Pleasant Valley

Unique Lodging

Why stay in the same old room when you could be spending the night in style?

Life's too short to settle for mundane accommodations.

Thankfully South Dakota has a number of interesting and comfortable places to relax between — or as part of — your exploration. Check out this list of 10 unique lodging options. From luxurious comfort to rustic pleasures, each place is designed to ensure your next South Dakota adventure is a comfortable one.

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Executive Lodging
Executive Lodging // Sturgis

Executive Lodging of the Black Hills prides itself on being a one-stop shop for your precise luxury accommodation needs. Properties range from traditional homes and grand lodges to rustic cabins. Lodge locations are spread throughout the Black Hills, so you can find the perfect headquarters for a visit to Spearfish Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Sturgis, Deadwood and more. Convenience and contentment—that’s what Executive Lodging is all about.

Ingalls Homestead Covered Wagons
Ingalls Homestead Covered Wagons // De Smet

Enjoy a rustic experience in a bunkhouse or one of four covered wagons on the open prairie that inspired a literary phenomenon. The bunkhouse sleeps six, wagons sleep between three and five (depending on your selection), and both feature electricity, campfire ring, and a picnic table. You provide your favorite bedding. The homestead provides the views.

Under Canvas
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore // Keystone

There’s nothing quite like taking in stunning views of Mount Rushmore from your own private luxury tent. Under Canvas makes that happen while also offering fun options from massages to helicopter tours. Do a lot, do nothing. Either one works at Under Canvas.

Hotel on Phillips
Hotel on Phillips // Sioux Falls

A century after it opened as the Sioux Falls National Bank, this downtown building underwent a beautiful restoration and became Hotel On Phillips. With 90 unique and elegant guest rooms plus luxury suites, a lounge, private events space, and coffee bar, Hotel on Phillips is the perfect mix of historical beauty and modern charm.

Pleasant Valley Farm
Pleasant Valley Farm & Cabins // Custer

See for yourself how this area earned the name “Pleasant Valley.” Whether you want to enjoy a day of outdoor recreation or spend some serene hours spotting deer and turkeys from your personal front porch, this historic farm can make sure your stay is a perfect one.

Yak Ridge
Yak Ridge Cabins and Farmstead // Rapid City

Experience the joy of nature at Yak Ridge. Pick from studio or two-bedroom cabins with full kitchens, bathrooms, and covered porches. A stay here puts you conveniently close to Mount Rushmore and other area attractions. Guests can easily arrange a tour of the nearby farmstead and get a closer look at the Himalayan yaks that gave the area its name.

Palmer Gulch
Mt. Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch // Hill City

A deluxe RV site, an executive lodge room, and a variety of cabins—they all await you in the heart of the Black Hills. Nestled at the base of Black Elk Peak, the resort offers you the opportunity to take in nightly guest activities and spectacular views on foot, horseback, or ATV. One evening here and you’ll understand why “Get to the gulch” is some of the best advice you can ever receive.

Valiant Vineyards
Valiant Vineyards Winery B&B // Vermillion

To take in a sunset from the deck of Valiant Vineyards is to know true peace. Located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, South Dakota’s first and oldest winery has elegant themed rooms that offer a unique bed-and-breakfast experience. Whether you’re in the tasting room or on the outdoor deck, your search for chill will pair perfectly with a glass of vino.

Rushmore Shadows
Wagons at Rushmore Shadows // Rapid City

Bask in the fun of the Old West with all of the amenities of today! Wagons at Rushmore Shadows features real wagons customized to provide a unique and comfortable experience. Each wagon sleeps between four and six people, providing guests with in-wagon beds, wifi, and access to clean, rustic bathrooms as well as a hot tub, swimming pool, outdoor games, and a traditional cowboy supper.

Treehouse at Buffalo Ridge Resort, Custer
Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort // Custer

Treehouses? Check. Luxury and standard teepees? Check. Glamping tents? Check. Cabins, RV sites and tent sites? Of course! Guests have their pick of accommodations at this luxury camp resort. With an adult-only pool, solar-heated family swimming pool, general store, plus bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals for adventures in the surrounding Black Hills, guests also have their pick of amenities. Best yet, this pet-friendly resort is minutes from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and other world-class attractions. 

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