Hipcamp host Peter K.,
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***Please note that in September and early October our neighbors goose hunt across the field from us (about a quarter mile). It is safe, but the blasting often starts early and can be startling.***

Enjoy our simple, rustic farm stay on a 150+ year old active family-farm nestled in a suburban setting.  

This is an uninsulated three season camping cabin. During the

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***Please note that in September and early October our neighbors goose hunt across the field from us (about a quarter mile). It is safe, but the blasting often starts early and can be startling.***

Enjoy our simple, rustic farm stay on a 150+ year old active family-farm nestled in a suburban setting.  

This is an uninsulated three season camping cabin. During the cold months, the stove will do a fair job with outdoor temps to about 30 degrees. Mid-summer, we do have fans, but it will be quite warm in there. You are welcome to book anytime, just know this is camping with a cabin, not fancy glamping! Best time to book this cabin is spring and fall.

The camper cabin that has a sleeping room, kitchenette and living area on the first floor, and a sleeping area in the second floor loft. The cabin sleeps four (4), has a picnic table and firepit with grill grate. 

We provide mattresses and clean sheets, and you bring your own sleeping bag and/or blankets and pillows. We also provide very basic cookware: can opener, cutting board, dish towel & bio-degradable dish soap and four sets of tableware.

There's a wood stove for making it usable into late fall. When it's hot, there are portable fans for use. 

This spot is close to the action (and close to the outhouse, sink, milkhouse lounge and  barn deck). While you do have your own space, it is not secluded. Plan on seeing and hearing people, much like a traditional campground or RV park. 

Hiking trails are on the property throughout the woods & meadow for you to use and enjoy. These are a mile and a half of nicely-manicured, easy to moderate trails.

There is a deck on the barn for camper relaxation, and the old milkhouse is converted into a lounge for your use.

There can be traffic noise as we are close to a highway. Also plan on hearing chicken noises (we have complimentary ear plugs if you'd rather not hear the rooster a the crack of dawn).

Active farming includes hops, honey, eggs and we have goats that manage our buckthorn. Fresh eggs for sale as an "extra," as is coffee. Firewood bundles are available for purchase, or you can scrounge for downed, dead firewood around the farm.

Wildlife is abundant. Depending on time of year, you may see deer, bear, fox, sandhill cranes, turkeys, raccoons, muskrats, barn swallows, great horned owls, kestrel, ducks, salamanders, snakes, fire flies and more. Depending on time of year you may also see ticks, mosquitoes and horse flies.

The scenic Gateway Trail for biking, walking and horseback riding is just down the road. Sunfish Lake Park nature preserve for hiking and mountain bike trails is two miles away, and Lake Elmo Park Reserve is nearby as well. There is access to several lakes, including legendary White Bear Lake within 5 miles if you have a boat, kayak or other watercraft. The historic rivertown of Stillwater is 6 miles away.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No showers
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Peter a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

State trails within 2 miles; mountain bike trails within 2 miles.

Boating

Boating lakes and public boat landing within 2 miles.

Hiking

On-site or at nearby city and regional parks.

Wildlife watching

On-site or off-site

Fishing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Farm Stay Cabin & Nature Trail in Minnesota.

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Hipcamper Heather
Heather B.
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July 17th, 2022

Super neat place, Peter was a great host and the coffee and donuts in the morning is a MUST!

Hipcamper Ana

Dreamy nature escape!

Ana M.
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June 6th, 2022

Peter was an excellent host~ very friendly and responsive to questions. The space was a dream! Lovely & cozy inside the cabin. Lots of nice hammocks to relax in. Would definitely recommend/stay here again. The donuts, eggs, and coffee in the am were so delicious and a wonderful way to start the next leg of our journey!

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Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on June 8th, 2022

Thank you for visiting, Ana! It was great to meet you and I'm glad you had a nice stay in the cabin. Great shot of the eggs cooking on the stove! Peter

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Hipcamper Kate

Charming cabin on the farm!

Kate V.
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November 1st, 2021

A charming place that easily accessible from the metropolitan region. Close to the city yet delightful respite in a cozy and warm environment

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Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on November 10th, 2021

Kate, thanks for visiting the farm and being a great guest. Nice picture of the Moline! Peter

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Hipcamper Karen

Wonderful & wonder-filled

Karen M.
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October 17th, 2021

A longtime friend, my granddaughter and I have an annual autumn tradition of a camping overnight. As we head into October, weather is always a central variable. We've been rained and snowed upon in tents which makes for great stories later, not necessarily enjoyment at the time. Right away, the fact that Peter could offer either tent or cabin, made Whippletree Farm an easy choice. Plus, the short drive to Lake Elmo from the Cities, ensured we'd still have some light in which to explore, even departing after school pickup. Arriving late afternoon, we had time to settle into the cabin, make the acquaintance of the free-range chickens, and explore the nature trails which were beautiful and varied and even gave us a glimpse of three sandhill cranes. Because my granddaughter's at that 'tween age, it can sometimes be tough to gauge her reaction to things separate from her peers. It was truly a delight to see her still captivated by nature - as relaxed and conversant as my friend and I were star-gazing, hearing the yip of coyotes or crowing of roosters or just hanging out indoors near the wood-burning stove. Peter restored us next morning with crispy-warm cinnamon doughnuts to accompany our farm-fresh eggs. Afterward, he invited us to meet his small herd of buckthorn-eating goats. A favorite photo now is my granddaughter, smiling, eyes closed, leaning gently into the neck of her four-legged friend. Five stars from all three of us! With sincere thanks to Peter (and his family) for hosting us, while honoring generational and indigenous connection through stewardship of this land.

Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on October 21st, 2021

Karen, it was so nice to have you and your crew out to the farm. We are thankful to be stewards of this land and be able to share this space with people such as yourselves that appreciate the natural environment. It was a pleasure to chatting with you all and having a bit of "goat time"! Thanks again, Peter

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Hipcamper Justin

Unplug and unwind at the farm!

Justin S.
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September 7th, 2021

It was a very peaceful getaway that helped me recharge. The cabin was nice with comfortable beds. I enjoyed walking the trails right on the property where I encountered goats, great blue herons, honey bees, chickens and just a pleasant walk. I hung out in the milk lounge to do some work on my computer but quickly found myself back at the cabin enjoying the relaxing vibe of being "unplugged". I was fortunate that the weather was perfect and the breeze flowed through the cabin keeping it just the right temperature. My only regret is not ordering the optional coffee and eggs. I will next time!

Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on September 19th, 2021

Hi Justin! So glad you enjoyed your stay and that you got to see the wide range of wild and domestic animals. Thanks for checking us and the cabin out!

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Hipcamper Simone
Simone L.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2021

Whippletree Farm is truly an idyllic place. There is so much to discover here, from the beautifully restored barn, to the adorable goats and a milk house where Peter served delicious coffee. Peter is the most gracious host!
We loved our time there!!

Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on June 18th, 2021

It was so much fun to have you out here and was great to meet you. Thanks for coming and for the nice review; it's really appreciated. Peter

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Hipcamper Cameron
Cameron C.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

Peter's cabin on Whippletree farm was an amazing escape from the city! The cabin itself is comfy, clean and only a few steps away from the restroom. There's also some meandering paths on the property that took me past a decent variety of wildlife and some really nice prairie marsh areas. Loved the experience, will be back!

Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on June 7th, 2021

Hi Cameron, thanks for visiting and glad you enjoyed your stay -- and used the trails! Yes, the ponds are great for wildlife of all sorts -- hopefully you spotted the sandhill cranes that are hanging out this time of year. See you again, Peter

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Hipcamper Teresa

Lovely! stay here!

Teresa M.
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May 23rd, 2021

Beautiful rustic cabin. We stayed one night with our kids downstairs and we were upstairs. The wood on the upstairs ceiling is beautiful! We got a great breeze to cool it down at night. Currently no electricity, so bring headlamps to navigate the staircase at night. A short walk to the loveliest composting toilet you've ever seen. The setting is beautiful! You must walk (or mountain bike) the trails-we saw redwinged blackbirds, sand hill cranes, the farms goats, and heard the bees buzzing in a tree -maybe honeybees from the farms hives? We also left with four dozen eggs from the farm's chickens. (Full disclosure I'm related to the owners).

Hipcamper Peter
Response from Peter, the Host, on June 2nd, 2021

Thanks for being our opening night test run for the newly finished cabin! We did add a solar-powered lantern to the mix for the stairs - thanks for the feedback! It was great to have you out. The sandhill cranes are my favorite. Thanks!

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Hipcamper Angeline W.
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September 20th, 2021