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Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Organic, high quality expresso drinks and delicious local flavor smoothies made with yogurt! If you've been missing GREAT coffee (expresso) like we were, don't miss this adorable B&B and expresso bar! It's right in town!

We were unable to stay overnight at this B&B as we needed a bigger space than was available at the time for our family of 5. However, the gracious owners, Linda and Sam, kindly invited us by to try their espresso drinks and smoothies anyway. So we did and we were so delighted we wanted to let everyone know. We had a tour of the rooms and they are beautiful - log style, bright and clean and more spacious than the Internet shows. I am sure you will be well taken care of if you can stay here. And if you can't - don't miss the expresso and smoothies! They also sell healthy, organic dark chocolate and coconut water if you are looking to detox from all the fast food on your trip!

Room Tip: We did not stay overnight so I can't help with it his.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank GinifromOrland
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stayed at this beautiful place at the end of June into July for 3 nights. Linda was very helpful & friendly when I called to inquire/make reservations just a few weeks prior. I really appreciate good proprietors who really care that your stay is a good experience. They have taken the time to provide all the amenities, beautiful decor, comfortable rooms, and it was QUIET even though it sets right near the main highway through town!
We had the opportunity to experience 2 of their rooms - Prairie Cabin and the Flower Girl Room and they really did feel like "in-home cabins". We were 2 adults and 2 girls aged 13 & 14. Both rooms accommodated us just fine, the girls each took a turn in the loft & twin bed in the Prairie Cabin. The loft in the Prairie Cabin is meant for younger children but the girls did fine for sleep. The loft in the Flower Girl Room had an air mattress option so was even more comfortable for the girls.
Sam & Linda prepared our delicious, hearty breakfasts and they were served in their dining/espresso bar area. We enjoyed this at an antique table & chairs, with antique dishes, surrounded by beautiful antiques for sale. (Their place is also the Smiling Bear Antiques & Espresso Bar. You will find mint pieces at a fair price. I left a few for you....)
The comfort, value, and hospitality exceeded our expectations, and we always felt very safe.
We chose Hill City because it was centrally located to the sights & activities we planned to do - it worked out perfectly.

Room Tip: Check out their website - several good photos of the place. Each room is a little different - Sam or Linda can help you decide. The main question is how many are staying & how much elbow room you need, then decide from there.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mary F
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

I read reviews before I stay somewhere, but seldom write them (sorry!), but I can't say enough about Mountains to Prairie - so wanted to make sure I put down my recommendation. Wonderful people, comfortable, cozy accommodations, clean, great location, and the breakfasts were so hearty that we didn't eat lunch! We traveled with two teenage children and they were happy too! It's a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

My mother and I recently stayed here for two nights durin our trip to SD. Having never really enjoyed a B&B before, I was pleasantly surprised with all the extra personal touches we experienced. Booking was easy and personable, spoke with Linda and easily arranged the booking. We stayed in the Chessie Lees Peas room which was quite comfortable for the two of us (there is also a loft upstairs with an extra bed, this is an extra fee). The pillowtop queen bed and full bed were just fine. There is a fridge and microwave off in an alcove. A coffee maker is included in the room as well. When hearing that my mom liked decaf, Sam immediately went and ground some up for us. Very responsive.

I like the fact that the room has its own entrance. We were there during a freak April snowstorm and the pellet stove/fire kept us warm and cozy.

Breakfast was large and filling. We were able to request what we wanted in our omelette the night before.

The location was great, within walking distance to downtown Hill City and there is an excellent restaurant next door.

Sam and Linda did everything to make sure we were comfortable. Sam even dug our car out from under the snow for us!

I would highly recommend this B & B!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

I have always done what these other reviewers have done and left perfect reviews, especially when the folks running the place are so "nice", but in honor of future travelling families who operate on a tight budget, I offer an accurate glimpse of OUR experience. After 30 years of B&B's, we left this one feeling unimpressed. The "loft" leaves children sleeping without protection of a door or lock so my husband slept on the childrens bed (which is a cheap air mattress) with one child in bed with me while our other child slept on hard carpet with a sleeping bag (which did not feel fresh). Great for Grandma's house, bad when paying over $200 a night! Window covering was a blanket, and a ceiling fan did not bring much comfort in August. Main room felt like we were sleeping in an antique shop...very crowded. Bed felt small and supportless while motorcycles, semi-trucks AND trains roared from 20-300 feet away. Breakfast was a bit late and unusually awkward. No music playing and no one knew if we should go in and sit or Not. From all the great reviews we expected a hot lumberjack feast but received the light and fit economy breakfast and ended up less than satisfied. The breakfast service was slow and awkward. A few bites of berries...10 minutes...a tiny glass of juice...ten more minutes...a few tiny triangles of french toast...ten minutes...okay, well I guess its time to go. The half hour drive to Mount Rushmore and for the beautiful Black Hills, this odd location at an intersection in town make this place about a four out of ten for us.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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mountainstoprairies, Owner at Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2012

Mid-summer 1-nt stay, airjet room dbl, $135; gave military disc., $121.50 (+two kids $10 and $15). We enjoy doing all possible for our guests' needs and wishes. Please visit our comprehensive website.

The above summary in response to this review is expanded below for better understanding of specific concerns. Although we are saddened by the disappointment these guests apparently felt, in view of their first comment we feel it is appropriate to express our confidence in and affirm other reviewers who honestly shared their experience at Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast in a very favorable light. We do indeed take pleasure in providing what we reasonably can to contribute to the happiness of our guests' vacations. To help assure no unpleasant surprises for guests, we describe and picture in detail on our website the various aspects and features of each room, amenities, location, etc. When someone calls us directly from a review site and has not visited our website before booking, the opportunity to develop a thorough advance picture of the room and overall setting may be missed, as may have happened in this case. Mountains To Prairies is not hard to find on the internet, and we are delighted when people who call have already visited our website to satisfy many of their questions prior to calling...but we are always happy to answer any questions by phone or email.

Regarding the loft ('Bear Den' or 'sitting area'), we try to describe that portion of the Bluma Madle Suite in advance, during the reservation process, so far as it seems important for the potential guest. We do know that the air mattress was discussed in this case, as it is not a standard feature of the Bear Den. Though the space is open to the entry foyer below, none of the Bear Den's sleeping and living area is visible to the foyer, as there is a turn in the log stairway. Overnight while the foyer entry door is locked, no one has access to the foyer except us, the management; and these arrangements have been in place for 7 years. The Bear Den is a camp-style experience for children and fleece sleeping bags are provided. These bags (and pillow cases) are always laundered between guests. The sleeping loft is covered with brown shaggy carpet.—We have slept on it without added padding, and we have been tent camping with pads...about the same feeling! The blanket window covering mentioned by the reviewer has always been there and can be seen in photos, such as a photo provided by a reviewer on this site. We chose soft brown down-filled lap throws and had eyelets installed on corners for hanging on hooks. This allows children to easily black out their space, or for play times to remove the throws for creating tents and other fun things. The imagination shown by children over the years has been delightful. The Bear Den is immediately outside the door of the Bluma Madle main room and was designed so children could enjoy a unique rustic-style experience.

Regarding the suite's main room mentioned by the reviewer, where the adults sleep (queen pillowtop bed), antiques are featured, as they are in all three guest rooms. The surfaces of tables and dressers, except for useful items, are kept clutter-free to provide space where guests may place their luggage and spread out comfortably.

Regarding traffic, yes, Mountains To Prairies is along East Main Street. Traffic quiets down overnight, which is when guests are around, and does pick up in the morning, with the 1880 Train whistle usually sounding at around 7:30 a.m. as it pulls out of the station for its first run. Many guests enjoy the nostalgia of the whistle and consider it their wake-up call. The other two guest rooms are quieter, but Bluma Madle is newer construction and well insulated. White sound can also be created via the air conditioner unit.

Regarding the reviewer's breakfast concerns, almost always we have music or birds playing on a cd player prior to calling guests out, but it is certainly possible that this was missed on the one morning these guests were here for breakfast. However, nowhere to our knowledge have we promised music would be playing as an amenity. The meal mentioned would have started out with fresh fruit, individual servings in 8 ounce bowls in this case (heaped berries, bananas, whipped cream). Juice is served in 12 ounce glasses and refills are available, either offered or by request. The french toast plate also held thick bacon and cowboy potatoes. Special beverages from our espresso bar are complimentary with breakfast, either offered or by request.

We appreciate one-on-one suggestions by guests for possible improvements.

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