About this listing
Old fashioned charm from a simpler time, comforts of today (including wifi and satellite tv)
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 10 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!!
Interaction with Guests
We'll greet you and make sure you're settled in. After that, we'll keep in touch if you like, or you can relax and enjoy time on your own. (We're always available to answer questions and offer helpful suggestions.)
Peace and quiet is my favorite thing here. We also have amazing sunrises and sunsets, as well as important cultural history. (Did I mention how peaceful it is at The Elevator?!)
Nope, sorry. This is rural SD, where it's always BYOC (bring your own car)!
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.
An amazingly unique experience in a truly secluded environment. As others have said we witnessed the most amazing sunset! The elevator is warm and inviting and perfect for groups. Thanks for everything!
Wonderful location, we had spectacular weather and gorgeous sunset. The house is so nicely renovated and interesting, clean and comfortable. Thank you!!
The grain elevator is an amazing place. It's gorgeous, peaceful and historic. I cannot recommend it enough. Barb was a wonderful host and was very responsive throughout the reservation process. I hope to visit again soon!
Oh, what a FABULOUS experience! Nine of us stayed in your historic Elevator, and LOVED every single minute of it! We were greeted by Jeannie, with such a warm, friendly disposition and hugs! She gave us a tour and enlightened us with historic facts of the grain elevator. We were fascinated with the history, the antiques, and the wonderful explanations posted throughout of each historic fact or item inside. Everything was incredibly clean, and we felt so at home. All the comforts of home were provided, including a washer and dryer! The kitchen was stocked with everything you could ask for, including the basic food staples, in case you forgot something! The grill outside was a BONUS! The beds were so comfortable, and the living areas were perfect! Loved the different tables, which we found very useful! Three FULL bathrooms were a major plus! Loved that some of the antique items were for sale, as well as the gift shop next door, ran by such a wonderful lady! The air conditioning was a huge plus, as was the Wi-FI, and satellite TV!! WOW, you thought of EVERYTHING, and went out of your way to make sure our stay was the BEST it could possibly have been...FAR exceeding our expectations! Thank you for preserving this part of history, and sharing it with the rest of us! Blessings to you!
I highly recommend staying at the Historic Renovated Grain Elevator. The accommodations were great and the people were friendly & helpful. Much love has gone into this place. My wife and parents were impressed too, & all of us agree we'd stay there again sometime in the future. There was a small issue with the heat (but it was resolved quickly & professionally). All in all our experience was outstanding !!
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! :)
About the Host, Barb
When I'm not at the lodge in Herrick, I'm a Principal at an Elementary School in western South Dakota--on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I grew up on a ranch across the border in Nebraska, and I spend my free time taking photographs of native grasses, flowers, and animals. I'm also into local history and culture. 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.