I stayed at the same place in 2016. To me, it was about perfect in terms of close proximity, yet you could escape if you wanted. Met a bunch of really nice folks from OK and IA. Great little restaurant in Whitewood. Good choice all around.My son and I stayed at Iron Horse Inn in Whitewood just about 7-8 miles north of sturgis. it was a nice Stay, away from the crowds,yet Close to the rally,covered parking for the bikes, (It rains) they had a washing and drying machines, Breakfast, band was playing, A bar, the town had restaurants gas station, you know Ect. with less crowds.