Eat at "The Merc" and rest a spell at the soon-to-be-opened hotel.
As if managing The Mercantile restaurant, starring in a hit cooking show on the Food Network, running her own store, and launching a magazine weren’t enough to keep Ree Drummond busy, The Pioneer Woman just announced that she and her cowboy husband, Ladd, are opening a new hotel in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. A venture that, in large part, was originally conceived by Marlboro Man.
"Actually, it’s Marlboro Man’s building project in town," Drummond wrote in a recent blog post published on September 14. "I have had almost zero to do with it aside from an occasional 'Oooooh, neato!'"
The best-selling cookbook author also dished on design details on her blog for the yet-to-be-named hotel. Here’s what we know so far.
"The three-story building is going to be an 8-room hotel with suites so comfortable and cozy, Marlboro and I are going to want to move into one," Drummond wrote. "We won't, of course, but just think of the reduction in chores it would mean!!!!"
Although Drummond posted a "before" picture of the acquired building and renovations on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, we had no idea what her plans were for the downtown Pawhuska establishment—until now.
Drummond wrote that the first and second floors will be separated by a balcony or porch that will pull double duty as an awning for the ground floor. The Pioneer duo took inspiration for the overhang from a Houston, Texas, hotel they stayed in recently. Drummond also added that guests can expect to see plenty of ferns hanging from the balcony. A painted mural that reads "Puryear’s Drug Store" will be featured on the ground floor of the hotel—or, as Drummond refers to it, a "boarding house, because hotel doesn’t sound right."
Marlboro Man and the construction crew are already busy framing the rooms and updating the bathrooms, based on a different design layout the couple saw during a stay at another hotel.
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Soon, you’ll be able to steal away to the heart of Osage county for a weekend of escape, where you can enjoy some home-style Southern food at The Mercantile and retire thereafter in a charming suite at the Drummond’s new hotel.