Midwest Living Review
The three tastefully decorated guest rooms with the exposed-log walls are just the beginning of an amazing stay at this Black Hills bed-and-breakfast. The log building is cozy and warm, with gorgeous woodwork. A single 187-year-old ponderosa pine was used for beams, columns, mantles and hearth. Rooms are spacious and continue the rustic log theme. At least two have views of Mount Rushmore. The one we had was upstairs with two beds and a great claw-foot tub. The upstairs has a cool feel to it, with an intimate sitting nook, loads of good regional books and a pool table for fun. While owner Art Oakes raids the garden and pulls together breakfasts with eggs, pastries, sausage or bacon, and fruit, his wife, Marilyn, is in her glory planning adventures for Black Hills travelers. Guests line up for one of her many itineraries highlighting the best of the area. For those who want something different, she'll enthusiastically type up custom directions and suggestions. The couple also offers homemade dessert served on their balcony with a straight-on view of Mount Rushmore or inside near the warm fireplace. Just a sample of his creations: chocolate-chocolate chip oatmeal cake, homemade shortcake and strawberries, bread pudding, and blueberry-lime tiramisu. Rooms start at $135/night in the off-season, and range from $150-$200 with a three-night minimum during the summer. Because they have some more spacious rooms and originally wanted to ward off party folks, the couple early on billed themselves as family-friendly. They've since bumped the age requirement to 8.