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Whispering Winds Cottages
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Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

Our family stayed for 2 nights as our base for exploring Mt Rushmore area. This is a 2 room cabin with a queen bed in the living room & 2 twins in the bedroom. The place has been remodeled over the past few years by the owners, Jim & Marla. The cabin is clean & comfortable, & full of clever themed touches that reflect a hunting/fishing theme, right down to the magazines available to read! If you go out & sit by
Jim's wonderful communal firepit at night, wear bug repellant. I am pretty sure this is where I got eaten alive on my arms & legs by no-see-em biting midges (60 bites, & no bites on anyone else! Bugs LOVE me.). Alas, Jim & Marla may be selling the place & moving on to their next adventure. Hope the next owner can continue the high standards of hospitality.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank TerriM
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

This was the perfect place for our party of 4. Close to all the Black Hills attractions. Jim and Marla were great hosts, helpful and very accommodating. The rooms were very clean and adequately supplied for our stay. I would recommend Whispering Winds Cottages for value, location, and cleanliness. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank ChristopherSuchanek
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Coming from out of state to SD on a whim, we didnt think we would stay overnight. We had such a good time in South Dakota we stayed far too late. On Labor day weekend with no thought of the time. 9Pm rolls around and we decide to stay. We seached and called numerous hotels, cabins, motels. You name it, non had any vacancies. One place was recommeded by another hotel. Whispering winds. We were given the number and took the last vacant room. The owners were so helpful and friendly. They called the restraunt nearest them to inquire if they were open. They had been courteous to people who had called, even. After they had no vacancies. Giving numbers to those other callers of other places that they may have found vacancies. They made us feel welcome. The cabins were clean and well stocked. The grounds well kept. We will be going back! Hopfully we will not be so tired next time, so we can join them by the lovely well lit patio that others were enjoying!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We just got back from a 4 night stay at Whispering Winds. We stayed in the Sportsman's Cottage. It was the perfect size for our family. This is our second time staying, and it is perfect! My husband and I have three little girls (4, 2, and 7 months) and my mom also joined us. There is one private room with 2 beds and a tv with a dvd player. There is also a futon in the living room with another kind sized bed. The kitchen has a sink, toaster, coffee pot, microwave, paper plates, utensils for eating and grilling, and a refrigerator with a freezer. It's everything you need! The bathroom was great as well, and there was plenty of room for what we needed. We could also get fresh towels whenever we needed them.

There is a big grill on the deck that is yours to use throughout the stay which was also fantastic! There is great patio furniture on the deck where you can relax and enjoy the view. It's great to be able to park right outside of the cottage, and have your coolers, etc right out on the deck. The grounds are in a little bit of a valley, so there isn't any risk of the kids running onto the road. They also installed a playset as well, which was perfect for our kiddos. Swings, a slide, and a rock climbing wall, as well as tons of open space to run around. It isn't super crowded, which is great! We also got a great nights sleep as the grounds were very quiet at night.

Jim and Marla were fantastic hosts! Super friendly and answered all of our questions about the area. They started a camp fire every night and the girls LOVED making s'mores.

If you are thinking of staying some place in the black hills, without a doubt, THIS is the place to stay. We are already planning for next year! :)

Shauna & Zeb Graham

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We arrived , two 42 ft big rigs. Our spots were side by side and the hook ups all were in total service to our rigs.
The grounds are immaculate. We felt like we could have eaten off the ground.Jim and Marla ,the owners, were some of the best hosts we have ever had the pleasure of meeting in our travels. The grills were cleaned each day and they looked new all the time. Plus the park provided grilling utensils that looked like they just came out of the wrapper. They provided fire wood and a campfire each nite. At the campfire we met 2 couples and talked at the fire until 11 p.m. We r on a 45 day trip. We wish everyday could be as good as the time we spent @ Whispering Wind.
Leslie and Robin and Jim and Aileen

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed at. It is VERY clean, quiet, and comfortable. Much better than a chain motel. You have your own "space", not just a room. The deck in front of the cabin is a nice, private spot to sit and enjoy a morning cup of coffee and plan your day. Or relax after a long day and enjoy the beautiful setting. We really appreciated the covered stable for the cycle. Jim and Marla are great hosts and so fun to visit with. They are super friendly without being overbearing. Thanks, Jim and Marla! You are the best at what you do!! Thanks for the great stay!! We hope to be back sometime...

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank NDtravelers
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for two days in late June 2013. It was the perfect home base for our time in the Black Hills. The owners were very knowledgeable about the area and super friendly. Because of them, we found out about a night blast at Crazy Horse and free admission with a donation to the local food pantry! The room was small, but impeccably clean and cozy. And you couldn't beat the view!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bree M
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Address: 12720 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-7416
Location: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Rapid City
Price Range: $88 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Whispering Winds Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated lodging facility located 5 miles NE of Hill City, SD. One mile south of Three Forks on Highway 16. Perfect home base for all Black Hills attractions. Great for small groups and families vacationing together. Variety of options with one, two, and three bed units (mainly Queen Beds) Inviting decor. Microwaves and bar refrigerators. Central BBQ area with gas grill and bonfire pit. National Forest on 2 sides. Great Views. ... more   less 
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