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Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

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Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

What a topic title! Sorry!

My family is heading out your way this Saturday for a week long trip in your area and parts south. We are staying just outside of a Deadwood in a rented home.

Does SD have any regional food specialties in restaurants and grocers that we should definitely have? Also recommendations for good food in and around Sturgis, Lead, Deadwood, etc.

And I may be ill-informed, but are there any good shops to pick up a pair of cowboy boots in your area?

Do we need to buy tix for the Days of 76 Rodeo ahead of time?

And lastly - I'd like to take a nice 1/2 day horseback trip. Any outfitters you're aware of?

Thanks from Milwaukee!

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1. Re: Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

Other than buffalo meat, I can't think of any regional foods.

Cowboy boots: Wall Drug, or in Rapid City RCC Western Store in the Rushmore Mall, Western Work Warehouse on Haines Ave, near the Mall.

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2. Re: Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

My husband bought a pair of cowboy boots at Wall Drug, off the clearance rack! The owners of the bed and breakfast where we stayed said that is the one of the best places to get them at a decent price(after we already bought them).

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A lot of people on here seem to choose Blue Bell in Custer SP for horseback riding, although I have no direct experience. I admit I'm afraid to let anything that much bigger than I have that much control over me!

The Blue Bell Lodge also serves outstanding bison, which is the only regional food I can think of as well!

Have a great trip, and please post a report when you return.

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"Also recommendations for good food in and around Sturgis, Lead, Deadwood, etc."

I think the Gem Steakhouse (2nd floor via elevator in the Mineral Palace) is a very nice Restaurant.

Although, you could also try the Deadwood Social Club for a nice meal as well.

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5. Re: Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

Hello Ms. Miltown, I work at the Golden Hills Resort in Lead. Definately try out the Round House restaurant in Lead for Dinner. Also, the Deadwood Thymes (off Main St.) is superb.

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6. Re: Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

Here is my quick little trip report from our week-long trip out to South Dakota:

Spent the first few nights up near Terry Peak - just south of Lead, in a vacation rental. Nice rental, but pretty quiet out there. Would have been nice to have one of the pretty rentals up on Terry Peak. We took up a drive up to the top of the Peak and over the active mine up there, which was neat to say at the same time that it was a bit heartbreaking.

Did the Spearfish Canyon loop - stopping at the falls and to fish a bit, then went to the fish hatchery in Spearfish, which was very pretty. Took a side trip up to the Geographical Center of the U.S. in Belle Fourche. They have a nice small and free museum at this location too, which we really enjoyed. I bet the rodeo in Belle Fourche is really something! Then on to Sturgis to see it and get a few rally tshirts before madness ensues. We had a few drinks at the Franklin Hotel rooftop in Deadwood, and gambled a slight bit. Saloon 10 really is a neat place. I never made it up to the cemetery or to the rodeo, which really bummed me out. My sister said Deadwood seems to be even more casinos now than when she was there, and not as many shops as in the past.

From there we headed down to Hill City where we spent a few days in a cabin just south of town.

We did Mount Rushmore, which I found a bit boring, esp. if you have kids (we had a 7 year old in tow). Don't miss the Alpine Slide in Keystone though. For only $10.00, you get the tram ride up (and if you visit the restaurant at the top, you can see Mount Rushmore) then fun slide down. A hit with kids!

Crazy Horse was much more enjoyable, and there is a lot more to do there. You also get the pass to come back for the nighttime laser show, which, while a bit corny, I really enjoyed, esp. when they do the outline of the monument in white laser light. If you do Crazy Horse, be sure to watch the 20 minute movie ahead of time, so you can really understand the enormity of this private project. (Also don't miss the fresh popcorn here, the best!)

Next was a drive down to Custer State Park. I wish we would have hit the shops in this town, but didn't get a chance. Saw the burros, prairie dogs, and the buffalo, which were the best part. Drove through Needles which was gorgeous. Stopped at Legionaire Lake (I think that was the name of it) for a swim and picnic lunch. Then back home.

Shopped a bit in Hill City - but so many of the shops carry cheap trinkets or you have the expensive boutiques, so that was a bummer. Never found my cowboy boots or hat I was looking for. Did have buffalo and esp. enjoyed the buffalo hot dogs we found in local grocery stores - not as greasy as regular dogs.

Didn't get to go out to eat at ALL! This was a family trip, and everyone wanted to save money, so I ended up being chef on the trip.

Took the 1880 Train up to Keystone. Would have preferred to not do the round trip, as the train is slow, and it's the same narration there and back. Biggest tip we learned was that you can bring your own cooler and drinks on the train (including beer and wine!). If you're a train buff, it's fun though.

The family also did the gold mine in Keystone and absolutely loved it - can't recall the name, but it sounded like a great informational and fun tour.

Lastly went horseback riding at Rockin R stables just south of Crazy Horse in the Heritage Village, and I have to say, one of the worst trail rides I've ever had. They take huge groups out all together, so you ride five feet, then have to stop for someone to get their horse in order, ride another five feet, then have to stop. Sixteen horses in one group, plus three guides! I've never had this happen anywhere. The guides didn't talk to you at all, so it was basically a one hour boring walking ride on a loop next to the highway. So stay away.

Sorry a lot of stuff was in Hill City and I'm posting in the Deadwood forum, but the areas are pretty close!

Pretty country and super friendly people! Will be back someday!

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7. Re: Restaurants, Regional Food, Cowboy Boots? and horseback

Great trip report thanks for sharing.

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