I’m sitting here watching The Bachelorette, reminiscing about one of the best road trips I’ve ever been on. After starting my new job a couple of months ago, I realized I had some vacation days that had to be used prior to May 31. I suggested to my mom and sister that we make the trek to the Fixer Upper mecca that is Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. After doing some research, I realized Pawhuska, Oklahoma, home of The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, was only six hours north of Waco. If we drove home to Indy via Pawhuska, Oklahoma, we would only be adding two hours onto our road trip. I took wayy too many pictures, but they do a good job of telling the story of our trip.
We left Indy on Wednesday around 4PM–a little later than we wanted to, but I feel like that always happens with road trips! We drove about 7.5 hours and spent the night in Forrest City, Arkansas. I thought it was appropriate to read this book in the car. It’s a really easy read and I loved it.
When we walked into the market area, my sister and I were freaking out. It’s so surreal to finally visit somewhere you see online and on TV. I realize that Waco, TX isn’t one of the seven world wonders, but it was still a place I really wanted to visit and it was everything I hoped it would be.
After walking around the market (and trying not to buy everything in sight), the outdoor area, and Seed + Supply, we ventured over to the bakery. I ordered the vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing, my mom got the strawberry cupcake with strawberry icing, and my sister got the gluten free chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. We ate them later at the hotel after dinner and they were amazing. (Shout out to Cory at the Waco Hilton for sending up free room service milk to drink with our desserts!!) We went to dinner at Ninfa’s and it was pretty good, but I didn’t take any pictures while we were there.
On Friday we went back to the Silos to look around some more and then headed to The Findery. We then grabbed brunch in the Spice Village building (thank you Buff for both suggestions!). I kept brunch simple with scrambled eggs, sausage, a chocolate chip muffin, and lots of coffee. We then headed upstairs. This place. It was a amazing. It had a warehouse feel and tons of little boutiques with clothes, antiques, and accessories. You name it, it was at Spice Village.
Now, on to Pawhuska! We drove in the middle of nowhere for six hours. I can successfully say that I’ve driven straight through the middle of America. We got to Pawhuska around 7PM and went straight to the Mercantile to eat dinner because it closes at 8PM on Friday nights.
I got the lasagna and a wedge salad, my sister got the nachos and my mom got a caprese salad with tomato soup and grilled cheese dippers. It was all so so good. After dinner we headed to The Grandview Inn where I made a reservation for Friday night.
When we got there it was about to storm so this photo is from Saturday. I can’t say enough good things about The Grandview Inn. The owners Steven and Tiffany were great! Tiffany used to work with Ree Drummond and is a chef herself. Steven told us all about the history of the home–the Drummond family used to own it and Ree and Ladd actually lived there for some time. This bed & breakfast was the perfect place to stay in Pawhuska, I would highly recommend it!
On Saturday we had eggs benedict made by Tiffany and then headed to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve to see bison up close. This little baby and mama were precious!! We then we went to the Mercantile.
In this picture I look like I’m 16 years old and almost late to my AP U.S. History class, but I was super excited to meet him.
Ree and her husband (Ladd) were at the Mercantile so we got to meet both of them and get a cookbook signed!! We walked around the store for a while and I bought a t-shirt. Then it was time to start our 10 hour drive home.
All in all, the trip was amazing even though we did a lot of driving. It’s really cool to see what the Gaines and Drummond families and their TV shows are doing for these small towns. I would highly recommend going to both places, especially if you can do both in one trip!!