornered the market on nearby rustic vacation- or mini-vacation-retreats, however. Here are some other options: – One of the hotter vacation trends these days is “glamping,” which is a word that combines glamor and camping to describe what vacationers can find on this website that helps you find cabins, tree houses, yurts, safari tents, camper vans, tipis, tents and more. The abode pictured here, in Royse City, is a Frank Lloyd Wright-style cabin rental with a private hot tub. There is one bedroom and one full bathroom. In the living room, guests will find a sofa, a television, and a fireplace. The fully equipped kitchen comes with a microwave, a refrigerator, and a coffeemaker. For more:

Rough Creek Lodge & Resort Rooms and Suites – Casually elegant, Rough Creek Lodge & Resort in Glen Rose offers luxurious accommodations, fine dining, beautiful indoor and outdoor ranch-style venues and exceptional service on a 11,000-acre secluded estate.

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Kenneth Perkins

Columnist Kenneth Perkins has been a contributing writer for Arlington Today since it debuted. He is a freelance writer, editor and photographer.