Oklahoma! 9

Gal Pal Tripping with the ‘Pioneer Woman’ & Frank Lloyd Wright

Plotting a quick girls road trip? Turn your eyes northward to the tall grass prairies of Oklahoma, the “Pioneer Woman’s” playground. Pawhuska, Oklahoma, is on the map due to one redhead’s affinity for chronicling her penchant for beagles, butter, cowboys and tasty recipes. Ree Drummond, the self-proclaimed “Pioneer Woman,” lives with her family on a 433,000-acre cattle ranch now open in limited fashion to the public. The feverish following of “Pioneer Woman’s” blog spawned cookbooks, cookware, the immensely popular Food Network show, the Mercantile store/restaurant and the newly opened Boarding House hotel.

A trip to this neck of the woods is incomplete without a stop in charming Bartlesville, home of the only Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper in existence, The Price Tower. Originally envisioned to be part of a four skyscraper series in New York City, Wright described the copper wonder as “the tree that escaped the crowded forest” when it was completed in 1956 to house the H.C. Price corporation. This National Historic Treasure includes the Inn at Price Tower, designed by acclaimed architect Wendy Evans Joseph and just 25 miles outside of Pawhuska.

To properly explore, a two-day trip is recommended, but if you need a quick fix, you can pull off a caffeine-fueled day trip.

 

Worth a Stop

Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve | Woolaroc.org

Frank & Lolas | FrankAndLolas.com | Charming bistro for music, drinks and dinner

Painted Horse Bar & Grille | Painted-Horse.com | Terrific restaurant breakfast, lunch or dinner

Jude’s Health & Java House | JudesJava.com | Delightful coffee shop serving smoothies and coffee

 

Stay & Tour!

Inn at Price Tower

510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, OK 74003 | 918.336.4949 | PriceTower.org/Stay

A contemporary boutique inn experience in one of the most architecturally important buildings in the region. A docent-directed tour of the private upper floors provides a peek into the H.C. Price company corporate apartment and Price’s personal office. You’ll feel as though you fell through the looking glass into a Doris Day movie.

 

Other Places to Hang Your Hat

The Boarding House

540 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, OK 74056 | 918.528.7705 | PWBoardingHouse.com

The Drummond’s eight-room “cowboy luxury” hotel steps away from the Merc delights with the Butterfly Room, Ranch Room, etc. Several Pawhuska historic bed-and-breakfasts and homes via Airbnb or other Bartlesville hotels round out your lodging options.

 

Eat & Drink

Price Tower – Copper Restaurant & Bar

510 Dewey Ave. Bartlesville, OK 74003 | 918.336.4949 | PriceTower.org/Dine

Award-winning chef Jimmy Sanabria serves up his to-die-for Copper Shrimp + Smoked Gouda Grits, among other culinary gems. Dinner and drinks on the 15th floor is a foodie’s dream, but, for an intimate treat, ask for dinner at the chef’s table, if available.

 

Shop

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (The Merc)

532 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, OK 74056 | 918.528.7705 | TheMercantile.com

Step into this 100-year-old building lovingly renovated to include a destination restaurant, bakery and store owned and operated by the Drummonds. Cookware, fashion, you name it—you will love browsing this huge collection of funky, practical and whimsically designed goods.

 

Eat Again!

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (The Merc)

532 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, OK 74056 | 918.528.7705 | TheMercantile.com

Breakfast or lunch time will find lines winding down the block outside the Merc. You’ll want to take turns with your posse standing in line. Of course, Ree’s famous cinnamon rolls are a must, but the extensive menu will tickle your taste buds and satisfy you until it’s time for coffee break upstairs in the bakery. The Spicy Cowgirl pairs nicely with the Cowgirl Crème Brulee or Blondie.

 

Do

The Lodge Tour, Drummond Ranch | TheMercantile.com/Pages/Lodge-Tours

The Lodge is the Drummond guest house where much of Ree’s Food Network show is filmed. Check the website for a list of tour dates. Pick up your free ticket at the Merc. See the props and behind the scenes all while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the ranch.