My Pioneer Woman Boarding House Review with all the photos you could want from this destination visit.
Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Oklahoma. Why Oklahoma you ask? One, I had never been there before and Two, its Pioneer Woman Country, duh. So I give you my Pioneer Woman Boarding House Review and all that encompasses.
When reservations first opened up for the Pioneer Woman Boarding House, I immediately got online and booked the first date I could get. My sister, aunt and I made the trek from Texas to Pawhuska, Oklahoma on Friday and spent all day Saturday exploring Pioneer Woman country. This place reminded me so much of Magnolia Market and I feel like Ree and Joanna are the same people – one started with food and moved into home products and the other started in design/home products and moved into food. Both have great design style.
First stop was the Pioneer Woman Mercantile for breakfast. A special treat if you stay at the Boarding House, they will make reservations for you at the Mercantile or the Pizzeria. While I loved that extra benefit, we really didn’t need the reservations as they were not full at all. I believe the threat of bad weather kept a lot of people away this particular weekend. We loaded up on breakfast and we were all thrilled with our selections.
My favorite was the waffle. But the entire plate was a good old fashioned American breakfast which is one of my favorite things ever. Don’t miss out on the biscuits or cinnamon roll either. Divine. I love that they serve everything with different flavored syrups.
The service was top notch and I loved our view of the store while we were eating. You could see the front of the store and the beautiful Christmas tree on display at the entrance to the store. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of these products!
During breakfast, my aunt noticed Ladd, aka Marlboro Man was also having breakfast at the Mercantile. He was nice enough to come over and take a photo with us. He was so friendly and let us know that Ree would be in later in the day to sign some books.
After swooning a bit, we did a large amount of shopping. I am a kitschy person and loved all the kitchen knick knacks that were for sale. I am also a Christmas ornament fiend so I went a little crazy with all the ornaments she had on hand. I want to go back for more.
After this bit of shopping we then got information from the Mercantile on taking a tour of the Lodge. It is quite a trek to get there on a gravel road but once you do, the view is worth the ride. While this Drummond Ranch sign is not the entrance to the Lodge, I couldn’t pass it up.
Having watched the Pioneer Woman on television quite frequently, it was a treat to see it all in person. I love seeing behind the scenes of almost anything. I could picture the kids running in to grab lunch after starting their morning super early doing ranch chores.
The Lodge was wonderful to see in person. It’s exactly what I want for my family – only larger so we can all have long weekends together. The only bad thing from the weekend was that I did end up getting a hole in my tire and we had to make a trip to Bartlesville to get a new tire. Other than that all was well!
Before our little side trip to Bartlesville, we cancelled our lunch reservations and instead picked up some Garlic Knots for the road from P-Town Pizza. These things were so dang good. I could have eaten a whole order by myself if I hadn’t stuffed my face at breakfast. Pace yourself.
After we returned from Bartlesville, we headed to the Mercantile to meet Ree herself. Apparently Ree does book signings once a month or so. The staff won’t tell you anything but word gets out from Ladd or the tour guides at the Lodge. Also chat up the other guests as they seem to know what’s going on too! Ree was so warm and friendly.
Of course we did more shopping after meeting Ree. I went over my souvenir budget by more than double! We also hit up the bakery and candy store on the second floor.
We then walked over to the Boarding House to check in. We stayed in the Ranch Room which is on the third floor. Be aware that there are no elevators at the Boarding House so hopefully your knees are in good shape. Once we got into the room, it was everything I hoped it would be. Such a beautiful design and Ree took everything into consideration when designing it.
I loved everything about this place. Everything. From the electric black out blinds, the heat lamps on the wall, the oh so comfortable bath, bed and all the little touches. The staff was absolutely wonderful from my first call to their helping us with our bags early Sunday morning.
They even set us up with pastries upon our arrival and hot chocolate and muffins when we woke up.
We were so exhausted after the long day, we opted for room service as we watched a movie. Another hit for all our meals.
A long bath before bedtime hit the spot. I could live in this bathroom. It was so spacious! I stayed in there over an hour and could have slept in that tub. Pure heaven.
Before bedtime, they had a turndown service complete with chocolate chip cookie! Bliss.
I would highly recommend staying here if you get the opportunity. I plan on taking another trip with my mom and niece in 2019. There were a few cute shops around the area but we just did not have time to see anything else. Another trip is definitely needed.