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  • Put Your Arts & Crafts Skills to the Test at The Prairie Arts Center

    Through the month of December, the Prairie Arts Center is offering various art classes centered around the holidays. This is the perfect place to let the creative juices flow and the holiday cheer come alive. Make a hand-crafted gift for a loved one, learn creative wrapping techniques or become a professional wreath-maker. Our personal favorite? The holiday cookie-decorating class! With so many hands-on activities to explore, this is fun the whole family can take part in and even walk away with a memento to remember the occasion by. Check out their website here to access their calendar for specific workshop dates. If you aren’t too tired after an afternoon of crafting, be sure to take the short trip to nearby Oklahoma State University for a tour of the beautiful campus, home to the cowboys!

  • Don’t Miss Guest Speaker Terry Crews at OSU’s Speakers Board

    It’s hard to picture Terry Crews and not recall his hilarious performance in 2004’s White Chicks: a seemingly macho athlete wholeheartedly belting out the lyrics to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” in a little black convertible. Add to that his fantastic performances in Friday After Next (2002), Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and it’s clear to see why Crews is such a comedic powerhouse. However, the charismatic actor has found success in many arenas, as an artist, activist and professional American football player. On November 15th, OSU welcomes Crews to share his insight into how he’s managed to accomplish so much, all while maintaining a healthy outlook and raising his own family. Hosted at the Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m., this is a great post-dinner event you won’t want to miss.

  • Centuries of History in Stillwater, Oklahoma

    A proud town with a rich cultural heritage, Stillwater is home to some of Oklahoma’s finest museums and galleries. One of our favorites, the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar, is located less than a mile from the Atherton OSU. This cozy downtown museum is “dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Stillwater.” Among its many fascinating exhibits are Summertime Fun, a testament to the charm of summer in small-town America; The Life of Boom and Bust Oil Towns in Payne County, illustrating the glorious birth, life, and death of the Oklahoma oil industry; and Stillwater and World War I, which not only shows how our town contributed to the war effort, but also gives visitors of sense of what it was like to endure trench combat. Those are just a few of the many exhibits that will appeal to history buffs and aficionados of Americana at the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar.

     Address: 702 S Duncan St, Stillwater, OK 74074

  • Explore a World of Imagination at the OSU Museum of Art

    When the elegant redbrick building at 720 South Husband Street opened as a Federal Post Office in 1933, no one could have predicted that eight decades later it would be transformed into one of Oklahoma’s top venues for the exhibition of fine art. Since January 2014, the OSU Museum of Art has delighted visitors not only with pieces from Oklahoma State University’s permanent collection but also with special exhibits of work by premier artists from across the country and the world. Now through December 8 at the museum, you can enjoy Benjamin Harjo Jr.: We Are a Landscape of All We Know. This carefully curated collection of thirty sculptures, prints, and other works on paper have been drawn from various private collections to demonstrate Harjo’s unique capacity for delving into his own personal and cultural heritage to illuminate the imbrication of aboriginal communities and the broader American experience. A special reception for the exhibit will be held the evening of October 4, and the artist himself will be in residence the morning of October 5 to give visitors a firsthand look at his fascinating printmaking technique in action.

    Address: 720 S Husband St, Stillwater, OK 74074

  • Football is Back at OSU

    The dog days of summer are officially here, which means the start of Fall semester at Oklahoma State University is right around the corner. There’s always something bittersweet about summer’s end, but here in Stillwater we couldn’t be more excited for the return of the college football season. On Thursday, August 30, you can join thousands of the most passionate sports fans in the world as the OSU Cowboys kickoff the first game of the season against Missouri State, right here at Boone Pickens Stadium. Can’t snag tickets for the first big game? Don’t worry, Atherton Hotel’s own State Room will be broadcasting it live for all to enjoy. With the best selection of bar food in town, their succulent cuts of prime beef and sides are sure to make your mouth water. So put on your flashiest OSU orange and join us at the Ranchers Club for an adrenaline-pumping game, the most succulent cuts of prime beef, ice cold beer, and meticulously crafted classic cocktails.

  • Fridays, Food Trucks, and Tunes in Downtown Stillwater

    At the Atherton Hotel, we’re all about building community. That’s why we love these long, warm days of summer, which afford our guests all sorts of opportunities to get outside and experience firsthand Stillwater’s number 1 asset, its people. Now through September, you can enjoy one of the region’s most beloved outdoor festivals, Fridays, Food Trucks, and Tunes, which takes place every third Friday of the month. This celebration has something for all ages: live music by killer local and regional talent, delicious food trucks specializing in a wide range of cuisines, and an extensive Kids Zone, with lots of games and giant inflatables to ensure your little ones stay entertained and are ready for bed at the end of the day (always an added plus). Food options include mouthwatering barbecue, spicy Mediterranean, Asian fusion, pizza, and much more. Next up on Friday, July 20, you can rock out to the cool musical stylings of Oklahoma favorites Layken Urie and Whiskey Tom. We look forward to seeing you there.


    Address: 8th Ave and Husband St, Stillwater, OK 74074

  • Stillwater Pays Tribute to an Ancient Sport at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

    When you think of Stillwater, what’s the first sport that comes to mind? If you said football, then you have a pretty good idea of what gets us excited here at OSU. But did you also know that our town is the proud home of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum? Founded back in 1972, the Hall of Fame and Museum has undergone major renovations in recent years, elevating this once quaint venue honoring the ancient sport to the status of a world-class shrine. During your visit, you’ll encounter slick electronic and hands-on exhibits, video footage of the most exciting moments from every NCAA Championship across eight decades, and a treasure trove of wrestling artifacts from Stillwater to Singapore and back. Guests who’d like to do a little more in-depth research will also enjoy the extensive holdings of the William S. Hein Library, which specializes in rare books and other documents illuminating the fascinating history of the sport.

    Address: 405 W. Hall of Fame Ave., Stillwater, OK 74075

  • Yoga at the OSU Botanic Garden

    Life in a college town can be very exciting, and if you’re anything like us, excitement can easily and unexpectedly turn into stress. Luckily, for the rest of the month of May, you can join longtime yoga instructor Carol Bender at the OSU Botanic Garden on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 6:30 for some restorative self-care amid the serene blossoming of spring. The event, which is free to all, includes guided relaxation, various meditation techniques, and gentle stretching appropriate for anyone in reasonably good health. You’ll want to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a yoga mat. We’d also recommend insect repellent, if you know that insects tend to find you especially appealing. One of the added perks of the event is, of course, the surroundings. Before and after, you can partake in a relaxing walk around the gardens. If it happens to rain on Wednesday evening, don’t fret; the yoga will be relocated to the nearby Educational Center.

    Location: OSU Botanic Garden, at the lower (east) lawn of the Display Gardens close to the vegetable garden

  • Three Tcheers for Tchaikovsky! with the OSU Symphony Orchestra

    As one of the premier purveyors of the arts in Oklahoma, OSU – Stillwater is a vibrant center of musical talent. On Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 P.M., guests of the Atherton will have the chance to catch the final performance of the OSU Symphony Orchestra’s extraordinarily successful 2017/2108 season. That success is due in no small part to Maestro Thomas Taylor Dickey, whose illustrious conducting career has take him across the globe, from Shenyang, China, to Bacau, Romania, to Winnipeg, and back to Stillwater, where he’s polished the OSU Symphony Orchestra’s playing to a fine, cosmopolitan luster. The final concert of the season, Three Tcheers for Tchaikovsky!, will feature excerpts from two of the Russian composer’s best-known operas, Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, as well as the entirety of Symphony No. 5. The groundbreaking Fifth Symphony is known for its recurring “Fate Theme,” which in movement 1 recalls a funeral dirge, but by the final movement, has modulated into a soaring march of liberation. We hope you will be able to join us at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on April 17 to celebrate another year of musical magic with Maestro Dickey and the OSU Symphony Orchestra.

    Address: 132 Seretean Center Performing Arts, Stillwater, OK 74078

  • Treat Yourself to the Tuesday Gardening Series at OSU’s Botanic Garden

    With spring almost upon us, we’re sure you’re as eager as we are to hang up that winter coat and bask in the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Here in Stillwater, there’s plenty of nature to enjoy, but if you really want to cultivate an intimate connection to the flora that flourishes on our campus and in our city, you must check out the Tuesday Gardening Series at the Botanic Garden at OSU. On the second Tuesday of every month, from 6-7:30 P.M., you can join the expert staff at the Botanic Garden’s Education Building to learn the ins and outs of landscaping and gardening. Each Tuesday focuses on a different topic. Next up on March 13 is Garden Maintenance by Month and Plant Propagation; April 10 is DIY Garden Projects and Herbs; May 8 is Water Harvesting and Rain Barrel Raffle; and on it goes, all the way through October. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting started, you’re bound to finish the evening with your smile a little broader and your thumb a little greener.

    Address: 3300 W. 6th Ave., Stillwater, OK 74078

  • Live, Local Music at the Modella Art Gallery

    The Modella Art Gallery, located just five minutes from the Atherton Hotel at OSU, aims to enhance “appreciation and understanding of art through direct contact with original works of art.” This philosophy applies not only to the visual arts, but to music as well, and we’re thrilled that it does since Monday@Modella is one of our favorite live performance events in Stillwater. Monday@Modella offers residents and visitors the chance to hear some of the best regional singer-songwriters and instrumentalists, along with touring artists from other parts of the country. Best of all, the intimate setting allows for an interactive experience between audience and performers. The next show will be held Monday, February 12, at 7:30, and musicians will include singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari, multi-instrumentalist Levi Parham, and folk singer Heather Styka. A ten dollar donation is suggested, and seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket if possible.

    Address: 721 S. Main, Stillwater, OK 74074

  • The Oklahoma WONDERtorium: Where Learning Means Playing

    If you have young kids, you know that it can be tough to keep the little ones entertained through the chillier months of the year, when going outside to play just isn’t an option. Fortunately, the Oklahoma WONDERtorium, located less than ten minutes from our hotel, is the perfect educational indoor playground for children up to age 12. Designed to stimulate young imaginations through hands-on activities, the exhibits at this museum will appeal to your kids’ sense of creativity and problem-solving in realms as diverse as science, history, math, art, culture, health, and much more. Amazing Airways sends balls and scarves through a transparent floor-to-ceiling arrangement of interpenetrating pneumatic tubes. The Generation Station Farm and Store teaches what life was like on a family farm more than a century ago. My Medical Center provides an opportunity for pretend-play and dress-up to introduce kids to the different roles professionals serve in a hospital. And those are just a few of the fun, educational exhibits that await at Stillwater’s own Oklahoma WONDERtorium.

    Address: 308 West Franklin Lane, Stillwater, OK 74075

  • Atherton’s Winter Wonderland

    Throughout the month of December, downtown Stillwater hosts its annual magical Winter Wonderland every afternoon and evening, right up until January 1. Children and adults alike will be enchanted by tours of Santa’s workshop, visits from the nine flying reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks, and many other festivities. The ice skating rink charges a small admission fee, but otherwise, all Winter Wonderland attractions are completely free.

    In addition to the downtown festivities, guests of the Atherton Hotel will be in for a special treat on Monday, December 18, when that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, will be in house and ready to hear what your little ones would like to find under the tree this Christmas. So stop by our Piano Lounge from 5 – 6:30 P.M. on the 18th to share your wish-list with Santa and enjoy complimentary milk and cookies. From the whole OSU family, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  • ‘Tis the season for turkey & the Stillwater Christmas Parade of Lights

    With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, Americans from coast to coast are loosening their belts in anticipation of green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, and of course, pumpkin pie. If you’d like to forgo the mess and stress of cooking this year, The Rancher’s Club is making it easy to order your favorite feast to go. Accepting orders from now until noon on Thursday, November 17th, simply call 405-744-5220 or email Gloria at to place your chef-prepared Thanksgiving meal – ready for pick up between 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. Click here to see the entire menu. 

    Aside from gearing up for that late November feast, here in Stillwater we’re also preparing for the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, a long-standing city tradition that will take place this year on Thursday, December 7th, at 7pm. With the parade route just a short walk from our hotel, this yuletide event is not to be missed! Parade participants will include an array of local bands, numerous holiday-themed floats, massive balloon characters like Frosty and the Gingerbread Man, and, rounding out the procession, that jolly old elf himself, the one-and-only Kris Kringle in his magical sleigh. The event is free and is organized on a volunteer basis by the citizens of Stillwater. We hope you’ll join us there to celebrate the wonder of the holiday season.

  • Bill Barrett at the Atherton Hotel: An Intimate Encounter with a Monumental Craftsman

    A giant of the contemporary art world, Bill Barrett is acclaimed for his innovative sculptures and paintings, which have been exhibited in galleries from New York, to Reykjavík, to Zurich, to Kyoto. Oklahoma State University is thrilled to announce that, for the next year, a half dozen of Barrett’s cutting-edge art installations will adorn select sites around campus. Like so much of Barrett’s work, these massive bronze sculptures balance positive and negative space to create a harmonious and dynamic experience for the viewer more frequently associated with dance and the theatrical arts. In addition to the year-long campus-wide exhibition, the Atherton Hotel will also host an exciting on-time event on Wednesday, October 18, at 4 P.M., in which attendees will hear the artist himself speak about his artistic process and his many adventures around the world. Following the talk, there will be a reception and special exhibition of Barrett’s sculptures in our hotel’s intimate Piano Lounge.

    Location: Atherton Hotel, Jorns Room (on the 3rd floor), and the Atherton Piano Lounge

    Exhibit Map


  • Explore Artistic Innovation at the OSU Museum of Art

    Originally established as a Federal Post Office in 1933, since January 2014 this stately redbrick building in downtown Stillwater has housed the OSU Museum of Art. As one of Oklahoma’s premier institutions of fine art, the OSU Museum prides itself for being not only the primary exhibit space for Oklahoma State University’s permanent collection, but also a vibrant teaching museum that cultivates artistic aptitude among students in the greater Stillwater community. In addition to the many murals, paintings, drawings, and sculptures that comprise the museum’s permanent collection, visitors will also enjoy the following special exhibits: Contingent Structures, an assortment of ceramic sculptures by Brandon Reese that query the many possibilities of towers, canopies, circular enclosures, and other architectural mainstays (now through October 28); Kiki Smith and Paper, an investigation of womanhood and the female form in sculptures, prints, and drawings from across the artist’s life (now through December 2); and Femfolio, which presents the groundbreaking creations of twenty women who initiated the feminist art movement over forty years ago.

    Address: 720 S Husband St, Stillwater, OK 74074

  • August Means Game Day at OSU

    Though September is the last official month of summer, August 21 marks the first day of fall semester classes at Oklahoma State University here in Stillwater, and the start of a new academic year means just one thing for OSU sports fans: football. The season kicks off this year on August 31 with a game against Tulsa at Boone Pickens Stadium. So don your best orange and break out those foam fingers in support of the OSU Cowboys. You’ve never seen a home crowd as enthusiastic as this one. If you don’t happen to have tickets for OSU vs. Tulsa, come down and join us at The Ranchers Club, where we’ll be broadcasting the game live on the big screen and serving up prime cuts of beef, classic cocktails, and cold beer in the atmosphere of unpretentious elegance you’ve come to expect at the Atherton Hotel.

  • Fill Your Fridays with Food Trucks and Tunes

    From now through September, downtown Stillwater hosts Fridays, Food Trucks, and Tunes on the third Friday of the month. Located less than a mile from The Atherton Hotel at OSU, this summer festival features an abundance of family-friendly fun, including live music by the best local bands, food trucks, and inflatables for kids to bounce away some of their limitless energy. With over 20 food trucks available, you’ll have no problem satisfying even the pickiest eater. Options include the Hungry Duckling and Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit, which serve up the best in comfort food and BBQ, as well as the zesty Mediterranean fare of Café Bella on Wheels and the Japanese-influenced contemporary cuisine of Pagoda Pizza. Bands appearing Friday, July 21, are country/rock favorites The Hideouts and Whiskey Tom. The fun runs from 5:30 to 10 P.M., and admission is free and open to all.

    Address: 7th Ave & Main St, Stillwater, OK 74074

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame: An Ancient Sport and a Stillwater Tradition

    In a region dominated by the powerhouse athletics of Oklahoma State University, football is probably the first thing most visitors envision when they think of Stillwater and sports. What you may not realize is that Stillwater is also home to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, located less than a mile from our hotel. Following a major multi-million dollar renovation, the Hall of Fame and Museum reopened one year ago with many exciting additions, including electronic kiosks, hands-on exhibits, and footage from every NCAA Championship from the past eighty years. Explore the vast array of wrestling artifacts from across the globe, including portraits of every gold-medal Olympian wrestler to represent the United States and the largest collection of Olympic and collegiate wrestling attire anywhere. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the William S. Hein Library, which houses many rare books and papers documenting the rich history of the sport from around the world.


    Address: 405 W. Hall of Fame Ave., Stillwater, OK 74075

  • A Garden of Serenity

    If you’re anything like us, your days are pretty hectic (sometimes even when you’re on vacation), and it can be hard to unwind. Yoga has been a big help to us, and now that spring is once again in full bloom, there’s no better place to enjoy yoga than among the tranquil surroundings of the OSU Botanic Garden. Every Thursday evening in May from 5:30 to 6:15, Yoga Therapist Carol Bender will be at the Botanic Garden to help you release tension and worry and embrace the healing serenity of nature. Each session will include a centering practice, gentle stretches, and guided relaxation techniques. All are welcome at these free events, though you will need to bring your own mat and bottle of water (and perhaps some sunscreen and insect repellent, if you’re so inclined). Before and after the class, you can enjoy a soothing stroll through the lush splendor of the gardens themselves, which Oklahomans will recognize from the long-running local television series "Oklahoma Gardening."

    Location: OSU Botanic Garden, at the lower (east) lawn of the Display Gardens near the vegetable garden

  • April is Stillwater's Literary Month

    A string of exciting literary events seem to be popping up in Stillwater, and it makes a lot of sense given that April is National Poetry Month.

    April 6th @ 7:30 pm
    As part of the Arts & Humanities Speaker Series at OSU, poet and memoirist Molly Brodak will read from her book of poetry, A Little Middle of the Night. Brodak will read in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room of the Edmon Low Library on the second floor. 

    April 11th and 25th @ 6:30 pm
    Happening every second and fourth Thursday, the Oklahoma State University’s writing center loves to teach kids ages 8 to 12 how to put all their creativity into words, at the Stillwater Public Library.

    April 13th @ 7:30 pm
    Stillwater’s upbeat Town and Gown Theatre is ready to present To Kill a Mockingbird. Taking place during the Great Depression, this adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved story of life in the deep south is riveting.

  • Kids Make a Little Magic in Stillwater

    If you squint you might see spring coming up over the distant horizon. Kids can lend their vocal support to its return and make a little magic along the way.

    March 13th through 17th

    The Oklahoma WONDERtorium invites children of every age to tap into their inner J. K. Rowling with five days of magic. Tickets can be purchased in advance for each one of the following themes:

    March 13th: Enchanted by Harry Potter and his friends? Create your own spell casting wand.

    March 14th: Dabble in the fuzzy art of puppet theater and make one to bring home.

    March 15th: Craft your very own laurel crown and live like a princess or prince once upon a time.

    March 16th: Give a fairy tale diorama of your own design, and live happily ever after.

    March 17th: Look no farther, you’re about to build a grand nest to house that golden egg.

  • Family Fun for Friends of Oklahoma

    If you’re on the lookout for a good time in Stillwater that’s appropriate for younger children then February is your month. Have a romantically funny time with twirls and laughs.

    February 11th

    Shine up your dancing shoes for a day-long marathon of dancing that celebrates the bond of family, the City of Stillwater Community Center’s 12th Annual Dancing with Daddy. This is a fun occasion with three dances open to all ages. The dress code for each dance is open from casual to formal and tickets to either of the three includes free refreshments, crafts, and carriage rides.

    The Pink Rose Dance: 2:30 to 4:00 pm

    The Purple Rose Dance: 5:00 to 6:30 pm

    The Red Rose Dance: 7:30 to 9:00 pm

    Click here to reserve your tickets.

    February 23rd through 26th

    You can’t miss Shipwrecked!, Oklahoma State University Theatre’s portrayal of Louis de Rougemont, whose tales of survival and bravery enraptured 19th-century England. Let yourself be cast away by a high-seas story filled with monsters and exotic islanders.

  • A Steady Pulse to Stillwater's Art

    There’s a steady pulse of art and activity in Stillwater, Oklahoma. What you find each month is a number of family-friendly events returning for an encore.

    Third Thursdays

    All that is required is a sturdy pencil and pad of paper when you plop down in the Oklahoma State University’s Museum of Art. Every Third Thursday at 6 o’clock, the drawingLAB welcomes visitors of every age and skill level to follow the lead of an artist from the community.

    Second Saturdays

    On the second Saturday of this and every month, the Museum of Art on the Oklahoma State University campus lets you skip the admissions desk. Beginning at 11 in the morning, Family Day provides children and adults with hands-on activities connected to the exhibits.

    Third Saturdays

    1207 South Main Street

    Stillwater’s StillyArts is a studio that offers everything from to hour-long sessions for boosting creativity to Zumba bootcamps. Learn new tricks and make a local friend during their once-a-month dance event! Get a half-hour of lessons at 9 o’clock, before the party starts.

  • Lights, Parades, and Cookies!

    After unwrapping gifts and un-stuffing stockings, throw on an overcoat because the streets of Stillwater are bustling with holiday cheer and a very special train has just pulled into the station.


    December 12th @ 5:00 pm

    Christmas can’t get here any sooner for you and your family? As a token of gratitude, the Atherton Hotel offers complimentary cookies and jugs of fresh milk for dipping. Bring your camera for a snapshot on Santa’s lap in the hotel’s Piano Room.


    Through December 23rd

    Get your golden ticket punched and bravely journey to the North Pole when your child climbs aboard the Polar Express. Stillwater’s Eastern Flyer undergoes a whirlwind of Christmas renovations when storybook characters come to life.


    December 25th @ 11:00 am

    If you number among the 'bright eyed and bushy tailed', then consider a visit to our Community Center on Christmas morning (located at 315 W. 8th Avenue). It’s the Stillwater Community Christmas Dinner. After unwrapping presents, that is.
  • Wreaths, Turkey, and Tough Trivia

    As leaves change and begin to dapple our sidewalks and parks these are some events on the horizon sure to kindle friendships, just in time for the holiday season.

    November 19th @ 10:00 am

    Oklahoma State University’s Botanic Garden is an idyllic setting with one hundred acres of flowers and rare trees, and the destination for families and friends to enjoy a morning of wreath making. Join staff and garden ambassadors in building a one-in-a-season ornament.

    November 24th @ 11:30 am

    Stillwater’s First United Methodist Church invites your family to its 32nd year of Community Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, yams, and plenty of Oklahoma fixings. This is such a warm gathering that’s intended for the whole community—and its many welcome guests.

    Every Wednesday @ 7:00 pm

    Iron Monk Brewing Company wants you to think hard about that team name when you grab a table and saddle up for couple rounds of head-scratching trivia. Enjoy this weekly recurring night of quizzing while throwing back craft beer and delicious PurdyQ barbecue.

  • Pies, Pancakes and Pumpkins - Oh My!

    The classic tastes of pumpkin and buttermilk are set to collide this October.

    Ask anyone and they’ll tell you—the traveling scent of cinnamon and nutmeg is irresistible. Right on time, the beginning of brisk weather is upon us. And while a stiff breeze is unmistakable, Stillwater’s own Pumpkin Jubilee and American Legion Pancake Breakfast are coming to the rescue. Those particular herbs and spices that creep from everyone’s pantry in fall are much anticipated in a cozy place like Stillwater.

    The return of these two delightful festivals is sure to keep up the momentum. The joyous Pumpkin Jubilee will run everyday outside Highland Park United Methodist Church through the end of the month, with carriage rides between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm, live music on Thursday nights, and a screening of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Located downtown at 611 S. Main Street the American Legion Pancake Breakfast will be flipping flapjacks on October 22nd, from early morning until 1:00 pm.

  • Yoga, Farmers Markets, and Festivals for Fall

    Thursdays @ 5:45pm

    Oklahoma State University wants to help you dip into a state of mindful relaxation. Each week Yoga in the Garden makes room for your mats and plenty of stretching in the campus Botanical Garden. What better place to align your chakras?

    Fridays @ 6:00pm

    Wade through a mile of live entertainment, a mixture of sprightly locals, and “food truck cuisine” at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Main Street. Bring your family downtown for Fridays, Food Trucks, and Tunes.

    Saturdays @ 8:00am

    Support Oklahoma’s local growers by picking out your weekend meals at the Stillwater Farmers’ Market. Count on jams and jellies, baked goods, and fresh fruit making a delicious appearance in the Pioneer Square shopping center.

    September 24th @ 10:00am

    Plan your return to OSU’s Botanic Garden when you can discover informative tours, plant-specific workshops, and activities meant for everyone. GardenFest is bringing together horticulture with natural fun.

  • Root for the Home Team

    In Northeastern Oklahoma a little game called football takes pride of place among local and international fans alike, and that includes the supportive community of Stillwater. Because the historic Atherton Hotel is located smack dab in the middle of the University it’s the perfect place to depart from for the game.

    Every third Friday, and whenever there’s a home match at Oklahoma State University’s Stadium, you’ll find the corner of 7th & Main Street bustling with pre-game activity and family-friendly festivities. Known as Fridays, Food Trucks & Fun this downtown party has live entertainment, a beverage garden, and a kids zone with bouncy inflatables and so much more!

    Things get going around 6 o’clock in the evening (September 9th, 16th, and 30th) and don't begin to wrap up until later in the evening. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket and be prepared to cheer for the Cowboys. As always, the best way to blend in is to sport the home team's color— so dig out those orange tees and bring your game face.

  • Fridays, Food Trucks & Tunes

    There are plenty of reasons to be in Stillwater with your family, whether you’re visiting a student at Oklahoma State University or just enjoying the scene. While the weather is nice this year, there will be Fridays, Food Trucks & Tunes offered the third Friday of each month through October, and the festivities are less than a mile away from Atherton OSU.

    These events are family-friendly, and feature live music, food trucks, inflatables, and the ability to attend the OSU Football Home Game Pre-Parties (an option available later in the year). On the next of these events, July 15th, the Val Gladden Band and Smilin Vic & the Soul Monkeys will be performing. These bands will represent the music local to Oklahoma, and combined paint a portrait of country, blues, soul, and jazz.

    With over twenty food trucks at the venue, it will also be easy to find a meal to satisfy every member of the family, with no need to be concerned about finding one restaurant that can please everyone. With inflatables also present for children to play on, parents can attend knowing that their family will have fun and be occupied.

    For anyone with an interest in the food trucks that call Stillwater their home, there will likely be a handful of local vendors there to show off Stillwater eats. The Hungry Duckling and Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit will serve comfort food and barbecue, and for anyone more adventurous, there will be Mediterranean food served by Café Bella on Wheels, Indian Food served by Nilimas, and Japanese food with a contemporary spin served by Pagoda Pizza.

    Any little ones might already be tired by the end of this event, but returning to Atherton OSU doesn’t have to end the night. When the kids are tucked in, there’s still an opportunity for parents to enjoy a cocktail, or a glass of wine or beer at The Ranchers Club right at the hotel.

    Address: 7th & Main Street, Stillwater

  • Get Centered in the Garden at OSU

    There’s no better way to de-stress and re-center than some yoga, and there’s no better place to do yoga in Stillwater than among the blooms and beauty of OSU’s Botanic Garden. Located less than ten minutes from the Atherton Hotel, the Botanic Garden hosts "Yoga in the Garden" every Thursday from 5:45 to 6:30pm. A great way to unwind after a long day, the classes are free, but you do need to bring your own yoga mat, and also a bottle of water, (you have to stay hydrated!). The classes are great whether you’re a newbie or a yoga pro, and end with a guided relaxation that will have you saying "ahhh," in no time. Before your class, spend time wandering the beautiful gardens, which are also the home of the long-running local TV series, "Oklahoma Gardening." So grab a mat and do some stretching in the company of spring flowers and greenery.

    Address: 358 Agricultural Hall, Stillwater

  • Help a Habitat

    If you’re looking for a fun evening for a great cause while you’re visiting our Stillwater hotel, this April, visitors can take part in the Stillwater Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual FUNdraiser, which helps build homes and shelters as well as supply donated furniture, building supplies and household appliances. On April 21st at the Payne Expo Center, less fifteen minutes from the Atherton Hotel, the fundraiser will include a dinner catered by the The Rancher’s Club (so you know it’ll be delicious!), a silent auction and a live auction as well as all kinds of games, a cash bar and the knowledge that you’ll be helping to change a family’s life forever. Tickets can be purchased through their event page at

    Address: 4518 Expo Circle East, Stillwater

  • Wine and Dine

    Are you a fan of a good vintage? Maybe fancy yourself an amateur sommelier? Then you’ll definitely want to be apart of the Food and Wine Series at The Rancher’s Club, Stillwater’s only fine dining restaurant! The first wine dinner of the series launches on April 3rd, beginning at 5:30pm, and features a five course dinner with fabulous wine pairings for each delicious course like the seared Kangaroo with heirloom beets and sweet potato stack served with coriander fig sauce. All the courses are sure to delight palates, there’s limited seating, so even though April might feel like a long way off now, be sure to reserve your seats before it's too late!  

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    Location: In the Atherton Hotel

  • A Walk in the Park

    If you’re looking for a brief respite into nature, look no further than Lake McMurtry Park, located just outside of Stillwater, about twenty minutes from the Atherton. Known as "Frontier Country’s Best Kept Secret," the park features over twenty-eight miles of multi-use trails for hiking and biking, along with two full-sized disc-golf courses, kayak rentals for visitors to paddle out onto the lake and fishing docks as well. Lake McMurtry Park also hosts events like the upcoming Chili Bike event on February 21st, where visitors can bike some trails, including the new Green trail, connecting the East and West sections of the park, and afterwards, enjoy some delicious chili! No matter what your favorite park activity is, McMurtry has something for you.

    McMurtry Lake Park Address:
    30285 Bronco Curve, Stillwater

  • Take It to The Net

    While college football season may be drawing to a close, there’s still exciting sports going on at Oklahoma State, with the convenient added bonus of being just steps away from our Stillwater hotel! OSU’s division one basketball team, the Cowboys, are currently competing in the Big 12 Conference and carrying on a rich and lengthy tradition of men’s basketball at the school. Visitors are invited to head out to a game and cheer the Cowboys on to victory as they battle it out against the other Big 12 teams. When you stay at the Atherton, we make it easy to never miss a moment of college sports action!  Address: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater

  • Light Up the Night!

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but in Stillwater we're already looking ahead to December and the annual Christmas Parade of Lights! Located in downtown, just a few minutes from our Stillwater hotel, on December 3rd, visitors are invited to bundle up and head out to see the parade, complete with massive, Christmas-themed balloons, like Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Man. Santa will, of course, be in attendance as well on one of the many beautifully decorated floats. The parade is a beloved Stillwater tradition, organized by the citizens themselves. The event is free to all, so get into the spirit and onto the street to see some holiday cheer in action!  

    Address: Downtown Stillwater

  • Delicious Steak, Just a Click Away

    Everyone knows that The Rancher’s Club is Stillwater’s favorite steak house – and with good reason, especially with their new taster selection flights of impeccable Australian wines. But we bet you didn’t know that all that stands between you and a plateful of steak is just a simple tap of your finger! With the new The Rancher Club Online Ordering app powered by ChowNow, all you have to do is type "Rancher’s Club" into your Apple or Google app store and download to start ordering and enjoying! The hardest thing about ordering from The Rancher’s Club is trying to choose what to order!


  • Ready for Some Football

    Classes have begun at Oklahoma State University, and that means that college football season is only a few weeks away, and it's time for the OSU Cowboys to spring back into action. Their first home game at Boone Pickens Stadium will be against Central Arkansas on September 12th, so make sure to get your season tickets, show up early and yell loud. Join us before and after The Walk on our patio at The Ranchers Club for football on the big screen and all your favorite beverages and tailgate munchies while enjoying all the sights, sounds, and smells of gameday on our beautiful campus….and as always…Go Pokes!

    Address: 700 West Hall of Fame Avenue, Stillwater

  • Walk with the Animals

    Want to get up close and personal with some lemurs, deer, ostriches or emu? Check out the Lost Creek Safari, a reservation-only walk-through zoo that lets visitors feed, pet and interact with a wide variety of exotic animals, including Capuchin monkeys, kangaroos, potbelly pigs and peacocks to name a few. Located just fifteen minutes from our Stillwater hotel, tickets for tours through this unique zoo are only $5 and just another five bucks to feed them. The animals are well-cared for and the tour guides are knowledgeable about all the zoo's inhabitants, so you can learn about the animals as you play with them.

    Address: 1200 West 80th Street, Stillwater

  • Don't Wrestle Over this Decision

    Stillwater is the home of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, America's shrine to the history and heritage of wrestling, as well as a venue to celebrate new achievements in the sport. Located less than a mile from our Stillwater hotel, at the Wrestling Hall of Fame visitors can tour different exhibits that highlight various aspects of the history of wrestling, including notable local wrestlers, as well as Latino American and African American wrestlers who made lasting impacts on the sport. There is also an exhibit dedicated to the 1948 Olympic wrestling team, which comprised eight hall of famers who brought home gold in wrestling for the first time since 1936. So if you're a fan of wrestling or just a history buff, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is a fascinating look at the history and greats of the sport.

    Address: 405 W. Hall of Fame Ave., Stillwater

  • Oklahoma Eskimos

    Less than a ten minute walk from our Stillwater campus hotel is the beloved local institution Eskimo Joe's. Renowned as one of the top ranked college hangouts in the country and also for having some of the most collectable t-shirts, Eskimo Joe's has been serving up smiles (and world-famous cheese-fries) for forty years. You can stop in and have a bite, or try one of their famous milkshakes, featured on Food Network's "Unwrapped." You can also buy one of their signature mugs and peruse the "Joe's Clothes" t-shirt shop for a coveted unique shirt that can't be found anywhere else. In the evenings, Joe's features live music, pool, and plenty of drinks. Next time you're in town, be sure to stop by Stillwater's "Jumpin' Little Juke Joint."

    Address: 501 W. Elm, Stillwater

  • Breeze into a Beautiful Botanic Garden

    Not far from your Stillwater campus hotel, you can enjoy the fruits of the hard work and horticultural know-how of the staff and students at Oklahoma State's extensive Botanic Garden. Whether you visit the Butterfly Garden, the beautiful Japanese Garden, the Orchard, the Rock Garden or any of the dozens of gardens and grounds, you'll discover expertly designed landscapes and learn how to build a sustainable outdoor living environment. In the course of cultivating a broad variety of flowers, grasses, trees and vegetables, the university conducts research and instruction while providing a beautiful space for visitors. Regular events here include occasional free yoga classes, a poetry walk led by volunteers reading verses aloud, and a weekly concert series beginning May 1. Admission is free.

    Address: 3300 W. 6th, Stillwater, OK 74074

The Ranchers Club

The Ranchers Club

Rich hardwoods, soft leather seating and beautiful original artwork of Oklahoma and Texas ranches define the comfortable elegance of The Ranchers Club.

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our history

Our history

Dubbed the “Waldorf of the West” when it opened in 1950, the Atherton at OSU was the first purpose-built hotel located in a university Student Union.

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With picturesque landscaping and Georgian architecture prominent throughout its 700 acres, OSU is one of the most beautiful campuses in the region.

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