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Hauntings in the Hill’s

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Powder House Lodge welcomed ‘spooky season’ with open arms! As the nights grow longer and trees go bare, there is a bone chilling breeze through the air. Ghouls and goblins are a popular topic in the month of October; but what about ghosts? The Black Hills are home to many hauntings. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, some places have a chilling, haunted history.

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Tying the Knot in the Black Hills

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As we all know, the Black Hills are an adventurer’s paradise; full of fascinating hikes, trails, scenery, and waterside fun. But the Black Hills are also the ideal destination for lovers to tie the knot on their special day. The Black Hills offer a variety of unique wedding venues, from indoors, outdoors and anywhere in between. After the wedding, enjoy your honeymoon surrounded by the beautiful hills and local attractions at Powder House Lodge. This is your one stop shop for an unforgettable holiday from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


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Pack Up The Pup: A Pet-Owners Guide to Pet-Friendly Adventures in the Black Hills

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What would your next trip to the Black Hills be if you don’t have your furry four-legged friends along with you? From local attractions to pet-friendly lodging at Powder House Lodge, the Black Hills welcome furry friends as much as we welcome our human friends! Keep reading to learn more about the abounding opportunity that awaits you and your pets in the Black Hills.

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Your Weekend Getaway

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A trip to the Black Hills is an experience like no other. The crisp clean air welcomes you with the invigorating smell of ponderosa pines emerging while the winding peaks and valleys greet you with a warm embrace. No matter who you’re traveling with; solo, with your partner, or with your ever-growing family; you will need a travel itinerary to aid you in navigating the countless activities the breathtaking Black Hills have to offer. Powder House Lodge is here to make your travels easier by providing you a weekend itinerary you can follow or use as a starting point, no matter the size of your party!

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5 Reasons Why Powder House Restaurant should be at the top of your foodie list for 2022

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Powder House Restaurant is unarguably the best of the best Keystone, SD Restaurants featuring local game and cuisine. Open from Mid-May through Mid-October, we're here to share the top five reasons why Powder House Restaurant should be at the top of your Black Hills foodie list for 2022.

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Water Adventure in the Black Hills

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The Black Hills are home to many scenic lakes. These lakes provide water adventures to locals and tourists alike all year-long. With numerous outfitters and lakes within half an hour from Powder House Lodge we are the perfect spot to stay for your next vacation to the Black Hills.

Keep reading to learn more about local lakes to plan the ultimate water adventure on your next trip to the area.

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Find the Right Cabin For Your Needs at Powder House Lodge

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As winter continues to run its course, we can already see spring blooming on the horizon! While the next couple months will see more time spent indoors than we’d like, we’re already beginning to plan our vacations, staycations, and more for this spring and summer. As you’re planning your next big adventure to the panoramic Black Hills, we’re here to share our guide to the best Black Hills cabin rentals to stay in at Powder House Lodge during your travels.

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Rest & Relaxation in the Black Hills: A Guide to Vacation Bliss

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We all have our own vision of what rest and relaxation looks and feels like. For some, a night out without the kids is the perfect escape, while an extended visit to the spa may be the perfect source of bliss for those who have worked tireless hours and need a reason to disconnect from the world around them. No matter your preference, we’re here to assure you that the Black Hills are the perfect escape for anybody looking to unwind and recharge.

Sure, the Black Hills are home to a wide variety of thrilling, adrenaline-inducing attractions, but the true beauty of the hills lies in their more serene attractions ranging from spas and wineries, to peaceful trails, hot air balloon rides and more. Here are some the top activities you should consider integrating into your travel itinerary on your Black Hills vacation.

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A Guide to Wildlife in the Black Hills

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The Black Hills are alive with the sound of wildlife! From bison and bighorn sheep to bucks, ducks, and woodchucks, it’s hard to imagine any trip to the Blacks Hills without paying homage to the many different types of animals you may encounter on your journey.

It goes without saying that nearly anywhere you visit has its own unique ecosystem of wildlife, but the Black Hills region is especially unique. Here are some of the wildlife species you may encounter on your next trip to the Black Hills:

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Your Guide to Outdoor Winter Fun in the Black Hills

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While Powder House Lodge and Powder House Restaurant close our doors for the season during the year’s chillier months, there’s a treasure trove of fun to be had in the Black Hills throughout late fall and winter. From skiing adventures to snowshoeing, there’s no limit to the excitement you’ll find waiting for you throughout the often snowy Black Hills from November through March. Not sure what to do? Keep reading this blog to get up-to-speed on the Black Hills’ best winter activities.

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Get a Leg Up on Your 2022 Vacation Planning: A Guide to Area Events

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As Powder House Lodge’s 2021 season slowly draws to a close over the next month, we’re already gearing up for another amazing season in 2022. Whether you’re planning your first trip in a couple of years or simply itching to return to the beautiful Black Hills, there’s no better time than now to get a leg up on your 2022 vacation planning.

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Black Hill's Favorite Attractions are Starting to Open for the Season!

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It’s no question that the Black Hills are full of many exciting adventures and attractions just waiting to be had. Now that the weather is warming up, places are starting to open for business! See some of our favorite places we are excited to visit this summer:

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So It’s Your First Time Climbing In The Black Hills: A How-to Guide

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When life gets boring, climb! From bouldering to true rock climbing, the Black Hills offer more rocks to climb than you could ever imagine, which is all the more reason to start planning a Black Hills vacation for you and your family and friends. Once you’re ready to start planning your getaway, Powder House Lodge will offer you an amazing place to stay and delicious food that you’ll never forget at our restaurant, but once you walk out the door to take on your big adventure, the Black Hills are your oyster!

For many of us in the Black Hills, we’ve been climbing since the moment we could walk, but for many the idea of going rock climbing can be quite daunting and can even be quite scary to think about, but why let your fears hold you back from doing something you’ll never forget? To help give you a boost of confidence, we’re here to share our sage advice on why you absolutely need to add a climbing adventure to your Black Hills vacation itinerary this Summer.


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Hiking in the Black Hills

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While the Black Hills are known for their bountiful attractions, delicious cuisine and incredible sights, many often miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to completely immerse themselves in the beautiful nature that surrounds them. Whether you’re a power-walking guru or a seasoned hiking expert, you’re certain to find trails that’ll blow your mind all throughout the Black Hills ranging from extremely easy to very difficult. Fortunately for you, a stay at the Powder House Lodge will bring you just steps away from some of the Black Hills’ most famed trails!

While choosing the right hike for you out of the abounding list of trails in the area may be difficult, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of some of our favorite hikes near Powder House Lodge in the Hill City/Keystone/Rapid City area!

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Check Out the Wineries of the Black Hills

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You’ll say ‘pinot yeah!’ on your next Black Hills vacation when you visit any one of the area’s acclaimed wineries! Whether you’re on a girl’s trip, honeymoon, or family vacay, you’ll find delectable wine pouring out of every town you visit – from Hill City to Deadwood to Sturgis, and every town in between. No matter your interest in fine wine, you’re certain to find the perfect locally handcrafted wine to satiate your taste buds and create unforgettable vino-fueled memories. Who needs Napa Valley when you could go to the Black Hills and stay in the heart of wine country at Powder House Lodge?!

To help you find the right winery to fit your taste, we’ve put together a quick guide to the area’s wineries for you to use on your next trip to the Black Hills.

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Visit the Breweries of the Black Hills

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Whether youre a connoisseur of fine craft IPAs, Stouts or Ales, or simply just want to enjoy a cold glass of beer, the Black Hills present ample opportunities to take in the best of the best with its diverse selection of breweries. Fortunately for you, when you stay at the Powder House Lodge, you’re in the heart of all of the brewing excitement – just minutes away from all of the local favorites. Check out this guide to learn more about all of the area’s best breweries!

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Top 3 Scenic Black Hills Drives

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Spearfish Falls

One of the most common remarks we hear from our guests is how beautiful the area is and how drastically it can change from one area to the next. While the Powder House Lodge &Restaurant is located in the heart of the Black Hills, we’re less than an hour away from the expansive and rolling plains of Custer and only an hour or so from the desolate beauty of the Badlands. We love hiking and biking as much as anyone else, but sometimes nothing beats taking a nice drive with the windows down and a gentle breeze blowing through your hair to really soak in the beauty of the Black Hills. Here are the top 5 scenic Black Hills drives according to our staff.

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From the Central States Fair to the Buffalo Roundup there are still plenty of outdoor family events & festivals left in the Black Hills during 2020

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End of Summer 2020 Events

Another summer is winding down and, while this summer hasn’t been a typical summer, there are still plenty of outdoor family events & festivals in the Black Hills to check out during your stay. These events are fun and family-friendly and set in the beauty of the beautiful Black Hills landscape. Check out some of these events during your stay to get a taste of local, Black Hills fun.

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9 Black Hills Attractions for Families with Young Children

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Traveling with little ones can present some challenges when planning a vacation. It can feel overwhelming trying to think of things to do with the entire family that everyone can participate in and enjoy, especially if you’re not too familiar with an area. Luckily, we’re here to point you in the direction of some great Black Hills attractions that not only offer fun activities for children ten years of age and younger, but also provide plenty of entertainment for your whole group. Add some of the following destinations to your itinerary for a vacation the family will be talking about for years to come!  


 

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Fishing in the Black Hills

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With vast lakes and clear streams chock full of fish, as well as jaw-dropping views as far as the eye can see, the Black Hills are every angler’s dream. There are several species of fish that call the area’s lakes, rivers and streams home, including rainbow, brown and brook trout, northern pike and perch, adding diversity that makes the fishing in this area fun no matter how many times you cast. Best of all, Black Hills fishing is a year-round activity that people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy, making it a great addition to any vacation itinerary. Continue reading to get in on some tips to help you in your angling adventure and get ready to make your catch!

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