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Tom McCord

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'Mountain Crest' - One of a Kind, Secluded, Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Incredible View

47 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

Black Hills Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms + Other (see description), 1 Bath (usually sleeps up 1-5)

'Mountain Crest', a beautifully hand-hewn, non-smoking, authentic log cabin. It occupies five acres on a mountain top, about six miles northwest of Deadwood, off county-maintained, Maitland road, the 'backdoor’ road to Spearfish, SD. The cabin offers a large parking area suitable for multiple vehicles. it is a great location to come together with friends, entertain visitors, conduct family reunions, etc.

Secluded, with dual access, well-maintained roads, this cabin works well to enjoy winter sports, delightful spring and summer activities, or to just 'escape' and 're-charge' one's self.

(Attention Snow Mobilers: Mountain Crest enjoys abundant snow fall. Given its relatively secluded location and being adjacent to national forest land and trails, it is ideally suited to have fun playing in the snow. Where else can one drive their snow mobile up to their front door?)

This unique log cabin can be a romantic getaway or a great location for enjoyable get togethers with friends or family. It is very clean and well maintained and offers guests complete privacy.

The cabin provides excellent support to its guests. While delightfully secluded, there will always be guest support available to assist and answer area questions.

Why the Owner Chose Deadwood... Since the Air Force assigned me to South Dakota in the late 80's, I have loved the Black Hills. The are always open and accessible (public land), safe (no bears), and the people here are so very friendly and welcoming. They appreciate visitors. The northern 'hills' are especially beautiful and have so much history and fun things to do. I very much enjoy my stays at Mountain Crest. I take great interest in making sure my visitors are able to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I do.

The special appeal of this cabin... I bought 'Mountain Crest' in 2005, a dream come true. The trees that grew on my mountain top are still there. They repose as a part of this handmade log cabin. Watching eagles soar, deer graze, chipmunks play, or turkeys strutting is something I always yearned to be able to do. You can too, by simply sitting on the veranda or looking out of the kitchen window. I love having the freedom to adventure out and not come across barbed wire limitations.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Tom McCord (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Why Tom McCord chose Black Hills

Since the Air Force assigned me to South Dakota in the late 80's, I have loved the Black Hills. The are always open and accessible (public land), safe (no bears), and the people here are so very friendly and welcoming. They appreciate visitors. The northern 'hills' are especially beautiful and have so much history and fun things to do. I very much enjoy my stays at Mountain Crest. I take great interest in making sure my visitors are able to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey Debbie, Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mountain Crest and that it was especially meaningful for you. In addition to its natural beauty and ambiance, I strive to provide guests a lasting, memorable experience. Maybe we 'hit the mark' during your stay. Unique to Mountain Crest, Bob & Lynn are more than cabin greeters or maintainers; they genuinely do set the tone for our visitors to enjoy a delightful experience in the hills.
Jun 2012
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Reviews

4.9
based on 47 traveler reviews

'Mountain Crest' - One of a Kind, Secluded, Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Incredible View
average rating of 4.8510637 based on 48 reviews
5

amazing

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay. Unfortunately we realized too late that our time at Mountain Crest was not long enough! We were able to take in the beauty of the area and then come back at the end of each day and have a relaxing evening. I look forward to hopefully coming back one day and again staying at Mountain Crest. Thank you Tom for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Diane, What a thoughtful thing to say. Thank you. Appreciate the compliment. We think alike in that this little mountain top cabin can amazingly give one a chance to have a reset on their daily concerns while time there seems to be so fleeting. Would love to welcome you back.
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correctionville
5

mountain crest the real treasure

  • 5 of 5

Mountain crest is the most peaceful place we've been in a long time. While others may be searching for gold in the Black Hills, the true treasure is Tom's cabin-Mountain Crest. Very close to the Black Hills National Forest, the scenery is breathtaking. While not wanting to leave the tranquility of the cabin, we decided to see the area landscapes, and I'm glad we did! The cabin has all of the amenities of home,yet the feeling of escape! Almost everything you need is provided. You supply the food, drink, and company, the great times are sure to follow! Tom is a wonderful proprietor to work with. He's very accomodating,and understanding. Don't miss your chance to live in a piece of history in the black hills! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, thanks for taking the time to share what you thought about your visit to Mountain Crest. Appreciate your compliment… the cabin as in discovering ‘treasure’. Yes, peace and tranquility can be very valuable commodities given our very active lives and the world we now live in. (smile) Thanks again for choosing my place. Do hope that you have a chance to make back.
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Oronoco, MN
5

Winter Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This was our second January stay at Mountain Crest - we loved it even more this time! We had everything we needed to make it great stay - nice not to have to be bothered with bringing linens , towels and basic stuff like catsup and toilet paper. Firewood abundant for the wood stove that kept everything cozy, dish TV to catch the games, adequately stocked kitchen so we had all we needed to prepare meals. The owner means it when he says it is one of a kind; it is a very well thought out and unique place. So quiet - only the whisper of the wind in the snow covered pines. The owner also means it when he says you need 4 wheel drive and/or chains to get there. We could not have reached it without one or the other - once we even needed both! The cabin is on top of a mountain accessed by private roads. But it is well worth the effort to get there! Tom was a delight to work with, and the cabin was spotlessly clean. I almost don't want to recommend it as strongly as this, for fear someone else will get the dates we want next year!

One caveat - the bedrooms are upstairs, and the bathroom downstairs. The stairs are open - beautiful hewn logs hallowed out partially and fitted into rails. (Look at the picture.) These would be a problem for anyone with mobility issues, and children should be watched carefully. We did fine on them, but found them a bit scary! Just a heads up!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rachel, appreciate you taking the time to note a review. While we can't always guarantee that there will condiments on hand, I am glad it worked out you this time. (smile) I always want to have the 'right gear' on hand for anyone, including myself, using the kitchen. Pleased to know that it comfortably met your needs. Having stayed two times, you can really attest to what it is like during the winter there. Sounds like you had a good time. That is what we strive for. Thank you for complimentary words. Would love to welcome you back for a third stay and extend to you our mulit-stay repeat guest discount.
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Cozy Winter Cabin Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Tom's cabin. My husband and I rented it for a winter getaway without the kids. The cabin was cozy and comfortable, and conveniently located about 30 minutes from the ski slopes. Watching the sunrise over Lead from the kitchen windows was amazing! I am sure that we will return, with our three young daughters next time!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jenny, Yes, you know there is something to be said about enjoying a couple’s winter escape to mountain top and having a chance to enjoy a cozy and comfortable log cabin together. (smile) I always like looking my site's 'winter wonderland' pictures. Pleased to know that you had a good time. Would love to welcome you back and extend to you that ‘repeat guest’ discount.
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5

Lovely cabin

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the cabin, it was clean, well maintained and had everything you would need.Tom, the owner was kind, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The previous renters had left condiments in the fridge and cabinets that we were grateful for, especially the coffee and creamer, so we did the same for the next renter. I can see why the driveway would be tricky for bikers but we drove a Prius and had no issues. Husband really enjoyed the fire pit and that was also where the deer and fawn came to in the mornings. Chipmunks were also daily visitors around the fire pit. We also enjoyed sleeping with the balcony door open and since it was unusually warm during our stay, it made for a pleasant night sleep.

We were not too impressed with Deadwood as it was geared more for bikers which we are not, but found everything we needed in Lead which we enjoyed more and was closer to the cabin. Another great town to visit is Hill City which offers a variety of shops. We ate an authentic German meal at the Alpine and it was delicious. Also went to the Red Ass Winery which my husband enjoyed very much and needless to say, bought wine.

We drove the wildlife loop at Custer State Park and saw lots of bison, deer, elk, long horn sheep, wild turkeys, prairie dogs and

burro's. We also drove to Mount Rushmore but did not go in (they say it's free but they charge you $11 to park your car, which is required because you have to walk), instead we drove thru the 3 tunnels and got some great photo's. Tunnel 3 has a perfect view. We also went to Crazy Horse memorial which was interesting, They charge $11 per person which does not include the bus ride to the actual site. I Recommend you watch the video and then decide if you want to go to the site, I think you

will. Devils Tower in Wyoming is also a good place to visit, walked the trail around the base (1.3 miles) and it was terrific with some awesome views of scenery as well as climbers.

We intended to visit the Minuteman Missile National historic site but ran out of time. One of the most surprising things about our trip was the amount of businesses, restaurants etc. that do not accept debit cards so we were glad that we brought cash with us. All in all, a wonderful cabin close to all the national parks and activities.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dianna, received your well written, detailed review. I am sure that your feedback and sight-seeing suggestions will be very helpful to others traveling in the ‘hills’. Thank you for your consideration in doing this and thank you for the nice things you said about Mountain Crest and me. Pleased to know that you two had fun on my little mountain top and that the cabin worked well as a home base for touring the area. Would love to welcome you back at some future date and extend to you that repeat guest discount.
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Sturgis 2015

  • 5 of 5

What a getaway, great cabin with a fantastic view. 3 friends and I traveled from Houston Texas and what a great time we all had. If you are looking for a getaway tucked away in the mountains then Mountain Crest is the place for you.

The gravel roads getting up to the cabin were are only obstacle's and being on motorcycles it was such a challange but by the end of our stay everyone was a professional navigating up and down the mountain.

Tom your place was heaven on earth and nice to know that we had this cabin to come home to after our long rides each day.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim, thanks for sharing your experience. What an adventure it must have been for you and your friends. Now you will always have those great memories. There is a reason the cabin is called 'mountain crest'. (smile) Reaching the top of a mountain is not always an easy drive. Initially, some bikers may find it a little challenging like you did. Glad you didn't let this deter you from having a great time.
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Deadwood, SD
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Spearfsh, SD
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Interstate 90 (I90)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Central City; Deadwood
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: necessary

Nearby, one can hike, fish, bike, explore, 4WD/off road, snow shoe, cross country or down hill ski, or snow mobile. It is only a short drive to ski at Terry Peak or Deer Mountain or to hike/bike the Mickelson Trail. It is adjacent to forest service/public land, trails, and nearby rustic, Carbonate Road (back way to Terry Peak skiing).

Mountain Crest is located close to the fun, historic, and exciting communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis in the 'northern hills' (most beautiful area of 'The Hills').

These communities also offer the traditional services one might expect, including parks, recreation centers, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

One can easily drive to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, scenic Spearfish Canyon, or other hills destinations. A recent guest and his family have the cabin featured on the tube website as Mountain Crest.mp4.

Other Activities: Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing

Ski: Mountain Crest is a great location from which to enjoy snow mobiling or riding one's ATV. The area is relatively secluded, borders forest service land, and there is very little traffic on nearby roads and trails. One can actually drive their snow mobile up to the cabin's veranda and steps.

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Rates & Availability

Deadwood Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Days of 76
Jul 25 2016 - Jul 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
Sturgis Rally
Aug 6 2016 - Aug 11 2016
5 night minimum stay
$290
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Columbus Day
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Witner Rates (1)
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Veterans Day
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Rate (2)
Nov 14 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Rates (3)
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years Holiday
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Independence Day
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping Fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Dep + Housekeeping $150
Pet Dep, one time, each $50
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 5.5%

- Any isolated, single, 'open' dates available may be rented. Please inquire.
- Double weekend premium - Guests often prefer a stay that includes a
Fri & Sat/Sun or a Sat and Sun. Stays beginning on a Sat or Sun and
ending on the following Sat or Sun limit other guest’s travel opportunities.
There is a $75 double weekend charge for such stays. (Double weekend stays are generally not avail Jun, July, and Aug)

- Winter Special - 10% discount off of the already reduced winter rate for a stay of 5 or more nights. "Repeat Guest Discount' can still be used with this special.
- Repeat Guest Discount does not apply during holiday or Sturgis periods.)
- Prices do not include cleaning & pet fees or pet deposits
- Longer stays & rates may be negotiable and eligible for a discount

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Amenities

Black Hills Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Here, there is also a full sized washer & dryer.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , In addition to the queen bed, there is a double bed fouton
    Other options - The cabin also has a queen size blow up bed and a couch.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Comfortable, friendly, and easy to use, one can enjoy: a fully furnished kitchen with native wood handcrafted cabinetry, full sized washer and dryer, expansive, rocked, Forest Service approved fire pit and outdoor dining area, a covered veranda wrapping around three sides or the view from the balcony off the master bedroom. There is plenty of wild life to see, including deer, turkeys, chipmunks, and eagles. VISA and Master Card credit cards may now be used.

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