Welcome! Our lodge is located in the renovated tin shed of an antique wooden grain elevator on the South Dakota prairie. It has 5 bedrooms, three full private bathrooms down the hall (shower, sink, stool), a full kitchen (stove, micr, dishwasher, toaster, dishes, pans, glasses and silverware) and a grill on the deck. We have wifi! If you need something special, let us know and we'll see if we can get it for you. Upstairs in the shed is a loft with a 42" TV with satellite; a smaller TV is in a sitting area at the end of the drive-through, so you can have a choice of channels. The 5 bedrooms have beds for 11 and the couches are so comfy you can crash there too. There's also lots of room for air mattresses you bring.
This is a smoke-free, pet-free facility, but we do have the old coal shed next to the main building for both. Please see House Rules.
We've got a small gift shop on-site for souvenirs, and you are a quick 7 miles from grocery, hardware, ATM, and gas. We're right on Highway 18, so 7 miles means 7 minutes. Really.
The place is all yours when you rent it. We live about a mile away, so we're usually handy if you need something. It's great for youth groups and family vacations, but if you're looking for some personal time alone, you can do that, too.
The bedrooms and loft have carpet, but we've preserved the old concrete floors and the original 1907 wooden scale in the floor. The wooden grain elevator is on the National Register of Historic Places. We haven't begun to renovate it yet.
The Herrick Elevator sits on 3.3 acres surrounded on three sides by a field which is, depending on the year, planted to corn or alfalfa. My favorite time of day is sunset when the sky unfolds in a glorious display. Thunderstorms are awesome...you can see them coming for hours. But really nothing tops the stars at night when you're out away from the lights of town. I grew up in this area and it still amazes me.
NOTE: WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON FROM DECEMBER 5 UNTIL NEXT JUNE. Thanks for all your pleasant 2013 visits. We look forward to seeing you again next year!!
1. No smoking in building. The old coal shed is available for smokers. 2. No pets allowed in the building, unless in kennel in the concrete/tile-floor section. Keep them away from carpet, couches and bedrooms. Also, we have the old coal shed next to the main building where pets are welcome.
A friend and I were looking for a place to meet for a weekend getaway. This was a great place to do it. We both enjoyed the quiet of the prairie. We were warmly greeted and made to feel welcome. The kitchen was well equipped including some basic spices and oil. The bathrooms were neat with plenty of towels and a space heater for added warmth. The only negative was that my phone (tracfone) didn't have service. I didn't mind being out of contact with the rest of the world, but I didn't have a way to contact the hosts if that had been necessary (which it wasn't).
Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Barb because we arrived so late, but she was so incredibly helpful with letting us know things to see and do in the vicinity and generally being very accommodating! Also the house is beautiful!! The pictures give you an idea of how cool the place is, but still don't do it justice! It's enormous, so unique and wonderfully laid out inside. Wish we could have stayed here longer - incredible experience! :)
We had a terrific stay the Herrick grain elevator! Jeannie helped get us settled in and couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. We would definitely stay again.
Our stay here was terrific. This is a unique and fun place to stay. It took clever minds to envision what was possible here and the Whites did an exceptional job.
Throughout the space are pieces of history, all labeled to tell the story of the elevator and the community. While preserving this history in many thoughtful ways, the Whites also created nice sleeping spaces, a full kitchen, three private bathrooms, and several nice areas to read, watch TV, visit, or just relax. There's heat and AC too.
Our hosts were very kind and visited with us when we first arrived. Everything was clean and well stocked. We felt well cared for and wished we could stay another night!
What a fantastic vacation! My husband and I have stayed in a number of B&Bs but this is by far the most unique. Barb is a lovely host and was generous with her time and knowledge. Her love of this building and its history is evident and we very much enjoyed hearing about it firsthand from her. Coming from a big city it was wonderful to be able to enjoy the sounds of silence and see stars so clearly in the sky. The views go on forever and sunrise is as lovely as sunset- you just have to move to a different part of the room. We've told many of our friends about this place and hope to be back soon! All i can say is give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
If you want to have a BATMAN moment in your travels; POW, ZAP, WHAM! Then you are destined to book a night or two at the Herrick Elevator. If you are more inclined to seek to find America than Mickey Mouse then South Dakota Highway 18 is the road less traveled by that you should follow to see one of the giants of the prairie. I came across AIRBNB and as I was looking at various potential pocket adventures, I found the Herrick Elevator. Living only about 100 miles away, I now had a mission to ride the motorcycle out to see this elevator. I Brought my wife and cousin and his wife as we rode out to Herrick, SD and after seeing it in person, it was decided that we would take a pocket adventure (pocket adventure- so small an adventure that it will fit in a couple of days or just one) to stay at the elevator.
We booked a Saturday night at the end of October 2013. As we traveled across the countryside, it was like a Terry Redlin painting, combines hungrily chewing through the corn and beans, hunters in their orange hats and Spaniels, Labadors, and Weimaraners playing like little kids as they ran after the ever elusive ring neck pheasants in the fields..
Barb, husband and son Will are gracious hosts that want to share American History in this unusual lodging facility that is professionally renovated maintaining the eccentric charm of the old rural America.
We brought our own groceries and and possibly an adult beverage with us. There is a totally cool, little bar and restaurant in Burke, SD about 7 miles to the west of the elevator that is a brand new building with more beers on tap than I can recall the names, they also have homemade root beer and those who were dining were very complimentary of the food. So whether you dine elsewhere or stay in and cook at the elevator you will enjoy your stay. Satelite TV and internet worked great.
I can assure you that when you tell people that you have booked a pocket adventure to stay at the elevator, the initial response will be "you are going to stay where?" and when you show your pictures of the rooms and TV loft where there are more movies than you could watch in a year, people will then say, "We should go there".
You should go there! My social coordinator (wife) has already conversed with Barb on booking for next year.
Mike (Moose) and Pam Welch
Crops are Green and tractors and elevators should be red.
We loved the space and had wonderful experience. Barb was great and very helpful. We love the plains and this was a perfect location for us on our way to the Black Hills. I'd strongly recommend staying here.
When I'm not teaching high school, I'm into local history and culture. In the summer we've begun hosting cultural history workshops, and we love to host groups that want to learn about the area they are traveling in! Or, we're perfectly happy to leave you to yourselves to relax and enjoy.
I've traveled to over 40 states, Mexico, and Europe, but home has always been here on the Nebraska-South Dakota border. I have a daughter in college, a son in high school, and a husband who drives a truck long distance.