DER PLATZ Bill & Ila's B & B
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DER PLATZ Bill & Ila's B & B is conveniently located in Ethan, South Dakota. The original part of our home was built by Billy's grandparents before 1900, after immigrating from Germany. Two bedrooms upstairs, (one the family room with the crib) downstairs part of the living room and master bedroom complete the area that 13 people lived in! Later the dining room and in 1950 the kitchen and bathrooms were added. In 2000, 3 bedrooms & 2 baths were added in lower level, Morning Glory room, Bird Room & Western Room.
The upstairs rooms are small, but adequate. Three additional rooms are now available in the lower level. Our kitchen dining area are open and informal. Dining table overlooks farm yard with bow window.
About the InnkeeperI have operated a B & B – DER RUMBOLZ PLATZ by Ethan, S D for 16 years in my husband, Bill’s grandparents homestead house. Of course various remodeling & modernizing. We have rented the farmstead to a young family & moved to Mitchell, purchasing the former FLAVIA’S PLACE from Lelia Guilbert.The name has been changed to DER PLATZ – Bill & Ila’s B & B . It is a 2 story Italian Bracket 1880 vintage home. We now offer 5 guest rooms – 4 are on the second floor – one has a private bath, the other 3 share a bath in the hall. There is also a room on the main floor which has a private bath & a king bed . There are 2 beds in each room on the upper floor. One room has a pair of full beds, 2 have queen beds & a twin. The one with private bath has a king bed & a twin. Also TV in all rooms & WI FI. We are walking distance from the Corn Palace, 5 movie theatres, antique shops, fine dining & small café’s & a water park. Also in driving distance, Lake Mitchell, Rodeo grounds – annual Rodeo 3 rd week end of July, Hanson Wheel & wagon make & restore vintage stage coaches, tours available, Prehistoric Indian Village, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mc Govern Library. Entire house available for family gatherings & reunions
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Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bill & Ila Rumbolz for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Possibly interest in old Victorian homes.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Close access to many of Mitchell’s amenities – within walking distance for eating, movies, Corn Palace, antique shops. I love the variety of guests.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Corn Palace is the most widely known attraction.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Warm friendly people.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Tour the Corn Palace & soverineer shop, check the antique shops, Dakota Weslyan University Mc Govern Library & Pioneer Museum, many city parks, New Acquatic center, week end garage sales, 5 movie theatres, Cabela’s offers a variety of activities, including kids fishing derby, Lake Mitchell – downtown offers a large variety of shops, the visitor center, just off of I 90 is a great guide to what is available in Mitchell, Pepsi Cola Theatre.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Lots – 5 movie theatres, Pepsi Cola theatre, fine dining, small cafés & ice cream shops, a quilting & fabric shop, hair salons, Post Office, UPS Store, auto service, a Quick Stop is less than a block from the house, several churches (one less than a block – several only a few blocks walk, parks, the aquatic center.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Depot – originally the Milwakee train station in Mitchell .
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Of course, just off I 90 exit 332 is the Mitchell tourist info center.
How many rooms does your inn have?
5 guest rooms all with 2 beds – 2 with a queen & a twin –1 with a king & a twin – 1 has 2 full beds, all with large closets & TV in the rooms. The upstairs has one room with private bath – the other 3 share a bath across the hall. Another room with king bed on the main floor has a private bath. A room on Lower Level has a twin bed & also shares our bath with whirl tub & shower – for an emergency last minute guest.
Do you accept pets?
Yes we accept pets & also have access to horse boarding on our farm 15 miles out of town. Also take pheasant hunters in fall.
BreakfastBreakfast served between 7-10 am in our casual country kitchen. Enjoy German pancakes, corn meal or Belgian waffles served with fruit, scrambled eggs and muffins, bacon, ham or sausage and coffee, juice, milk. We do whatever necessary for special diets.Just 15 minutes from Mitchell - 11 miles south of I-90 Exit 330 and 3/4 west or 11 miles south of I-90 Exit 332 and 2 3/4 west on 266th street. (266th street not open in winter) We have had visitors from Finland, Iceland, Germany, Japan & Mexico.We Enjoy People! der Rumbolz platz Country Bed & Breakfast belongs to the South Dakota Trail Riders & Minnesota Trail Riders.
Since this was his grandparents homestead, Billy has lived here all his life, Ila came with our marriage in 1957, followed by son Randy in '58 and daughter Lori in '62.
This B&B thing has been rather a joke since 1971, when we adopted a brother (Toby) and sister (Jamie) ages 11 and 10, Randy was 13 and Lori was 9. We finished a room upstairs so that each had their own bedroom and Billy asked, "What are we going to do with this 'hotel' when the kids are gone?" Those rooms are named after the child who grew up in it.
Lori went off to college in the fall of 80, in the spring of 82 we applied for an exchange student from Finland and over the next 11 years 6 students from Finland, Germany, Iceland and Mexico came to live with us for 10 months each. During the winter of 94 when the last student was here we made a bathroom in the upstairs hallway. They were all great young people and as dear to us as family, 2 of the girls from Germany have returned 8 times, we have been to meet all the families.
Deciding to quit the exchange program with a good record, the 'hotel' is now empty, so on with a new ADVENTURE. When we got a call from some hunters in Tennessee about pheasant hunting, our son, Randy, who farms with us said, "Well I think I could be a hunting guide." We have been members of Pheasant Country Ltd. for several years; setting aside food plots and doing other farming practices to increase pheasant habitat and population, so decided to give it a try.
The next year I had a call from a horse club in Minnesota wondering if we had facilities to 'overnight' horses? So this venture is branching out and gets more interesting all the time. We are common country folk, our facilities are not fancy, we try to accommodate whatever is necessary to make this a fun, memorable, experience for you, now going into the 9th season.
Here on the farm are horses, chickens, ducks, perhaps a tub of turtles. You may go on a trail ride through the surrounding country. Walk down a quiet country road, pet, feed, ride a horse, watch cattle feeding, planting harvest or just sit in the shade and listen to quiet country sounds. There is also pheasant hunting (in season). Oct. 20 thru Dec.
We specialize in families. We are a working family farm with ducks, chickens, horses, a dog and a large yard to play and swing in. Our 2 suites accommodate parents and children privately if desired. We have a crib available.
Pets WelcomePets are welcome! Please call for details.