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Holidays in the Hills: Spreading Festive Cheer throughout the Black Hills

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The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here, and no, we aren’t talking about the time of year when we get to welcome visitors from all reaches of the globe to Powder House Lodge and Powder House Restaurant (we wish it was here as much as you do, though)! As our friends, family, and loved ones come together to celebrate all of the reasons why we’re thankful for one another, as well as celebrate the forthcoming New Year, there is much fun to be had all throughout the Black Hills. From festive train rides to cozy cruises through the powdery landscape of the Black Hills at its wintery peak, more memories and kindred moments await you to share with one another this holiday season. Here's our list of best winter activities in the Black Hills this holiday season.

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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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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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