Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 is looking good in Spearfish

by Victoria Kinkler
guest blogger, visual learner

We know you've been reading about all the events and things to do in Spearfish all winter long.  If you didn't make it here to enjoy the mild winter, this is what you've been missing out on!

Skiing and snowboarding in Spearfish Canyon or at Terry Peak Ski Resort...

photo by jhallthefirst

or off the roof of Killian's Tavern!

Peaceful walks or fishing from the shores of Iron Creek Lake or Mirror Lakes..  

photo by VisitSpearfish

Snowy hikes with breathtaking views up Crow Peak or Lookout Mountain:

photo by kittenribs

2016 saw a variety of 1920's revivals such as detective nights...

photo by ladyy.kat

 and speakeasy nights.

What have you enjoyed in Spearfish this year?  Let us know on Instagram! #visitspearfish #hifromsd #spearfish

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Celebrating St Patrick's Day

by Victoria Kinkler
guest blogger

In honor of St Patricks Day--MJ O'Neill's in
Dublin; est. 1713

Spearfish has an Irish population of 12.2%, but one day day a year we're 100% Irish!

Flanagan's--the only Irish Pub in town--opened at 9am last Thursday with bangers and mash.  Mr. Flanagan himself took the stage with his guitar on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  He also let donors shave his head one patch at a time, in exchange for $10--which went to benefit Children with Hair Loss.

Mr. Flanagan prepares to have his head shaved.
more St Patrick's Day photos at Flanagan's at

Of course there's always the Deadwood celebration, a mere 20 minutes from Spearfish.  This years festivities included kegs and eggs at Saloon 10, a parade, and the state's largest pub crawl.  

It's a blast, and rooms are much cheaper in Spearfish over the weekend; taxi cabs at Canyon Cab Co. are reasonably priced, and parking in Deadwood can be tricky.

How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Banquets, meetings, omelets and air hockey at the Spearfish Convention Center

by Victoria Kinkler
guest blogger, convention attendee

Located comfortably off exit 14, the Spearfish Convention Center hosts most major events--and its no question why.  

Events hosted at the convention center include the Black Hills Corvette Classic, the Hamsters motorcycle club induction banquet, and the Bridal Boutique bridal fair.

Participants of the annual Queen City Classic basketball tournaments bunk here because of their ability to coordinate large blocks of rooms--and many children.

The Holiday Inn Convention Center boasts free internet, a pool and 2 hot tubs, 8 convention rooms, air hockey and a bar and restaurant.

Lucky’s 13 is the bar and restaurant.  

An upscale American pub, they offer delicious omelets and coffee (or Bloody Mary’s if you’re on vacation!) as well as lunch and dinner--my favorite is the chicken gyro.  

Customers can be spotted watching football games and munching on the complimentary popcorn, and locals hit up their happy hour for half price walleye sliders and deep fried cheesy tater tots, as well as drink deals (they recently had a great Blackberry Sour beer from Colorado on tap).  There's live music every weekend too.

Event coordinator Angie Black says the Spearfish Convention Center has "hands down, the best service in the state!  [We have] a detail-oriented sales and events team."

She adds that their most requested services are exhibit and vendor spaces, food and beverage (including private bar!), and presentation equipment.

Visit Spearfish coordinates with the Convention Center to offer the following complimentary services to patrons: 
  • printed name tags
  • registrars, cashiers, ticket takers
  • Black Hills information booths
  • visitor packets and resource listing
  • public relations assistance
If you are interested in hosting an event at the Spearfish Convention center, you can e-mail director of sales Angie Black at

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Celebrate the last weekend of winter in Spearfish

by Victoria Kinkler
guest blogger, bicycle enthusiast

Spring is coming quickly, and the snow is nearly gone.  

The 28 Below Savoy Winter Challenge is the perfect way to kiss winter good-bye.  

If you haven't heard of it before, the Winter Challenge is an annual fat bike race, ride, and tour.  The tour kicks off and ends at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge, which has reduced room rates for racers.  Here's what you can find between start and finish:

Pre-race check in begins at 7:30a.m. on Saturday the 19th.

If you don't have a fatbike and would like to participate, contact Two Wheeler Dealer of Spearfish at 605-642-7545

For more, click here