8 things for men to do while their wives shop at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, including a suggestion from Ladd Drummond, himself

8 things for men to do while their wives shop at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, including a suggestion from Ladd Drummond, himself

Men, we’ve all been there, sitting in the man seat, holding bags and baskets of merchandise while our wives gleefully continue their shopping sprees. And I know that many of us, when faced with our wives’ desire to go to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, recoil in fear of long hours stuck sitting in that chair.

Loved this chair for non-shopping men we saw in Pawhuska.

But men, I’ve got good news:  If you play your cards right, you just might have more fun than your wife when you go to Pawhuska. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in this cowboys’ playground.

1. Shop for your man cave

The World Famous Buckin’ Flamingo is just down Main Street from the Merc, and is definitely worth a stop. They sell some of the most unique metal art you’ve ever seen, perfect for decorating your man cave. You’ll find vintage signs for beers, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, baseball teams, and gas/oil companies. You can also prepare for your anniversary, Christmas, or your wife’s birthday by shopping their selection of beautiful sterling silver and turquoise jewelry. How thrilled would she be with a memory of one of her favorite towns on that special day? I daresay you’d get a LOT of points!

You can shop for your man cave at The World Famous Buckin’ Flamingo that is just around the corner from The Mercantile on Main Street.

From there, head over to Big County Pawn and check out their selection of tools, vintage items, case knives, guns, ammo, and cleverly named, delicious, Sh*t bar-b-que seasonings that can take your grill game to the next level. (Pardon my French.)

For that sh$%^y relative or neighbor that you don't know what to get for Christmas.

And, to up your grill game even more, stop by Lorec Ranch – Pawhuska and pick up a small branding iron to char your initial right into a juicy steak.

LOREC Ranch steak branding iron, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Heat this up and put a unique mark on every steak you serve!

2. Roam the Osage

Head east from the Merc about three blocks and board a tour on the Roaming the Osage Historic Scenic Tours van. Casey and his crew have put together an informative tour that will give you an overview of the area and its history. You might even get to see a bison.

The Roaming the Osage Tour will give you a great overview of Osage County while you ride in style.

The Roaming the Osage Tour will give you a great overview of Osage County while you ride in style.

The best part is that the tour is in the coolest tour van you’ve ever seen. It’s a Mercedes convertible with a retractable roof. When the weather is nice, you’ll roll through town in the open air, but when you head out on the highway, they close the top and the AC pours over you keeping you comfortable. It’s a unique experience — our understanding is that only two of these particular vans exist in the United States.


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3. Go fishing at the lake

Located just two short miles outside the city limits is the large, beautiful Bluestem Lake. When you head to Pawhuska, pack along your fishing gear because you can spend long, peaceful days at the lake.

Bluestem Lake offers lots of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing.

You can catch whiskered channel catfish, largemouth bass, speckled crappie, spotted bass, lengthy saugeye, ray-finned sunfish and white bass while your wife eagerly shops for all the kitchen gadgets you’ll need to prepare a wonderful dinner with your catch of the day. (Note: A state permit is required for fishing.)

4. Get yourself a custom hat and boots

While your wife is busy trying out whisks, spatulas, and mixing bowls, head across the street to Osage Outfitters and try on a new cowboy hat for yourself. Owner Joey Lee will help you pick one that is just the right size and will then custom shape it while you wait at the hat bar.

Osage Outfitters owner, Joey Lee, will be happy to shape a hat just the way you like it while you wait.

Osage Outfitters owner, Joey Lee, will be happy to shape a hat just the way you like it while you wait.

In just 10-15 minutes, your new hat will be shaped however you want, whether that’s a Cattleman’s Crease, a Gus Crease like in the movie, “Lonesome Dove,” or something else entirely.

Check a wide selection of quality cowboy boots at Osage Outfitters on Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska.

Once you have your hat, pick out a pair of beautiful boots made from sustainably sourced hide. Osage Outfitters has some of the highest quality boots around, and they can even get a pair custom made just for you. Why should your wife be the only one to get new things, right? No matter what you choose, you’ll walk out of the store looking good. (Full disclosure: Osage Outfitters has a lot to offer the lady in your life, as well, so you might want to show her around the store while wearing your new hat.)

5. Relax with a book

Head up Kihekah to the Book Burrow, a used book store where they probably have a copy of just about anything you’re looking for. Don’t have a title in mind? Owners James and Kelly are super friendly and can help you quickly find something that will grab your interest whether that’s a novel or a book on how to build cabinetry. Then, kick back and relax in one of their comfy chairs and enjoy some quiet time to yourself.

Book Burrow, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The Russells, owners of the Book Burrow, are friendly folks who will help you find the perfect book.

Another book option is offered up by the Pawhuska Public Library which has a huge selection of reading material in a comfortable, relaxing, and perhaps most importantly, air conditioned building. Let your wife deal with the hustle and bustle of downtown Pawhuska while you catch up on a novel or your favorite hunting magazine in a quiet, calm, environment.

Read a book, or take a cat nap at the Pawhuska City Library.

Read a book, or take a cat nap at the Pawhuska City Library.

The librarian told us that some guys even take little cat naps there, and she said that’s perfectly OK as long as they don’t snore too much. Get off that man bench downtown, and slide into a comfortable chair with a book. You can find the library’s hours on its website.

6. Grab a bite to eat

Obviously, you will want to eat at The Mercantile. I mean, the chicken fried steak is amazing (and so is the queso dip, and the lasagna, and the chicken parmesan, and the cattleman’s breakfast and the…). But if you’re out and about in town, you should know that there are some other great places to satisfy your hunger.

Buffalo Joe’s is a local favorite and has daily specials that are all fantastic. Grill 125 and El Vallarta’s Mexican restaurant are also good places to try.

The street tacos at Buffalo Joe's are outstanding and so are the breakfast burritos.

The street tacos at Buffalo Joe’s are outstanding and so are the breakfast burritos.

If you’re looking for something a bit more, um, rustic, try T-Bones Pig Stand for a great pork sandwich. And if you’ve got Bar-B-Que on your brain, then head over to Bad Brad’s for an amazing Frito pie.

Steve enjoyed a chopped pork sandwich at The Pig Stand just on the edge of town.

Steve enjoyed a chopped pork sandwich at The Pig Stand just on the edge of town.

Oh, and don’t forget that any day now, you’ll be able to go across Kihekah Ave. to P-Town Pizza, Ree and Ladd’s new wood-fired pizza restaurant. Judging from the pictures we’ve seen and what we’ve heard from our local contacts, the pizza, desserts and hand-crafted cocktails are all beyond incredible. And let’s be honest, if the Drummonds are involved, you know it will be top-notch.

7. Play a round of disc golf

You’d likely never expect a town the size of Pawhuska, Oklahoma to have three disc golf courses including two of the top ten courses in the country.

Taylor Ranch disc golf course in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Taylor Ranch disc golf course in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

One course is located in town, while the two championship courses are just south of town on Highway 99 at Taylor Ranch. Drop your wife off at The Merc for her shopping adventure, and head out to challenge yourself to a round of some of the best disc golf there is anywhere in the U.S.A.

8. Take Ladd Drummond’s advice

When I met Ladd at The Mercantile last fall, I told him we’d write a post like this someday and asked him what he thought men should do while their wives shopped. His simple suggestion may well be the best one on this list: Get a piece of chocolate or pecan pie from the bakery at The Mercantile, sit back on the large couch upstairs, and watch the game on TV.

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's husband, Ladd.

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s husband, Ladd.

Honestly, men, is there a better way to spend a day than that? And remember, they make fresh, homemade pies. All. Day. Long.


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70+ things to do in Pawhuska after you’ve eaten at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

70+ things to do in Pawhuska after you’ve eaten at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

The first time we visited Pawhuska, Oklahoma, we went directly to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile to taste Ree Drummond’s frontier cooking for ourselves. We spent a day and a half in Pawhuska sipping coffee and eating cinnamon rolls upstairs in the bakery, shopping for kitchen supplies in the general store, and savoring every last bite of the most delicious chicken fried steak we’ve ever had. Since then, we’ve returned to Pawhuska several times and quickly learned for ourselves there is so much more to see and do there. Pawhuska has rich history, incredible art, unique shopping, and some of the most genuine hospitality we’ve come across in all our travels.  Bottom line — if you come to Pawhuska and leave without dust on your car, you’ve missed out! Admittedly, this does not include everything, but here is our growing list of 70+ things to do in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, after you’ve eaten at The Mercantile.  (Along with pictures of Steve doing many of them.)

 1. Pour a pop at Handy’s

Handy’s is a convenience store that doesn’t sell gas or have a public restroom. Stop there anyway! What they do have is the best fountain pop in Pawhuska (that’s what the sign out front says) thanks to three choices of ice — cubed, pellet, or shaved and another little secret you can read about HERE. While you’re there, be sure to pick up an “I got a pop at Handy’s in Pawhuska, OK” postcard.

Handy's fountain pop, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

This dark and bubbly pop with that good pellet ice is just waiting to provide cool refreshment to any customer who comes through the door.

2. Take a tour with Roaming the Osage

Every first visit to Pawhuska should begin with a guided tour by Roaming the Osage Historic/Scenic Tours. Casey and his crew deliver a fantastic 90-minute overview of the community and its history while you sit back and relax in a comfortable Mercedes sprinter van with a retractable roof.

Roaming the Osage - Historic/Scenic Tour van, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The Roaming the Osage tour is a great way to see the area.

You’ll tour the town, learn the history of the Osage, visit the Tallgrass Prairie preserve and drive by the now-familiar entrance to the Drummond Ranch. They also offer a tour to the Lodge on the days it’s open to the public. Call Casey at (918) 440-5312 to book a tour before you come or just stop by 429 E. Main to see if they have open seats. 

3. Follow the mooing yellow truck to the Buckin’ Flamingo

Trust us on this one, if you see a yellow truck with a conestoga wagon cover pulling a trailer with a saddled pink flamingo in the back, follow it to the world famous Buckin’ Flamingo — it is a must-see! What started out as a pawn shop/bail bonds business has grown into a retail store just down Main Street from the Merc that specializes in metal yard art, decor, unique items, as well as vintage and retro pieces. The store has lots of cool stuff to take home or give as gifts.

Truck and flamingo trailer at the Buckin Flamingo in Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Meghan and friends Kelsea and Kennedy stand with the well-known truck and trailer the Garnetts use to advertise their business.

We loved walking around the store, looking at all of the different pieces and seeing how they were displayed (yard ornaments stuck in sand in a canoe, for instance). Everyone who works there is super nice and interesting. If nothing else, just making their acquaintances is worth the stop.

4. Get your bling on at Salt Creek

Located in the heart of downtown on Kihekah Avenue, Salt Creek (look for the “SC” in the window) offers the latest in high fashion including Kendra Scott jewelry like what Ree wore on her People magazine cover.

Salt Creek, Pawhuska, Oklahoma Kendra Scott Jewelry

Salt Creek offers Kendra Scott jewelry, women’s clothing, and gift items.

You can also shop their selection of women’s clothing as well as cute gift items like locally hand-embroidered tea towels and bath bombs. 

5. Buy the best plastic wrap dispenser on earth

Have you ever tried to tear off plastic wrap only to have it stick to itself and not behave making you want to cuss a blue streak? At the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, you can get the best plastic wrap dispenser ever made.

Love this plastic wrap dispenser from The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Love this plastic wrap dispenser from The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

We’ve bought the plastic wrap dispenser as well as the parchment paper dispenser and love them both. They also make a great gift idea for that difficult-to-shop-for person and are reasonably priced at $12.

6. Swing on the bridge

Be adventurous and try the swinging bridge! A favorite attraction of locals for years, the swinging bridge crosses Bird Creek just four blocks south of the Mercantile. Once the only way to get from one side of town to the other, the swinging bridge has been a favorite of visitors, and crossing it is a rite of passage, so to speak.

Swinging Bridge, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Steve walks across the swinging bridge. Don’t worry, it’s only a little more terrifying than it looks.

The signs at the ends of the bridge tell you not to jump up and down, though locals will later ask you if you did.

7. Stand in awe of stained glass at Immaculate Conception Church

We have been to Europe and have toured some of the most famous and impressive cathedrals in the world. None have stained glass windows quite like those at the Immaculate Conception Church in Pawhuska. The most famous window shows Father Shoenmaker bringing Catholicism to the Osage people.

Immaculate Conception Church stained glass, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The Osage Window at the Immaculate Conception church is not to be missed.

To even be created, the window required special dispensation from the Pope because it depicts people who were alive at the time it was made. More impressive than that, though, is the 3D effect you see when you look at the windows up close. You can make your visit Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 3pm. The door on the north side at the top of the ramp is typically open and a volunteer guide can show you around and answer questions.

8. Indulge in Indian Tacos

Every year on the first Saturday in October, dozens of home and professional cooks compete for fry bread bragging rights at the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska.

One of the many homemade Indian Tacos we sampled at the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

One of the many homemade Indian Tacos we sampled at the National Indian Taco Championships in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Throughout the day, downtown is chock-full of Indian Taco stands, craft and retail vendors, as well as games for kids, and entertainment. They also have Powwow dance competitions for all ages. If you go, be sure to pace yourself and wear stretchy pants. You can read about our experience judging the competition in 2017 HERE.

9. Learn about the Osage Nation

Start your study of the Osage Nation with a visit to the Osage Nation Museum. The oldest tribally owned museum in the country, it offers free admission (but free will donations are accepted). Wah-zha-zhi Spirit: A Celebration of Osage History and Culture is a permanent exhibit there. It showcases themes including but not limited to pre-history, government, warfare and traditional arts. The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Osage Nation Museum, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The Osage Nation Museum shares a great deal of history of the Osage Nation.

10. Try something on at Osage Outfitters

If you are looking for a unique pair of custom made cowboy boots or a cowboy hat that fits just right (yes, they steam and shape the hats right in the store at the hat bar), look no further than Osage Outfitters. Owners Joey and Callie have created an amazing store just a stone’s throw away from the Mercantile on Kihekah. Osage Outfitters carries dozens of quality boots for men, women and children, all made from the finest ethically sourced animal skins, including ostrich, hippo, and alligator. They also have some of the highest end western fashion in the area. If you see saddles on the sidewalk, you’re at the right place. Joey told us this was his first “inside” job, so he has a good understanding of what type of clothing real cowboys and ranch hands need and want. He said his wife Callie has great style and by browsing through the racks of modern and fashionable women’s apparel, we think he’s right. We loved this store, the owners’ hospitality, and the boots … oh, those boots.

Osage Outfitters boots, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The boots at Osage Outfitters are some of the best you can find.

11. Salute the start of Boy Scouts

Outside the Osage County Historical Society Museum sits a bronze statue of a few boy scouts with their scout master. Pawhuska claims it was the place where the first Boy Scout troop in the United States was organized in 1909. The museum also has displays and information on the history of Osage County.

Osage County Historical Society sign, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The Osage County Historical Society museum is a great place to learn some of the history of the area.

12. Savor a skillet at El Vallarta’s

If you like Mexican food, you’ll love El Vallarta’s. Their lunch specials are delicious and are delivered to the table quickly. We especially enjoyed the grilled chicken and rice skillet (splurge and get it topped with queso) and the fried beef burrito. You can’t beat the prices. Our lunch for two, which included chips and drinks, was under $20.

El Vallarta's chicken skillet, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Ann loved the chicken skillet from El Vallarta’s.

13. Search for bronze sculptures

Pawhuska is a city where the arts are important, and a quick look around town proves it. Throughout the town you’ll find number of bronze statues and sculptures, including several by famed sculptor John D. Free and his son John. See if you can find at least five of them.

John D. Free bonze, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

One of the public bronzes by John D. Free in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

14. See a show at Constantine Theater

The historic (and allegedly haunted) Constantine Theater in downtown Pawhuska is the second oldest performing arts center in Oklahoma. Originally a hotel, the building was converted into an opera house in 1911 and remained a theater until it closed in 1970. In 1987, a group of concerned citizens got together and restored the building, reopening it as a performing arts venue. Check the schedule and catch a show!

15. Furnish your home at Lorec Ranch

LOREC Ranch Home Furnishings is a home decorating store just down the sidewalk from the PW Mercantile on Kihekah Avenue. Inside, you’ll find creative decor with a western bent, much like what you’ll see inside the Merc. This makes sense, because the LOREC Ranch provided many of the furnishings found there, including the couch and tables upstairs near the bakery. We loved the dyed cowhide placemats and huge dining room table and chairs. There are also lots of other small treasures hidden around the store like branding irons for your steak. Friendly staff, like manager Gay Kincaid, also make every visit a special one.

LOREC Ranch furniture and accessories, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

A great selection of western furniture and accessories is available at the LOREC Ranch.

16. Hunt for rocks

Pawhuska is home to an ongoing game among locals that includes the hiding and finding of painted rocks. When you’re in town, keep your eyes peeled for brightly painted rocks.

Pawhuska rocks, Postcard Jar rock, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

This is the rock we left in Pawhuska. Can you find it?

According to the rules listed in the Pawhuska Rocks Facebook Group, if you find a rock you like, you may keep it, but you have to replace it with another rock of your creation. Alternatively, you may just re-hide the rock. Either way, though, you’re asked to take a picture and post it to the group so the rock’s creator gets to see where it is. When we were in town, we hid a Postcard Jar rock … so keep your eyes open!

17. Throw a disc at Taylor Ranch

With two of the top ten disc golf courses in the United States and three overall, Pawhuska is quite the destination for disc golf enthusiasts as well as those new to the game. The city maintains a public disc golf course in Williams park, but the real action takes place a few miles south of town at The Lodge at Taylor Ranch.

Taylor Ranch Disk Golf, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

This hole at the Taylor Ranch requires players to clear a water hazard.

There they have two championship courses (a round costs $5) including one hole on which players must clear a water hazard. Taylor Ranch also offers everything from Zumba classes to homemade apple butter and they even have a cabin for rental on Airbnb that is down by the water.

Williams Park, barrel house, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

In addition to a disc golf course, Williams Park in Pawhuska has playground equipment for the kids to enjoy.

18. Take a picture by a mural

As we’ve said before, Pawhuska is home to lots of public art including several murals. Take a moment to search them out and snap a photo like this one by the Osage Language building near Matthews and Main.

Osage Language Center mural, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

This mural is on the side of the Osage Language Building.

19. View the vista from Lookout Mountain

Head out of Pawhuska a few miles on Okesa Road and when you come to a fork in the road, keep to the right. You’ll immediately see a gravel road heading up a loooong hill. Drive up that road and you’ll be on the top of Lookout Mountain. There, you’ll find the memorial and gravesite for Chief Fred Lookout and his wife, Julia. Take a moment and pay your respects. You’ll also find an incredible, 360-degree panoramic view of Pawhuska, Bird Creek Valley, and Osage County. This view is definitely worth the trip.

Lookout Mountain view toward Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The view from Lookout Mountain is incredible. In this photo, you can see Pawhuska in the distance.

20. Caffeinate with a Cowboy Coffee

There’s no better way to start to the day than with a Cowboy Coffee at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. While The Merc may be best known for its food, don’t overlook the coffee. The Mercantile offers two world-class coffee bars with beans sourced and roasted exclusively for the store through a partnership with Topeca Roastery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pioneer Woman Mercantile, Cowboy Coffee, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Ann loves the Cowboy Coffee at the Merc.

Ann loves starting the day with the Cowboy Coffee, served “shot in the dark” style, infused with Sarsaparilla and topped with frothed milk. The Spicy Cowgirl has a hint of cayenne and is also a treat. The best part is that both the coffee beans and the flavorings are for sale at The Mercantile so you can also try your barista skills at home.

21. Launch a rocket

Every September, Pawhuska plays host to the the High Frontier Amateur Rocket Launch. Hundreds of hobby rocket enthusiasts gather at the Pawhuska airport to launch more than 300 rockets over two days’ time. Some are small rockets built by kids. Others are large rockets made of fiberglass that can reach altitudes of 10,000 to 15,000 feet! Sounds to us like a high-flying event that shouldn’t be missed.

22. Scale the stairs to the Osage County Courthouse  

Need to burn off a few extra calories from that indulgence in queso dip at The Mercantile? Run some steps. There are two long sets of steps in downtown Pawhuska. If you start near the China Cafe, 129 steps will take you to the top of the hill where the courthouse sits. While you’re up there, take in the commanding view of downtown Pawhuska and surrounding area, catch your breath, and remember the 129 steps are much easier heading down. You’ll burn about a calorie and a half for every 10 steps you climb.  

Steps to the courthouse in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Steps to the courthouse in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

23. Compliment your cottage

The Prairie Cottage is a fun decor boutique located on Main St. just a block or so from the Merc. The folks there have traveled far and wide to bring unique items back to town, but they also have a selection of Pawhuska items in case you’re hunting for a souvenir to take home with you.

Prairie Cottage decor, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Home decor items at the Prairie Cottage.

24. Appreciate the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

At 39,650 acres, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest protected remnant of native tallgrass prairie on earth. With about 2,500 free-ranging bison, any visitor to the preserve has a good chance of spotting one or more of these majestic creatures. If you do, please remember the three rules for bison viewing the prairie’s conservancy has: 1. Stay in your car. 2. Stay in your car. 3. Stay in your car. In addition to being incredibly beautiful animals, bison are speedy, large, powerful and a little unpredictable. No human on earth can outrun them. Follow the rules.

Tallgrass Prairie, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Steve enjoys the fresh air and scenery at the Tallgrass Prairie.

25. Relax at The Pioneer Woman Boarding House

There’s no doubt in our minds The Pioneer Woman Boarding House is going to be a destination in and of itself for people visiting Pawhuska to escape, relax, and unwind. Not only are the rooms and amenities some of the best we’ve seen in all our travels, the people who work there are committed to one thing – making people happy. Read about our tour of the Boarding House HERE.

Each room at The Pioneer Woman Boarding House has luxurious bedding, an accent blanket, and a stuffed animal from The Mercantile.

Each room at The Pioneer Woman Boarding House has luxurious bedding, an accent blanket, and a stuffed animal from The Mercantile.

26. Pamper yourself at a local salon

Take time out to get pampered at a local salon/spa. Pawhuska has a number of places to go including Ambition Salon & Country Road Boutique, Hair Razors, and Thairapy. Whether you just need your hair styled or want to go home with a brand new cut and color, these salons offer it all. Some even offer mani/pedi services that can make your day of pampering complete.

Ambition Salon and Country Road boutique, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Everyone needs a spa day. Thanks, Ambition Salon, for making Steve look so good!

27. Notice the architecture 

Pawhuska’s unique history and its ties to oil and the money it brings mean that there are many beautiful, stately homes in town. Take a drive and admire the historic mansions that line the streets. Then, head downtown to see the triangle building and other historic structures, noting the decorative brickwork near the tops of the buildings. Built in 1914, the courthouse at the top of the hill is also worth a visit.  

Triangle Building, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The newly-renovated Triangle building with its lights on for the first time in decades. This picture was taken in July 2018, right before the grand opening of the Frontier Hotel.

28. Sidle up to the Pig Stand

T-Bone’s Pig Stand is really just a food trailer on the west side of town with an awning over it. Apparently, the original building burned down years ago and they brought the trailer in as a temporary fix. After working in it, the owner liked it so decided to make it permanent and put the awning up.

T-bones Pig Stand, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The chopped pork sandwich made for a great lunch one day.

Don’t let the facade fool you, the food is great. Steve had the chopped pork sandwich with fresh cut fries and Ann loved her burger that was greasy in all the right ways. Locals also tell us you need to get there early if you want to enjoy the fish fry on Fridays.

29. Get your dawgs up

Pawhuska has quite a lively sports scene for a town its size and there is a great deal of local pride in their teams. While in town you should check out the school’s activities calendar and head to an event. With football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, track and more, there has to be something to pique your interest. While there cheering for the Huskies, don’t forget to get your dawgs up! A local will be glad to explain how.

Homecoming in Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Check out a high school game while you’re in Pawhuska. If you’re lucky, you might find yourself witness to the pageantry and tradition of a small town’s homecoming.

30. Book a room at The Grandview Bed & Breakfast

Back in 1923, The Grandview Inn Bed & Breakfast was a private residence owned by Drummond family. We learned that Ladd and Ree Drummond also lived here when their girls were young and in 2004, the home was purchased by historical home preserver, Charlotte Rhineheart. She replaced windows, updated central heating and air, refinished the beautiful wood floors and gave the interior a new design.

The Granview Inn, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

The stately Grandview Inn was home to the Drummond family for years.

In 2012, the property was purchased by Steven and Tiffany Poe, who have made their home in Pawhuska and become innkeepers of this gorgeous and stately bed and breakfast. Simple and wholesome breakfasts are served daily in the dining room and are complimentary with each night’s stay.

31. Play the piano

We noticed several upright pianos near business fronts in Pawhuska and asked about their significance. One local business owner told us it was just a way to bring something arts and craftsy to downtown and business owners were encouraged to create their own unique piano display for passersby. See how many you can spot (and play) in Pawhuska. Piano in downtown Pawhuska, Oklahoma

32. Visit the Drummond Lodge

As you may or may not be aware, the Drummonds have opened up for tours the Lodge where The Pioneer Woman shows are often filmed. Check the Pioneer Woman Mercantile website for open dates and details. Visitors can explore the Lodge on self-guided tours where you’ll get an inside look at the pantry, cozy guest rooms, and the two-sided fireplace with a boot-lined mantle.

Pioneer Woman Lodge, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

It’s so fun to pretend that you’re helping Ree cook!

Be sure to take your camera or camera phone, as pictures are not only allowed, but encouraged. You’ll want to be sure to snap a shot of the women and girls (and a few brave men) playing kitchen in Ree’s beautifully designed space. You can read all about our first visit to the Lodge HERE.

33. Check out a book at the Pawhuska City Library

Pawhuska has a wonderful public library that is open every day but Sunday. Check out their website for their exact hours. Anyone is welcome to come in out of the heat (or cold), use the restroom, and settle down in a comfy chair with a book, magazine, or newspaper.  Several copies of the New York Times Bestseller Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann are available there if you’re interested in this newly released true crime novel about the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI.

Public Library, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Steve pauses with a book in the Pawhuska Library.

34. Visit the Blessed Kateri Shrine of the West

Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be canonized as a saint, and there is a shrine in her honor outside the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 1314 Lynn Ave. She was canonized in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and is the patroness of ecology and environment, people in exile, and Native Americans.

St. Kateri shrine, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

St. Kateri was the first Native American canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

35. See where movies were made

Believe it or not, Pawhuska has played host to Hollywood more than once. August: Osage County was filmed there as was To the Wonder. Because of this, you should know that George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, and Rachel McAdams were all in and around the town during filming. Even more special, if you visit the original Mudpies as you head west from downtown, you can sit on the wicker couch used as a prop in the filming of August: Osage County.

Mudpies porch couch, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

On the porch of Mudipies, Steve relaxes on the same couch used during the filming of “August: Osage County.”

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Have you been to Pawhuska? If so, what did you enjoy most and what have we missed? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you. Also, we’d like to thank Reba Bueno, Joni Nash, and all of Pawhuska’s residents and business owners we’ve met for your incredible hospitality and assistance. Until next time … 

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70+ things to do in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, after you’ve eaten at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile