Plan a Fun Weekend to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK

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!

Without delay, 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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The Pioneer Woman 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.

Pawhuska is even smaller than where I grew up in South Dakota! It is really fun to escape city life and head out to the Oklahoma prairie.

What do you think of when you think of Oklahoma?

Before we moved here, I thought prairie (and tornados yikes)! The prairie is a beautiful and peaceful place for a weekend drive.

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. As a matter of fact, 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!

How to Get to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile From Tulsa

From Tulsa, The Merc is about an hour away.

As Oklahoma locals, we take the backcountry route, which is about 56 miles from Tulsa. With this in mind, it is slower driving, and you get to see farms, the prairie, and views of the Osage Hills.

Instantly, you will notice downtown Pawhuska as super cute and quaint, with old brick buildings lining the main strip.

Map Directions to The Merc from Tulsa

What is The Merc?

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Treasures inside The Mercantile

So, what’s all the excitement about The Merc?

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

As exciting as a toy store is for kids… Think this same excitement but for woman and people who like to cook.

Everything you buy is delicately wrapped like a present too. So fun!

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

Eating at P.W. Coffee Shop and Bakery

Don’t forget, food is a significant part of The Pioneer Woman. How could she not host visitors to a delicious coffee shop and bakery in The Merc itself?

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.

To point out, the bakery offers Pioneer Woman homemade baked goods, freshly baked pies, pastries, chocolate, and fancy coffee.

The bakery even recently started offering gluten-free baked goods (for this reason, The Merc is the best place ever because we are gluten-free).

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, a local’s tip, this place gets packed.

To demonstrate, I’m talking 3-4 hours plus wait to eat at the restaurant. No reservations are accepted. So plan ahead if you plan on eating 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 (undoubtedly amazing). Everything is fun and delicious!

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Hours

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More goodies inside The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Visit The Pioneer Woman website to check out the latest updates on hours (and COVID operating procedures).

Tour The Lodge on Drummond Ranch

Guess what else?

You can make a day out of visiting all The Pioneer Woman has to offer and go on a Drummond Ranch Lodge Tour.

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.

The Boarding House

If you plan a weekend getaway extravaganza, you must check out The Boarding House cowboy luxury hotel.

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.

With all of this in mind, plan the ultimate weekend getaway. 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.

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

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Buffalo grazing in the Tallgrass Prairie

Hopefully, by this point, you are just 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. Furthermore, it is the largest prairie preserve on earth. To explain, The Nature Conservancy has helped restore the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Additionally, it is home to about 2,500 free-ranging bison (where I’m from in South Dakota, we say buffalo).

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.

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

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

Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

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

Here are our two favorite recipes. In fact, I make these religiously in our house:

By all means, what are you making for dinner?

Can’t Make it to The Merc?

The Pioneer Woman actually has lots of items on Amazon from The Pioneer Woman Collection (there is also a 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.

In particular, 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

Pioneer Woman Mercantile Ultimate Weekend Getaway

Here is a quick summary of everything you should do to have the ultimate weekend to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile!

  • 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, 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, maybe go for a hike

We hope you have an awesome trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, to visit The Pioneer Woman Mercantile.

Be sure to take in all the area has to offer!

Thanks for reading.

Ashlee & Pablo


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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