Road trip to Pawhuska!
The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond’s small Oklahoma home town has been getting a lot of visitors lately as fans of her cooking show and lifestyle blog flock to the recently opened shop, The Mercantile. The new store, which houses a 25,000-square-foot bakery, deli, retail store, and coffee bar inside a 100-year old bank, is proving to be a big draw to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with a rumored 6,000 visitors a day coming to try Drummond’s down-home cooking for themselves.
The town better brace for another wave of visitors, because the Pioneer Woman is throwing open the doors to her Oklahoma ranch to let visitors see where the cooking magic really happens. According to Tulsa news outlet KJRH, the Pioneer Woman is inviting visitors to her family’s famous ranch in Pawhuska, which lies about an hour’s drive from Tulsa.
While visitors won’t be able to see the family’s living quarters (would you want strangers peeking around your laundry room?) they will be able to visit “The Lodge”, which will seem very familiar to fans of her Food Network show, as it serves as the production location. Pop behind that famous kitchen counter and whip up an imaginary batch of Drummond’s famous cast-iron chocolate chip cookie sweet rolls.
The Lodge will be open to visitors from June 5-10 and June 12-17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those dates. Even better, it’s completely free and there’s no limit to the number of visitors who can tromp through her televised kitchen each day. (It is polite to wipe your boots first, though!) If you’re thinking of driving out to the Drummond ranch, consider making a day out of it, because as a post on The Mercantile's website notes, there’s a lot to see in that stretch of country: "There's plenty to do (and eat) both inside The Merc and around Osage County, and we'd love to have you in our neck of the woods. Bring your sweetie, bring your mom, bring your cousins, bring a group of old friends. We want you to enjoy the heck out of The Merc and Pawhuska!"