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Willowthorne

99%
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· Lynwood, Illinois
9 acres
2 sites
2 RV/Tent
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. We also allow space for small RVs or Campers (no power hook-up available at this time). Our campgrounds overlook the pond and willow trees. 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 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 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 whats sprouting up. Please ask upon arrival if you are interested in any of these fresh goodies. 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. Please advise that we are a upick blueberry farm, open to the public three days each week during the month of July. Families come to pick berries and enjoy the overall farm experience. While the path to some of the blueberry patches is the same path to the campgrounds, the campground itself is your private space during your stay. 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!
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Lynwood, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Mike And Gosia R.Joined in July 2021
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52 ratings · 41 reviews
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Chelsea P.recommends
November 15, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Excellent little spot! We got some eggs, honey, and oyster mushrooms. ALL were delicious. We also had our dog with us, and there’s plenty of space to walk and explore. Our host, Mike, was super accommodating and nice to chat with.
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Bethany E.recommends
November 2, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
This was such a fun weekend getaway! The farm is a safe, hidden oasis near south Chicago. We loved visiting the nearby nature preserve and campfires at night.
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Joseph T.recommends
October 29, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
Great place to get away from the city and enjoy a night either tent camping or car camping.
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Brendan L.recommends
October 16, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Nice people, very cool property. Close to anything you need but feels far away. We’ll be back.
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Lisa L.recommends
September 26, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
The land is beautiful and the hosts are lovely! You can drive right up to the camping spot which was set up with fire ring, bbq set and nearby porta potty. We would definitely return!
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Jillana M.recommends
September 12, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
The Great Escape
Little slice of ‘nature’s heaven’ just outside Chicago’s door. Easy access to the city. Mike and Gosia are lovely and accommodating hosts.
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Carlene P.recommends
September 12, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
I car camped here on a cross country trip with my fur babies. This place couldn’t have been more perfect. The pond was beautiful and the dogs got their energy out after a day of riding by swimming in it. The hosts are super nice people and they have a cute dog who played with our pups. And as a female traveling alone I felt very safe! Would absolutely recommend and stay again.
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Alex N.recommends
September 6, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
That Good Midwest Hospitality
What went well was from the start, the hosts were super responsive. I requested and earlier arrival time than their check-in and they delivered. Mike and Gosia were very nice, I even got a chance to chat with them about homesteading, sustainable practices and more. They were very knowledgeable about the whole Chicagoland area. I plan to return to this spot before the winter hits, because I had such a nice time. This is a super quiet area; a pond, farm and grass all protected by forest as a perimeter. The hosts have eggs, seasonal produce (blueberries, tomatoes etc) available for purchase, and even firewood. The thing that stood out for me was the amount of space between the sites as well. There is a very generous amount of privacy, which you cannot get at State parks or some other Hip Camps. All in all, this host is a 10/10. Couldn't have asked for more hospitality and a very nicely cared for space. Mahalo Mike and Gosia!!
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Kristine M.
August 28, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
The location of the campsite was perfect! Beautiful pond and really well set up campsites. Gosia met us when we got there and gave us a nice orientation to the space. The eggs we bought were delicious! The only downside was the neighboring properties are kind of close. Both nights we were there different neighbors were having loud parties with lots of music. Not quite the peaceful camping experience we were looking for.
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Brett H.recommends
August 23, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
Camping next to a frog pond!! :)
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! :)
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Ted K.recommends
August 15, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Lovey spot close to Chicago. Low/no traffic noise, yet close to action. I’d go back in a heartbeat!
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Nicholas P.recommends
August 9, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Great spot close to Chicago. Lots of space, hosts were very welcoming, we hope to come back. They sell homemade honey which is fantastic btw def pick some up if they have any left.
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James E.recommends
August 8, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
A beautiful base camp!
Mike & Gosia’s property is the perfect starting point for any adventure! If timed properly, you can make it to the city within 35 minutes, and it will only take you about 40-45 minutes to get over to the Indiana Dunes parks which, by the way, are absolutely lovely! Mike & Gosia’s place is simply beautiful, and our family of five enjoyed our stay and had zero complaints. Seriously… ZERO complaints. That’s rare for a traveling family 😅 We just wish we had more time to explore the property (berry picking, fishing, etc.), but that’s my job’s fault, not Mike & Gosia’s. Make sure to ask for some local recommendations, and make sure to pick up some of their honey before you head on home — something we forgot to do — but I suppose that just gives us yet another reason to go back!
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James G.recommends
August 1, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
My son and I had a great time at this campsite. The grounds were very pretty and we enjoyed the blueberries. Gosia was a very gracious host. One piece of advice though, it can be pretty loud. The campgrounds are right by a pond with a lot of noisy bullfrogs. Also, while it’s secluded, you can still hear the road and there were sirens/motorcycles. Some ear plugs or white noise would go a long way!
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Lo A.recommends
July 27, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Lovely camping close to the city!
Our experience was absolutely lovely! The property is gorgeous, the campsite was cute, and the owners were sweet! It's a perfect location, far enough from the city to feel calm and isolated, but close enough that the travel is easy and so worth it for a day trip. My friend and I came by train/bus - it was just a 10 minute walk from the bus stop - and just stayed for one night. We were so in love with the pond, willows, chicken coop, flowers, and blueberry/blackberry trees... it was such an idyllic way to spend a day off. We had a little camping area with a mulch patch to pitch out tent, a firepit (they have firewood available but we didn't end up needing any), and a table with a couple chairs. The owners were kind enough to let us hang out around the property for the day after we technically checked out, and they called us to make sure we were okay when it started raining - we really appreciate their care and hospitality, and we're so impressed and happy with the whole experience!! Thanks for letting us camp here!
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Jalen K.recommends
July 23, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Couple with Dog
very nice spot on a blueberry farm, very very nice people who showed us to our campsite when we arrived. Tons of Blueberries and they even have honey for sale!!! the only thing to be warned about is they do have a nice amount of customers who come by and go blueberry picking. Good experience regardless.
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Jessica S.recommends
July 22, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Beautiful site, lovely hosts, 10/10. Thank you, Gosia and Mike!
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Damon H.recommends
July 17, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Wonderful hosts and a well kept sight. Made our night away from home a blast. Great honey too!
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Kitt N.recommends
July 13, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
Camping with my Dog
Fresh eggs, honey, blueberries!!! Great spot with great hosts. We will be back.
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Ariell M.recommends
July 11, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Beautiful property and great hosts!
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Artur C.recommends
July 5, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
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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John F.recommends
July 2, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
Dog friendly camping
Great remote spot not far from the city and they are great hosts!
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Janelle R.recommends
June 28, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Definitely peaceful and relaxing!
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Gideon P.recommends
June 21, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
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
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Cody B.recommends
June 1, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
The sounds of nature!
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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Rachael H.recommends
June 1, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
Peaceful last minute find
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.
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Lisa C.recommends
May 30, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
An enchanted little Eden. Our stay was exactly what we needed. Lovely hosts, a tranquil setting reminiscent of Monet’s Giverny and the sounds of birds & frogs. Purchased some delicious honey for the road. We’ll definitely stay here again if we are ever back this way…
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Charles Z.recommends
May 26, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
Camping by the Lake
Such a super cool couple with an awesome property! The lake was very picturesque and the hospitality was much appreciated.
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Emily S.recommends
May 4, 2022
Bliss under the Catalpa Canopy
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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Johana M.recommends
May 2, 2022
A Peaceful Camping at Willowthorne
Great place to get away
We had an amazing time camping at Willowthorne! It was a very nice plot of land and features a lot of pretty scenery. Mike was a great host and was able to fulfill any questions or needs we had. I also would highly recommend buying some honey as it is all organic and was very tasty. All in all, our time spent here was well worth it and we will definitely go back to Willowthorne.
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