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Ghostown Blues B & B
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25 reviews
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“What an awesome experience!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Ok, Maple Creek, SK is a small town but there are big doings going on there. Maple Creek is very close to Cyrpus Hills Interprovincial Park and let me tell you the park is outstanding. If you are a Canadian history buff you should visit Ft. Walsh which is located within the park. We weren't able to stay in the park for a bunch of reasons so I looked around for a unique place to stay for 4 days. Boy did we find it!

Ghostown Blues B&B is not your regular B & B and it certainly isn't one of those non-personal motor motels. It is an outstanding place to feel like you are actually living in the prairies. The views are beautiful and the people at Ghostown Blues are warm and welcoming. Kids have room to run and play and adults can sit upon the porch with a nice glass of wine and watch the beautiful sunsets.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We used the Ghostown Blues B&B for two nights as our base while visiting Fort Walsh and the Cypress Hills. Here's the pros about the place. The owner, Greg Hisey, has a done a wonderful job of rescuing and restoring historic buildings and turning them into B&B rooms--sheep herders wagons, thresherman's caravan, ranch line shack etc. The rooms are all comfortable with good beds and, speaking for ourselves, we loved staying in these heritage properties. Everyone eats in the community hall (was rescued from a ghost town and became the Lutheran Church in Maple Creek--Mr Hisey bought it when it was decommissioned and set it up on his property). Outside the hall one can use free-of-charge a huge stainless steel gas barbecue range. Free firewood is also available for two campfire spots. The site itself is lovely, quiet and rural and about a mile outside Maple Creek. The staff are very friendly and helpful and Molly the sheep dog and the various cats all friendly and welcoming. On the down side, toilets and showers are communal and if one must get up in the night it means getting dressed to go to the bathroom. The breakfast part of the this B&B is the most disappointing. It's the type of breakfast you would find in a Hampton Inn--only Becel and no butter, microwaveable sausage breakfast wraps that were, frankly, disgusting, and bagels, bread, cheap mini-containers of jam (Smuckers--full of sugar), decent tea and coffee, microwavable porrige and breakfast cereals, juices and milk. Anyone who is health conscious would not enjoy this breakfast. We paid $270 CDN (including tax) for our two nights which we thought a bit pricey given the quality of the breakfast and that one had to use communal washroom facilities. All that said, we loved the people, the setting and the experience of sleeping in heritage buildings. It just seems a shame that with all that going for it that they could not up their game a little as far as breakfast is concerned. THis place is not for everyone but, subject to the reservations above (mostly the breakfast--we didnt mind the bathrooms), we enjoyed it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ghostown_Blues, Manager at Ghostown Blues B & B, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you for the feed back on our breakfast wraps. We had a lesson for making these wraps and so now the correction has been made to ensure that the breakfast wraps are more pleasant. Because we are located in a small town, we are limited to the variety of breakfast foods that you can get in the cities. I will keep in mind to look for a sugar free jam. As like most bed and breakfasts we have shared washrooms.
Thank you again for your feed back, it was very helpful and we are doing our best to meet these suggestions.

Sincerely Manager of Ghostown Blues B&B,
Heather
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We first visited Ghostown Blues in August, returning from a two-week vacation on the road. Our time there provided the first opportunity to really unwind. The place is barely a mile west of the town of Maple Creek, on the same road that leads to Cypress Hills Winery and Fort Walsh National Historic Site. The B&B makes a perfect staging area for exploring the region, starting with the short drive to the winery (plan to be there for lunch) and Fort Walsh (where you can get a guided tour). Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is close-by, and it's not really all that far to visit the T-Rex exhibit at Eastend. To the north, you can make a side trip to Leader and then Sceptre to tour the Great Sandhills Museum before driving into the Great Sandhills for a stroll along the trails and over the dunes - especially good if you pack a good flashlight and aim to take the walk at sunset. Maple Creek offers a welcoming atmosphere, with two or three very good restaurants to choose from, as well as an excellent coffee shop (life is too short to drink bad coffee!). If, like me, you like to tour museums, don't miss the Jasper Cultural Centre, located in a former school house. Then, at the end of each day, return to the relaxing, nostalgic atmosphere and down-home hospitality of Ghostown Blues. On our first visit, we stayed in the restored log cabin. That's understating things. While it has a rustic feel, thanks to the antiques, it has been restored to a like-new state, as comfortable as the best hotels. On our second visit, a trip we made to catch a concert by Regina band Belle Plaine, we stayed in the Thresherman's wagon. My goal is to stay in one of the Sheep Wagons. They look like a lot of fun. Breakfast is a leisurely come-and-go affair in the lodge, a converted church that Greg Hisey brought to the site and refurbished. There's a wonderful, Sunday brunch in the lodge during the summer, catered by the Star Cafe in Maple Creek. That's also where Greg hosts the occasional Friday-night concerts, incidentally. But, getting back to the relaxing atmosphere, the best part for me was just to sit (or "set", as they say in the old cowboy movies) on the porch and listen to the chirping of the crickets as the sun drops below the horizon on a hot summer evening, then watching the Milky Way arch overhead late in the warm night.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Ghostown Blues. This is a wonderfully set up establishment with cabins, wagons and lots of indoor and outdoor spaces. The proprietor is friendly and personable, and there are so many places to relax in the sun, shade and around the fire. It is even complete with friendly cats and dogs!

The cabin we stayed in was charming with its Wild West decor and atmosphere. We had a cot added for extra space. (Not the most impressive sleep ...for 25$)

Washrooms are clean and housed in the central area where there are two showers. Breakfast was basic. No hot food was provided and that was a disappointment. Also, the place might be considered to be slightly overpriced for what it provides --- that really depends on what you are willing to pay for. In some ways, it is much like upscale camping.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

While planning a trip to Cypress hills, a friend suggested this place. What a gem it ended it being.

The b&b is made up of a group of small cabins and wagons around a lodge. All these buildings are nicely reconditioned at are tastefully decorated with a lot of antique items. They are stocked with quality linens and towels.

The lodge contains two well stocked, very clean bathrooms with showers for common use. The lodge also hosts a very tasty continental breakfast each morning.

The owner, Greg, is a very interesting and friendly guy to talk to. He keeps the place in great shape and goes out of his way to make sure everyone is happy.

My wife and I stayed in a sheep wagon. See attached pictures. It was very comfortable and according to my wife very romantic. We enjoyed coming back from a day of touring and sitting on the wagons patio and enjoying a few drinks in the quiet solidtude as the sun set.

This place also includes a couple of fire pits and a bbq that are available for use by patrons.

This business is located just a few kilometers out of Maple Creek. It is close driving distance to many of the attractions that the cypress hills area .

I highly recommend this b&b.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ghostown Blues B & B
Address: Box 744, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan S0N 1N0, Canada
Location: Canada > Saskatchewan > Maple Creek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Maple Creek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ghostown Blues B & B is a living museum of the early prairie homesteaders. Guests stay in restored sheep wagons and cabins that are authentic recreations of early prairie life and blend modern comforts with history. Ghostown Blues is situated at the center of the Cypress Hills Destinations Area and its abundant activities. ... more   less 
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Ghostown Blues B & B Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada

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