Location: Deadwood, South Dakota
Size: 140 guest rooms and suites
Meeting Space: More than 20,000 square feet
Access: Located one hour from Rapid City Regional Airport
Colonel George Custer and his expedition first confirmed the presence of gold in South Dakota’s Black Hills in 1874. The elusive treasure hidden among the pine-covered hills and in the sparkling streams and rivers attracted people from all over, and it was those same stunning backdrops and that same abundant space for gathering that inspired many of those travelers, among them notable figures like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, to set up roots and establish the town of Deadwood just two years after that fateful discovery.
Today, the entire town is a National Historic Landmark; there, Wild West re-enactments, gaming halls and world-class breweries and wineries keep the spirit of the Wild West alive and fun. The town is riddled with hidden gems, like the Chubby Chipmunk’s hand-dipped chocolates and Berg Jewelry and Gifts’ golden bangles. A bit farther out of town, meeting groups can find one of Deadwood’s most treasured establishments. The Lodge at Deadwood marries a modern approach with an authentically Western sensibility, offering Tesla charging stations alongside trolley drop-off/pickup points. There are 140 rooms and suites spread throughout the hotel that connect seamlessly to two award-winning on-site restaurants, an indoor water park and a Las Vegas-style casino. The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is home to the largest table games area in town as well as more than 280 slot machines.
Family-friendly fun is what the lodge does best, and the staff is eager to ensure that each guest is treated with Black Hills hospitality. Seven dedicated meeting spaces create the backdrop for memorable events and celebrations. Guests are encouraged to explore the Greater Deadwood area by trolley or soak in the million-dollar views before ending the day cozied up in front of a roaring fireplace. Visitors can enjoy a drink with new friends or just relax with co-workers and allow the charm of this cozy South Dakota lodge to do the rest.
The Lodge at Deadwood has a full-service convention center on-site that can service a meeting with as few as 10 guests or as many as 1,400 guests. The Pine Crest Ballroom is the largest space for events; its 14-foot ceilings bring a dramatic touch to the expansive space for up to 1,400 guests, and dividers are available to split the room into four different sections: A, B, C and D, each with a maximum capacity of 250 guests. Four smaller rooms — the Cody, the Russell, the Bullock and the Roosevelt — are located off the ballroom floor and can accommodate up to 50 guests each, and the boardroom can accommodate meetings of up to 10 guests.
The lodge’s full-service catering department crafts custom menus and creative dining options for guests looking to serve something delicious to their meetings and events. Breakfast buffets are reminiscent of an Old West meal, with scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and an option of pancakes, biscuits or caramel rolls. Snack breaks are available throughout the day, and lunches can be served plated or buffet style. The lodge’s grand displays of hors d’oeuvres are legendary, with artisan dips or smoked salmon. Dinners are an event, and favorite entrees include bacon-wrapped pork chops and lodge roast beef. Alcohol is available.
Groups have access to complimentary wireless high-speed internet throughout their time at the lodge, as well as audiovisual equipment and automated wall screens. The Pine Crest Ballroom features garage doors that make staging a breeze. Airport shuttles make it easy for guests to get to the property, where they’re greeted with 24-hour food service and a bounty of entertainment options. The lodge is home to Deadwood’s largest gaming floor with slots, blackjack tables, sports betting and craps. The property also features two restaurants on-site: Oggie’s sports bar and the Deadwood Grille, which offers casual fine dining for guests and visitors.
Before and After
There are many things to do in the area in guests’ free time, whether that’s before or after meetings. Taking to the trails on a lengthy day hike is a favorite for many guests, and fishing in the Black Hills is a timeless experience. There’s a golf course just five minutes from the lodge, and all-terrain vehicle rentals are available just off the property. In the winter, a fresh snow can become the base for snowmobiling or ski adventures at the Terry Peak Ski Area. History buffs will enjoy downtown Deadwood, or they can venture out for an hourlong drive to explore Mount Rushmore.