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The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Drummond Lodge

It has come to my attention recently that not everyone knows who The Pioneer Woman is, or about her Mercantile and the Drummond Lodge. In addition to being passionate about travel, I love most things food and family, which are also focuses of Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. With all of this in mind, please allow me to introduce you to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Drummond Lodge.

Pioneer Woman Mercantile

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Drummond Lodge

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

As an introduction, The Pioneer Woman Mercantile is housed in the renovated 100 year old plus Osage Mercantile building on Main Street in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Ree and her husband Ladd spent a year renovating the mercantile into what it is today. I think when you read about this wonderful place, you will want to take a trip and visit it yourself.

Pioneer Woman Mercantile

When you enter the Mercantile, you will enter into a giant general store, with the restaurant off to the side. I’ve been told that the restaurant is always busy. My advice is to put your name on the waiting list right away if you want to eat in the restaurant. You really do want to eat in the restaurant too.

Pioneer Woman Mercantile

While you wait for your table, walk around the Mercantile and see what all you can find for your home or upcoming birthdays. We’re getting ready to move, again, so we didn’t get too much. It was a lot of fun to look through. I seriously love the saying on this sign.

Pioneer Woman Mercantile

The Mercantile Bakery

The bakery is upstairs from the Mercantile and the line there is sometimes long too. We waiting about 20 minutes in the line and were super happy with our purchases. My daughter got a lemon bar and an everything croissant and I got a couple of gluten free pound cakes. So much yumminess. A lot of people were getting the cinnamon rolls and the pecan sticky buns. Everyone said they were amazing.

Pioneer Woman Mercantile Bakery

Pawhuska Oklahoma

Pawhuska Oklahoma City Hall

If you’ve gone through the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Bakery and still have time before your reservation, head outside and explore the little town. I really love buildings in these small town. They have such character. The one above is the City Hall.

Osage in the Enemy Camp Sculpture

We found this sculptures titled ‘Osage in the Enemy Camp’ and the building below is the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.

Osage County Courthouse Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The Mercantile Restaurant

Pioneer Woman Mercantile Restaurant

You might be thinking that two hours is a long time to wait for a meal and wonder if it’s worth the wait. Well, it is and my choices weren’t as big as a normal eaters would be. Since I needed gluten free food, we had some mix ups with my order and I ended up with way too much food to eat. It was all amazing though and I took a lot home. The main dish was the Ranch Hand Sandwich, minus the bread. Their homemade potato chips were really good and those green beans were amazing.

We saw this cute truck outside of the Mercantile too.

Drummond Ranch Truck

The Drummond Lodge

Drummond Ranch

After we ate, we drove twelve miles out of town to the Drummond Lodge, which is on their ranch and where the cooking show The Pioneer Woman is filmed. It’s also where guests stay when they visit the Drummond Ranch.

Drummond Ranch Lodge

I have to admit, I’ve never actually seen her television show. I do visit her website called The Pioneer Woman though. So much good food. Anyway, this is where the magic happens.

Drummond Ranch Lodge Fireplace

I really love this fireplace. I bet it’s cozy in the winter time. It was way too hot for it to be on when we visited though.

Drummond Ranch Lodge Fireplace

It’s a funny sign on the fireplace.

Drummond Ranch Lodge

I am madly in love with this pantry. We are building a cabin for retirement and while it won’t be anywhere near as big as the Drummond Lodge, we will have a decent size pantry because it’s in the woods and there’s not much nearby.

Drummond Ranch Lodge Pantry

This is a second kitchen in the Lodge and I would say it’s amazing. On the left are a bunch of refrigerators.

Drummond Ranch Lodge Kitchen

Want to know the props in the next cookbook? Here you go.

Drummond Ranch Lodge

My daughter is a lover of all animals. I’m not sure she has ever met one that didn’t warm up to her in short order. She found all the dogs and of course had to pet them all.

Drummond Ranch Dogs

The is the outside view of the Drummond Lodge. The views are all so beautiful and this time of year, so green. I can see why they have their ranch where it is located.


We drove two hours one way to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Drummond Lodge and spent about 6 hours in Pawhuska. Would I say it was worth it? Absolutely, although it’s not really on the way to anywhere. You will have to plan to go out of your way. The drive was beautiful, Pawhuska was lovely and our visit to the Mercantile and Lodge were a lot of fun. We also went to the Swinging Bridge while we were in Pawhuska and that too was a lot of fun. We had a fun day for sure!

Drummond Ranch Lodge

Pioneer Woman Mercantile

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  • Alyson Long August 3, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Well now I know! No, never heard of The Pioneer Woman and I didn’t know what a Mercantile is either . Is it just a homewears shop ? I enjoyed reading that, I love the pantry too and we’re getting very ” homestead” here in suburban Australia. We just got chickens and I’m a little obsessed with gardening. So thanks, I enjoyed that.

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      The Mercantile is a home shop, but more for country homes or homesteads. It was fun to explore. How are those chickens going? We’re talking about getting some when we retire.

  • sherianne August 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I love restaurants that have general stores attached, They always have the best Knick knacks. My mom has talked about Pioneer Women but I don’t think she knows there is a restaurant. It would be fun to surprise her with a visit

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Oh it would! Be sure to make the time to go to their ranch. There is also a hotel, but I didn’t see it.

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman August 5, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Sounds like a grand excuse for a day trip. I think any restaurant with a 2-hour wait must be visited just to find out what all the fuss is about. The shopping makes me wonder what is a higher love, biscuits and gravy or bacon?

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      The restaurant was quite good. I think I like biscuits and gravy better. Don’t tell my husband thought.

  • Rosemary August 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of Pioneer Women and it sounds quite charming. A long history and apparently great food. I’m quite impressed you waited for over 2 hours for your food. Sounds like an icon not to miss in Oklahoma.

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      It was well worth the wait for sure. Plus, we had some exploring to do while we waited. Such a great place to visit.

  • Debra Schroeder August 5, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Love that they converted an older building that would normally have gone vacant. But there’s no way I’d wait two hours to eat but good to know they have gluten-free options. 🙁

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      There’s plenty to do while you wait. We didn’t just sit. Then when we were done eating, we just left for the ranch. I wouldn’t have waited if there was nothing else to do.

  • Renata August 6, 2019 at 6:34 am

    So from this post, the only name that sounded familiar was Oklahoma, other than that, everything was new to me – and therefore totally fascinating. I love those places with lots of tradition and ‘patina’!

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Me too. It’s great to explore something new and totally different.

  • Milijana August 6, 2019 at 9:17 am

    You got me on the Mercantile Bakery with lemon bars, croissants, cinnamon rolls, pecan sticky buns … Oh, those are my treats!

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      They were selling loads of those too. I bet they go through a truck load of flour a week.

  • Theresa August 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I have never heard of Pawhuska or the Pioneer Woman! I like to think that if I was near there I would like to have a visit. I have a real soft spot for general stores and the food sounds great. Good info on getting your name in early for a reservation.

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      It was such a fun day. I hope you will make the effort to visit if you are somewhat close.

  • Kamree August 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    The Mercantile Bakery looks divine! I would love to take a bite out of every yummy treat in there! xo – Kam

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      It was amazing. I was happy with the gluten free cakes. My daughter had a harder time picking.

  • Suruchi August 6, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    The Pioneer women Mercantile looks amazing. 20 minutes to get into bakery and 2 hours wait for food is really long. I wonder will We be able to wait that long. The Drummond Lodge looks amazing and that landscapes in the way are lush. I too loved that kitchen .

    • ppadmin September 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      If you want to go to the restaurant, they will text you. We walked around the Mercantile and the little town, so it didn’t seem that long. The food was so good.