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Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 8 Hill City B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 1, 2008

Stayed at this lovely B&B a year ago when it was known as Smiling Bear. They have since added a room adjacent to the main house.

My wife and I were traveling with our then 12 y/o son and, having stayed in many B&Bs without our son, wanted to find a B&B in Hill City that could accommodate our son who wanted some semblance of privacy. Their website mentioned a loft for children and when I called to inquire about the loft's suitability for our son, Sam assured me he would love it. He was absolutely right.

The house is very homey. Sam and Linda made us feel welcome immediately upon our arrival and maintained a high level of hospitality during our 3 night stay. My wife and I were very comfortable in our room and, as mentioned, our son, loved his loft.

The breakfasts were superb. Linda makes her own preserves and baked goods. For you coffee lovers, they feature some outstanding brews.

We really enjoyed their spacious front porch, complete with rocking chairs and homemade beverages. It was a wonderful spot to relax and watch the world go by.

Can't say enough about Linda and Sam. They embody the spirit of B&B proprietors. They could not have been more hospitable.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

We took our 6, 7 and 8 year old kids to this wonderul B&B (our first time in a B&B) in Hill City, SD and we were not disappointed--we loved everything about it.

We had the pleasure of staying in both suites and both were comfortable and charming and a big hit with the kids. The master beds were soooo comfy.....we melted right into them at night. The kids loved the handmade wood lofts made just for them, it seemed, with plenty of toys for their use and a sweet little hand made wood table, just their size. My son said when he woke up in the "bear cave" (his bed beneath the loft) he was so comfortable he thought he was at home. The furnishings are quaint and charming but also durable enough to withstand our kids' energy. The rustic interior made me feel like I was on vacation--exactly what it should feel like, not something a hotel could ever provide.

Now on to breakfast--Sam and Linda, our hosts, were very gracious and accommodating. We ate at a table within the antiques shop and it felt like a step back in time. The food was absolutely delicious-- full, hearty meals to get us on our way. Fruit, omelettes, french toast with homemade bread, pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham and potato hash--you cannot get this kind of homecooking at a restaurant. I think they would have made us anything we requested. I wish I could have them cook for us at home.

The location was perfect--just steps away from the Main St of Hill City--shops, restaurants, dinosaur museum, the 1880s train--enough variety to please the entire family. We didn't need our car to do a full day of activities. The train took us to Keystone and back and we simply walked back to the B& B.

I am sold on B&Bs--and this was a wonderful introduction to them. You feel as though you're staying with friends--Sam and Linda welcomed us as if they had known us for years. Thank you Sam and Linda!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast

Address: 200 East Main Street, PO Box 765, Hill City, SD 57745
Location: United States > South Dakota > Hill City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Hill City
Price Range: $85 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in hills, near scenic drives, mountain lakes, wilderness, caves. Walk to historic downtown. Log-accented suite has 'bear den' for children. Pine-wrapped suite with loft sleeps up to five, and cabin-style suite with kitchenette sleeps three; personal entrances. All three provide queen pillowtop beds, satellite hdtv/dvd/vcr, wireless internet, refrigerator, microwave, ac, smoke/pet free. Inhouse antiques shop and espresso bar. Make M2P your starting point, and your relaxing place. Discounts available. ... more   less 

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