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About Me & My Family

I'm a travel and eco blogger, freelance writer, and editor living in beautiful Oregon. I love to travel with kids (most of the time) and run a review site for parents called www.pitstopsforkids.com.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
A whirlwind tour of the national parks of the Southwest!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Oregon state parks or Laguna Beach, CA. It's a toss up!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
St. John's in the US Virgin Islands
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching my children explore Disney World for the first time!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Stranded in the San Francisco airport at 2 am with a toddler and an infant. Not. Fun.
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374 Reviews

August 30 2015
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Bitter Esters Brewhouse
607 Mt Rushmore Rd,
South Dakota 57730
"Fun brew pub atmosphere"
Bitter Esters has great microbrews and its own brewhouse, with great local beers on tap. The food is very good--definitely try the baked potato nachos for a starter--and the atmosphere is friendly and casual. Families can mingle with hipsters here, and everyone likes the pedestrian-friendly location right on the main strip of Custer.
August 30 2015
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Prairie Berry Winery and Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Prairie Berry Winery and Restaurant
23837 Hwy. 385,
Hill City,
South Dakota 57745
"A great stop, even with kids!"
It's hard to categorize this place...it's a winery, but with a very casual atmosphere. The main building is a brightly-lit country store setting, with outdoor patio. Miner's Brewery sits adjacent. The wine and beer are made on-site by a wine and brewmaster, and it's a family-owned business. Prairie Berry wines are very popular in South Dakota, and are fun to taste, as many are berry and fruit wines (quite sweet for the most part). Tastings are FREE, and fun to do. Kids can play with some puzzles and games while adult taste. Grab lunch here for everyone, or visit the brewery instead. A fun stop while in the Custer/Rushmore area for sure.
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August 30 2015
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Rock Crest Lodge | kids travel, kids activities
Rock Crest Lodge
15 Mt Rushmore Rd,
Custer, South Dakota
"Very nice, more motel than lodge"
This hotel on the main street of Custer has both motel rooms and spacious cabins, the latter of which are set up on a hillside overlooking the town. Families can get one room or more in each cabin, plus full kitchens or kitchenettes (check the website for details on each cabin). The cabins are a good value, and there’s an outdoor swimming pool and playground as well. Breakfast is included.
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August 30 2015
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THE LODGE AT DEADWOOD RESORT | kids travel, kids activities
100 Pine Crest,
Deadwood, South Dakota
"Very good restaurant"
We didn't stay here, but enjoyed the restaurant offerings. The building is very large, almost cavernous, which is probably due to being attached to a convention center, so that's a drawback for me, but it's new and well-designed and the portions are high quality and yet very large. It's fairly noisy, so it's no problem to bring young kids, and if adults want to get away from that, there's a large sports bar as well.
August 30 2015
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Ann's Motel | kids travel, kids activities
Ann's Motel
114 4th Ave,
Wall, South Dakota
"Gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling!"
From the outside, Ann’s Motel looks like any other budget motel option off I-90 in the middle of nowhere. In fact, it IS all that, but it’s also something special. For starters, it’s directly down the street from famous Wall Drug, a must-stop. We were checked in by Ann herself, who greeted us with a smile and actual keys on chains (no key cards here). Our rooms were clean and functional…nothing more…but there was the nicest printed note in each room, essentially saying Ann was glad we were her guests, and to have happy travels. Ann chatted with us about the local football game, where to eat, and what to do around Wall. I haven’t had such a nice check-in experience in a long time.
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