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Energize! Lodging in Wessington Springs

Updated March 08, 2023
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Kara Harders

SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist

Jerauld County Courthouse in Wessington Springs.
The Jerauld County Courthouse, a distinct landmark in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Courtesy: USDA Economic Research Service

Energize! 2023 will be hosted in Wessington Springs, South Dakota from May 31 through June 1. In addition to the multitude of things that make Wessington Springs distinct, there is an abundance of unique lodging opportunities.

Wessington Springs is a community of just under 800 people.

Staying in small towns can be a unique and rewarding experience, but finding the right accommodation can be a challenge. Often times larger chain hotels are not available in smaller communities; when this occurs, independent options often begin popping up to fill the need for travelers. This is what has happened in Wessington Springs, and they are all the better for it!

While chain hotels are often reliable and convenient, they may lack the charm and character of independent lodges and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs). We ask you to consider the added values of staying in lodges and independent B&Bs in small towns, both if you are attending Energize!, and for future travel in general!

One of the most significant advantages of staying in a lodge or B&B is the personalized service that you receive. The hosts are often locals, who are passionate about their town and eager to share their knowledge with visitors. They can provide insider tips on the best places to eat, shop, and explore, and they may even offer guided tours or other activities. This level of personalized service is unlikely to be found in a chain hotel, where staff may be less familiar with the local community.

Bedroom loft in a local lodge.
When you stay in a lodge or B&B, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture. Courtesy: Canva

When you stay in a small town, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in its local culture and way of life. By staying in a lodge or B&B, you are more likely to be situated in the heart of the town, surrounded by local businesses and attractions.

Your hosts may be able to recommend the best local restaurants, bakeries, and cafes, which can help you discover hidden culinary gems. This can give you a better understanding of the community and its history and allow you to interact with locals on a more-personal level. A local host is also more likely to inform you of community events occurring during your stay or other more specifically seasonal events, which can make for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Small towns are often situated in beautiful natural surroundings (Wessington Springs is no exception), and many lodges and B&Bs are located in areas that offer easy access to outdoor activities. This can include hiking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, or other recreational pursuits. The hosts of the accommodations may be able to provide recommendations on the best local spots and may even be able to provide equipment rentals or guided tours. This can make your stay in a small town much more active and adventurous.

Farm Lot 59, a local floral and produce business.
Staying in a lodge or B&B can be a great way to support local businesses and contribute to the local economy. Courtesy: USDA

Staying in a lodge or B&B can be a great way to support local businesses and contribute to the local economy. Many independent accommodations are owned and operated by local families or entrepreneurs, who are invested in the success of their community. By staying in their accommodations, you are supporting their business and helping to create a sustainable local economy. Additionally, the hosts are likely buying the things they need to operate their business from other local businesses, creating an impact on the entire community.

The benefits of choosing to stay in a lodge or B&B are truly endless. If you haven’t tried a stay in one before, try dipping your toe in the water with a short one or two night stay the next time you travel. If you are planning to attend Energize! this spring, be sure to check out the many local lodging opportunities available in their special community.