Last week, we went on a family vacation with my parents to Lake Fort Smith in Northwest Arkansas.
Since we were so close to Oklahoma, we decided to take a day and travel to Pawhuska, the home of the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. My mom and I have been fans of hers since before she had a Food Network show. We both have all of her cookbooks and love watching her show, so we were excited to visit Pawhuska and see the Mercantile and the Lodge where she films her show.
Jeff and my dad were great sports about it – we all piled in the car and drove about three and a half hours from our cabin at Lake Fort Smith to get there. We got our names on the waiting list for lunch right away and had to wait for about an hour. The wait wasn’t bad at all because there are lots of things to look at in the Merc and in town. Jeff and Daddy went to the Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum to kill some time while my mom, Jack, and I looked around the Merc and the shops in downtown. While we were window shopping, we ran into Ladd Drummond, the Pioneer Woman’s husband. He was really nice and stopped to take a few pictures with Jack.
I completely forgot to get pictures of our lunch, but it was really good. Jeff got chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, my dad and I both got pork chops with gravy and crispy potatoes, and my mom and Jack shared some chicken Parmesan. They also brought biscuits with homemade jam to the table, and they were great.
After lunch, we decided to ride out to the Lodge on the Drummonds’ property to see where the show is filmed. It was really cool to see it in person after watching the show for so many years.
After visiting the Lodge, we headed back into town to stop at Charlie’s Sweet Shop, which is an ice cream and candy shop that is also run by the Pioneer Woman. She named it after her Bassett Hound, Charlie. My mom and I have always had a soft spot for Bassets, and always loved Charlie when he was on the show in its early years. We got ice cream in homemade waffle cones to enjoy on our ride back to the cabin.
It was a fun little day trip, and if you’re a fan of the Pioneer Woman like my mom and I are, then I would definitely recommend it.
Pawhuska has been on our list of places we wanted to visit since the Mercantile was opened a few years ago. We also want to go to Waco to visit Magnolia (where Chip and Joanna Gaines run all their shops at the Silos). Do you have a favorite celebrity or place you want to see someday? Let me know in the comments!