Bell's Motor Lodge Motel (230 N. Main St., 605/642-3812 or 800/880-2095, www.bellsmotorlodgemotel.com, $54) harkens back to another era and provides basic accommodations in a family-run motel. Small pets are allowed. The outdoor pool is very small, but the property is close to town, safe, and offers free high-speed Internet access.
Orchard Creek Cottages (514 W. Mason St., 605/642-4234 or 877/642-2400, www.orchardcreekcottages.com, $89) are located on Spearfish Creek. The cabins are close together but the communal grounds are attractive and the environment is smoke-free. There are 12 cabins on the property with free wireless Internet.
For a rustic setting inside Spearfish Canyon,
Rim Rock Lodge (U.S. 14A, Spearfish Canyon, 605/642-3192, www.rimrocklodge.com, $89) offers seven cabins tucked into the canyon with gorgeous views. The property is just minutes from downtown Spearfish shops and restaurants.
Travelodge of Spearfish (346 W. Kansas, 605/559-3333, www.travelodgeofspearfish.com, $90) is located within walking distance of downtown Spearfish restaurants and bars. The 35-room property allows pets for a small fee. There are hair dryers, coffeemakers, and free wireless Internet in all the rooms; a continental breakfast with hot waffles is included with the room charge. The rooms are pretty standard mid-level hotel fair, but are spacious and clean.
Holiday Inn Spearfish (305 N. 27th St., 605/642-4683 or 800/465-4329, $127) offers a large heated pool, whirlpool, and fitness center. There is a small video game room to entertain the kids and a restaurant on-site. The clean and comfortable rooms are nice, fairly standard hotel rooms with free wireless Internet.
The 50-room Best Western Black Hills Lodge (540 E. Jackson Blvd., 605/642-7795, www.bestwestern.com/blackhillslodge, $129) is an outdoors-themed hotel located off of I-90 at exit 12. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, indoor hot tub and dry sauna, free continental breakfast, microwave and refrigerator in every room, coffeemakers, and hair dryers. The rooms are extra large and have either a small dining table or desk.
Yesterday’s Inn (735 N. 8th St., 605/644-0210 or 866/898-1616, www.yesterdaysinn.net, $95–125) is a Victorian-style bed-and-breakfast with beautiful gardens and a gazebo overlooking a pond. The inn is within walking distance of downtown Spearfish shops and restaurants.
The Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast (938 N. Ames, 605/642-4859 or 800/321-1466, $95–150) is a smoke-free, child-friendly property. It offers four rooms, each with a private bath.
Spearfish City Campground (404 S. Canyon St., 605/642-1340, www.spearfishparksandrec.com/campground, RV hookups $32–37, tent sites $21) is a beautiful site not far from the town center and across the street from a city park. Spearfish Creek runs through the grounds and since the campground is located at the end of a dead end street, there is no traffic in the area except for fellow campers. Amenities include wi-fi, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, fire grills and lots of trees.
Another nice spot is Chris’ Camp (701 Christensen Dr., 605/642-2239 or 800/350-2239, Open May 1–Oct. 15, tent sites $19, water and elec $28, full hookups $30), which has been family owned and operated here for 48 years. Amenities include a pool, recreation room, playground, convenience store, free wireless, and a petting zoo.
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