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Mountains To Prairies Suites Tour

A Central Black Hills Bed and Breakfast
Featuring in-house Cabin-Style Suites
Convenient Lodging - Hill City, South Dakota
Walk to the 1880 Train - Mickelson Trail - Historic Downtown

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THREE DISTINCTIVE SUITES

This is a house with lots of fun,
with lots of friends and lots of love.

AVA – AGE 6 – GRANDDAUGHTER

Mountains To Prairies Cabin Suites · Bed and Breakfast
VISIT OUR NEW SITE!

Thank you for considering a vacation in the heart of the Black Hills,
and we particularly hope you choose to stay with us . . .
for hospitality that shows you are on our minds.

1) The Log-Accented FLOWER GIRL Woodsy Suite, is reached via a hand-crafted log stairway. On entering through the door of the Master Room (to the right at top of stairs) guests are greeted by many pleasant and friendly amenities - an airjet bathtub in the private full bath . . . remotely like bathing in a bubbling brook! . . . beautiful furnishings (queen pillowtop bed), all vaulted ceilings, satellite hd tv/dvd, wireless internet, microwave over a small fridge, coffee pot, toaster, cove heat and AC. In addition to comfortable seating in the Master Room, this suite has a front sitting area (to the left at top of stairs), which incorporates in the mix a log loft Bear Den (like a bunk only larger) padded by plush brown carpet and equipped for sleepy kids to enjoy indoor camping. A little Bear Den is beneath the big Bear Den, and these together have been heartily enjoyed by up to three small children. Provided are fleece sleeping bags, comforters and pillows. (Older children or adventurous adults may request an air mattress.) This space is cooled by a nature-themed ceiling fan. The peaked windows in the photo (above) are viewing windows in the sitting area . . . near the Bear Den.

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PHOTOS of Flower Girl Woodsy Suite may be found HERE

"I felt like I was home! Immaculate, cozy, awesome decor for the Hills. My style. Thank you so much for inviting me in when I arrived early. My parents are both gone—can I adopt you?" -Sioux Falls, SD -late September, 2019

"Thank you both so much for letting us stay here. Your place and hospitality (are) wonderful. I know all three of us feel right at home here. Thanks for all the help with trip suggestions! Harney Peak was beautiful. We hope to be back some day and can't wait to recommend this place to all of our friends. Thanks again!" -late October, 2019

2) The ground level Knotty Pine Cabin-Style Suite, CHESSIE LEE'S PEAS, has a private full bath . . . unlike the pan in the woods for wetting your hair! . . . a second vanity outside the bath, warming bay view pellet stove, a queen pillowtop master bed made of local ponderosa pine (rough-sawn vertical beams and a knotty headboard), as well as a cozy Nook with a twin bed, handy for at least one little sleepyhead, or an adult (same party with primary). Other amenities include wireless internet, satellite hd tv/dvd; small fridge, microwave, coffee pot and toaster in the kitchenette, along with a good mix of dishes, flatware and miscellaneous kitchen items; cove heat and AC, plus a ceiling fan, comfortable loveseat, and a personal outside entrance (at the front of the house) as well as a service entry within the house. On entering this suite, the Nook is on the right, while chairs and a table are on the left; overhead, the ceiling fan is suspended from a vault in the ceiling which leads up to the Tree House Loft. The Loft is an optional space which can sleep two people on a full-size pillowtop bed, and includes a half bath. This allows Chessie Lees Peas to accommodate up to five guests of one party. (Camp-style arrangements could be made for a sixth person, if needed.)

PHOTOS of Chessie Lee's Peas may be found HERE

"For the first time in years
I was unable to spend Mothers Day with my Mom.
So, we chose to take a little vacation together.
My sister and I brought her here
for (all) our first bed and breakfast experience
and it could not have been more wonderful.
The setting is beautiful - Close to town, but seeming miles away.
The room (Chessie Lee's Peas) was a treat for the senses;
smelling of wood and seeing the fire dance before our eyes.
The food is fantastic, the hospitality
by far the best I have ever experienced.
Thank you so much for helping to make this
the most special Mothers Day Celebration yet.
I will be hard pressed to match it next year."

-Rapid City, SD

"Another relaxing stay! Was so nice to catch up on our families and talk about adventures. You two always know the best places to see the beauty of the area. Breakfast was fabulous and I always look forward to the jelly." -late September, 2019, MN

3) The ground level Knotty Pine Cabin-Style Suite, PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD, features amenities including a 4' shower with two jets for the lower back in the private bath . . . no call to shower under a shivering wilderness waterfall! . . . a queen pillowtop bed; small fridge, microwave, coffee pot and toaster in the kitchenette, along with a good mix of dishes, flatware and miscellaneous kitchen items; wireless internet, hd tv/dvd, cove heat and AC, plus a ceiling fan; a comfortable loveseat; a personal outside entrance (at the rear of the house, onto a private deck, with a charcoal grill) as well as a service entry within the house; and a twin bed in a Nook which also has a small sleeping loft (bunk) above the twin bed. The little bunk is 5'4" long and is a delight for small children as a sleeping space. Prairie Homestead bears some resemblance to Chessie Lee's Peas in that it is nearly all wrapped with knotty pine, but many aspects are reminiscent of homestead life on the prairie. One may find the rising sun, the moon and the big dipper in this popular room. The large round copper sink embossed with vining wild flowers rests atop a hand-crafted vanity!

PHOTOS of Prairie Homestead may be found HERE

"This was our first trip to a very beautiful area of the country. We enjoyed every minute - even when it snowed! Thanks for a pleasant stay. We enjoyed meeting you, Sam and Linda, and I love my new treasure. We wish you a wonderful future." -mid-October, 2019, Oklahoma City

"Thank you for a great stay in South Dakota. The cabin was charming, clean and fun for our kids to stay in. The advice on how to explore the route to Mt. Rushmore was perfect! All your tips on specifics of the area and restaurants were 'spot on'. What a fun trip!." -late October, 2019, Oklahoma City

ALL THREE SUITES . . . now FOUR!
. . . are uniquely separate from each other. Chessie Lee's Peas and Prairie Homestead, as mentioned above, as well as our Newest #4, have private outside entry doors. Each cabin suite also has a service entry door (into a hallway within the house) which locks on both sides, assuring your privacy. Flower Girl Woodsy has a semi-private outside entrance, in the main level foyer and up the log stairway to the suite.

In all four accommodations, some little touches are left unphotographed, for you to enjoy when you arrive. Also, now and then, small changes may be made, unannounced . . . because the Antiques Shop likes to be involved, too!

Our Newest #4 accommodation has become recently available. It bears some resemblance to Woodsy, but on the main level. This guest nest has a standard 5' tub with shower surround, sliding glass door entry off the boardwalk, love seat, a large electric candle heater (ambiance!), a warm amount of knotty pine and log accents, designer closet doors, beautiful furnishings, and more . . . sleeps TWO only.

PHOTOS of our Newest #4 may be found HERE

"This has been an amazing experience! The room is perfect and immaculate. The hosts are so nice and never mind to answer any questions we have! When we come back from a long day it just feels so homey and secure. The decor is absolutely beautiful and everything in the room contrasts each other perfectly! I couldn't think of a better place to stay and I would definitely come back again! Hopefully you enjoy your time as much as we did!" -mid-October, 2019

"I brought my 13-year-old niece here for a short getaway and Sam and Linda were absolutely the best hosts you could ever want! Our room was immaculate and my niece and I loved the rustic decor! Sam and Linda went out of their way to make us feel at home. They are such kind folks! We will be back!!" -mid-October, 2019

The following photo (on this page) represents Flower Girl Woodsy Suite's log loft (bunk) Bear Den, about which one young boy stated emphatically to his father:

"Dad, if we ever build another house,
I would like you to build my room to look just like this,
I mean JUST like this!"

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The following testimonial was written in German:

"Much thanks for the camp place stay. We slept (wonderful) (restful) so deep.
It was very difficult for us to get up. Greeting, out of the Swiss."
-Switzerland

"Thank you!! Our family had a great stay. You are gracious hosts and your B&B is beautiful. The food was incredible. The kids loved the loft, the juice and getting to know you. We also appreciated all the advice about the area and things to do. Best wishes." -Nebraska

"Many thanks for your warm hospitality, scrumptious breakfasts and genuine friendliness. You embody the spirit of B&B proprietor, offering many tips and interesting conversation. We wish you best of luck and hope to return to Hill City so we can experience more of your comfort and the splendor of the Black Hills." -Long Beach, CA

"This was our first time staying at a Bed & Breakfast, and we thought it was great! The room looked like it was out of a magazine and your hospitality was warm and friendly. We really enjoyed our stay in SD. And finding the Lefton Angel Bank at your gift shop was a thrill. We would really like to stay here again someday. Thanks again for everything!" -MN

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Email Sam and Linda - Phone 605.574.2424

"Thank you so much for the hospitality. The kids were calling it home." -South Dakota

"The perfect home to come home to after a ride on the Mickelson Trail. You are both warm and wonderful and we will tell everyone about you! Thank you so very much." -Golden, CO

"Thank you for such a memorable stay. Your hospitality is second to none! We wish you and the Smiling Bear great continued success! Sincerely" -Chicago, IL

"What a wonderful stay I have had. From the moment I stepped out of my car after a 10 hour drive - you were warm and welcoming and I felt right at home. My room was cozy and had nice amenities - like the organic bathroom goodies. The breakfasts were outstanding - they filled me up for most of the day; I felt that the coffee drinks were a special added treat. Your advice was also perfect - and helped me to get a wonderful taste of the Black Hills and the desire to come back and see more. Thanks for a memorable adventure!" -Boulder Creek, CA - Cape Cod, MA

Speaking of adventure . . .

Do not wait
until some deed of greatness
you may do;
Do not wait
to shed your light afar.
To the many duties ever near
you now be true.
Brighten the corner
where you are.
- from christian hymn by i.d. ogden 1913 -