EXPLORE OSAGE COUNTY

Osage County is home to Ree Drummond, Food Network’s Pioneer Woman.  For prairie, pleasure, or homemade pie – you’ll want to spend a few days in Osage County, Oklahoma! 
Whether for a weekend or a week-long visit, we would recommend beginning exploring the Osage with an overnight stay in the Osage Hills at the Postoak Lodge where guests can swim, hike, zip line, fish, or just take in the gorgeous view.  On your way through the county, be sure to visit Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve where the whole family can step back into the past to the days of oilman tycoon, Frank Phillips, on his historic Woolaroc ranch.  Woolaroc has a 50,000 sq. ft. world-class museum, beautiful country-side, and a petting zoo for the kids. 
For a fun weekend, book a cottage at Cross Timbers Marina at Lake Skiatook where you can rent boats or jet skis and enjoy the calmest waters in the state of Oklahoma!  Lake Skiatook has beach and picnic areas to enjoy as well.
Within the northern center of the county sits the county seat, Pawhuska, which is also home to the Drummond family.  Downtown Pawhuska has eclectic shops of fine furniture, stylish clothing, art, native Osage items, and many antique stores.  The biggest stir in Pawhuska has been due to the opening of the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile.  Visitors come from across oceans, as well as states to dine and shop at The Mercantile.  The Pioneer Woman and her Marlboro Man often frequent “The Merc” and visit with their guests.  Also, across the street from The Mercantile, right next door to Osage Outfitters, is the Pioneer Woman’s latest venture – P Town Pizza, where you can enjoy specialty drinks, specialty pizzas, and the special on the menu:  Not Knots!  From luxurious bed and baths, cabins or campsites at Osage Hills State Park, to the Frontier Hotel Pawhuska, Osage County has lodging in spades and hospitality by the bushels! 
Adventure your way up to Fairfax, Oklahoma and stop by the bank to view their version of a “Hall of Fame” with the spurs of many legends hanging on their walls.  Enjoy an overnight stay at Ben Ranch Cabins located just south of Fairfax along the bluff above the Arkansas River and Gray Horse Creek.  You will have a view like none other and will have the opportunity to kayak down the river, fish, mountain bike and more!  While in the western part of the county, be sure to take a drive up to Shidler to the Bivin Garden.
Your visit would not be complete without a stop in Hominy at the Drummond Home for a tour and a visit to Cha’ Tullis Art Gallery located downtown. 
From bison on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve to the city lights of Tulsa, Osage County will capture your heart with the culture of the Gilcrease Museum, the beauty of the Tulsa Botanic, and the romance of the cowboy on the range.  Come explore the place where you can, indeed find a home where the buffalo roam, where the cowboys and Indians still play – where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day!  Osage County, Oklahoma – you’ll never meet a stranger, just friends and neighbors.  Come explore Osage County and we’ll roll out the red carpet for you when you do! 
Coming up in the month of September we will kick things off Labor Day weekend with the Wine & Jazz Festival at the Postoak Lodge located just north of Tulsa in the Osage Hills.  This three-day event will feature food trucks, wineries, and the best of jazz!  Also, September 13-15th, the Skiatook Chamber of Commerce will be having a big to-do in Skiatook with their annual Pioneer Days.  Bring the kids for games, a parade, and even an evening rodeo!  In addition, if you consider yourself to be a “low rider” or a Harley fan, you might want to be in Pawhuska on Saturday, September 15th for the “Ride the Osage” event with a drawing for a Harley Davidson motorcycle to be given away.  Last but definitely not least, on Saturday, September 29th Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve will be hosting their historic annual “Cow Thieves and Outlaws” Reunion that we consider one of the signature events in the Osage! 
For more information on upcoming events:  www.VisitTheOsage.com

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