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Black Hills Home Cabins
Chokecherry Bed and Breakfast

Two Black Hills Cabins 
For Your Black Hills Vacation . . .
make 🐾  tracks to the Heart of the Hills

Our hospitality cabin home is open,
and we invite you to reserve a stay.
Questions? and
Reservation Inquiries
Nightly Vacation Rental 
unique In-Home Black Hills Cabins
Hill City, South Dakota
near Mt. Rushmore
Central Black Hills

As we look forward cheerfully
to meeting all our future vacationers
who will be visiting the beautiful Black Hills,
we are reminded of our gratitude
for the past wonderful years
which we were blessed to enjoy,
and for all the new friends we made
because they chose to stay with us.

HIGHLIGHT ☕ Smiling Bear's EspressMo Menu
for staying guests

Below left, please click the invitation to read more.


Early 2021, Sam and Linda Brown sold
the Hill City BnB vacation rental property
which was owned, operated and loved by them
for 15 years—2006-2021.
They have retained the name
Black Hills Home Cabins
(allowing the BnB name Mountains To Prairies
to leave with the sale, but no longer in use).
The new BnB name reflects
past patrons' enthusiasm
for the owners' Chokecherry creations
over the years,
from Chokecherry Kuchen to Chokecherry Latte!
Chokecherry Bed and Breakfast
 Our new website — wildchokecherry.com 
The BnB is officially licensed in South Dakota
and is open for taking reservations,
offering two Black Hills Cabins in our home!

Questions? and 
Reservation Inquiries

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Visit our original blog
to see the early stories!
Life can be somewhat like a movie . . .
you are not only watching but are playing a key role.
Occasionally an intermission, a pause, is needed.
And few places offer refreshment better than the Black Hills.
Dream of your trip—
Exploring, Adventuring, Site-Seeing, Shopping, Dining,
of course Pausing, and RELAXING.
Black Hills Home Cabins
Chokecherry Bed and Breakfast
· two in-home cabin-style accommodations ·
Eloosive Moose
Chokecherry Hideout
Here is a link to the Rates, Dates, Calendar page
on our new website wildchokecherry.com 
and read about Breakfast HERE 
Our Breakfast Menagerie

Home Sweet In-Home Cabins in Town!
These inviting woodsy living quarters have
useful, enjoyable and modern amenities
to enhance and harmonize your relaxing place
and your venturing-out point.

In the mountains
we forget to count the days.
- Japanese Proverb

We invite you to reserve a stay . . .
. . . stay, and treat yourself!

Smiling Bear Espresso Bar
formerly open to the general public,
is now integrated with
Black Hills Home Cabins
at Chokecherry Bed and Breakfast
as Smiling Bear's EspressMo Menu! 
 . . . and offers staying guests
exclusive original signature creations
featuring local wild chokecherries,
such as . . .
Latte / Mocha
Breve / Cappuccino

Also on Smiling Bear's Menu,
Homemade Milk Shakes
and other unique beverages
which have stood the test of time.
We have the experience of 15 years
and we invite you to enjoy the benefits.
Smiling Bear's Wild Chokecherry creations
and other of our original coffee bar beverages
and the EspressMo moniker
are our exclusive intellectual property
Copyright (c) 2006 to Present
Smiling Bear, LLC
All Rights Reserved
 Each of our two new in-home cabins
has a log cabinet,
formerly (15 years) displaying merchandise
in our Smiling Bear Antiques Shop,
now displaying Smiling Bear's fun finds
for staying guests! 
Antiques, vintage and collectibles are available
at our new online store,
—now adding inventory—
Questions? and
Reservation Inquiries
Our nightly vacation rental accommodations and home-based (for paying guests) Smiling Bear Antiques (as well as Smiling Bear's EspressJoe Menu) are situated IN ✧ Hill City, which feels in many delightful ways as if out in the piney woods, a small (and very likable) mountain town in the ✧ CENTRAL Black Hills, an exceptional location for  adventuring in any direction on the scenic highways that take you to your planned or unplanned activities, and  having foot access to a wonderful selection of in-town conveniences, such as shopping and dining. 

We are blessed indeed to remain settled near Mount Rushmore and the many other truly great iconic magnets that call out to travelers, from the mountains to the prairies!

to Black Hills tourists . . .
breathe in the mountains,
spend time in the forest—
It's like a youth fountain.
Sometimes we want the best of both worlds.
Our Black Hills In-Home Cabins
can give you that satisfaction.
You can indulge yourself
in the atmosphere of a cabin-like vacation
while having everything you need or want
within walking distance,
15 minutes or less.
You are sure to enjoy
the bounty of conveniences and friendliness
found in our historic mountain town, Hill City. 

Black Hills Home Cabins
is in near proximity to the
George S. Mickelson Trail . . .
highly acclaimed for exercise,
or bird and wildlife viewing.

The popular trail meanders
through town along Railroad Avenue.
Don't miss the historic tourist attraction . . .
Black Hills Central Railroad's 🚃 1880 Train,
stationed ALONG the trail.
Bicycle rentals
may be found in Hill City.

Hill City has two laundromats.
For your grocery needs, Hill City's full service
Krull's Market is only a few blocks away.
And several churches grace this small community.
Probably you will devote some leisurely time to
historic downtown Hill City.
 That's where you will find everything 
from a hair salon to filet mignon
to dreamy ice cream and homemade fudge 
to a world class dinosaur museum.
You will savor the choices
of cafesgrills and restaurants
for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Delve into the adventure:
Explore various unique shops and galleries.
Discover antiques, local art and fine gifts,
as well as trinkets and t-shirts.

Save Your Driving Time For Site-Seeing
In the HEART of the Hills, we are near MOUNT RUSHMORE, Custer State Park (for the ultimate viewing of buffalo, elk, antelope, wild burros and other wildlife), Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Elk Wilderness, Needles Highway, Cathedral Spires, mountain lakes (Sheridan, Pactola, Sylvan, Deerfield, Stockade, Legion, Bismarck, and Hill City's own Major Lake), BLACK ELK PEAK formerly Harney Peak, Norbeck Scenic Byway, the 111 mile long Centennial Trail.

Can you see yourself here? Any season you please  . . .
Through the soft snow of spring the wild crocus peeks;
Summer, in the sunset of wild raspberries, we reap;
The crisp fall leaves tell of neighbors in the forest deep; 
And winter quiets the thoughts of everything that breathes.

Copyright (c) 2006 to Present - Linda L. Brown

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Hospitality that shows
you are on our minds.
A B O U T  U S
but really about you

Over the years (fifteen so far) many satisfied guests have taken time to write genuinely fond online reviews, as well as heart-warming notes in our many guest books, on the cleanliness and comfort of their guest nests, on the deliciousness of their breakfasts, and on the friendliness of their hosts. Our former hospitality business was pleasingly intermingled as both bed and breakfast and Black Hills Home Cabins. And over the years there were many happy expressions by our guests referring to their space as their CABIN. We love the excitement about cabins, and so that is what our vacation rental business transition has settled into, just on a smaller scale than what we grew into for 15 years with the help of two amusing summer-granddaughters. Please visit our Black Hills Home Cabins facebook page and view the photos showing all the fun and adventure we have enjoyed in our roles as host and hostess, and there are even some photos which show guestbook comments!

We love that our new place is built in the beating heart of this charming mountain town, especially since Hill City is so friendly and brimming with history. And we love the central location in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest. Hill City truly is the HEART of the Hills!

There are so many intriguing choices for recreational direction that we often pause before driving into our adventure and inquire of each other, 'Which way should we go?' One of our favorite things to do is to take the scenic drive to Sylvan Lake and hike around the lake, soaking in the beauty from granite vantage points along the way. Another favorite is to take the scenic drive along Mount Rushmore Road and park at Horsethief Lake, where we can begin at the boardwalk for a hike around the lake. Serene, lovely, enchanting! Often on Sunday afternoons, we will pick a way to go to Custer State Park or perhaps Wind Cave National Park, where we may begin our outing with a nap, then view buffalo and other wildlife, and go for a nature walk.

We are exhilarated about again being host and hostess . . . at our new Black Hills Home Cabins (or for real breakfast enthusiasts, Chokecherry Bed and Breakfast).  

Without question, we are deeply grateful for the glorious years we have been enriched by, getting to know so many of the wonderful travelers (thousands!) who venture to the alluring Black Hills that are our home. And we are excitedly anticipating meeting many more, maybe you, as we offer engaging in-home cabin accommodations—Eloosive Moose and Chokecherry Hideout—here in Hill City. 


In-Home Black Hills Cabins Near Mt. Rushmore
(Cabin-Style Accommodations)
In-Home Black Hills Cabins In Hill City, SD
Central Black Hills, South Dakota
Nightly Vacation Rental

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