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Lodging in Style


A Gloss Mountain Outfi tters Getaway


By Taryn Sanderson A


family dream transformed into a labor of love for Alfalfa Elec- tric Cooperative (AEC) members, Carl and Jacque Newton. Carl, former AEC board director, and wife, Jacque, own and man-


age the Newton Ranch as Gloss Mountain Outfi tters. Their agri-tourism business pro- vides an elegant, rustic view and secluded peacefulness at the Cedar Haven Lodge, a cabin made entirely out of cured cedar logs. “My dad, Charles, always wanted to build a log cabin,” Carl said. “We are still awe- struck on how the cabin has turned into such a blessing from God and evolved into a business for us.” Before the Newtons began fulfilling


Charles’ dream, their story began in Mooreland, Okla., where they met in grade school. “We both knew each other’s families and ended up attending Oklahoma State University,” Carl said. “She was working at a fast food restaurant in Stillwater, and I rec- ognized her from years back.” Jacque sets the record straight; she was the one who “recognized him fi rst.”


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“I knew everyone in her family’s name except hers so it was funny at fi rst,” Carl said.


Upon the reunion, Carl called Jacque to ask her out and within a year, they were married and fi nishing up their senior years at Oklahoma State University.


Post-graduation, Carl was accepted into optometry


school in Tahlequah, Okla., after Jacque gave birth to the couple’s fi rst child. Carl fi nished optometry school in four years and started his own practice in Cherokee, Okla. “We always knew we wanted to come back to


Northwestern Oklahoma,” Jacque said. “We’ve al- ways had strong family ties there and wanted to be near them.”


Carl and Jacque Newton at Cedar Haven Lodge’s front porch. Photos by Taryn Sanderson


Carl’s grandparents bought the Newton Ranch land in 1943. When his grandmother made the deci- sion to sell, he and Jacque had the opportunity to buy the land. Since purchasing the land in 2002, they have spent time clearing cedar trees, removing debris and increasing native grass cover. “It’s always been a haven for us,” Carl said. “We bought the ranch never really having a desire to build a cabin on the land.” That is, until Carl’s dad Charles confronted the couple with the idea. “He asked us to make a fl oor plan and I said, ‘You know, you need to build a barn before a cabin,’”


Jacque said. “Soon, the barn was up and Charles started cutting down logs for the cabin.”


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