Prairie Skies Country Inn
When Tom and Barb Travis were searching for a name for their newly converted barn/guest lodge, they merely looked outside their windows for inspiration. The scene is postcard-perfect. Vast expanses of cloudless azure skies encompass gently rolling plains where native prairie grasses sway in the ever present South Dakota wind. By evening, the sky is washed in watercolor pastels as the sun sinks low over the Missouri River hills in the distance. At nightfall, a hush settles over the prairie and the stars come out to twinkle and dance in a light show that stirs the soul, hence, the name "Prairie Skies".
Many an artist has tried to capture the special magic that is the prairie. And yet it remains something of a mystery, awesome and powerful, something that must simply be experienced. And at "Prairie Skies Country Inn" Tom and Barb provide the perfect setting in which to experience the prairie. With the same spirit of adventure that their pioneer ancestors homesteaded this area, the Travis family set out to create a unique country lodge that would capture the essence of the prairie and the heritage of the local people.
From the crumbling remains of a long-vacant barn emerged a modern lodging facility with every amenity. Only the photo of the original structure attests to the fact that this place once housed all types of farm animals. From the specially designed quilt that hangs on the wall beside the fireplace to the work of local artists that adorn the room, "Prairie Skies" exudes a homespun, country charm that invites visitors to remove their shoes, make themselves comfortable and sit a spell. Whether you've come to take part in the time-honored tradition of a South Dakota pheasant hunt, gathered the family together for an overdue reunion or simply want to escape from the stress of your everyday routine to enjoy a simpler, slower pace, the staff at "Prairie Skies" will cater to your every need.
Your day begins with a free continental breakfast that always includes rolls, juice, coffee, tea and cereals. You may also custom design your stay to fit the needs of your group. Barbeque on the gas grill in the picnic area or use the fully equipped kitchen and prepare your own meals. Custom catering is also available for large group gatherings.
What better way to experience prairie nights than to roast marshmallows over a campfire while stargazing? Tom has even been known to hitch up a trailer and give hayrides around the countryside. A miniature replica of a covered wagon makes a great tent for anyone who literally wants to sleep under prairie skies. If your day of adventure has led to overexertion, soothe your aching muscles in the eight seat hot tub with a full body massage seat, or simply relax on one of several patios and watch time pass listening to the prairie sounds. Retire in the evening to one of five bedrooms each with their own baths for privacy.
There are plenty of things to do around the area to hold your interest.