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A stay at Willowthorne offers a unique getaway experience with fresh air and natural beauty where the sunsets are gorgeous, and the stars light up the sky! Our farm is host to nine acres of agricultural space that combines organic farming practices, education, and hospitality.

We offer tent camping for small groups and retreats. Our campgrounds overlook the pond and wi


A stay at Willowthorne offers a unique getaway experience with fresh air and natural beauty where the sunsets are gorgeous, and the stars light up the sky! Our farm is host to nine acres of agricultural space that combines organic farming practices, education, and hospitality.

We offer tent camping for small groups and retreats. Our campgrounds overlook the pond and willow trees. We also allow space for small RVs or Campers (no power hook-up available currently).

Our area offers an incredible variety of recreational and sightseeing activities. Find peace and tranquility among nature or travel just 25 miles north to visit the heart of Chicago! We are central to many Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State Parks and beaches. Many good restaurants and breweries are also nearby. There is much to see and do around our quiet little corner.

We are an organic farm with bees and native pollinating insects. Broadcast pesticides, ie. Raid yard guard or similar products are not allowed on our property. You can spray your skin, clothing, and personal property with mosquito repellent in your designated camping area. Thank you for your commitment to conserving the natural ecosystem.  

We would like to note that our farm is host to nine apiaries and chickens. The hives are a good distance away from the campsites, so guests are safe. We sell honey and organic eggs (based on availability). The honey is a real treat - the spring harvest is a lovely delicate, floral flavor from feed on the blueberry blossoms. In the summer months they feed on black locust and clover, creating a wildly rich and delicious honey. We also offer seasonal vegetables from our gardens, depending on what sprouting up. Please ask upon arrival if you are interested in any of these fresh goodies.

Please advise that we are a upick blueberry farm, open to the public during the month of July three days each week, from 9am-3pm. Families come to pick berries and enjoy the overall farm experience. The path to some of the blueberry patches is shared with the same path to the campgrounds. The campground itself is your private space during your stay. Please set up your campsite within the designated campground area. Upick guests are not allowed to walk across the campgrounds.  If you book your stay during the blueberry harvest season, we hope you will also enjoy the upick experience!  We look forward to having you!


Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Walk to listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy in Illinois.


Upick blueberry farm, open to the public on specified dates during blueberry harvest season in July.

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Hipcamper Brett

Camping next to a frog pond!! :)

Brett H.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2022

We really enjoyed the privacy and the relaxing experience camping out on Mike's and Gosia's property. My girlfriend and I wanted to escape the city to camp out for a night and this was perfect!! We drove our car past the house and about 100 yards behind their house along the pond. There are trees between the blueberry bushes and the pond where we set up our tent. It was quiet, private, and comfortable. Wood was available for us and we even had fun catching frogs when it got dark. Overall, it was a really pleasant experience only 35min outside of Chicago! :)

Hipcamper Kitt

Camping with my dog

Kitt N.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2022

Fresh eggs, honey, blueberries!!! Great spot with great hosts. We will be back.

Hipcamper Artur
Artur C.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2022

We stayed on the property for two days and two nights , it was a great experience . Very friendly host Mike and Gosia . There is a blackberries farm , of course we went to pick some :) . Mike and Gosia have chickens you can buy fresh laid eggs, yummy. They have bee hives , we purchase some great tasting honey . I really enjoyed staying there . Really nice place to getaway for a weekend .
Thank you Mike and Gosia

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Hipcamper John

Dog friendly camping

John F.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2022

Great remote spot not far from the city and they are great hosts!

Hipcamper Gideon
Gideon P.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2022

Great space to spread out and watch wildlife around the pond. They ask that you unload and repark at front of property, but otherwise a seamless experience

Hipcamper Cody

The sounds of nature!

Cody B.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2022

Mike's farm land is the perfect getaway for a weekend. It was a pleasure to be greeted by Maggie upon arrival. She walked us to the site and offered a cart to transport our goods (the ground was too soft from rain for our civic). My wife and I stayed at the canopy bliss site, which was well shaded during the day. We enjoyed listening the sounds of nature (frogs, beautiful sound birds, ducks, etc) while relaxing in our two hammocks. This truly was a wonderful experience for us. A huge plus was that the bathroom (porta-potty) was the cleanest I've ever used! The only downside was that there was no picnic table to put our stuff or sit at while outside. Not a big deal, but bring a small table like we did and you'll be fine.

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Hipcamper Rachael

Peaceful last minute find

Rachael H.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2022

My partner and I were looking for a last minute adventure on Memorial Day weekend and found this peaceful little gem of a site. There’s a lovely pond and lush green space and we were the only ones here. It was a nice spot for a campfire and lovely nature sounds that out is right to sleep. Would def recommend for an off the beaten path chill site.

Hipcamper Charles

Camping by the lake

Charles Z.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2022

Such a super cool couple with an awesome property! The lake was very picturesque and the hospitality was much appreciated.

Hipcamper Emily
Emily S.
recommends this listing.
May 4th, 2022

Camped for one night in April. Beautiful spot with a pond, close to Lake Wampum which was a very nice park we checked out as well. Super nice hosts and beautiful property! You don't drive right up to the site so be prepared for that, but it was a short distance to walk and they let us borrow a wagon to haul things. Great place, easy drive down from Chicago, would recommend!

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