Innkeepers Travelogue: Sioux Falls

Posted on September 6, 2010 by

Sioux Falls Namesake Falls

One of the great perks of innkeeping is trading nights with other innkeepers. Our most recent trade was with Jill Jonnes of The Victorian Bed and Breakfast, where this past week we spent 3 fabulous nights in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s a beautiful home in the Cathedral Historic District, built in 1888 just like ours, with a fantastic wrap around porch.

The Victorian Bed and Breakfast

We took in so many wonderful sites during our stay. No trip here is complete without a visit to the falls that gave Sioux Falls its name, where the water cascades over the quartzite outcroppings in a 100 foot descent. Each evening a spectacular laser show lights up the falls while telling of the city’s history. Take the trolley ride from the falls through the historic downtown where the beautiful buildings are home to a fantastic variety of shops and restaurants.

Pettigrew Museum's Petrified Wood Exterior

The Pettigrew Museum is right next door to the B&B. I spent every morning and evening sitting on the front porch taking in the view. The building itself is a masterpiece, built from Sioux Quartzite (the second hardest stone behind the diamond) and polished petrified wood from Arizona. Frank Pettigrew himself began the museum’s collection from his travels around the world, and donated the home as a museum to the city after his death – it’s been operating continuously since 1930.

Other recommendations from our visit are the Japanese Gardens and Washington Pavilion. For dining, try sandwiches at the Falls Overlook Cafe (originally the hydroelectric plant), and pizza at A Taste of The Big Apple (though the setting reminded us more of the warehouse district in Galveston, Texas than New York City).