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  • Cool Off With An Iron Monk Brew

    As the weather warms this spring, make your way to one of the Atherton at OSU restaurants to cool off with a local beer! Crafted by our friends at Iron Monk Brewing Company, each of their premium creations, from malt-forward ales and IPAs to dark stouts and sour wheats, satisfy every preference and palate across 14 varieties—many of which we have on rotation.

    When at The State Room, located right inside of our hotel, you don’t have to go far at all to sample a stellar selection, which pairs nicely with some savory dishes, including the Seafood Cocktail Bowl as well as Tenderloins served with Vegetable Kabobs. We’re even proud to serve an Iron Monk exclusive brown ale suitably named the Rusty Revolver, in addition to a few other specials that only get poured here.

    Across the way at The Ranchers Club, our upscale steakhouse boasting distinct western flair, Iron Monk brews complement a full menu of indulgent options—ribeyes, filet mignons, strip loins and beyond. Here, it’s refreshingly easy to taste your way through our taps and find the perfect partner for your evening.

    Whether you’re celebrating a Cowboys victory with your friends and family or talking business with colleagues, the Atherton Hotel at OSU is the perfect place to sip the best of Stillwater’s craft brew scene without ever having to leave campus.

  • Reserve Your Room for Spring Graduation

    Spring graduation at Oklahoma State University is just a couple of months away, and The Atherton Hotel is offering the ultimate comfort and convenience with guest rooms located right on campus. Book your room for two nights or more and enjoy sophisticated service with boutique amenities during a monumental family weekend.

    With room rates starting at $385.95 with a two-night minimum, guests can enjoy complimentary WiFi, breakfast included at The Ranchers Club, and guaranteed valet parking at $15 per night. In between celebratory events for your graduate, you can sit down for dinner and drinks right at the hotel. Or, allow your new graduate to show you around Stillwater and visit the essential spots nearby, including the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum.

    Graduation weekend for the spring semester will be taking place on May 7th and May 8th, 2021. To reserve your guest room, please call (405) 744-6835.

  • Indulge in Cowboy Comforts at The Ranchers Club

    From juicy steaks and whiskey cocktails to curated charcuterie boards, The Ranchers Club at The Atherton Hotel features dishes that showcase ranch-chic flavors and rustic elegance in an atmosphere of gracious hospitality. Whether you stop in for the breakfast buffet, a power lunch, or a nightcap before bed, The Ranchers Club is the ultimate go-to for one-of-a-kind dining in Stillwater.

    Serving up fare that is traditional and fresh, The Ranchers Club is graceful and refined without being pretentious. An extensive wine list offers sparkling, red, and white varietals by the glass or the bottle. For lunch and dinner, guests can choose from a selection of prime plates and savory steak specialties. Sink your fork and knife into a 10-ounce ribeye with brandied mushrooms, a chicken fried steak with whipped potatoes, or T-bone lamb chops with a red wine reduction.

    On the lighter side of things, you can choose from a refreshing collection of soups, salads, and seafood dishes, including the Santa Fe Cobb salad with roasted corn, queso fresco, and diced avocado. Crafted drinks and dessert plates sweeten the experience, complete with an outstanding level of service that’s consistently raved about. Make a reservation at The Ranchers Club during your stay and see for yourself!

  • Art is Back in Motion at the Modella

    The virtual performance is entitled "Spaces of Covid," where each dancer performs in their homes and personal spaces while contemplating the effects of the pandemic on their creativity and freedom. This performance is just the prelude to the gallery’s next exhibit "Faces of Covid" which began on January 14.

    Wildly Brave has been a part of Stillwater’s monthly Second Saturday activities since June 2020, when they began showcasing their virtual dance labs in collaboration with the Modella—continuing the art gallery’s mission to connect people to art, even from the safety of their homes.

    Be sure to check out all of Wildy Brave’s past performances and stay up to date on the Modella’s upcoming exhibits and activities.

  • Stillwater Lights The Way to the Holidays

    Start the celebration with a walk around Downtown Stillwater where you can admire over 150,000 Christmas lights twinkle around the snowy streets. Grab your family and some hot cocoa and follow the Holiday Light Displays Map to embark on a scavenger hunt for the best display! Then every evening between 5 and 11 pm, tune your radio to 87.9 FM and head to Main Street for the main event—a forty-minute display of over 85,000 lights set to classic and modern holiday carols.

    Keep the festivities going in Downtown Stillwater with plenty of photo ops for family photos, restaurants for delicious holiday meals, and local boutiques to pick up something special to put under the tree.

    And from all of us at the Atherton Hotel, have a safe and happy holiday season!

  • Ranchers Club Thanksgiving To-Go

    With a delicious menu full of Thanksgiving favorites, you can impress your guests by serving up a hearty holiday meal.

    Our main dishes options include a brined and roasted whole turkey, hen, smoked turkey breast, or cured 81 peppered ham. Sides serve 10 to 12 guests, and you can choose between cornbread, crawfish, and sausage bread stuffing red skin mashed potatoes, gravy, smoked gouda mac 'n' cheese, and dinner rolls. To satisfy your sweet tooth, we're offering entire pecan and pumpkin pies, as well as a Rancher Club bread pudding.

    Relax this Thanksgiving, choose your favorites, and schedule your pick up. We offer two pick-up times on Friday, November 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and Wednesday, November 25th from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. To order, simply call 405.744.5220 or email

    Please note: Friday, November 20th orders must be placed by noon on November 17th, and Wednesday, November 25th orders must be placed by noon on November 20th.

  • A Fall Special Just For You

    Fall is the perfect time of year to witness the natural beauty of Stillwater, Oklahoma. The sun glistens off the surface of Lake McMurty, the air is perfumed with the clean aroma of trees, and The Atherton Hotel is offering the best rates guests have seen in years. Rave reviews about our affordable elegance, fine food, award-winning wines, and first-class service weren't overblown. We pride ourselves on providing guests an unmatched experience that keeps them coming back for more.

    The always popular State Room and Ranchers Club restaurants are now open for you to enjoy a dining experience that features rich hardwoods, soft leather seating, and original artwork of Oklahoma and Texas ranches. The Ranchers Club accepts dining reservations in advance and the State Room seats guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Right now is the time to get great deals on accommodations at Stillwater's premier hotel. Be sure to book directly; it's the only way to secure the best rates and benefit from all the hotel's special perks. We can't wait to welcome you!

  • A Walk in the Park

    If you’re looking for a brief respite into nature, look no further than Lake McMurtry Park, located about twenty minutes from the Atherton Hotel. 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.

    Alongside some of the trails at Lake McMurtry Park, you’ll find designated campsites offering a secluded escape into nature. From fishing docks on either side of the lake, anglers can catch crappie and catfish, while largemouth bass and saugeye can be found out on the water. Regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, waterfowl hunting is permitted with a report to lake staff required.

    Make a trip of it and stay overnight, or visit briefly with a one-day park pass. No matter what your favorite activity is, Lake McMurtry Park has something for you.

  • Cool Off This Summer at Boomer Lake

    Within the city of Stillwater, Oklahoma is a summertime favorite for locals and visitors alike: Boomer Lake. Roughly two and a half miles away from the Atherton Hotel, the lake was created as a reservoir by damming Stillwater Creek. Covering 251 scenic acres, Boomer Lake is a renowned area for outdoor fun and recreation.

    Walking trails, picnic tables, grills, and pavilions offer park visitors the ideal setup for a day of nature and family fun. Another highlight is the 18-hole disc golf course. From the docks or by boat, fishing is allowed with an applicable permit. The waters of the lake are teeming with bass, saugeye, crappie, catfish, and more.

    Additionally, the summer months are a great time to take advantage of the stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals. With stringent policies in place against the spread of COVID-19, the water sports rentals at Boomer Lake are offering a safe way to maintain protocols while relaxing out on the water.

  • The Wonders of Wildlife at Lost Creek Safari, LLC

    For those seeking a day of adventure, there’s no better destination than Lost Creek Safari, LLC. Located just 10 minutes away from Oklahoma State University, this USDA-certified exotic animal park boasts a wide range of exciting wildlife for visitors to meet. Come for the day and see the likes of exotic mammals, beautiful birds, and more.

    There is a vibrant array of animals all around the park. One notable group you might notice is the largest troop of black handed spider monkeys in all of Oklahoma. There’s a large collection of Fallow and Zika deer at the park, in addition to Reeves Muntjac deer, which is one of the smallest in the world! Porcupines, kangaroos, camels, water buffalo, parakeets, ostriches, and emu can all be found on the grounds, in addition to miniature Zebu cattle and donkeys. Tatar - the park’s giant zebra mare - is also a magnificent sight to behold. Journey here and experience the fun of a safari right in Stillwater.

  • A Brief History of Red Dirt Music

    Stillwater, Oklahoma is a one-of-a-kind historic college town. The spirit of the American Midwest is alive and well here, and a captivating way to experience it is in the tradition of Red Dirt music. Named after the richly colored soil in the state of Oklahoma, live Red Dirt bands can be heard often in the bars surrounding Oklahoma State University.

    Country-folk musician Bob Childers is often credited as the father of Red Dirt music. The genre has been classified as a blended sound with elements of Americana, folk, country, rock, honky-tonk, and bluegrass. Some have defined it to simply be “country music with attitude”.

    Regardless, its popularity is deeply rooted in Stillwater. Other musicians like Tom Skinner, Jason Boland, and Stoney LaRue all got their start in Stillwater's local live music venues, including  "The Farm”, a popular gathering place for Red Dirt musicians in the late 20th century. Nowadays, students, locals, and visitors alike can experience the rich tradition of Red Dirt all over town!

  • Our Historic Guest List

    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. President Harry S. Truman, President Gerald Ford, President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, Bob Hope, Vincent Price, Will Rogers Jr., Faith Hill, Sinbad, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Wilt Chamberlain, Coretta Scott King, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, Nolan Ryan, Shaquille O’Neal, Woody Harrelson, and Bill Nye the Science Guy have all walked our historic halls. We hope you’ve learned something new about your home away from home in Stillwater.

  • Atherton's Botanical Bliss

    Spring break is inching closer, and guests from all over will be heading to Stillwater to accompany their friends and family at OSU. With the brisk, spring air rolling in, a trip to The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State is a guaranteed delight. Classes won’t be in session, but the 100 acres of colorful flowers and verdant shrubs will be sure to welcome you and yours. Whether it’s serving as a teaching resource for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or being held as a classroom, The Botanic Garden is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:000 am to 5:00 pm. Enjoy a picnic, attend a workshop, or stroll through the Japanese garden, where you can admire the mingling koi. Free tours are provided for groups of 8 or more. On March 10th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, join the Oklahoma Gardening Producer, Director and Master Gardener, Kevin Gregg on a tour of Oklahoma's native plants. More information on how to book your spot can be found online. Breathing in the freshest air is a positive way to welcome the equinox!

  • OSU’s February Film Festival Series

    With winter chills still lingering in Stillwater, whats’s cozier then picking up some hot chocolate and heading to the student union for a free movie? Throughout February, OSU Allied Arts presents a film festival series including four incredible films that have been presented at multiple film festivals, gaining high recognition. 

    The festival starts with the drama Diane on February 5th. Winning "Best Screenplay" at Tribeca Film Festival, Diane tells the story of a mother confronting her past while trying to preserve her relationship with her drug-addicted son. Winning Best Director at Festival de Cannes, take a journey to Poland on February 12th with the Cold War, a tale of two lovers during a time where their love was hard to manage.

    On February 25th, follow a father-daughter duo through the forests in Portland as their world is shattered, with Leave No Trace. The festival ends on February 28th, with the screening of Dawson City: Frozen Time, a true story, shown in museums and theaters around the world, about a collection of films roughly 100 years old, lost near the Arctic Circle for about 50 years. Join director Bill Morrison at 8 pm for a Q&A on the film. Although Dawson City is airing at 9:00 pm, all the other films will be shown at 8 pm. More information on the films can be found online.

  • Back to the Books

    After weeks of endless amounts of food and eggnog, reality kicks in once that December 31st ball drops and we’re back to the beginning of the year. Decompressing and recharging during the holidays is vital, but school is back in session here in Stillwater. Thousands of college students around the world begin their studies at universities during the spring semester. Parents flood these college towns, helping students move into dorms and clearing the isles at home goods stores. In Stillwater, enjoying local businesses is key, and Nook & Cranny Mercantile, a quick 6-minute drive from The Atherton, has everything you need for dorm decor. Or head to the Wooden Nickel for trendy finds. Classes at Oklahoma State University start January 17th, with a 'Welcome Back' reception at the Student Union from 6 to 8 pm. Parents, while you finish furnishing apartments and filling refrigerators, students can attend a Resume Walk-In event on January 22nd from 2 to 4 pm at the Student Union, where they can have their resumes and cover letters edited and revised to perfection, leaving you at ease knowing your kid is ready to start the year strong and full of opportunities. Go, Cowboys!

  • Holiday Fun For All

    Finals are over and families are reuniting—the holiday season is here and The Atherton Hotel has a little something for everyone. Join us on December 16th for a joyous evening of Milk and Cookies with Santa. Starting at 5:30 pm, parents can bring their little ones for snacks and snag a pic with jolly old Saint Nick! After the kids have enjoyed their holiday treats, whether you’re in the mood for cocktails, artisan beer, or top-of-the-line wine, head to The State Room for some seasonal spirits. Popular winter flavors include cranberry, ginger, orange, cinnamon, and vanilla. We recommend if you’re building your own, to mix these flavors with either a dry red wine, vodka, or brandy as a base. Sparkling drinks are also a December favorite, and at The State Room, you can find an Italian Prosecco or Moscato, as well as a fancy French Brut. After all, a little libation helps to keep the winter weather at bay. 

  • A Night at McKnight

    Taking a break from tailgates? Want to fulfill your thespian desires? While staying at the Atherton Hotel at OSU, you’re just a 2-minute walk from the McKnight Center for Performing Arts, where you can enjoy shows ranging from orchestral concerts to musical theater. Although McKnight provides shows year-round, this month’s calendar includes the 3rd Annual Chamber Music Festival, the OSU Jazz Orchestra, and Cirque Mechanics. The Ranchers Club is now accepting dinner reservations from 5 pm- 9 pm to ensure you’re well fed before a night of performances. Craving the delicious pairing of tapas and wine? The State Room will be serving dinner between 4 pm - 10 pm. Planning an extended stay in Stillwater? You can even create a ticket package for more than one show, saving you 5%. To browse their list of events, you can head to the McKnight Center for Performing Arts Facebook page or check out their website to purchase tickets. Hurry! Seating is limited.

  • Spooks and Sports in Stillwater This October

    If you’re in town at the end of October, get ready for some rowdy college football and frightening festivities—all in shades of orange and black! The OSU Cowboys season is heating up with only two games left this month: a home game on October 19th against Baylor and an away game at Iowa State on October 26th. If you miss the home game while you’re here, never fear, OSU fans will still come out in droves to watch the game on campus, downtown and at our very own hotel. 

    While you’re here, don’t miss downtown’s annual Halloween festival on October 29th. Locals, students, and visitors will gather in their spookiest attire for trick or treating in downtown merchant shops, carnival games, live music, food trucks and even a costume party. With fun for the kid in all of us, this special event is sure to bring you right back to your favorite childhood memories! 

  • Cheer on Your Cowboys as Football Season Heats Up!

    September brings cooler temperatures and thrilling weekends with the start of Oklahoma State’s football season. Cheer on the cowboys as they square off against rival teams, including the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and the Kansas State Wildcats. There are two home games and two away games this month, with home games falling on September 7th (vs. Mcneese) and September 28th (vs. Kansas State).

    If you’re staying with us during the games, rest assured knowing our property is less than half a mile from Boone Pickens Stadium and within easy walking distance, giving our guests the privilege of avoiding costly ride shares and parking fees. Before the game, enjoy a drink at our onsite The State Room or, dine in elegance at The Ranchers Club, our OSU-loyal restaurant.

    Don’t forget to pack your best orange and black and get ready for another great season of Cowboys football. Go Pokes!

  • Get Familiar with the History of Stillwater

    While you’re staying at the Atherton, it’s worth getting to know the historic city of Stillwater that we call home. In addition to your walks around beautiful the OSU campus and weekend explorations of the downtown farmer’s market, consider stopping at the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar. Here visitors may learn about and observe historic artifacts from Stillwater, Oklahoma including memorabilia from fraternal organizations, WW II and more.

    Starting on the 12th of August, the Automobiles in Stillwater exhibit will demonstrate the development of the automobile alongside Stillwater, as well as our proud history of automotive safety. The exhibit will last until October 1st. To check out all that the museum has to offer, visit their website for additional information. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Stillwater!

  • Revisit the Good ‘ole Days on a Father’s Day Weekend to Your Alma Mater

    Alumni's love staying at our historic Georgian property, as we’re located in the heart of OSU, steps away from countless memories, hallowed halls and a lively college experience. For dad’s staying with us this June, create your own Father’s Day reward with a trip to OSU, where you can revisit your go-to stomping grounds, reconnect with your biggest mentors, and get familiar with the biggest changes to the university’s lovely campus.

    After a full day on campus, enjoy a meal fit for a cowboy at The Ranchers Club. The premium cuts, rich decor, and hardy ambiance will have you feeling ready for a nightcap at our on-site restaurant and cocktail bar, The State Room. Looking to eat in? The State Room offers carry-out options so you can eat from the comforts of your luxurious guestroom.

  • O-State Alumni, Revisit Your College Memories This May

    For the first of many years to come, the School of Global Studies and Partnerships and the OSU Alumni Association are pairing up to host an international meet-up for Oklahoma State alumni. This year’s trip is May 18th and 19th to the beautiful country of Mexico. Why does that relate to us? Well, if you’re feeling blue about missing the trip, don’t worry, there’s a lot to be said for returning to the scene of the crime! While they’re catching up with tequila, revisit your old haunts and hangouts, walk the same halls you used to hurry down, lay out on the campus green, or read a book in the library. Maybe you’ll even run into someone you know! With our facilities just steps away from the school so you’ll feel like you’re living on campus again—minus the shared dorm rooms and community showers!

  • Engage Your Artistic Side at The 42nd Annual Stillwater Arts Festival

    April is the month when spring is in full swing, flowers begin to bloom and creativity blossoms with it. Artists from all around the Stillwater community will come together in historic downtown for a celebration of their artful crafts during one of the loveliest times of the year. The event, happening Friday and Saturday this year, will feature artwork, jewelry and a treasure trove of other crafts. All participating artists have gone through an application process to ensure the integrity of the long-standing tradition. Live music, street performances, food trucks, and local restaurants will all be a part of the festival as well.

    The outside event will occupy Mainstreet and is free to the public. Kids, pets, and smiles are all welcome! For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.

  • It’s the Best Time of Year, Spring Break

    What better time to visit Oklahoma State’s beautiful campus than when the students are away? During the week of March 18th, the university becomes a visitor’s playground with easy access to scenic tours, events, and local establishments. Some highlighted events during this time include The OSU women’s Golf Spring Break Classic, OSU men’s baseball and women’s basketball.

    As a prelude to this week of exploring OSU’s offerings, St. Patrick’s day festivities will be going on all across Stillwater on March 17th. We suggest a few stops in particular. A must-try is a Leprechaun Monster Malt at Mojo’s Rock N’ Bowl Grill, a rainbow-colored milkshake that’s akin to a pot of gold! Another necessary stop is Iron Monk Brewing Company, a staple bar in the downtown Stillwater scene. They’ll be serving up green beer, live music and entertainment all day.

    Whatever you do during your spring break in Stillwater, you’re sure to have a great time here at the Atherton!

  • Don’t Miss This Years Hall of Famers

    Each year, several alumni and former students of Oklahoma State University are honored for their outstanding lifetime achievements with their induction into the OSU Hall of Fame. This honor, considered the highest of praises, recognizes achievements as a student and as professional and members of society. This year’s ceremony, held at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center on February 8th, will welcome four former students to the Hall of Fame. The event will start at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by the ceremony commencement at 7 p.m. Better get your tickets soon, ticket sales end February 1st! Click here for more details.

    While you’re staying with us, be sure to take a tour of OSU’s lovely campus. Located just a short 5-minute walk from our hotel, there’s no reason not to spend a lovely afternoon walking the same path as so many inspiring alumni.

  • Meet Some Real Cowboys At This Month’s Stock Shows

    Ever been to a stock show? Well here’s your chance! On January 19th & 20th, OSU’s Block and Bridle will host their Winter Bonanza. Stockmen from across the state will gather to showcase their prize-winning cattle and compete in various categories in front of a panel of judges. It’s a unique opportunity to learn more about the industry that is such a pivotal part of OSU’s history.

    If that’s not enough for you, come back on January 26th & 27th for the swine showcase, featuring the best of the best swine Oklahoma has to offer. Both shows take place in the Payne County Expo Center.

    Before heading to the swine show on January 26th, be sure to watch the OSU Cowboys defeat the South Carolina Gamecocks. The basketball game starts at 1 p.m. at the Gallagher-IBA Arena.

  • 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.

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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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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