Normarke Farm Bed and Breakfast
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Normarke Farm Bed and Breakfast is located near Nemo, South Dakota, and sits on 87 acres of open pasturelands and wooded hills.
Enjoy your Full Country Breakfast in our beautiful dining room and then relax in front of the stone fireplace in the living room.
The Black Hills region is home to national treasures. These parks, forests and memorials encompass some of the West's most stunning landscapes, and they preserve America's colorful history. In addition, the state park system includes glacial lakes, historic forts and sprawling stretches of riverfront. Come stay with us at Normarke Farm and learn why South Dakota is famous for its intriguing history and spectacular beauty.
Translated from Norwegian, the name of the bed and breakfast reads, "woods to the north." Normarke Farm Bed and Breakfast, offers Scandanavian Hospitality in the midst of South Dakota's Black Hills. Your hostess, Diane, works to preserve her Scandinavian heritage, while leading an awareness and appreciation for the hospitality, hard work, ingenuity and joy of life found in Scandinavian people.
The rooms are named after the five Scandinavian countries and are decorated with many of the flag colors of each country.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Diane Van Patten for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Many are looking for a unique lodging experience. Many wish to stay in the woods where they can see and hear wildlife daily. Many seek a real get away far from the noise of urban life.
What are you best known for?
Our warm, friendly hospitality and wonderful breakfasts.
What makes your inn unique?
It is a very large custom log home where we practice Scandinavian hospitality.
What do you love most about your inn?
The building itself has such a warm and safe feel. Our property is such a beautiful location with the meadow, the forest and the small lake.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We are far from any city which is probably the #1 reason to come: to get away and see the beauty, hear the quiet and smell the glorious fresh air.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Our best compliment is that our hospitality is "gracious, ever warm and inviting, yet gives privacy and the feeling one is ever welcome". The home itself has been described as majestic and amazing.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
All the trails for hiking and biking, i.e. the Centennial trail, the Mickelson trail, the miles and miles of forest trails mapped by the forest service, the trails in the Spearfish Canyon area, and the trail to the top of Custer Peak (6800+ elevation) where one can see five states.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
1. Drive through the Spearfish Canyon for the beautiful scenery of the rugged rock walls and waterfalls.
2. Visit Mt. Rushmore and Keystone.
3. Visit Old Deadwood for the history of the gold mining and the Custer expedition, summer activities which include rodeos, parades, vintage car shows, and for the gambling.
4. Drive scenic highway 385 south to beautiful Lake Pactola to swim, boat, fish or picnic.
5. Stay around Normarke Farm and hike the forest service trail, relax on our deck or fish in our little stocked lake.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
A small fishing lake and forest trails.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our favorite eateries are Mystic Hills Bar and Grill (6 miles), Branding Iron Restaurant (8.5 miles), the Grill at the Lodge in Deadwood (14 miles), Roma's Ristorante in Spearfish (28 miles), and the Alpine Inn in Hill City (35 miles).
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Any of the Chamber of Commerce sites for the Black Hills towns, the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes site, the Mt. Rushmore site, the Wind Cave National park site and the Custer State Park site.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 guest rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No, we do not accept pets. There are a number of kennels in the Rapid City area, however. The one we use is All Fours Moriah Kennels in Piedmont, phone 605-787-5431.
The land at Normarke Farm has a rich history starting back during the gold rush days when General Custer is reported to have camped in the draw just off the southwest corner of the present log home. In the late 1800's, the property also played host to a train station and a school. The first owners, the Reausaws, deeded the small lake on their property to Lawrence County and later to the state of South Dakota for public use. To this day it is a popular fishing lake for the locals. It is stocked with pan sized trout at least three times a year.
South Dakota's history reads like an adventure story. It's a tale of Plains Indians, explorers and pioneers. And it features names like Crazy Horse, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lewis and Clark, and Wild Bill Hickok. When you visit South Dakota, you'll find many opportunities to experience first-hand our rich history and heritage.
We want your stay at the Normarke Farm to be relaxing and comfortable. Our accommodations include:
- Clean, comfortable rooms
- Private bathrooms
- Rec room
- Guest kitchen to make a simple meal or snack;
- Board & table games
- Backyard patio
- Fire pit with seating
- Indoor lounge areas on the main floor and lower levels
- Television, DVD, VCR and movies
- Large parking area to accommodate vehicles, trailers and motorcycles
- Full hot delicious breakfasts
- Bottled water and sodas for nominal fee in guest refrigerator
- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and popcorn available in guest kitchen
- Fresh-baked treats in the evenings
- 80 foot deck with views to forest, pasture and lake
- Guest laundry
Attractions and Activities Near Normarke Farm
Normarke Farm is located in the Northern Hills, and is minutes from major attractions:
- Reausaw Lake, great fishing
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Terry Peak ski area
- Deer Mtn. ski areas
- Snowmobile trails and rentals
- Mickelson trailhead (biking & hiking)
- Historical Deadwood & Lead
- Spearfish Canyon
Though Normarke Farm is in the Northern Black Hills, we are still relatively close to all major Black Hills Attractions accessible along Highway 385, Highway 44 or Nemo Road.
- Mt. Rushmore - 60 minutes
- Sylvan Lake/Harney Peak - 60 minutes (fishing, hiking, dining, shopping)
- Pactola Lake - 30 minutes (fishing & boat rentals)
- Hill City - 40 minutes (art galleries, restaurants, geology & train museums)
- Custer - 60 minutes (shopping, dining, Custer State Park)
- Rapid City - 40 minutes ( Stave Kirke, shopping, dining, museums)
- Badlands - 90 minutes (scenic, hiking, visitor center)
- Hot Springs - 90 minutes ( Evan's plunge, Mammoth Dig (archeological dig site)
- Devil's Tower, WY - 90 minutes (hiking, bouldering, climbing, scenic)