Travelers don’t have a whole lot of lodging options to choose from in the southeast corner of North Dakota, which poises the 12,000-square-foot Coteau des Prairies Lodge to become a popular destination. Constructed of ponderosa pine, the structure’s craftsmanship is apparent throughout the 10 guest rooms, a three-room suite, the grand foyer, multiple gathering spaces and a loft. The family-operated lodge sits at about 1,370 feet for wonderful views.
Despite its rural location, the place is surprisingly easy to find. Directional signs at key intersections help newcomers navigate the county roads with ease. Situated just a few miles from the North Dakota-South Dakota state line, the area offers plenty of territory to explore, including the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge. Although the hosts stay off-site, they are eager to please. The guest rooms ($126 per night) are cozy; all feature two full-size beds and free Wi-Fi. Like the beds, the rooms are on the smallish side. Though the private bathrooms feature granite countertops, the bland decor and dirty light fixtures feel less than luxurious. The suite ($189 per night) includes a kitchen and the lone bathtub; it's a more appropriate space for families traveling with children.
Coteau des Prairies Lodge has a lot going for it, but some service aspects are surprisingly lacking, especially for a facility featuring such thoughtful details elsewhere like colorful locally made quilt runners atop each bed. The complimentary Continental breakfast falls short due to its frugal offerings and lack of presentation. Groups of eight or more get unlimited access to the lodge kitchen and would be wise to make use of it. Also, we can't recommend the ho-hum (and pricy) farm tour add-on.