From munchies to recreation to rest, 605 has a weekend itinerary from the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company to experience a taste of what the town has to offer.

“Vermillion has the best mix of small town charm to big city experiences, and everything in between can be found in this tiny pocket of southeast South Dakota,” said Megan Davidson, director of strategic communications and tourism.

Start the day with a filling breakfast at Café Brulé. Everything from the Beignets to the Maryland Benedict is worth a try.

With a full belly, head over to the W.H. Over Museum to check out fossils, photographs, publications, and other items that tell about the natural and cultural history of South Dakota.

Then stop for coffee at The Bean Community Coffeehouse for a much needed caffeine boost.

“I love their iced vanilla Chai [Tea] Latte, enjoyed with a slice of yogurt cake,” shared Davidson.

For a quick trip, grab a cup from Vermillion’s new Scooter’s Coffee drive thru that opened this past November. Right now, Scooter’s is offering limited-time, holiday-themed drinks like the Sugar Cookie Latte, and the Caramelicious is always a classic.

To expand your historical knowledge further, don’t forget to swing by the 19th-century, historic Austin-Whittemore House

Satisfy a grumbly stomach with lunch at Mister Smith’s, a place where bread is so good Davidson says The Oprah Magazine named it “Best Bread in the World” in 2002.

“The salt cabin is a fabulous addition to our small town.” -Megan Davidson

“I love the uniqueness of our dining establishments—they’re quirky, they’re arty, and they are so different from every ‘brand name’ location,” said Davidson.

Remember to check into a freshly renovated room at the Red Roof Inn.

Throughout the afternoon, pick and choose where to spend time. Take in views at The Bluffs Golf Course, explore the Spirit Mound Historic Prairie, or challenge yourself to some disc golf at any of Vermillion’s city parks.

After some exploration, enjoy some pampering at Exhale Wellness Spa with salt cabin halotherapy, a sauna, oxygen bar, and plenty of massage package options.

Recommended Restaurants

Café Brulé
Bean Community Coffeehouse
Scooter’s Coffee

Lunch or Dinner
Mister Smith’s
Dakota Brick House
Old Lumber Company Bar and Grill

“If 2020 showed us anything it was the importance of self-care, and Exhale has a range of treatments for the mind, body and spirit,” explained Davidson.

If a night out is more your style, give the menu at Dakota Brick House or take in the views of the Old Lumber Company Grill and Bar rooftop.

“I could sit and watch the world go by along Main Street, and enjoy chatting with the many locals that drop by,” said Davidson.

The Coyote Twin Theater is a can’t-miss attraction. Davidson encourages reclining in the charming old movie theater to enjoy the big screen.

She emphasized, “What I love about this weekend itinerary is the multiple different options to suit everyone—from food connoisseurs to arts & culture experts and outdoor lovers.”

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