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is the VP of Marketing for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. By accident he ended up in sales and marketing; Mike's education and background is in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. Having spent most of his life in various east-river South Dakota towns like Huron, Vermillion, Brookings and Pierre, Mike followed a girl west to Spearfish and has thoroughly enjoyed the past eight years there. What he loves most is time spent around the Hills with his family, whether it's in Spearfish Canyon, at a Black Hills attraction or at Spearfish City Park and the DC Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery. Mike also loves dusting off his camera every now and then for a shoot, making a good meal and washing it down with a great beer. Google+ Email this author

Buffalo Roundup, Crazy Horse Volksmarch, Fall Festivals – Your Guide to a Fall Expedition in the Black Hills

By • Sep 13th, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

One weekend above all hosts a few signature fall events in the Black Hills like the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Crazy Horse Fall Volksmarch. It’s also the weekend typically closest to peak fall color saturation in Spearfish Canyon. It’s the last weekend in September and if you haven’t experienced fall in the Black Hills, it’s a great time to do so.

5 Days of Beer & Wine in the Black Hills

By • Aug 26th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Culture, Discoveries

Day 1 – Rapid City Pulling into Rapid City, you have an amazing array of things to choose from with everything located near or within a short drive due to its central location and proximity to many of the Black Hills must-do attractions. Stay close though as Mount Rushmore and others can be seen later. […]

Hill City Brewery Sick N Twisted – By Beer Lovers For Beer Lovers

By • Jul 15th, 2014 • Category: Culture, Dining, Discoveries

Maybe it was never doubt about Sick N Twisted Brewery in Hill City but simply that I was so blown away by the full offering. At Sick-N-Twisted there are typically 16 of their beers on tap. Seriously, and that’s just theirs. Between two other bar setups on the grounds, there are also twenty more amazing guest beers to choose from. Staring at so many taps, the plans for a future Hill City stay quickly boiled.

The Edgemont Melodrama Is One Of The Best Times You’ve Probably Never Heard About

By • Jul 12th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Culture, Events

Having recently heard about the Edgemont Melodramas and the promise of good time, I sought it out this past Thursday. What I found was a couple of firsts for me, 1. my first theater experience in a cattle-sale barn and 2. my first attendance of a melodrama. Honestly, either on its own might be a good time but like cold beer on a summer day, ice cream and root beer, fireworks and the Fourth of July, together they couldn’t seem more right (or more American).

Deadwood Revitalization

By • May 29th, 2014 • Category: Culture

The Deadwood Revitalization Committee invites you to take a minute to fill out this survey to help in the brand planning for Deadwood.  This is all part of the Roger Brooks’ Deadwood development program.  The more people we get to complete the survey, the more accurate the perception of Deadwood will be. Thanks for taking […]

Research Shows Black Hills Are Truly a Winter Wonderland & It Snows in Lead

By • Dec 17th, 2013 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Snow, we cherish it here in the Black Hills (okay, I’ll give in that maybe not all, this may need to be a statement we back with a scientific Facebook poll). We call it white gold, champagne powder, the good stuff. We find ways to enjoy our winter wonderland because typically we get a lot […]

A Steakhouse That’s Worth It – Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City

By • Dec 12th, 2013 • Category: Dining

Here in the Black Hills, we know our beef. Lots of local folks raise it, some know how to ride, wrestle or rope it, most know how to cook it (with respect for the hard work that got it there), and everyone knows how they like it. Ag is one of South Dakota‘s biggest industries; […]

The Legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Equally Legendary Rides

By • Jul 16th, 2013 • Category: Culture, Events

Google One of the largest and longest-running motorcycle events found anywhere; this world-famous biker party has every thing. Huge nightly concerts with some of the biggest names in music, beautiful drives, an amazing gathering of custom bikes and riders to match, biker bars and venues like the Buffalo Chip and Full-Throttle Saloon the size of […]

The Historic Days of ’76

By • Jul 14th, 2013 • Category: Culture, Events

If there is one event that truly exemplifies the Black Hills – the natural beauty, the history and stories, the characters past and present, the families and traditions – the Days of ’76 is it. It’s sport and competition, parades and a party. It’s no bull, honest Americana. And coming up next weekend, it’s a […]