Whole Family Gives it 5 Stars!
Anita and Mike were the best hosts...they were attentive to all of our needs, but also gave us the space we needed on vacation. I asked if there was a blender available on our tour of the house on arrival, and Anita dropped one off the next day. It was nice to have all of the bed linens, towels, soap, laundry detergent stocked. The property was clean and we had plenty of room for two teenagers and two pre-schoolers. Our four year old loved the cows - a 4 day old one was there on arrival, and another born the morning we left. Our teenagers liked the porch and hammock for reading, but the 12-year old liked panning in the creek the best.
We loved the location. 2 minutes away from the entrance to Custer State Park which had several FREE activities for the family. We took a gold panning lesson (which is how we learned to look for garnets when we panned later), went fishing (park rangers provided the gear & grill), and took a canoe trip (park rangers provided the canoes and life jackets). We also took in the Grand Magic Show which all the kids liked. Other not to miss activities: Mount Rushmore, The Badlands, Jewel Cave tour. We saved Crazy Horse for last, and were pleased with the museum, bus tour, and dances.
Obviously, there was a lot left we never got to do--wish we could have seen the Mammoth Site and Bear Country, but we had great time. When the five-year old was asking if we could come back next year for two weeks, we knew it was a success!
I would recommend this property...showers were hot, ac/heat worked well (rarely had to use either) kitchen was nice and big. Liked all of the restaurants we visited, especially Cattleman's and the Pizza place (can't remember the name, but it was local) in Custer. Lots of cool shops in Custer but we were there before the tourist season really hit.
Thanks Anita and Mike for a great vacation! You were the best.
Owner's Response: Dear Lynn & Family, Thank you for letting us and others know that you had such a great time staying at MAP-Ranch. Putting the whole experience together to have a family vacation takes some pre-planning and you deserve the credit for that - we supplied the place! We're glad everyone has a good memory of the trip, where they stayed and what they did - including you! Don't wait too long to come again. Like we said - we love it here. Sincerely, Anita & Mike
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