Have you ever dreamed of spending a night at the sprawling-yet-cozy Oklahoma ranch that the Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond calls home? I know I love her style, her cooking, pretty everything about her and I've often wished her home was mine. Well this might be the vacation spot you and I have been longing for. The Food Network star has opened a hotel.
Just when I start to think that the Pioneer Woman couldn't possibly take on any more projects, it was revealed that she and her husband Ladd were working towards opening up a hotel in Pawhuska.
I'm on the cover of the new issue of People this week, but I wanted to share this photo from the article itself, because on the cover it's just me, but in the article it's Ladd and me, which is how it should be. (Poet and didn't know it!) The story is about the projects we have going on in our hometown, and here's a fun fact: My beloved was poking my ribs while we were getting this photo taken (note the position of his hand) and I was trying to smile and maintain composure while also plotting my revenge. (Which came swiftly, I assure you.) Thank you @people for coming to Pawhuska, and thank you to the wonderful @kayt_jones for taking our photo! (And for putting up with us...) ❤️
After a 9-month renovation, Ladd and Ree announced the opening of The Boarding House, an eight-room “cowboy luxury” hotel in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Hi, friends! It's Ree, also known as The Pioneer Woman! Ladd and I are gearing up to open The Boarding House, our eight-room "Cowboy Luxury" hotel just down the block from The Merc. We will be announcing the opening date (and opening up reservations) very soon, so visit PWBoardingHouse.com to sign up for updates! Can wait to welcome you to our hometown. ❤️🤠😊
"The Boarding House has had a great response and has booked up pretty quickly, but we still have plenty of rooms available this winter and next spring," Ree wrote on her blog.
Instead of building it from scratch, the couple decided to renovate an old building, and they did a stellar job with the details.
According to the hotel's website, the 1920 building used to be home to The Indian Silk Shop then it turned into Curios and Pickens Ready-to-Wear.
It was also a J.C. Penney before the Drummonds bought it, and turned it into The Boarding House.
"We are honored to breathe new life into this old gem and let its natural beauty shine," reads a statement on the website.
The boutique hotel, which opened for business on April 12, only has eight bedrooms, but each one of them is designed around a specific theme and guests' ultimate comfort in mind.
The hotel is located just down the street from the Drummond’s famed Mercantile restaurant, and guests are given guaranteed reservations … which means they won’t have to wait an hour and a half to get their hands on one of their famed Saturday brunch spreads.
Here's what it looks like:
The Prairie Room
If I had a hotel room as nice as this, I'd probably never leave.
If you ever stay at the Boarding House and don't feel like getting out of bed to walk over to The Pioneer Woman's Mercantile, you can just order room service from the hotel's menu, which is carefully curated by Ree.
The in-room menu features tasty, hearty dishes like Edna Mae's pancakes, which comes with three different types of flavored syrups, cowboy steak, and The Pioneer Woman lasagna.
The Drugstore Room
Ree and Malboro Man kept some of the original details of the building, like the vintage Puryear's Drugstore mural, which has been restored and turned into the main focus of this room.
The Tack Room
One of two rooms that is inspired by Ladd's cowboy aesthetic.
As you can tell from the decor, the room's theme is centered around horses. Everything, from the black and white print on the wall to the animal print rug and pillows, screams Malboro Man.
The Ranch Room
Another room inspired by Ladd. In fact, this is his favorite out of the eight.
The Tack Room features "easy grey plaster walls," exposed brick, along with leather furniture, a cowhide rug and pillows.
The Photography Room
This room is extra special because it features photographs taken by Ree herself.
“Somehow I get to claim The Photography Room,” Drummond wrote on her blog. “Which started out being called The Black & White Room until I ran out of black and white photos and had to hang a few color ones.”
The Butterfly Room
Ree admitted that although she loves all the rooms in the three-storey building, the Butterfly Room is her personal favorite.
"Butterflies are all about possibilities, and Ree can’t get enough of their untamed, ethereal beauty," reads the description on The Boarding House website.
The Emerald Room
The entire room is gorgeous, but the black, white and emerald bathroom is definitely the winner.
You can't help but think of The Wizard of Oz when you see the bathroom walls.
Although the website insists that the film wasn't a direct inspiration for the room, it says that "Ree would be lying if she said she didn't get her love for bright emerald green from watching Dorothy and her friends travel to see The Wizard!"
The Boudoir Room
Inspired by the rooms "on the top floor of a saloon in an old western film," The Boudoir is the most elegant of them all.
According to the website, the room's "ladylike" details, including the sparkly candle holders, crystal chandelier, burgundy velvet furniture, and vintage wallpaper vanity, make it perfect for "sisters, girlfriends, or anyone wanting a unique escape!"
In addition to room service and the amenities in each room, The Boarding House also offers its guests free WiFi, pre-arrival concierge service, baggage service, still-in-theater movies in 4K resolution, and complimentary wine and beer during happy hour.
I would love a chance to stay at this gorgeous hotel! Wouldn't you?
Food Network star and the powerhouse behind The Pioneer Woman empire, Ree Drummond, is an inspiration for women all over.
Despite moving to Los Angeles for school, the Bartlesville, Oklahoma native is a country girl at heart, and after catapulting to fame, she made sure to enjoy the fruits of her labor back in the countryside.
Ree, whose real name is Ann Marie Smith, grew up with dreams of becoming a journalist, so upon graduating high school in 1987, she moved to Los Angeles to attend University of Southern California.
Somewhere along the way, she changed her mind and switched majors. She decided to pursue a degree in gerontology, the study of old age, before graduating in 1991.
Ree had plans to go to law school, but she got derailed when she unexpectedly met her husband, Ladd Drummond, also known as "Marlboro Man."
That was the beginning of a decades-long romantic and business partnership that is continues to thrive today.
After their wedding, the couple moved to Ladd's family ranch located in the small town of Pawhuska in Oklahoma.
However, once the honeymoon phase was over, Ree started to miss having her parents and siblings close by. She started a blog in 2006 as a way to update them about her life.
This was the simple idea that gave way to Ree's multi-million dollar brand.
Let us know what you think of the Pioneer Woman Boarding House in the comments!