Staying at Montford Inn offers several advantages, including a range of amazing amenities. However, one of the most appealing perks is our strategic location in Norman OK, which is close to many of the city’s popular attractions. In fact, most of these attractions are within walking distance from our bed-and-breakfast.
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Norman, we provide a serene and secluded retreat that’s perfect for a relaxing vacation. We offer off-street parking and are within walking distance to many of the town’s most sought-after destinations.
While driving may be a quicker way to get around town, staying at Montford Inn means leaving the hustle and bustle behind. You’re here to unwind and reconnect with your loved ones, and walking to your destination can help you slow down and enjoy the journey.
Moreover, walking around town allows you to experience the local culture and beauty in a unique way, immersing you in the city’s charm. Take a leisurely stroll to one of the many great places within walking distance of Montford Inn, and savor the slower pace of life.
The Best Places Within Walking Distance of the Montford Inn Norman, OK
NOTE: Walking times are estimated by Google Maps and rounded to the nearest 5 minutes.
Play & Relax at Norman OK Parks
When it comes to getting away, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as spending time in nature. So why not pack a book and a picnic lunch and head to one of the many parks located just a short walk from Montford Inn?
With over 55 neighborhood and community parks in Norman OK, guests at Montford Inn are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect park to explore. In any case, you’re sure to find it in the charming parks scattered throughout historic downtown Norman.
The closest park to Monford Inn, Andrews Park is located on Daws Street. With a picnic area, playground equipment, splash pad, jogging and walking course, basketball court, skate park, and more, it’s a popular destination within walking distance of the Monford Inn.
TIP: Andrews Park hosts the Jazz in June festival every summer.
Running along James Gardner Avenue and Jones Avenue, Legacy Trail Park is a walking and jogging course that extends from Robinson Street to Duffy Street. There are several pieces of public art on display, including the James Gardner statue. Guests of Montford Inn can access the walking path from Gray Street.
The mature trees and picnic tables at Centennial Park offer a shaded setting for a relaxing lunch. Located on Symmes Street, there’s some playground equipment at this park as well.
Serenity and beauty welcome visitors to Ruth Updegraff Park on a triangular piece of land between Acres Street, Peters Avenue, and Beal Street. There’s a gazebo near a small walking bridge and benches in a curated garden.
Located on Flood Avenue, Lions Park is a popular attraction in Norman OK. The park has picnic shelters and tables, playground equipment, lighted fields and tennis courts, a gazebo, and a jogging and walk path.
TIP: Lions Park hosts the popular Summer Breeze Concert Series on Sundays from mid-May to late August.
A gazebo and playground equipment greet visitors at June Benson Park on Alameda Street in Norman OK, just a few blocks from Montford Inn. It’s a peaceful place to have a picnic too.
On Eufaula Street, McGeorge Park has a decently sized grassy area for recreational activities and a basketball court, as well as a playground for kids and benches for parents to oversee the excitement. You can use the picnic tables for lunches and snacks.
Eat at Nearby Norman OK Restaurants
Although Montford Inn serves a delicious breakfast each morning, our guests often enjoy exploring the unique restaurants located on the surrounding streets for lunch and dinner.
Fortunately, many of these restaurants are just a short walk away, allowing our guests to fully immerse themselves in the charming atmosphere of historic downtown Norman OK as they travel to and from their chosen dining spot.
Whether you’re in the mood for a cozy café, a trendy bistro, or a lively pub, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes in the vibrant culinary scene of this delightful neighborhood.
Take a stroll hand in hand to one of the charming local coffee shops to savor a special moment together over your favorite java brew. And why not check out our personal favorite coffee shops in Norman while you’re at it?
As one of our personal favorites, the snacks and drinks at Gray Owl Coffee are a heavenly combination. Choose from hot and cold coffee and tea beverages and a variety of baked goods — bagels, cookies, muffins, and scones. There are even gluten-free cookies and brownies on the menu, as well as vegan options.
As a brunch boutique, syrup. has a delicious menu to go with its coffee and tea drinks. You can order from waffles and pancakes, house specialties like biscuits and gravy and eggs Benedict, and chicken and waffles. Gluten-free and vegan options are available.
A nonprofit coffee shop, Second Wind Coffeehouse supports the Norman community and university. You can order espresso drinks, teas, specialty drinks, and more from the blue Buchanan Avenue building.
On Main Street, StellaNova makes small-batch coffee, and each drink is crafted upon ordering. You can choose from classic lattes and Americanos or fresh and nitro brews. You can get sandwiches, wraps, and baked goods — bagels, muffins, scones, etc. — to go with your drinks.
At the Yellow Dog Coffee Company’s coffee shop and roastery on Porter Avenue, you can expect some of the best locally roasted, quality coffee beans and drinks in Norman OK. The staff can tell you about each roast and help you choose a flavor that suits your tastes. Scones and other snacks, as well as milk alternatives, are available too.
While the coffee shops are certainly a highlight of Norman OK, there’s so much more to explore in this vibrant city. If you’re looking for a delicious meal, check out some of our favorite restaurants that are conveniently located within walking distance of Montford Inn.
At Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, you can dine from brunch to dinner. Order brunch cocktails with your brunch meal, or choose from burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and more for lunch and dinner alongside beer, wine, and classic and seasonal cocktails.
For old-world Italian with a new-world twist, head to Benvenuti’s. The menu includes a variety of pizza, pasta, and meat dishes with gluten-free pasta and pizza options available. You can order from a list of beer, cocktails, and wine too.
Das Boot Camp is the place to go for traditional German cuisine — all of which is made from scratch. The restaurant makes some German items with an American twist as well, and it has a full bar with handcrafted brews from Royal Bavaria Brewery.
At Blu on Crawford Avenue, you can eat any time of day — brunch, lunch, and dinner. There’s also a wide-ranging menu — burgers, pizza, tacos, quesadillas, and more.
With several locations, the Hideaway Pizza spot closest to Montford Inn is on Buchanan Avenue. The restaurant sticks to its recipes — even waiting three days for the dough to rise and allowing its classic pizza sauce to slowly simmer for maximum flavor.
From belly pork and crab cakes to nigiri and sashimi, you can dine on an array of sushi and bistro eats at The Moon Sushi & Asian Bistro. The restaurant makes a decent list of cooked and raw sushi rolls, ramen, stir fry, kimchi fries, and even desserts — like homemade ice cream.
When all that you want is burgers and fresh-cut fries, Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer is the place to go, and The Garage in Norman OK is the original location. You can order from an extensive list of craft beers from the full bar and experience a one-of-a-kind environment with lots of TVs and arcade games.
TIP: Smitty’s has a lighter side too — bunless turkey burgers and avocado chicken salad.
On Jenkins Avenue, Greek House has been serving the best authentic gyros for more than 25 years. The lettuce, onions, and meat are piled onto pita bread. Or, you can get a plate of gyro meat on a plate with fries, Greek salad, and pita bread on the side. The tzatziki sauce completes the experience.
For authentic Mexican cuisine, Tarahumara’s Mexican Cafe has exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll enjoy dining on fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex classics in the laid-back atmosphere.
More Full-Service Restaurants
Here are some other full-service restaurants to consider walking to for lunch or dinner:
- Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine — 5 minutes
- Bison Witches Bar & Deli — 10 minutes
- Neighborhood JAM — 10 minutes
- Sergio’s Italian Bistro — 10 minutes
- The Diner — 10 minutes
- The Standard — 10 minutes
- The Winston — 10 minutes
- Wing It — 10 minutes
- Fuzzy’s Taco Shop — 15 minutes
TIP: Check out our complete list of the best restaurants in Norman OK.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
If you’re looking to bring home a unique souvenir or two from your trip to Norman OK, explore the local shops that are just a short walk away from Montford Inn. With so many charming boutiques and specialty stores to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect memento to commemorate your stay in this delightful neighborhood.
Antiques & Vintage Shops
Antiquing is a beloved pastime in Norman OK, and lucky for our guests, there are several antique shops located just a short walk away from Montford Inn. So, why not explore these delightful shops and discover some hidden treasures? Take a look at some of our favorite antique spots in the area.
Enjoy browsing the collection of antiques, repurposed items, and vintage products at The Vintage Rose on Main Street. Throughout the store, you’re bound to find unique valuables.
On Main Street, Bruce’s Vintage Guitars & Antiques has a lot of rare items — such as antique toys, furniture, and other collectibles — alongside its vintage acoustic and electric guitars.
Multiple vendors sell amazing treasures at the huge S & J Marketplace. You’ll find tons of antiques, collectibles, and decorative items.
NOTE: It’s said that the marketplace is haunted, so don’t be too alarmed if you feel the temperature drop all of a sudden!
Selling local art, collectible ceramics, lighting accents, and stylish furniture, Robinson’s Repurposed always has something new. The diverse selection is sure to inspire.
Sourcing ethically made items, Stash is unique. Along with focusing on well-made products, the store hosts monthly maker markets, an annual brew festival, and more community events.
TIP: See our list of the best antique stores in Oklahoma City and Norman for more great antiquing locations.
Other Specialty Stores
There are more than antique and vintage stores to peruse in Norman OK. Here are some other shopping spots a short walk from Montford Inn to consider:
- Sprouts Farmers Market — 5 minutes
- Green Feather Book Company — 5 minutes
- Guestroom Records — 10 minutes
- Campus Corner — 15 minutes
- Human Interaction — 15 minutes
TIP: There are also several grocery stores and drug stores within a 10-minute walk of Montford Inn.
Let’s Go Sooners!
As the home of the University of Oklahoma, Norman OK is a vibrant college town with plenty to see and do. Lucky for our guests, Montford Inn is just a short walk from the bustling campus and all the exciting activities it has to offer. Why not take advantage of our convenient location and explore the many attractions and events that make OU such a beloved institution?
OU Sooner Sports
Whether you’re planning to attend an OU Football game or cheering on the Sooner Volleyball team, don’t worry about the hassle of finding a parking spot on campus. Instead, enjoy a convenient and short walk from Montford Inn.
BONUS: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is one of the most recognized college football venues. Also, it’s the largest sports venue in Oklahoma and one of the 20 largest in the country.
The OU Campus is a vibrant hub of culture and art, offering a plethora of exciting attractions to explore. Take a leisurely walk from Montford Inn to the Sam Noble Natural History Museum or the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art, or catch a performance at the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts. You can also discover the fascinating History of Science Collections.
No matter what brings you to campus, Montford Inn is situated less than a mile away, making it a convenient base for your OU adventure. You can easily walk to your destination and enjoy the scenic surroundings along the way.
Visit the Past at Historic Sites & Museums
Historic Downtown Norman is a treasure trove of fascinating destinations and exciting events. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets around Montford Inn and discover the Legacy Trail or immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene during the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk. With so much culture and history to explore, you’ll never run out of things to see and do.
So why not visit some of the nearby historic sites and delve into the rich heritage of the area? From stunning architecture to captivating art exhibits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Downtown Norman.
More than just a historic site, the Firehouse Art Center has been a community arts center since it was established in 1970. It offers accessible visual arts programs for all, including disadvantaged students, adults with disabilities, and veterans.
The only local history museum in Norman OK, the Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum offers a walk through the past. It’s located in an 1899 Victorian home with exhibits about the city’s early history. You can take a self-guided tour during regular operating hours, or plan to take a guided tour at a specific time.
Across from the University of Oklahoma, Boyd House is affectionately known as the OU White House and is the official home of the university’s president. Built in 1906, it’s the most recognizable house in the city, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Take a Walk Around Norman OK While Staying at Montford Inn
At Montford Inn, it’s our pleasure to help you find any of these places on foot with clear and simple directions, excellent suggestions, and our local expertise. We would love to have you stay with us during your next visit to Norman OK.