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“Secluded getaway in beautiful setting.”
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Our historic log cabin was built by the CCCs in 1930s and moved to our property in Vanocker Canyon.
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Our historic log cabin was built by the CCCs in 1930s and moved to our property in Vanocker Canyon.
Spacious Living Room has open beam ceiling as well as a Queen Sofa Bed and Electric Log Fireplace. Kitchen is supplied with all cookware as well as coffeemaker, toaster, microwave & full-size fridge.
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Our historic log cabin was built by the CCCs in 1930s and moved to our property in Vanocker Canyon.
Spacious Living Room has open beam ceiling as well as a Queen Sofa Bed and Electric Log Fireplace.
Kitchen is supplied with all cookware as well as coffeemaker, toaster, microwave & full-size fridge.
Comfortable seating for 4-5 people in kitchen or there is also an outside picnic table and gas grill
New pillow-top Queen Bed in Bedroom, Dresser and Closet
Shower over full-size Bathtub and Well-lit Mirror
Stairway to the left leads to Loft area with 2 twin beds--children love the loft!
Arctic Cat chose our property for filming in this area in 2010
Children have plenty of room to play outside at our log cabin.
Our Log Cabin sits on 5 Private Acres with no other structures around--and not within a development.
Large Paved Driveway with private entrance, metal gate and fully fenced
Nearby Dalton Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout every Spring and is a peaceful spot to go fishing.
Our property is bordered on two sides by Forest Service land for plenty of privacy.
Wolfgang has built many hiking trails in the Black Hills--he's at the '76 Trail in Spearfish Canyon.
A small creek meanders through the east end of the 15 acres where we live in Vanocker Canyon.
Charming One-Half Story Loft (4' high) is perfect for children--adults enjoy it as well.
Little Elk Canyon near Dalton Lake is a wonderful spot for a short hike.
Two new fishing piers at Dalton Lake nearby.  Lake is stocked with trout every spring.
Scenic, fully paved Vanocker Canyon is one of the most beautiful drives in the Black Hills.
Living room now has new flat-screen TV with many family channels on the satellite.
Spectacular Vanocker Canyon
Right before the Fall colors after the days of summer.
Wild turkeys roam frequently thru our 15-acre property.
Another view of living room in the cabin.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Nemo, South Dakota

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David J
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47 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Secluded getaway in beautiful setting.”
Reviewed August 16, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We never met the owners, but everything easily met our expectations. We had never been to the Black Hills, and this location was quite central to most everything you would wish to see, yet very quiet and had the feel of seclusion. Very clean and rustic. We would consider the Cottage next, as it had a second bedroom versus the loft, but all worked out fine. The WIFI was suspect at best, very spotty, and there is no cellular availability there, but the lack of cellular was appealing. The only reason WIFI mattered, is we had some business to attend to, and the available WIFI made it challenging. Overall we loved the place.

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Liked best: The rustic cabin feel and secluded location.
Liked least: The wifi
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 23, 2015
No complaints all summer about the Wi-Fi...everyone said it worked fine for checking their e-mails and light web surfing. If you need to do office work with spreadsheets, downloading heavy data, etc., or have several family members on it at once, it will be overloaded. Otherwise, it is fine and we are lucky to have it. Cell phone coverage is up the road at the top of the hill. Due to the terrain in the Black Hills, there are many places without cell phone coverage.
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Guido S
Nebraska
1 review
“Fantastic little cabin and great base for Black Hills adventures”
Reviewed July 19, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Within an hour of Black Hills sights and attractions, this centrally located historic cabin is prefect for family get aways. We saw Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Hill City 1800 locomotive, Bear Country, and spent a day boating on Pactola Resivoir... All quick trips. There is one bedroom that sleeps two and the loft sleeps two more... Great for older kids. The pull out sofas are great for smaller kids and the quaint kitchen has everything you need. Deer and wild turkey roamed through our yard at dawn and dusk... And we were within ten minutes of a trout stocked pond for fishing. Kathleen and Wolfgang are fantastic hosts and have the cabin meticulously set up to make things convenient. Recommend this great little cabin to anyone, especially families, looking for a memorable BlackHills vacation.

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Liked best: Quaint, private, and well maintained historic cabin.
Liked least: No campfires... Not anyone's fault... National forest rule.
Traveling group: Young Children
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Debbie J
Lowell, Indiana, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Our Wild West Adventure”
Reviewed September 15, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Our family rented this absolutely adorable cabin for almost a week. Our daughter (14) slept in the loft and truly loved it. Very clean and sooooo cute, I didn't want to leave. You could not ask for anything better. Wolfgang and Kathleen have thought of everything (lines, towels, paper towels, garbage bags, coffee filters etc.) and little notes to help you along=). We really wished we had planned to stay longer, maybe next time. We were excited to see turkeys and their babies roaming through. The location of the cabin was centered to everywhere we wanted to go. We did check out the Wonderland Caves, they were awesome. Without a doubt we would stay here again in a heartbeat. Hope to return someday. South Dakota is one of the most beautiful places we've been. Enjoy!!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing!!
Traveling group: Other
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P8459TUli...
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Little Elk Cabin - Perfect Get-Away”
Reviewed September 5, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Little Elk Cabin was the perfect get-away. It is nestled in the Black Hills and comes completely furnished, with a fully stocked kitchen and bath, and you only need to bring your groceries. The owners gave us good directions on how to find the cabin, and met us on arrival. It was clean and the cabin and yard were well maintained. The cabin sits next to a meadow where deer and wild turkeys were seen. No A&T cell service was available and no internet. I would definitely recommend this cabin.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Nita W
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“perfect little cabin in the woods”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

So glad we picked this cabin. Kathleen and Wolfgang came over to meet us, then gave us total privacy for our whole stay. They truly thought of everything in this cabin. The property
This so beautiful, and it smells so amazing! clean air and fresh pine) the bed was very comfortable, the cabin came equipped with everything we needed. The location was right between everywhere we wanted to go both North and South. If we go back to the hills again some day we will want to rent this beautiful cabin again

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Liked best: the property and the log cabin
Liked least: nothing, thought it was perfect!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Reviewed August 8, 2013 for a stay in September 2012

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NannerSwa...
Spencer, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“If you want an experience and not just a place to sleep.”
Reviewed July 29, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

What could be more charming than a pretty little full-scribe log cabin nestled in tall pines? I wouldn't be surprised if this cabin was built by the Schmidts themselves. You will read that Wolfgang has built an impressive number of trails and bridges all through the wilderness. He is a very talented man. There are sweet touches everywhere from the gently curving handrail to the skylight in the main area.

You will enjoy sitting out on the small porch and yard. There were hardly any annoying bugs when we were there. The cabin itself is cozy and well appointed with most every kitchen item you would need. We certainly were pleased that it was very clean and well maintained.

Wonderland cave is right down the road, there is a small lake for fishing and we were ecstatic to discover that the Branding Iron Restaurant in Nemo is excellent, especially for breakfast and lunch.

The only thing that we did not like was that the DVD player was not available and that Wi-fi is only available if you drive down next to their barn. I understand the constraints of the technology availability in the area but that should've been made more clear. We also used the fold out bed. It was typical, extremely uncomfortable.

Also the loft was a bit much for our 3 1/2 year old. The stairs are more ladder. She is very agile so I did let her up there but was constantly reminding her to be careful.

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Liked best: We enjoyed the rustic beauty of a real log cabin.
Liked least: The motorcycles roaring through the canyon.
Traveling group: Young Children
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