“Over the last decade of traveling for work, we’ve stayed everywhere from hotels, to glamping, to Airbnbs of all styles,” said 605 Magazine’s director of operations and co-founder, Alana Snyder. “We hadn’t seen anything with a modern, South Dakota theme, and so we wanted to really have fun doing that with the build of our cabin and the local décor inside.”

Alana and her husband John, 605’s marketing and event manager, were spending time showing the Black Hills to John’s parents from Philadelphia when they really began noticing the “gorgeous land” from a different perspective. 

“We’ve always been in love with the Black Hills,” said Alana, though this time they were looking at it for a different reason. “I grew up going to Rapid City often to visit my grandparents and family, and we would always explore and create so many memories there.” 

Soon after exploring the area like tourists with John’s family, they took the plunge and purchased land that’s a short drive from Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, and Lead. 

Construction on the 605 Cabin began in 2019 and finished in April 2021. 

“We really wanted to welcome people from around the state and people new to the state into a ‘home away from home’ that showcased local art, bright and airy vibes, and all of the amenities you would hopefully need to relax and take time away from real life,” explained Alana. 

Feeling inspired by the surrounding trees, John chose to make the exterior of the home dark with a deep green door. 

“We have been working on our 605 brand for over 12 years, and were one of the first to use the area code as part of our business and messaging back in 2008. We thought we would continue that with the 605 Cabin.” -Alana Snyder

While John focused on the modern exterior, Alana spent time putting together the inside with help from their hired builder.

“Our builder, Brandon Voss of Voss Custom Homes in Spearfish, made the whole process so easy and fun,” said Alana. “He did everything from creating our dream cabin to helping us build the bunk bed, since I’m definitely lacking talent on that end.” 

Entering the 605 Cabin, guests are met with views of endless trees and Black Hills beauty painting the landscape beyond the large living room windows. 

“A huge point for us was windows,” said Alana. “We wanted the white walls to create a blank canvas for the real centerpiece: nature.” 

The sitting area is topped off with a wood-burning fireplace. 

To the right, the open-concept floor plan leads into the pristine white kitchen and flows into the dining room from there. 

The kitchen was brought together with the help and white cabinets of Showplace Cabinetry and Cambria countertops by Creative Surfaces

Cabin Specs

+Sleeps 8-10
+Three Bedroom
+Two + a Half Bathroom
+Natural Light
+Gas Grill
+Hot Tub
+High Speed Internet
+Washer + Dryer
+Wood-Burning Fireplace
+Two-Car Garage
+605 Cabin Travel Guide

Since they settled on the idea of building a cabin, Alana has been picking out various furniture and décor items that she fell in love with for the space over the years. 

Sprinkled throughout the build are vibrant pieces, making the space really reflect the color scheme of 605 Magazine

“My Achilles’ heel is purchasing too much local art, so I have work from many talented South Dakota artists up, including Lacey Eidem’s painted skull in the master bedroom, Steve Bormes’ Buffalois light installation above the fireplace, Shaine Schroeder’s painting in the dining room, and Sarah Goetz’s prints framed in several of the rooms.” 

Other locally sourced pieces include candles from Pine-Clad Candle Co., K-Cups from Sturgis Coffee Company, and the firepit benches made by Oak Hollow Custom Woodworks

Also on the main floor is the master bedroom and private bathroom, a half bathroom, and a staircase that leads into the bottom level. 

“We created a custom hanging light above the stairwell with an old canoe we owned,” said Alana. “It was a challenge for Brandon’s crew to hang, but it’s perfect.” 

Two bedrooms, a sitting area, and an additional bathroom downstairs bring the cabin to a total of three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. 

With the full-sized bunk bed and twin trundle, a queen-sized bed, and a king in the master, the cabin sleeps 8-10 with the addition of the pullout sofa. 

“Our space is great for a family, for friends celebrating special occasions, or for work retreats and trips,” explained Alana. 

She added that the 605 team will be spending some time there during events like the 605 Black Hills Classic the weekend of September 11 and for various work trips throughout the year. 

“I’m most excited to bring our 2-year-old, Owen, to have some of the same Black Hills experiences I had growing up,” she said. 

And the team has created a special mock issue of the magazine just for guests with recommendations, tips, and rules. 

Take A Sneak Peek at 605’s Recommendations

Coffee Shops
Blackbird Espresso // Spearfish

Jacobs Brewhouse & Grocer // Deadwood

Outlaw Square // Deadwood

The Brothel Deadwood // Deadwood

Road Trip
Vertex Bar at Hotel Alex Johnson // Rapid City

1880 Train // Hill City

The 605 Cabin intends to share 605 Magazine’s knowledge and focus on South Dakota with tourists. 

“Just like our publication and website, I wanted to help recommend restaurants, attractions, and more to help guests have the best time during their stay.” 

She added, “I’m just looking forward to seeing letters in our guest book and finding out how people enjoyed themselves during their trip. South Dakota is my passion, and sharing that with people from all over the world means so much.” 



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