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Long Haul Flower Farm

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· Chelsea, Michigan
5 acres
2 sites
1 RV/Tent
1 Tent
Long Haul Farm is an organic flower farm in Chelsea, MI dedicated to sustainably growing plants, family, community, and soil biology for generations, the long haul! -------- History -------- Growing up, I used to come here to visit my great-aunt & uncle's horse ranch. My great uncle grew up visiting his great uncle who was one of the first in our family on this land. They were animal and nature lovers, and in their retirement, sold 130 acres to The Nature Conservancy, all of which is now protected as a county nature preserve. Unfortunately 11 years ago, my great-uncle and aunt had passed and we had to sell the family land.  By an amazing serendipitous luck, as we were looking for a farm homestead to move to, we reconnected with the owners of the land and they were just deciding to sell it. So my family was able to buy back the family land and continue the legacy.  -------- Onwards ---- Kathryn and I are restarting our cut-flower farm, and hoping to develop a permaculture inspired orchard and keep chickens and pigs. We love living here surrounded by extensive state and county parks and recreation land, while still being close enough to Chelsea and Ann Arbor for all that they provide.  Our aim is to create a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable atmosphere for our visitors. We hope to provide a refuge in nature and perhaps even some education of flowers or wildlife.  Join us in carrying on the legacy of family land stewardship and love for natural spaces!  - Doug (he/him/his) & Kat (she/her/hers) Find us on Facebook: fb.com/LongHaulFarm And Instagram: @LongHaulFarmMI
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Chelsea, Michigan, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Kat S.Joined in March 2018
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 7 hours
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166 ratings · 136 reviews
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Nicholas L.recommends
October 23, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
They had a beautiful set up. You felt secluded and had good privacy. Adjacent to beautiful township park land and near State Recreation Areas. Goats and chickens were fun to watch. Rooster does give you a good wake up call lol. Ask about the firewood setup before you arrive Would recommend this site!
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Pat R.
October 10, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Beware the Rooster!
Directions were clear, didn't even see or meet the host, but camping spot was plenty spacious, pit/compost toilet in the shed was pretty clean. They were out of firewood being towards the end of the season, but we made do. My only real complaint is not even the host's fault, it's regarding the chickens/rooster they have on the property. I'm not an early riser, and this rooster was crowing very early, very often, and very loud. On top of that, once we got out of our tent and started making breakfast, they all flocked towards our campsite and the head rooster would not leave us alone, basically begging like a dog for food scraps. We just wanted to eat in peace! lol
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Allison V.recommends
October 9, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Great spot for a weekend getaway!
We loved staying at the Hilltop Hangout! The directions to get onto the property were very clear. When we first arrived, we were greeted by goats and chickens :) We enjoyed the one mile hiking loop around Kat’s property. There was also lots of hiking nearby. We went on the Big Kame Loop less than 5 minutes away from our campsite and it was great hiking! There were a couple of tables and chairs already provided for us at the campsite so that was really helpful. I would highly recommend this spot!
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Madison Q.recommends
October 3, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Humble Hilltop Hangout
I loved staying at Kat’s hilltop hangout. One of us slept in a tent while me and my other friend slept in the hammocks. The site was absolutely beautiful and we had some really fun run ins with the goats, chickens, and dogs. The site was gorgeous and the compostable toilet was pretty clean, although lacked privacy. While we had a great time there were certain things lacking. We had messages the host twice during our stay in regards to finding some amenities mentioned like water, fire wood, and our add on goat walkabout that we paid 10 dollars for but unfortunately never received. We still got to see the goats and watch them from atop the hill but I wish we wouldn’t have paid for something we didn’t get in the end. Extremely fun and relaxed time on a beautiful property despite the very minor hiccups. Would recommend to anyone! While we did not have children I can say that children would love this site as well.
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Annora H.
October 3, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
A few problems, but great location
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. We had two issues and they were both pretty minor. The first was a super aggressive rooster that would not leave us alone. He chased and pecked my young child, so I would be aware of this if you are bringing kids. The second was communication--we attempted to contact the hosts but could not reach them by phone. On the second day, someone taking care of their animals was there and told us they weren't around. As the hosts were not present on site and some of the extras (coffee, etc.) that we paid for were omitted--sadly and no one contacted us to let us know or refund this. There was also no firewood and we had to go back out to get some. It seems from reading reviews that you have to prearrange firewood, which would have been nice to know. On the plus side, the site was beautiful and private. Another campsite was far enough away that we didn't hear them at night. Directions were easy and well-written and nearby parks and trails were very nice, making this a great location.
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Kara A.
September 19, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Kat was super helpful with my questions leading up to booking about the location in reference to an event I was in the area for. The location was perfect for what I needed. Directions were clear, and I found it easily. The site was flat and appropriate for my camper van. There wasn't any firewood stocked as had been listed, but I didn't have time for a fire that weekend, so it wasn't a problem. The composting toilet location was a little -rustic-. I had get my gumption up and my headlamp on to head into the abandoned barn. It hadn't been touched in a while so there were a lot of spiders and cobwebs to contend with - not my fave in the dark morning or evenings.
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Paul K.recommends
September 6, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Good experience. We had a fun time!!
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Kate B.recommends
September 4, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Our camping experience was great and exactly what we were looking for! The animals are so fun and we had plenty of room to explore.
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Ben S.recommends
August 28, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Great spot! Secluded, shaded, and beautiful! Would definitely stay again, and recommend to anyone!
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Catherine B.recommends
August 15, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Dark and quiet retreat close to Metro Detroit. It's so nice to have the grass trails for walks. I had friendly visitors to my site: a sweet cat and a flock of curious chickens and guineas. It was my second trip here and I enjoy it very much.
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Glenn B.recommends
August 14, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Camp on the high ground.
The Hilltop Hangout is a great spot for tent camping in lower Michigan. It offers a nice view of the surrounding forests and easy access to trails. The nearby flower bed adds to the vista, and its a terrific spot for full moon rises. Doug and Kat are great, friendly hosts. Doug told me that they will improving the site soon, adding a true outhouse to replace the compost toilet. Our only hiccup was that no firewood was available on premise, as expected. So visitors should check that with Doug or Kat before arriving. Wood was available for a reasonable amount from a convenience store a few miles up the road.
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Savanna H.recommends
July 12, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Kat and Doug were great camping hosts! The site is beautiful and we loved the goats and chickens. The bugs were abundant and the compost toilet is not super ideal, but that’s how rustic camping goes. The nearby bike trails, lakes, and little downtown area make for a lovely stay!
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Jennifer M.recommends
July 11, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Private, shady spot to camp. Has a very organic and rustic feel. The composting toilet lacks privacy, but does the trick. Doug was very friendly. If you plan to buy firewood from them, check ahead, they were out when we arrived so we ran to a gas station to buy wood. Bring your bug spray, not too terrible, just typical of the time of year. We were just passing through, but would love to check out the charming nearby town of Chelsea in the future. Oh, and we really enjoyed visiting the goats and chickens!
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Andrew C.recommends
July 10, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Cozy and Peaceful
Beautiful little spot that was incredibly easy to find thanks to detailed directions from host. Space was perfect for my car and little teardrop and easy to get in and out. Site was very pretty, right along the woods and secluded. Will definitely be back!
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Jeffrey L.recommends
June 22, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Incredible!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here! The campsite was very clean and had a great view of a wooded valley below with a hiking path if you wanted to explore it yourself. There are also a lot of other points of interest in the area. We visited the nearby DTE hiking trail, Pickerel lake, and the town of Hell in our one full day out. The goats and chickens are always open for visits too to cure some boredom. We were visited by the two dogs on the farm and also a cat from another nearby farm which was another awesome surprise. The hosts were very kind and offered help with figuring out activities nearby so don’t be afraid to ask them for things to do. Hoping to find an excuse to make my way back!
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Michelle G.recommends
June 20, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Lovely Quiet Weekend
There is a second site but as we were the only campers there for the weekend, we found it to be very peaceful and quiet. Great bike trails nearby as well as the small town of Chelsea. Goats, chickens and the neighbors cat (I believe) stopped by to say hi but were not at all bothersome or noisy. Definitely recommend.
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Julie L.recommends
June 19, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Lovely site!
Shady Corners is so dreamy! We enjoyed two nights and hope to come back again. The site is huge and very private. We saw so many butterflies and dragonflies, plus hawks and even the tiniest hummingbird. We explored the property and took advantage of the swing on the hilltop. We also checked out the nearby B2B trail. The host, Doug, was friendly and pleasant to chat with.
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Calynn B.recommends
June 11, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
It was a perfect 2 day getaway for my 6 year old and I. Stunning property. My son loved the goats and chickens and appreciate the hosts taking the time to show them to him. Peonies were in Blume and smelled fantastic.
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Grace C.recommends
June 9, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Beautiful land! One of my favorite hip camps so far.
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Hannah C.recommends
June 2, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Doug was super friendly and welcoming. My dog and I mostly had the place to ourselves. The campsite had everything we needed. We enjoyed day trips to hike and swim at Pinckney Rec Area.
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Adrienne S.recommends
May 31, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Hilltop Oasis
The hilltop oasis was everything we could have asked for and more! The photos, as beautiful as they are, somehow still don't do it justice! The view is as relaxing as can be. We had two 13-year-olds in tow and we turned off the phones for the weekend. The girls laid in the hammocks and read, played cards, volleyball... it was the perfect detox! The hammocks, carefully placed in the shade, allowed the perfect amount of shade and breeze on an otherwise hot day. We could have stayed in them all day. Kat and Doug were amazingly helpful. I was unable to nail down the details of our weekend before heading up and they gave us suggestions about the area and even brought up coffee and let the girls feed the chickens. My asking for those extras was a little last minute but they were still able to accomodate us which I greatly appreciated! We went kayaking through Hell's Canoes & Kayaks - hightly recommend! We hope to be back sooner rather than later. Knowing this hilltop oasis exists just an hour drive away makes me feel happy inside. :-) Thank you so much!
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Jodi W.recommends
May 29, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
We'll be back!
We thoroughly enjoyed this site! Super pre-camp communication and directions, idyllic farm setting butting up to county park land. Composting toilet was fine, water was easily accessible and they ran a cord from the barn at our request for electricity. My fav parts? Well, besides the goats, I loved chatting with host's family about the farm's history. Oh, and loved not having 4G reception.
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Catherine B.recommends
May 25, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Coffee delivery?! Yes please!
Pretty camp site. Handy water, potty and firewood. Be sure to walk the turf trails down to the pond for a beautiful sunrise. But the best part was getting delicious coffee delivered right to my table in the morning. Luxury! It is worth the small surcharge.
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Korri S.recommends
April 24, 2022
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Why camp anywhere else!
Excellent service. Ask and they are willing to help anyway they can. Directions were clear and accurate. Nice family. Plenty of privacy and space to explore. Beautiful views for Campsite and fire pit. Nice to be disconnected. Playing with the goats was a huge plus for us! It was our 2nd stay and we plan to come back again!
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Emily S.recommends
April 24, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Hilltop Sunrise
My boyfriend and I camped here for one night to test out our new tent for the season! This camp site was way more than expected and we were very pleased with our stay! The hosts are very nice and even recommended some fishing and hiking spots. The views from on top of the hill are awesome and the sunrise is even better! We would stay again!
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Matthew H.recommends
April 23, 2022
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Our stay was very short, but we really loved this spot and the hosts were incredibly welcoming and kind. Would highly recommend and we hope to return for another stay in the future also!
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Bruce W.recommends
December 22, 2021
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Fantastic spot!
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Chris C.recommends
November 6, 2021
Shady Corner Camp - Tents & Campers
Yaaasssssss.
I don't even want to give away how cool this place was! I was looking for a quiet, solitary spot, and this site totally exceeded my expectations for that. Introverts in search of quiet & fire step on up. Don't miss sunrise on the upper hill, y'all... I'm telling you your life will be enriched from that day forward. Totally plan on being back.
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Elizabeth C.recommends
September 26, 2021
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Beautiful hilltop oasis!
This is a great place! We were looking for a campsite pretty close to Ann Arbor for the weekend with another family and I’m so glad we decided to give Hipcamp and this site a try. Plenty of space for two tents, possible to drive up for easy unloading, beautiful hilltop views, picnic table, a fire pit and dry firewood, nice people, chickens and two friendly goats. Campsite bathroom is a basic composting toilet in an old barn - not the highlight but fine and no problem. The campsite connects to a mile-long loop through a nature preserve that is beautiful! Easy walk with dogs and gorgeous little pond. We heard coyotes, saw geese and herons, saw deer. Really neat spot in pretty secluded area. Hosts were super friendly and even brought us hot coffee on a rainy morning. Thanks, Kat and Doug!
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Shannon B.recommends
September 7, 2021
Hilltop Hangout - Tents & Hammocks
Just wonderful!
This is a magical place! Between the lovely goats and chickens and the rustic lush setting relaxation is guaranteed. Although I didn't meet the host Kat, I did meet her friend Anna who was filling in and she was hospitable, friendly and not intrusive in the least. Perfect! This spot is great if you don't want to leave camp because you can hike the grounds around the site which are gorgeous grassland and trees. The goldenrod really had the bees buzzing! If you do want to leave, there is plenty to do very close by with small town fun and Ann Arbor a short drive away. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and water fun. Even the compostable toilet was much less yucky than the traditional outhouse at a camp ground. The only thing that would make this place better would be a trash and recycling receptacle but even that was easy with lots of trash and recycling available in Chelsea. We will be back often.
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