I’ve been wanting to visit The Pioneer Woman’s lodge & mercantile since it opened but never could make it work out. Then I heard that she was going to be opening her boarding house & signed up for the early bird email notification for when the bookings were going live. So when James asked me what I wanted to do for our 11th anniversary, I suggested going there. Honestly, it’s not really his thing but after we brainstormed together for other options we agreed that we would either do a staycation here in Austin or if I was able to reservations we would go there. As soon as I got that email (about 9pm one night) I jumped on my computer, along with everyone else in the world apparently because her website kept crashing. I tried booking all kinds of dates & rooms only to keep having error messages come up. For the next few days, the website went inactive & I heard nothing. Then I got a bunch of cancellation notifications but I also got 1 confirmation. I couldn’t believe it & called to verify that it wasn’t a mistake. Nope, we were booked! Just to put this into perspective, there are only 8 rooms so getting 1 of those rooms for the dates we needed & for 2 nights felt like such a huge miracle!
2 days before we were supposed to leave, James hurt his back. He has a bad back & this makes the 3rd time he’s gotten a herniated disk. Between him being in intense pain & on pain meds & me being 7 months pregnant, that 9-hour drive was the most miserable experience! We were the perfect old couple complaining about how uncomfortable we both were & it gave me a little insight into our lives in 40 years- ha! James had to pull over for me every hour for the last 3 of the drive so that I could stretch because I was in so much pain. It turns out long road trips while being very pregnant isn’t the best idea. But we enjoyed just being together & away from the kids.
Finally, we arrived in Pawhuska around dinner time. Now when The Pioneer Woman says that she lives in the middle of nowhere, she means it! It’s a very small town with the closest “big” city being about 30 minutes away. We checked into the hotel which was absolutely stunning! The attention to detail was impecable & had the feel of a high-end boutique hotel. Since the whole town was shut down (including the mercantile) because it was Sunday, we just relaxed in our room & order room service for dinner. The food was amazing & I especially loved the creme brulee 🙂
Original Mural on 3rd Floor
Seating area & beverage station on 2nd floor
Our room key
Our room- we stayed in the Boudoir Suite
I love the little cowboy rubber duck 🙂
View from the balcony
We asked a local what was going to be in this building & it was funny to hear them say “someone from Tulsa bought it & are turning it into a hotel”. They made sure to mention they were an “outsider”… gotta love small towns
Ok I might be the only one who noticed this but I thought it was funny that a brick was just laying in front of the window. In Austin, it would take someone 1 minute to notice & throw it through the window to steal something. In small towns people don’t think that way, that brick has probably been there for months undisturbed.
Our room service dinner: Lasagna for James, Quiche & Salad for me, Chips & Queso to share
Creme Brulee for Dessert
When we checked in they gave us a coffee menu & we picked what kind of coffee we wanted delivered to our room in the morning- what a nice touch! This was my latte & I loved how beautiful it looked. James said “are you really taking a picture of your coffee”? Why yes, yes I am 🙂
We went to The Mercantile for breakfast- I love this biscuit mural & the wood cut floral wall was even more impressive in person
I got Edna Mae’s pancakes & they were the best pancakes I’ve ever had & that’s saying something because I’m a pancake connoisseur. It came which a sampling of butters & syrups- Ree knows how to do pancakes right!
My infused syrup choices- my favorite was the salted carmel
The store part of The Mercantile is always packed
View of The Mercantile from the hotel balcony. You can see the line of people behind us waiting to get into the restaurant
After breakfast, we headed out to her lodge which is about 15 minutes outside of town
The lodge (right above car mirror) is on a steep hillside
Below is Cowboy Josh’s house
Standing outside the lodge
The lodge kitchen
Her pantry is pretty amazing & I love the skylights. The lodge has several skylights in it which made it feel more bright & open.
View from the lodge porch
We had dinner at The Mechantile…of course!
So dessert is always my favorite part of the meal & what I like to photograph- ha
Facetiming with my toothless wonder lol
Upstairs at The Merchantile
I picked up some Cinnamon Rolls, Pecan Sticky Buns, & Cupcakes to take home
So if you follow Ree on social media she likes to take pictures in these mirror columns, so I thought I’d do the same
Her pictures of the ranch & her kids line the walls- add photographer to the list of her many skills
Did a little shopping- I got a Mercantile t-shirt, a turquoise bead necklace, & the coffee cup I admired every morning when they brought me my coffee. Every morning I can drink my coffee & remember our trip, all while wishing someone was bringing me that coffee in bed!
Talked James into taking a few belly shots of me
We stopped by the famous Drummond Ranch sign on our way out of town- thanks to a timer & well-placed camera on the back of James’ truck we got to snap a picture
It was a long painful ride home but we made it & were happy to see our little people…. they were happy about the cupcakes!
Overall it was a fun trip & if you’re a fan of The Pioneer Woman I highly recommend making the trip. The hotel is amazing & the must stay place if you go. Everything at the restaurant is delicious & her store is so cute. She just opened a pizza place & will be opening a steakhouse soon so I might just have to go back to try them out!