Posts for 2015


Christmas pairs well with good food, good wine and good friends!

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Christmas dinners bring with them the age old dilemma of what to serve. Will it be ham, turkey, duck or prime rib? And what’s more, what wine will you serve with it? At the Powder House we love playing with wine and food pairings! Here are few of our favorites for your holiday meal. Our list of versatile whites and delicious reds  are sure to enhance your Christmas gathering.

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Black Hills Holiday Happenings

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Maybe it’s the snow shimmering off the pines or the nip in the air, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Black Hills! Although we are closed during the winter, the Powder House is looking especially cozy under its new white blanket of snow!  If you and yours will be spending the holidays in the Hills there is plenty to do and see! Be sure to check out these holiday attractions while visiting the Black Hills this Christmas.

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Let things get Wild this Thanksgiving with these game options!

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This Thanksgiving put a new twist on old traditions by serving up wild game instead of the traditional turkey for your holiday meal. At the Powder House we specialize in quality steaks and wild game dishes. We are lucky enough to live in the beautiful Black Hills and with that, we have access to some wonderful wild game. From pheasant and quail to venison, elk and buffalo, South Dakota has a taste for the wild! If your home already has a resident hunter, you may have some favorite wild game recipes in your back pocket, but here are a few of our favorites that are easy to make and fun to share with friends and family!

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Festive Holiday Cocktail Creations

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At the Powder House, we are all about good food and good wine. We love looking for new cocktails to mix-up, and here are a few we think you’ll like if you’re looking for something other than table wine to enjoy this holiday season. You’ll love these delicious and festive cocktail ideas for your holiday meal, or for you to enjoy on your own while cooking, cleaning and wrapping (holidays are stressful after all)! These three recipes are easy and sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

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Fall scenic byways in the Black Hills!

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We are a little partial to the beauty that we are lucky enough to live in around here. And, while we think the Black Hills are beautiful year round, we think they are especially lovely during this time of year. The green pines are highlighted with the golden glow of red and yellow aspen, maple, and oak trees. You too can enjoy the beauty of fall in western South Dakota. Check out a few of our favorite scenic drives through the beautiful Black Hills!

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Halloween happenings in the Black Hills!

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It’s the season of full moons, pumpkins, piles of leaves, and jack-o-lanterns. Halloween is right around the corner, with fall festivals and haunted houses popping up all over the area. The Black Hills are no stranger to ghost stories and haunted locations. If you dare, venture out into the hills and check out these fun & festive Halloween activities!

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October marks the end of the season for the Powder House

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As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, we all recognize that fall is upon us.  The pool is closed and the swing set sits idle as the kids are back in school as they continue their studies. With this change we all realize that our season is winding down here at the Powder House Lodge and Restaurant as well.  This year, our final day of operations will be Saturday October 10, 2015.

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The Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park

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You may have ‘herd’ that the Annual Buffalo Roundup is this week, September 24, 25 and 26, 2015 in Custer State Park. This yearly event is an amazing way to round out your South Dakota summer. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the 1,300 plus herd across the sweeping vistas of Custer State Park. 

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Holy Terror Days in Keystone

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Summer is always a bustling time in Keystone, and even though the season is winding down, the town is gearing up for its annual celebration of Holy Terror Days on September 12 and 13th!

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Labor Day marks the last hurrah of summer

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With summer vacation coming to a close and many students back in school, Labor Day weekend serves for most as the last hurrah of summer, acting as a small buffer between the first few days of school and the rest of the academic year.

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The Sturgis Rally brings friends from far and near

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As the Rally quickly approaches, a feeling of excitement fills the hearts of many in the area similar to the excitement felt by children on Christmas Eve. The anticipation of the annual gathering conjures memories of concerts attended, epic rides and good times with old friends from years past. For many, the Sturgis rally is much like a family reunion, a family of upwards of 1 million members.

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South Dakota scenic byways to enjoy by motorcycle

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It’s time to get your motor running and head out on the highway! The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is here! Enjoy these warm summer days on your bike and extend your ride from a little jaunt to a tour de Black Hills. There are many routes winding through the hills and prairies of western South Dakota, each showcasing a special aspect of South Dakota’s beauty. As you plan and gear up for the Sturgis Rally, keep these rides in mind for your South Dakota road adventure.

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The Fourth of July in the Black Hills

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Each year, thousands of people from across the country and all over the world visit the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. The Fourth of July marks one of the busiest times of the year for the area as well as the Shrine of Democracy.  Many people are attracted to the monument during this holiday because of the history it represents, as well as its own personal story.

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Food and Wine Pairing at the Powder House

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When it comes to pairing food and wine, some may feel intimidated by the task. But food and wine pairings can be simple and fun! After all, everyone enjoys a good meal! The Powder House Lodge offers an extensive wine menu, and even features selections from some of our local wineries. Our wines are hand selected to compliment our diverse menu. While there are some guidelines to food and wine pairing, we think the best wine you can drink with a meal is a wine you actually enjoy drinking. We’re sure you’ll find something on our extensive list that will suit your palette and compliment one of our many delicious dishes.

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The health benefits of eating buffalo

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Did you know that the Powder House Lodge serves buffalo? We feature quality, regionally-raised buffalo steaks, burgers, stew, and even have some in our popular game kabobs. We occasionally feature a buffalo prime rib as well. If you like beef, you’re going to love buffalo.

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Powder House now offers electric car charging station

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We’d like to think there is no better way to spend a sunny South Dakota summer day than in the beautiful Black Hills. It’s not hard to enjoy the ride when driving through the curving roads and sweeping vistas.

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The historic Black Hills 1880 Train to offer Mother’s Day and Military Appreciation specials in May

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This month travel through history with the 1880 Train with a ride on the Mother’s Day Express. Mothers and their guests can enjoy a bubbly beverage, a savory snacks and a sweet desert while they wind their way through the hills on the historic steam engine train.

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Things to do at Mount Rushmore

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When planning your trip to South Dakota visit to Mount Rushmore is on the list of things to do. There is so much more to do at the Memorial than just look at it. Depending on your time frame, you can easily spend a few hours at the memorial. There is so much to see, do and learn. There are events from sun up to sundown and something for the whole family to enjoy.

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The Black Hills on a budget

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One of the great things about visiting the Black Hills is that fun activities are never in short supply. Best of all, you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time. There are plenty or free and low cost attractions to keep you and your family entertained, educated and some even offer a little exercise. From scenic Spearfish Canyon in the Northern Hills, to Mount Rushmore in the Central Hills and everywhere in between, the Black Hills and Badlands has a little something for everyone. Keep these attractions in mind during your stay in South Dakota.

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South Dakota is the place to see in 2015! | Powder House Lodge

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Each year millions of people travel to South Dakota to experience the beauty and history of the Black Hills region, and after recently being named one of the top places to visit in 2015, this year will be no exception!

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