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Pioneer Woman announces plans for new hotel in Pawhuska

Pioneer Woman announces plans for new hotel in Pawhuska (KTUL)

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has changed the game for the town of Pawhuska.

First the Mercantile, now Drummond and her husband have announced plans to open a hotel down the street from their general store. They're calling it a boarding house.

People from all 50 states and 20 countries have visited Pawhuska just to stop in at the Merc. People travel hours to shop and eat, and now the Pioneer Woman thinks they need a place to sleep.

"It is eight rooms, we could probably put 16 rooms in the space that we have but we really want them to be the best hotel rooms that you have every encountered anywhere," General Manager Kurtess Mortensen said. "They are really going to be huge, more suites than rooms, every kind of luxury you can think of out on the prairie."

Mortensen says they haven't set an opening day yet but are working to get everything complete, including special amenities for the guests.

"You will get things like your morning coffee delivered to the room and other really special, special treats that aren't going to be like what you expect from another hotel," Mortensen said.

The boarding house will also feature another store.

"We are going to have some expanded retail space underneath the rooms that is going to offer some additional selections from what we have at the Mercantile but also cater to the product lines that people are most excited about," Mortensen said.

Janet Thompson and her family are already making plans to return.

"We came 1,300 miles to come here," Thompson said.

They traveled all the way from St. Petersburg, Florida.

"I am super excited," Natalie Thompson said. "I couldn't wait to get here."

They enjoyed the food and the shopping, now Thompson and her daughter Natalie can't wait to come back to the new boarding house.

"This town is so little and so quaint and it definitely will give a lot more popularity and probably liven up the other buildings around here, also," Natalie said.

The Pioneer Woman hasn't nailed down a price point for the rooms at the boarding house.

Meanwhile, construction on the new hotel will add about 100 jobs.

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