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Shop Local to Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

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Black Hills RestaurantsSpring is here.  The weather is getting warmer, the grass greener, and the roads ready to drive in the Black Hills.  One of the unique characteristics of our beautiful Black Hills is the diversity in our communities.  This diversity often translates into the kinds of shops we find throughout towns like Keystone, Hill City, Custer, and Deadwood.  While visiting the Black Hills, you’re sure to experience a number of tiny shops and Black Hills restaurants that you won’t find anywhere else.

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U.S. Presidents with a Little Luck-O-the-Irish

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John F. Kennedy | Irish PresidentsSt. Patrick’s Day is a day for us to celebrate not only the Patron Saint of Ireland, but our Irish heritage as well.  While we might not be open for a few more months, we thought it’d be fun to combine our love of the Irish with the area’s love of our presidents.  For your St. Patrick’s Day pleasure, we present to you a list of US Presidents who have a bit of the ole’ Irish heritage in their background.

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Playing Pokemon Go at Your Favorite Black Hills Attractions

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This last year was full of surprises, but one of the biggest hits of 2016 was the mobile app Pokemon Go.  Kids and adults alike are spending time integrating the digital world of Pokemon with the physical Black Hills attractions around the area.  Even the Powder House Lodge is a PokeStop!  So not only can you sit down, relax, and have a refreshing meal during your stay, you can also stock up on gear for your next big Pokemon Go adventure.  We’ve got a few tips on how to work playing Pokemon Go into your vacation.  With all of the great Black Hills attractions in the area, it’s hard not to try and catch those cheeky little critters.

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Black Hills Vacation Guide: Traveling with Kids

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Some of the best stories we hear from our guests is how they remember their Black Hills vacation from when they were kids.  They return – many years later – with children of their own and marvel at how much has changed, while how much of the area has stayed the same.  Traveling with kids is all about providing experiences, of building the sense of family, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.  However, as any parent knows, traveling with kids isn’t always the hassle-free experience one could expect.  We’ve listed some tips to help make traveling with kids on your Black Hills vacation easier and more enjoyable for the whole family. 

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Vacation Rentals: Black Hills Cabin Rental Benefits

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Booking your vacation can seem like a daunting task.  After you’ve chosen a destination, you need to consider lodging.  Obviously, there are many different factors that determine where you may or may not stay.  At the Powder House Lodge, we offer Black Hills cabin rentals with accommodations that truly meet the needs of almost everyone.  From a pool and playground for kids and families to a covered back patio for pre- or post-dinner libations, electric car chargers, free WiFi and cable, we truly try to make sure that we have something for everyone.  While some hotels may have some of these amenities, there are some unique advantages to cabin rentals like those at the Powder House. 

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Looking for haunted attractions? Here’s the Top Haunted Places in the Black Hills

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Fall is here.  The leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red.  In many areas around the Black Hills, they’ve already started falling off the trees.  The nights are quieter than we’re used to.  The traffic from traveling tourists in the nights has been replaced with only the sound of a slight breeze and rustling leaves.  The pine trees, entrenched in the granite hillsides and peaks of the Black Hills, create a silhouette against the moon-lit Dakota night.  It’s easy to let your mind wander to thoughts of the area’s rich history and legends.  How many of those legends might still be roaming around? We present some of the most haunted places in the Black Hills…in no particular order.
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Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Pets

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It’s a common dilemma.  You and your family are getting ready to go on vacation.  You’ve got your hotels booked, your route planned, and your itinerary set.  There’s only one problem.  One of your family members has four legs and fur.  If you booked pet-friendly lodging in the Black Hills, like the Powder House Lodge, you have a little less to stress about.  But there’s still the question of how to deal with traveling with pets.  We’re here to give you some tips and tricks on how to make traveling with pets enjoyable for everyone.

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Sylvan Lake Offers Some of the Best Hiking in the Black Hills

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There are many beautiful places to go hiking in the Black Hills, but one of the favorites is Sylvan Lake.  One of the reasons the area is so popular is because Sylvan Lake offers more than just hiking in the Black Hills.  With a picnic area, paddle boats for rent, fishing, and rock climbing, Sylvan Lake is a location in Custer State Park where you and your family could easily spend a few hours to an entire day. 

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Don’t Miss the 51st Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park

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Every year, people from all over come to Custer State Park for the annual Buffalo Roundup.  There’s nothing quite like feeling the thunder beneath your feet as you see a massive herd of buffalo driven across the rangeland.  Cowboys and cowgirls gather to drive the herd of buffalo in a spectacular site that also functions as a critical herd management tool.  This year, the annual Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:30 am. 

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Gold Panning: A Black Hills Attraction That’s Fun for the Whole Family

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The Black Hills is synonymous with gold.  In fact, one of the reasons the area boomed was because of the Black Hills Gold Rush.  Gold mines and gold panning are part of the rich history that the area has to offer.  Along with Wild West legends like “Wild Bill” Hickok, Potato Creek Johnny, and Calamity Jane, it’s no mystery why the myth of the Old West and the Black Hills Gold Rush is still a prominent piece of today’s culture.  Visitors from around the world are always eager to visit Black Hills attractions that are fun and delve deep into the area’s rich history.  We’ve put together a list of some of the fun gold panning and gold mining attractions around the Black Hills.

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