You cannot beat the view, peaceful too
Submitted: July 27, 2010
Stayed: July 2010
I stayed with my wife and 11yr old daughter. We had a fantastic vacation, in part due to this home. The view of the lake from the back patio was simply outstanding - nice place for morning coffee or evening cocktails. The home was clean and the kitchen was well stocked with dishes and cooking tools. Clean towels and sheets were ample too. One bath was fine for three of us, but I would think this would be a bottleneck for larger groups. The home is located down some dirt roads in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest - if you like solitude, seeing deer and other wild life, then this is your nice place to stay. There is a TV and DVD player, but no cable or satellite TV. There is no internet, and there is no cell phone coverage (a phone is provided in the home for local and toll free calls). If you want to get away from it all - literally - stay here and bond with nature and tranquility. The water comes from the lake - a bit heavy on the mineral side - we bought drinking water at the store. I also thought the bed mattress was a bit too firm for me, but I wasn't expecting a sleep number bed like the Marriott. The property owners were very easy to work with and helpful. We enjoyed our stay and my wife would like to return - this is saying a lot since she's never before wanted to repeat any of our family vacations. Me, I'm used to the Marriott and all the amenities, but I would stay here again. Hill City SD and shopping was about a 20 minute drive from the home. We enjoyed Mt Rushmore, Keystone SD, the 1880 Steam Train, Horseback riding, Custer State Park, Wall Drug, Deadwood SD, Evans Plunge in Hot Springs, and a hot air balloon ride departing from Custer. Favorite family event was probably hiking to the top of Harney Peak - the view is spectacular from 7247 feet above sea level. In Custer SD, look for the Sage Creek Grille on Main street and enjoy a lunch or dinner there - this is the only place we ate at twice. It's funny, you pay ten dollars at Mt Rushmore for a parking pass good for the entire year and you get to see four carved faces. We stopped at Crazy Horse (which you can see fine from Hwy 16) and they wanted thirty seven dollars for the three of us to see one indian head on an incomplete sculpture - my advice - just do a Crazy Horse drive-by. Make sure you see the 9pm show at Mt Rushmore too. If you see two wine glasses from Prarie Berry Winery, we left them! Enjoy your stay! Cheers!
Families with Teenagers,
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