"We were so fortunate to have selected the Shady Grove Cottage for our first visit to the Black Hills. The location was ideal for our many day trips. Shady Grove is a beautiful property and located in the most peaceful area. Deer in the front and back yards each day and so many birds. The owners, Carol and Lin, were fantastic and provided us with lots of very good information on additional places to visit.
The cottage is fully stocked so if you wanted to pick up some groceries and cook your meals there, you could. Full-size washer/dryer in the unit which is great so you don't have to pack as many clothes if you are flying. There is both a front and back deck for you to enjoy the mornings/evenings. Also, very clean and nicely decorated.
We had a busy schedule planned for our trip and we accomplished everything on our list. We visited Mount Rushmore (twice), Crazy Horse, Mammoth Site, Custer State Park, Lake Pactola, Wind Cave, Needles Highway (twice), Iron Mountain Road Scenic Highway (pigtails & tunnels), Sylvan Lake, Hot Springs, The Badlands (really good), Wall Drugstore, Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis and even a trip just over the border into Wyoming to see Devil's Tower (well worth the drive), Savoy Falls, Bear Butte State Park, Vanocker Canyon Scenic Highway, Hill City (rode the 1880 train), Keystone, wine tasting at Prairie Berry and Naked Winery. My husband even got his golf fix at the 18-hole course in Hot Springs (Southern Hills) - rental clubs and all - as this was supposed to be a nature type trip without golf!
We generally had our breakfast at the cottage before we left and packed supplies for a picnic lunch or just a snack. There was a small cooler available for us to use which was great! We had lunch one day at the Bay Leaf Café in Spearfish and it was good. Just check with Carol and she will give you suggestions for places to eat.
Again, we really appreciated the hospitality provided by Carol and Lin and the use of their beautiful home. On a scale of 1-10, our vacation was definitely a 10! I cannot stop telling everyone back in our small town in Florida how great the place was and that we highly recommend it."
Guest: Debbie B.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: July 14, 2016