“Life follows the rhythm of the seasons."
This is not your ordinary campground. Located on a certified organic farm in the rolling hills of northern Illinois, Kinnikinnick Farm’s Feather Down farm tents (part of the Feather Down Farms franchise) offer guests a charming and authentic farm stay experience.
From spring through fall, guests can stay in the spacious wood-floored tents and enjoy beds made with European style linens; wood stoves, along with kindling and wood to cook and keep warm; and fresh, local foods. With no electricity inside the tents, evening light is provided via oil lamps and candles. Hot showers and flush toilets are located in a nearby bathhouse.
The farm was originally founded in 1849, and has been in continuous production since. David and Susan Cleverdon purchased the farm in 1987 and began their organic garden in 1993. Now, they sell their certified organic produce directly to farmers market customers and Chicago-area chefs, as well as partnering with a program that helps feed Chicago’s homeless.
Food and Chores
Guests are welcome to help out with some of the farm chores, like collecting eggs, feeding animals, and harvesting crops, or they may choose to simply explore the countryside and relax.
At Kinnikinnick Farm, guests can purchase meal components like meats, eggs, and produce, then grill outside or cook over their woodstove. The farm also offers “arrival meals” for the first night, and during particular times of year, the outdoor wood-fired oven is available for build-your-own pizza nights.
For folks who want to carry on the fresh, seasonal cooking back home, the farm has a recipe page on their website.
To learn more about Kinnikinnick Feather Down Farm visit their listing here on Farm Stay U.S., then head over to their website to book next year's vacation!
(All photos courtesy Kinnikinnick Farm; Coral VonZumwalt)
If you're planning on visiting a national park this year, a nearby farm or ranch could make a good "home base" for your explorations.Lots of farms offer camp sites or tents, as well as RV hookups, and even glamping!
Imagine a weekend dedicated to glamorous
camping -- glamping!
On June 2-3 this year, glamping aficionados all over the country
will gather together and celebrate the (comfy, fluffy, elegant)
What is glamping? Picture tents with beds, fully-furnished
yurts, antique sheepherder wagons, or spots to park your own
adorably restored vintage camper.
While the term may be relatively new, the concept of glamping
dates back to the early 1900s, when American and European travlers
stayed in luxurious tent accommodations while on safari in
Africa. Today's glampers still seek out
close-to-nature locales while opting for comfort in their lodgings.
Farm fresh and organic foods round out the experience.
You can find glamping
opportunities on our search page. Click on Show More
Search Options, then open the Amenities
Alternatively, visit the National Glamping Weekend
website, and find a gathering to join!
Photos: Willow Witt Ranch, Pagett Farm
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