Guidebook for Hill City

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Guidebook for Hill City

Food Scene

It's our favorite because we own the place and we love great coffee! You'll like the vintage ambiance , quiet seating area and menu including Latte' , Frappe' & Iced drinks - with and without coffee. Kid's love milk steamers and hot chocolates. Jan's home brewed Chai is delightful. Sarah is the "Muffin Master" and we have to keep Steve away from the huge cinnamon rolls which taste as good as they smell.
Perky Pine Café
24063 US-385
It's our favorite because we own the place and we love great coffee! You'll like the vintage ambiance , quiet seating area and menu including Latte' , Frappe' & Iced drinks - with and without coffee. Kid's love milk steamers and hot chocolates. Jan's home brewed Chai is delightful. Sarah is the "Muffin Master" and we have to keep Steve away from the huge cinnamon rolls which taste as good as they smell.
We love the atmosphere, the German lunch fare and the dessert menu is to die for! The staff of the Harney Peak Hotel, now the home of the Alpine Inn, has sought to accommodate its guests for more than a century. Built in 1886, this historic landmark, with its reputation for fine dining, became the showplace of Hill City. Family owned & operated for over 3 decades, the Alpine Inn carries on this tradition. The Alpine Inn has been noted in several national & international publications for its friendly, homey atmosphere steeped in mellow old world charm and its delicious meals. The luncheon menu boasts both ethnic European and contemporary dishes. The famous streamlined evening menu features filet mignon and homemade desserts that are just as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as the palate! On the corner of Elm & Main Street in the heart of the Black Hills Stands this majestic portal to the past. We strive to make your visit to our corner of the world a pleasant memory. It is our hope that you experience all of the warmth & charm that emanates from this cherished landmark in Hill City, SD. If walls could talk, ours would tell you stories that even Hollywood could not match. Isn’t it about time that you’ve come and added your story to these walls?
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Alpine Inn
133 East Main Street
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We love the atmosphere, the German lunch fare and the dessert menu is to die for! The staff of the Harney Peak Hotel, now the home of the Alpine Inn, has sought to accommodate its guests for more than a century. Built in 1886, this historic landmark, with its reputation for fine dining, became the showplace of Hill City. Family owned & operated for over 3 decades, the Alpine Inn carries on this tradition. The Alpine Inn has been noted in several national & international publications for its friendly, homey atmosphere steeped in mellow old world charm and its delicious meals. The luncheon menu boasts both ethnic European and contemporary dishes. The famous streamlined evening menu features filet mignon and homemade desserts that are just as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as the palate! On the corner of Elm & Main Street in the heart of the Black Hills Stands this majestic portal to the past. We strive to make your visit to our corner of the world a pleasant memory. It is our hope that you experience all of the warmth & charm that emanates from this cherished landmark in Hill City, SD. If walls could talk, ours would tell you stories that even Hollywood could not match. Isn’t it about time that you’ve come and added your story to these walls?
Love the atmosphere, service and Ma's cheesecakes! Desperados is well-loved by locals and tourists alike and has been around for several years. The building was originally the Von Woehrman Building and was built over a century ago in 1885. Camillo Von Woehrman set the log walls for a saloon and sleeping quarters (now the dining room). This met the needs of the increasing flow of prospectors, investors, and ne’er-do-wells. Then in 1890 after South Dakota’s statehood, Camillo closed his tavern and opened the Harney Peak Mining News, which with the help of Carrie Ingalls/Swanzey (yes, think Little House on the Prairie) he operated till 1910. Desperados has survived many disasters! Most notable: a fire in 1891; the fire of 1910 which destroyed major portions of Hill City; and, the flood of 2015. In 1977 Desperados was added to the National Registry, listed as the oldest hand-hewn building in continuous use in South Dakota. Over the years the building has housed Dance halls, an Auto Garage, and Retail Shops. Desperados in 2016 was purchased from Dan Dickey (founder of the Restaurant Desperados) by the present owner Joshua Ripley. With the help of friends and family, Josh has kept this Hill City gem true to the Midwest by “sourcing buffalo that can be seen in our prairies, fresh produce grown in our fields, and trout and walleye that can be found in our rivers and lakes.” Josh is also an avid collector. His carefully curated western art, antiques, and historical firearms adorn the Desperados walls for his guests to enjoy. “They help tell the rich history of our beautiful Black Hills.”
Desperados
301 Main St
Love the atmosphere, service and Ma's cheesecakes! Desperados is well-loved by locals and tourists alike and has been around for several years. The building was originally the Von Woehrman Building and was built over a century ago in 1885. Camillo Von Woehrman set the log walls for a saloon and sleeping quarters (now the dining room). This met the needs of the increasing flow of prospectors, investors, and ne’er-do-wells. Then in 1890 after South Dakota’s statehood, Camillo closed his tavern and opened the Harney Peak Mining News, which with the help of Carrie Ingalls/Swanzey (yes, think Little House on the Prairie) he operated till 1910. Desperados has survived many disasters! Most notable: a fire in 1891; the fire of 1910 which destroyed major portions of Hill City; and, the flood of 2015. In 1977 Desperados was added to the National Registry, listed as the oldest hand-hewn building in continuous use in South Dakota. Over the years the building has housed Dance halls, an Auto Garage, and Retail Shops. Desperados in 2016 was purchased from Dan Dickey (founder of the Restaurant Desperados) by the present owner Joshua Ripley. With the help of friends and family, Josh has kept this Hill City gem true to the Midwest by “sourcing buffalo that can be seen in our prairies, fresh produce grown in our fields, and trout and walleye that can be found in our rivers and lakes.” Josh is also an avid collector. His carefully curated western art, antiques, and historical firearms adorn the Desperados walls for his guests to enjoy. “They help tell the rich history of our beautiful Black Hills.”
Friendly staff and great pizza and pasta! MANGIAMO! Locally owned & operated, family style pizzeria, featuring wood-fire pizza and Italian style pasta dishes. Our mantra is 'Mangiamo!" which means "Let's eat!" and our core values are "People first, Community second and Great Food Always."
Mangiamo Wood Fired Pizza
158 Museum Drive
Friendly staff and great pizza and pasta! MANGIAMO! Locally owned & operated, family style pizzeria, featuring wood-fire pizza and Italian style pasta dishes. Our mantra is 'Mangiamo!" which means "Let's eat!" and our core values are "People first, Community second and Great Food Always."
We like the variety on the menu and the roof top dining! Family-Friendly Black Hills Bar & Grill Bumpin’ Buffalo Bar and Grill is located in Hill City, in the Heart of the Black Hills, only moments away from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mountain and Custer State Park. We are well known for our Bumpin’ Buffalo Burger and our famous Chislic. Come Bump, Beer and wine with us.
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Bumpin Buffalo Bar and Grill
245 Main Street
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We like the variety on the menu and the roof top dining! Family-Friendly Black Hills Bar & Grill Bumpin’ Buffalo Bar and Grill is located in Hill City, in the Heart of the Black Hills, only moments away from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mountain and Custer State Park. We are well known for our Bumpin’ Buffalo Burger and our famous Chislic. Come Bump, Beer and wine with us.
Fun place to grab a pizza and a beer!
Silver Dollar Saloon
24090 US-385
Fun place to grab a pizza and a beer!
We enjoy a good breakfast and nice buffet in the Summer! We are a classic hometown restaurant located in the beautiful Hill City SD. We offer a wide variety of home cooked comfort foods. We serve breakfast lunch and dinner. Enjoy our Steak and Shrimp or our buffet. We have daily specials and wonderful beverages to cool you down from all your traveling and sight seeing.
Hill City Café
209 East Main Street
We enjoy a good breakfast and nice buffet in the Summer! We are a classic hometown restaurant located in the beautiful Hill City SD. We offer a wide variety of home cooked comfort foods. We serve breakfast lunch and dinner. Enjoy our Steak and Shrimp or our buffet. We have daily specials and wonderful beverages to cool you down from all your traveling and sight seeing.
We love the menu and cool atmosphere!
Chute Rooster
850 Chute Rooster Drive
We love the menu and cool atmosphere!

Parks & Nature

Take the scenic route via 244 and have breakfast at the Carvers Cafe . Wind your way through Iron Mountain Road and see the presidents through the tunnels. Enjoy the evening lighting ceremony.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 South Dakota 244
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Take the scenic route via 244 and have breakfast at the Carvers Cafe . Wind your way through Iron Mountain Road and see the presidents through the tunnels. Enjoy the evening lighting ceremony.
30 to 45 minutes from the cabin, but you'll want to allow more time to stop for the bison, prairie dogs and photos! Call ahead for tour times. Remember shoes and a light jacket - it's cool down there!
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Wind Cave National Park
26611 US Highway 385
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30 to 45 minutes from the cabin, but you'll want to allow more time to stop for the bison, prairie dogs and photos! Call ahead for tour times. Remember shoes and a light jacket - it's cool down there!
45 to 60 minutes from the cabin ~ call ahead for tour times. Plan to take your time - lot's to see along the way.
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Jewel Cave National Monument
11149 U.S. 16
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45 to 60 minutes from the cabin ~ call ahead for tour times. Plan to take your time - lot's to see along the way.
9 miles from the entrance at Sylvan Lake and trailhead #9 to Black Elk Peak - highest point east of the Rockies
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Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road
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9 miles from the entrance at Sylvan Lake and trailhead #9 to Black Elk Peak - highest point east of the Rockies
Start early and pack water and some wonderful food so that you can move at the pace of pleasure. It's generally windy at the top and thunderstorms build up in the afternoon .
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Black Elk Peak Hiking Trail
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Start early and pack water and some wonderful food so that you can move at the pace of pleasure. It's generally windy at the top and thunderstorms build up in the afternoon .

Entertainment & Activities

Hill City is alive year round with an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, art galleries and shops. It's not unusual to hear a local musician busking on the street, or entertaining folks at the Mangy Moose Saloon, Alpine Inn, Twisted Pine Winery.
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Hill City
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Hill City is alive year round with an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, art galleries and shops. It's not unusual to hear a local musician busking on the street, or entertaining folks at the Mangy Moose Saloon, Alpine Inn, Twisted Pine Winery.
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1880 Train - Hill City Depot
213 Pine Mountain Ave
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Arts & Culture

Original home of the famed T-Rex "SUE". Best kept secret in the Black Hills - if you love fossils, if you ARE a fossil, or if you just like great dinosaur toys you will love this place!
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Museum @ Black Hills Institute
117 E Main St
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Original home of the famed T-Rex "SUE". Best kept secret in the Black Hills - if you love fossils, if you ARE a fossil, or if you just like great dinosaur toys you will love this place!
On the yard at the Black Hills Central Railroad. Wonderful collection of railroad memorabilia to peruse before or after your ride through the hills on the 1880 train.
South Dakota State Railroad Museum
On the yard at the Black Hills Central Railroad. Wonderful collection of railroad memorabilia to peruse before or after your ride through the hills on the 1880 train.
Takes you places you'll wish you've been.
Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing
256 Main St
Takes you places you'll wish you've been.
Buy a hat and ask Randy to dance....tell him "Sister Jan" sent you.
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
277 Main St
Buy a hat and ask Randy to dance....tell him "Sister Jan" sent you.
Amazing photography and mix of local and collected pieces. Many beautiful people and things in here .
Dakota Nature & Art
216 Main St
Amazing photography and mix of local and collected pieces. Many beautiful people and things in here .

Shopping

Great mix of outdoor gear and clothing. Campers, hikers, bikers, climbers and climber want to be's always welcome .
Granite Sports
201 Main St
Great mix of outdoor gear and clothing. Campers, hikers, bikers, climbers and climber want to be's always welcome .
Jewels of the West
208 Main Street
Things That Rock
257 East Main Street

Essentials

Summer hours 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Great variety - lucky to have this store in our little town . Fresh foods and meats, a deli and liquor store. They close earlier in the winter so plan ahead for that.
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Krull's Market
531 East Main Street
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Summer hours 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Great variety - lucky to have this store in our little town . Fresh foods and meats, a deli and liquor store. They close earlier in the winter so plan ahead for that.
Comfortable busier laundry mat - a little deli with soft serve ice cream and Piccadilly Pizza and some indoor seating.
Exxon
201 Main St
Comfortable busier laundry mat - a little deli with soft serve ice cream and Piccadilly Pizza and some indoor seating.
Laundromat on back side of building
Conoco
632 Main Street
Laundromat on back side of building

Everything Else

Convenient little variety store on the south edge of town - open a little later than the grocery and hardware stores .
Dollar General
681 E Main St
Convenient little variety store on the south edge of town - open a little later than the grocery and hardware stores .