Postcard Place front yard

We opened our home and Airbnb in Pawhuska called Postcard Place in 2019 and have been welcoming guests from all over the country. And no, we’re not too freaked out that total strangers are regularly sleeping in our bed. Honestly, we have really enjoyed having people stay at our house while we’re away. No really, it has been great.

living room at postcard place in pawhuska

We decided earlier this summer to share our home with visitors to Osage County through Airbnb and so far, we have no regrets. Typically, when we tell people we share our home on Airbnb, we get an arsenal of questions about what it’s like. So today, we’re answering some of the most common questions for all of you.

Q: Is it weird having people sleep in your bed?

This is the #1 question we get asked about our Airbnb in Pawhuska. If I’m being honest, it’s a little weird. But Steve likes to remind me that we sleep in hotel beds all the time without thinking about who lay there the night before, so why should we be worried at home? Initially, we thought we’d close off our bedroom to guests. However, it is the only king sized bed in the house (we also have a queen and two XL twins) and since we always look for places to stay with king beds, we thought others might prefer the same.

postcard place king room

Also, we launder the bedding, duvet covers, and shams after every stay and have protective covers on all the pillows and mattresses. And, because our housekeeper, Jen, is SO AWESOME, we can’t even tell anyone’s ever been there when we return. Seriously, it’s like no one else set foot inside the house while we were gone.

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Q: What exactly is Airbnb?

Airbnb is a community built on home sharing. It began in 2008 when two designers who had space to share hosted three travelers looking for a place to stay while attending a design conference. Fun fact: Initially, they set up a website called, and guests slept on air mattresses in their kitchen. Later, they shortened the name of their company to Airbnb.

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Now millions (yes, millions) of hosts and travelers create free Airbnb accounts so they can list their space and book unique accommodations anywhere in the world. Travelers book a room or an entire house online though the Airbnb website or phone app.

If you’ve never used Airbnb before, click on this link for $40 off your first stay.

Q: Is Airbnb safe?

We have been both guests and hosts through Airbnb and have concluded it is very safe. Airbnb helps make it that way by verifying personal profiles and listings, including through government-issued photo IDs. They maintain a messaging system so hosts and guests can communicate with certainty, and they’ve developed an online platform to collect and transfer payments that is confidential and safe. So far, we’ve had zero concerns about safety.

keyless entry ring

We’ve also taken some extra steps at our Airbnb in Pawhuska. Our friend and neighbor, Gio, helped us install safety equipment including a video doorbell, motion lights and cameras on the outside of our home. We have keyless entry and each guest has a unique code for the specific time they have access to the house. And, those random codes change for every guest. We also have a very active and attentive neighborhood watch in place.

Q: How many people can your Airbnb in Pawhuska accommodate?

We allow up to six people to stay at Postcard Place. Our Airbnb in Pawhuska has three bedrooms with a king, queen, and two XL twin beds. We only have one bathroom, but we’ve set up two of the rooms with tables and mirrors so after showering, you can get ready in your room.

xl twin room at postcard place

Q: How far is your house from The Pioneer Woman Mercantile?

Our Airbnb in Pawhuska is about one mile from The Mercantile and the best chicken fried steak you’ll ever eat. Google Maps says it is a four-minute drive, but honestly, it takes us no more than two and a half and we don’t speed. You can also walk to Charlie’s Sweet Shop which is right across the street from The Merc.

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond Ice Cream Charlies Sweet Shop

We’ve walked from our house to Charlie’s before and it took us about 15 minutes. And just in case you were curious, one mile of walking burns about 150 calories – the same amount in a half cup of the strawberry ice cream there. If you walk back, you can burn the calories in a waffle cone. Just sayin’.

Q: Do you have to provide amenities as hosts?

Airbnb hosts can provide as many or as few amenities as they’d like. We provide our guests with more than 35 amenities, including all the basics like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and a hair dryer. We also provide lots of extras that we love when we travel, like USB/electrical outlets at every bedside, desk fans, make-up remover wipes, and good coffee and creamer.

amenities at postcard place

We tried to think of what makes a stay special when we travel and incorporated all of those things into Postcard Place. We also leave stamped Pawhuska postcards for our guests (of course, we do) so they can send a “wish you were here” message to friends and family back home.

guest book at postcard place

Q: What do guests seem to like most about your Airbnb in Pawhuska?

Our guests have told us (in our guest book or through online reviews) they love that Postcard Place is sparkling clean and nicely decorated.

postcard place farmhouse decor

The most common comments are that they enjoyed the bright and cheery decor, the comfy beds and bedding, and sipping coffee from the rocking chairs on the front porch. Many of our guests comment that they just enjoyed the relaxing space to spend time with friends and family and reconnect. Nothing could make us happier.

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Q: Can guests cook in your kitchen?

We do allow guests to use the kitchen at our Airbnb in Pawhuska and even leave all of our kitchen supplies out for them, including pots and pans, dishes, spices, and condiments. That said, I don’t think we’ve had anyone use many of them yet. Ha!

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There are so many great places to eat in Pawhuska that typically, people don’t cook at Postcard Place. Our favorite restaurants include The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, P-Town Pizza, Buffalo Joe’s (they have a fantastic breakfast burrito), Simple Simon’s Pizza, Rancho los Primos, Grill 125, and El Vallarta’s. Oh, and of course, Charlie’s Sweet Shop.

kitchen shelf at postcard place

We do provide a Keurig coffee maker (along with coffee, cream, and sugar) as well as a microwave just in case someone wants to warm up a pecan roll from The Mercantile bakery.

The Pioneer Woman pecan sticky buns

Q: Have you had anything stolen from your Airbnb in Pawhuska?

People always ask us this question. With the exception of one group that, for whatever reason, took home all our extra toilet paper, no. Most of our guests are really sweet groups of women who are fans of The Pioneer Woman. They seem to be a pretty honest and respectful bunch, so far. These ladies (not the ones who took the TP) had a great mother/daughter/granddaughter trip to celebrate an 80th birthday and didn’t take a thing other than this photo!

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Q: How can I book Postcard Place?

You can book our Airbnb in Pawhuska called Postcard Place online by clicking HERE. Since this is also our home, we open up dates dates for bookings as we know our travel schedule and when we’re not going to be there. You can usually see dates available about three months in advance. If you’ve never used Airbnb before,  we also have a special $40 off your first stay link HERE.

For $40 off you first Airbnb stay, CLICK HERE.  We’d also love to have you follow Postcard Place on Facebook and Instagram. (Note: As Amazon Influencers and Airbnb hosts, we earn from qualifying purchases).

  • Last week, we had the pleasure of making handmade pasta (via the internet) with our friends, Deb and Massi, who were in their home kitchen in Italy. ⁣
You can read all about it, and get the recipe, on our blog. Yep, you guessed it, the link is in our bio. ⁣
We met Deb and Massi of @italyunfiltered a few years ago when they created an amazing food and wine itinerary for us. We've remained friends and it was so good to see them, even if they were a world away.
  • We were supposed to be in Rochester, Minnesota, this week for Ann to see a cardiac sarcoidosis specialist about some recent issues with her heart. Of course, we did not travel to Rochester for her scans and doctor visits because of the coronavirus outbreak.⁣
Instead, her cardiologists called her from their homes and her scans and tests will likely be delayed until June or July. We'll keep in close touch with them if anything changes, as well. We are so grateful for all of the healthcare professionals who are continuing to work crazy hours from home as well as in our hospitals around the world.⁣
This is such an unprecedented and stressful time for all of them. Words will never be enough to convey our gratitude for the roles they are playing in the battle against this deadly virus while caring for those with other diseases and illnesses at the same time. ⁣
Every healthcare provider we've talked with in the last two weeks has had the same message for those of us who don't have to go to work at a hospital. ⁣
Just. Stay. Home.
  • Yesterday was Day 16 of social isolation for us. Because of Ann's underlying heart condition and suppressed immune system, we've cooked all our meals at home (no takeout). We've starting to get more and more creative as time has gone by. ⁣
Last night, we made chicken and shrimp vindaloo and learned online how to make homemade naan.⁣
It wan't as good as our favorite Indian restaurant, The Oven, but it did satisfy the craving we've had for Indian food. ⁣
What are you craving these days?
  • We moved our living room furniture around this week and put two swivel chairs near the sliding glass door. Each day, we take time to turn around, rest our minds, enjoy in the view, and just be. #webelieveinhome
  • Our daughter, Meghan, is a cardiac ICU nurse. Despite all of the current uncertainties in healthcare during this pandemic, early this morning she put on her scrubs and went to work a 12+ hour shift. 
She is not alone. Across the country and around the world, healthcare workers are putting the safety of themselves and their families at risk to help others. It's what they do. Every. Single. Day. 
We are incredibly grateful that there are selfless people like this in the world and we pray for them and we hope you'll join us. 
We couldn't sleep this morning, so we wrote instead. Click on the link in our bio to read our morning thoughts and prayers.
  • Trying to decide where we’ll travel this weekend. Covered porch? Living room? 😉
  • We are staying home. 
We've been here for almost a week now because Ann is one of "those people." You know the ones. Those people with an underlying health issue. Those people with a suppressed immune system. One of those people who could become seriously ill, need hospitalization, and even die if exposed to the coronavirus.  Those people need your help to stay safe and live. And all you have to do is stay home when you don’t NEED to be out.

Over the past few days, we’ve seen photos, videos, and witnessed first hand people of all ages (but mostly young people) gathering in groups for what us mid lifers would consider “non essential” reasons: birthday parties, movies, youth sports practices, St. Patty’s Day celebrations at the bar, spring break at the beach, and the like. 
We don’t understand it. 
We try not to judge. 
But just for a time during this worldwide pandemic, could we ask people who are participating in non-essential activities to consider who “those people” most at risk really are?

Those people are already battling serious illnesses.

Those people want to see their grandchildren grow up.

Those people need to do their jobs as nurses and doctors.

Those people are first responders. 
Those people run the grocery store, and the pharmacy, and the gas station. 
Those people pray for you and your generation. 
And what about those other people? 
The ones you know.

Those people who made sacrifices to meet your needs.

Those people who took care of you when you were sick.

Those people who went to your games and cheered you on. 
Those people who taught you in school.

Those people who helped you pay for college.

Those people who cooked your favorite dish for you.

Those people who taught your Sunday School class.

Those people who have forgiven you.

Those people who will always love you unconditionally.

We keep wanting to scream, “It’s not about you, it’s about those people!” But the truth of the matter is, IT IS ABOUT YOU. 
You have the power to help.
You have the power to influence others.
You have the power to flatten the curve.

And by not changing your behaviors, you also have the power to harm. 
How will you choose to use your power?j
  • We’re sharing your postcards and encouraging you to help others and stay positive. 
If you’d like to send us a postcard, mail to: Postcard Jar, PO Box 334, Crete, NE 68333.

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