Buffalo Ridge Resort

Your Premier Getaway Destination

 Rich with history and stunning grounds, Buffalo Ridge Resort & Business Center truly is an amazing hidden gem. Located on the border of South Dakota and Minnesota, in charming Gary, SD, Buffalo Ridge Resort is the perfect destination, for both your social and business needs. Home to the first School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in South Dakota, our walls and halls have great stories to tell! Our completely renovated buildings and endless breathtaking scenery, serve as the perfect backdrop for any type of event where you want to meet and relax, all in the same visit. Our modern amenities and comfortable accommodations make it feel like your home away from home (or office!) With on-site lodging, catering, restaurant and bar, multiple venue spaces (both indoor and outdoor), and an experienced event staff, you will be in good hands at Buffalo Ridge Resort.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, please contact us at events@buffaloridgeresort.com or call 605-272-7777. We look forward to visiting with you about how we can assist you with your event needs.

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Gold Room Meeting Space

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Single Queen Hotel Room

About Buffalo Ridge Resort

Welcome to Buffalo Ridge Resort, nestled on the edge of Lake Elsie in Gary, South Dakota. Buffalo Ridge Resort and Business Center is a historic property that has been beautifully restored and is surrounded by mature oak trees, small-town charm, and a rich history dating back to 1872. Buffalo Ridge Resort was once home to South Dakota’s first School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  The property still retains much of its historical appeal including a unique system of underground tunnels which were originally used to allow the students to travel from one building to another in the event of inclement weather. 

The Herrick Hotel and Woodbury Hall, which were once the campus dormitories, have now been completely renovated and restored. At Buffalo Ridge Resort & Business Center, you’ll discover an amazing blend of past and present with contemporary western allure. Uniquely charming, Buffalo Ridge Resort and Business Center is perfect for business or leisure. Whether your time is spent in the historical Herrick Hotel, at the Talking Waters Campground or at the Rock Room Bar and Grill, you'll be sure to enjoy yourself as Buffalo Ridge is constantly adapting to your wishes and needs. 

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Tour Buffalo Ridge Resort


“Snuck to Gary, SD for a couple’s weekend and couldn’t have been more pleased with the ease of making a reservation, the front-desk greeting, the room and the grounds.”

– TripAdvisor Review  

“I found this place on the web. What a wonderful surprise! A beautiful restoration of an old school for the blind, Buffalo Ridge has more of a campus feel than that of a hotel. The place is restored with a nice mix of modern touches while preserving some of the history of the campus.”

– TripAdvisor Review  

“We stayed four nights at the hotel and were quite pleased—it offers all the modern conveniences like high speed connections and an art gallery, yet still retains its historic charm.”

– TripAdvisor Review  

“It is rare to find a property that mixes history, elegance and great service. Buffalo Ridge does it with ease. I found the service to be genuine. The food in the grill was great—try the buffalo burger! I took a tour of the facility and found the historical preservation to be top notch. Makes it an even more special place to dine and stay. Put Buffalo Ridge on your bucket list.”

– TripAdvisor Review  

“Charming, beautiful, and rich in history, Buffalo Ridge, formerly the School for the Blind, is perfect for business and leisure.”

– SDGlacialLakes.com  

“The perfect combination of luxury, contemporary comfort, and artistic talent.”

– ExperienceGarySD.com  

“Gary’s School for the Blind is now a Top-Notch Resort”

– South Dakota Magazine  

“Perched on the eastern edge of South Dakota, overlooking the land of 10,000 lakes, you’ll find the village of Gary, SD. Home to a couple hundred hearty souls and the Rock Room Bar and Grill, part of the Buffalo Ridge Resort. This hotel and resturant are located in a building built in 1899 and was formally used for the School of the Blind. They have done wonders restoring this grouping of buildings and have installed Chef Lance and a team of professionals who have produced a gem of a resturant in a great setting. If this is not your destination, your lost but no matter you’ll have a wonderful place to eat.”

– Craig M. TripAdvisor
Rock Room Bar & Grill


Stop by the Rock Room Bar and Grill today, and enjoy some of the best food around, in one of the coolest spots you’ve seen.
Located on the campus of the beautiful Buffalo Ridge Resort in Gary, South Dakota.

The dining room is open for any group size, 7 days a week. Call today at 605-272-7777.

Things To Do
Buffalo Ridge Activities
Date: August 15, 2014
There are many things to do at the beautiful Buffalo Ridge Resort and Business Center! Come and enjoy: Talking Waters Campground Rock Room Bar & Grill Fishing Golfing Hiking Trails Live Music Gary Historical Museum – one block from the resort, open Sat & Sun 1-3pm Kids Playground And many...
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