Plan a Fun Weekend to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Do you ever watch Food Network? If so, then you definitely know Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. If not, you’re missing out, and you have to look The Pioneer Woman up right now! Did you know The Pioneer Woman has The Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma? If you like country cooking, colorful kitchen gadgets, shopping, grabbing a coffee, and bakery treat, then you have to visit the world-famous Pioneer Woman Mercantile!

Get ready to plan a girl’s weekend, afternoon date with your significant other, or fun family day trip! C’mon, ya’ll! Keep reading for a local’s guide to visiting ‘The Merc’ and other fantastic things to do around Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

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Front of ‘The Merc’

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Visiting The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

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Inside The Mercantile

One of the most fantastic weekend getaways in Oklahoma is visiting The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, nicknamed ‘The Merc.’

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, has make Pawhuska, Oklahoma world-famous with her southern ranch charm and country cooking.

Pawhuska is a really small town. I’m talking like one stoplight. This charm is part of what makes visiting The Pioneer Woman Mercantile so unique.

Visiting The Pioneer Woman Mercantile is a super fun girl’s weekend getaway option. Grab your best gal pals, Mom, or sisters and head to The Merc! Or grab the entire family. It is a neat and accommodating adventure for the whole family. Everyone can find a goodie or something to make their heart sing.

It is also the perfect couple’s weekend getaway! Pablo and I love to head to Pawhuska for the weekend to hike in the Tallgrass Prairie and then stop by The Mercantile for a coffee.

How to Get to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile From Tulsa

From Tulsa, The Merc is about an hour away.

Since we are locals, we take the backcountry route, which is about 56 miles from Tulsa. It is slower driving, and you get to see farms, the prairie, and views of the Osage Hills.

Once you get into downtown Pawhuska, you will notice how cute and quaint the town is with old brick buildings lining the main strip.

Map Directions to The Merc from Tulsa

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Hours

Visit The Pioneer Woman website to check out the latest updates on hours.

Things to Do at The Merc

Shopping

The Mercantile is packed full of awesome country kitchen dishes, cookware, and gadgets. It also has books, candles, jewelry, clothes, home décor, and official ‘The Mercantile’ swag.

Everything you buy is delicately wrapped like a present too. It is seriously so much fun to visit!

The Merc is a charming place to visit with a down-home rustic country atmosphere. It will make your heart sing.

Eating at P.W. Coffee Shop and Bakery

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The bakery

Food is a major part of The Pioneer Woman’s brand and you are absolutely in for a treat.

While shopping and browsing, walk upstairs (or take the elevator) to The P.W. Coffee Shop and Bakery! There is ample seating and places for you and your gal pals or family to hang out and enjoy views of Pawhuska.

The bakery offers The Pioneer Woman homemade baked goods, freshly baked pies, pastries, chocolate, and fancy coffee.

The bakery even recently started offering gluten-free baked goods.

My most absolute favorite treat is called Spicy Cowgirl Coffee. Especially iced on a hot, humid summer day… just WOW! I highly recommend the spicy cowgirl coffee.

Grab some treats to go if you can’t stay long or are saving room for The Pioneer Woman Deli Restaurant.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Deli Restaurant

Generally speaking, this place gets packed.

I’m talking a 3-4 hour wait to eat at the restaurant. Reservations are not accepted. So, be sure to plan ahead if you would like to eat at the deli. The wait time just tells you how awesome it is!

The Mercantile website says mornings and late afternoons have shorter waiting periods. We have yet to wait long enough to eat at the deli. Instead, we always opt for a delicious coffee and snack at the bakery.

Everything is so fun and delicious here!

Tour The Lodge on Drummond Ranch

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Famous Drummond Ranch truck

Guess what else? You can make a day out of visiting all The Pioneer Woman has to offer and go on a tour of the Drummond Ranch.

Tickets are required to go on lodge tours and are available that specific day only.

Check out The Pioneer Woman website to see how you can take a tour of Drummond Ranch.

Visit The Pioneer Woman Collection Store

There is also another store next to The Merc to visit down the street with more goodies from The Pioneer Woman. It is called The Pioneer Woman Collection.

Stay at The Boarding House

If you are planning a weekend getaway extravaganza, check out The Boarding House cowboy luxury hotel by The Pioneer Woman.

We haven’t stayed here yet, because it recently opened, but it looks super fun! Totally a great weekend getaway idea.

When we recently stopped in to see, the front desk attendant said The Boarding House is booking at least six months in advance!

Visit The Merc, eat at The Merc, visit Drummond Ranch, walk downtown Pawhuska, and drive to the Buffalo Gap. Last, cozy on up after an Oklahoma fun-filled day at The Boarding House.

Sounds so fun. I’m ready to go now! What about you?

Now you’re probably thinking, what is the buffalo gap?

Keep reading for details.

Other Things to Do in Pawhuska

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

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Buffalo grazing in the Tallgrass Prairie

By this point, I know you are thinking about how cool Oklahoma is, and you want to do a weekend getaway to Pawhuska!

North of Pawhuska, there is a 39,650 acre protected Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. It is the largest prairie preserve on earth. The Nature Conservancy has helped restore the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and it is home to about 2,500 free-ranging bison.

Since I’m a biology and sustainability nerd, I love these kinds of places. Check it out. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see some buffalo when you go. There are some neat trails to hike in the area as well.

Bluestem Falls

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Bluestem Falls

The are beautiful waterfalls to visit a few minutes from downtown Pawhuska. The area is called Bluestem Falls. They are easy to access and take pictures of.

Are you enjoying reading about The Pioneer Woman? We just love her to pieces.

Next, I’ll share links to our two favorite recipes.

Our Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

Are you interested in Ree Drummond’s amazing country cooking?

Below are our two favorite recipes by Ree Drummond that we make religiously in our house:

Can’t Make it to The Merc?

The Pioneer Woman actually has lots of items on Amazon from The Pioneer Woman Collection. Along with The Merc, there is also The Pioneer Woman Collection storefront in Pawhuska next to The Merc and The Boarding House.

Items from The Pioneer Woman Collection make for great gifts! We have so many kitchen goodies in our house.

Below are my favorites from The Pioneer Woman Collection:

The Pioneer Woman InstaPot

The Pioneer Woman Mix and Max Floral and Retro Dinnerware

The Pioneer Woman Spicy Cowgirl Kitchen Towel Set

Final Thoughts on Visiting The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Below is a quick summary of everything you should check out to have the ultimate weekend in Pawhuska!

  • Visit The Mercantile and shop your heart out!
  • Grab a coffee and delicious baked goodie at the P.W. Coffee & Bakery
  • Have lunch or dinner at The Pioneer Woman Deli Restaurant
  • Walk around Pawhuska and visit The Pioneer Woman Collection store
  • Stay the night at The Boarding House
  • Take a tour of Drummond Ranch
  • Drive to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve to see the buffalo and maybe go for a hike
  • Check out Bluestem Falls

If you’re ever in the area, a stop at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile is a must. Not only will you find all sorts of amazing food and souvenirs, but Ree Drummond herself is often on site to chat with her guests. And if you can’t make it to Pawhuska, be sure to check out her online store for all your cooking needs (and some pretty adorable home decor too). I hope you get a chance to visit soon – it really is an experience you won’t forget!

Thanks for reading.

Ashlee & Pablo


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Front of 'The Merc' and the Famous Drummond Ranch truck

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation writer and founder of The Happiness Function based in Oklahoma. Her goal is to help inspire people to build a life they love by sharing how simple and fun it is to travel locally, connect with nature, and explore off-the-beaten-path. You don't have to spend a lot of money or use a ton of vacation time to explore close to home. Ashlee holds a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability and has a passion for the outdoors. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo! They camp in their Aliner often and love road trips and hiking.

27 Comments

  1. Taylor on December 9, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Would love to pick up a coffee here! Cool spot.



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 11, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Taylor – you totally should! It is so cute.



  2. Emma on December 9, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    This sounds like my kind of place, everything I love to buy in one place. Great tips and thanks for the recipe links too. I’d love to visit one day but for now at least I can make something at home



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Hi Emma – when you go, you’ll have to let me know. We love The Merc! Xo



  3. Sarah on December 10, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    This sounds like the perfect place for a girl’s weekend before the holidays to get holiday shopping done!!



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Hi Sarah – Yes, great idea!!



  4. Margie on December 12, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    This store is my kind of place! Just saved it on my list. Thanks!



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 12, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Margie! Awesome – hope you can make a visit someday.



  5. Burt on December 12, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing about the MERC and the Pioneer Woman !! I used to watch her show, too !! Im glad
    you’guys found her !!



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 13, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Hi Uncle Burt – that is awesome!!



  6. Lina on December 13, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Oh it looks like a perfect place for a great weekend! Would love to enjoy a coffee there 🙂



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 13, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Hi Lina – thanks for leaving a comment. Hope you can make it someday!



  7. Bea on December 13, 2020 at 4:20 am

    It definitely sounds like this store has everything!! And the bakery sounds amazing!!



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 13, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Hi Bea – totally, the bakery and coffee shop are the best part (I think ;)).



  8. Anna on December 13, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I would love to visit the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile one day! I’m on the east coast so hopefully I can take a road trip once COVID is handled.



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 13, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Hi Anna – awesome, I hope you can make it out someday. Yes to post-COVID travels!!



  9. Disha Smith on December 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    I lived in Oklahoma City for three years and didn’t get a chance to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. I’ll definitely have to make a stop here when I go back to OKC for a visit.



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 14, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Oh how cool, I don’t hear of many people that have lived in Oklahoma often! Thanks for sharing.



  10. Cristina on December 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    It looks like a lovely place to visit. Thank you for sharing 🙂



  11. Catherine on December 14, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    I haven’t been to OK yet but when I do, I definitely want to stop at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile! The Merc’s pastries and other goodies sound right up my alley, and I want to check out that huge prairie reserve, too. Thank you for the post!



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 15, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Hi Catherine – thanks for reading. Hope you can make it! You’ll have a blast.



  12. Cristina Sala on December 15, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Hola Ashlee me encanto la escapada de fin de semana . La pradera una belleza total. Que lindo el cafe de vaquera. Increible los bisontes o bufalos. No conocia la bandera.



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

      ¡Hola Cristina! Gracias por leer. Sí, esperamos llevarte aquí algún día. Abrazos.



  13. Farrah on December 16, 2020 at 10:50 am

    I’ve never been here but it looks like a super cool place to explore someday! I like visiting small towns + kitchenware = one of my favorite things to browse through! 😛



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 17, 2020 at 8:27 am

      Hi Farrah – You have to come see next time you are in Oklahoma!



  14. Carrie on December 19, 2020 at 9:15 am

    This looks like so much fun! I’d love the chance to see buffalo and that coffee shop would definitely be on my list of stops.



    • Ashlee Fechino on December 19, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Hi Carrie – awesome, hope you have a wonderful time! XO