This is a secluded rustic campsite, on a working, non-typical, 40+ acre "farm", in the middle of S.W. Michigan's Wine Country.
You will be tucked into a hardwood forest overlooking extended wilderness low areas. Your "front yard" will be a nicely mowed meadow. And across the meadow is a wine grape vineyard. Paths and trails in the forest.
There are really quite a few options at this site for either solitary campers, or small groups of friends..... Give us a call if you have questions. We tend to be open to suggestions and possibilities....
Herb & Veggie gardens on-site. Log grown shiitake mushroom area. Wild-crafting opportunities in season. (Wild Leeks / Ramps, Blackberries, Mushrooms, etc. ) Maple syrup making in spring. Active woodworking shop and ongoing projects. Misc. Informational workshops occasionally. Grape U-Pick in September-October.
Lot's of surrounding country roads for biking or touring. Multiple Tasting Rooms and Wineries within a 3 mile radius. Farm Stands and Orchards galore near by. Lake Michigan beaches and hiking 7 miles away. Antique Shop next door within walking distance. A range of dining experiences within a few miles. Lot's of attractions to explore..... or not....
And since I live here with a cat and no adult supervision, there's no telling what kind of project you may find me engaged in. Generally whatever seems interesting to me at the time..... And of course, you are invited to check it out, observe, ask questions, or join in if you wish, as time and circumstances allow of course....
Or if you simply wish to enjoy your solitude, we have that too.... Sit, meditate, watch the wildlife, wander the forest, write, catch fireflies, chat with friends..... The campsite is well away from most activities and affords plenty of privacy.....
It's really quite up to you.... All we ask is that you Enjoy.....
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
The vibe at Mulln-Heim Vineyards
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
This site is a true gem. Between the carefully groomed, private, and comfortable campsites, the wealth of things to see and taste in John's garden, the numerous local vineyards, and the proximity to the sandy beaches of mighty Lake Michigan, this campsite ideal is for people who want to stay for multiple days, or at just stay busy the entire time. John has worked exceptionally hard on his land, and takes pride in what he has accomplished and how he can improve to make the natural features of his land even more enjoyable to his guests. John makes you feel both safe and appreciated; he's willing to give you space, or a detailed tour. If I were you, I'd take advantage of the tour.
We were very surprised by this site, it was even more beautiful than the pictures promised. You are surrounded by woods and vineyards, plus you are treated to a firefly spectacle at night near your campfire with free firewood. Cosy weko beach at lake michigan is just minutes away and John was the nicest host.
We loved our stay at Mulln-Heim!
We only stayed one night but we'll def be back. John showed us around the grounds when we got in and we chatted for a bit about local wildlife (nothing scary- he showed us deer trails, taught us to identify poison ivy, and showed us which blackberries to eat). Then we spent our day at the beach until sunset, drove back and found ourselves totally secluded, tucked in the back corner of a neatly run vineyard with beautiful stars, ample lantern light, and a sizeable fire/grill area. You could easily fit larger groups-- we had 3, but theres plenty of room and shade to set up camp with even 10 or more.
The site is very neatly kept. Outhouse clean and well stocked with lighters, matches, bug spray, lighter fluid. John seems to have thought of everything, super accommodating. Just make sure to keep a bigger container for water, say 3 gallon+, and fill up at the house when you enter and leave the site.
John is very welcoming and friendly, plus super knowledgeable and great with people. We were eager to hear more about him, and he shared some amazing stories, full of wisdom and experience. He raises a beautiful garden and vineyard, and has a neat, highly sophisticated workshop if you're interested in learning even more. If not, he's not imposing at all- won't bother if you're looking for a more solitary experience.
We had such a fabulous time camping at Mulln-Heim Vineyards this weekend! John is a warm and welcoming host! He provided us with detailed directions and met us upon arrival. He even looked ahead at the weekend forecast and offered to let us cancel our reservation due to inclement weather an hour before we were due to arrive, but we were excited to camp, rain or shine, and canceling was not on the agenda. The campsite features a grassy meadow next to beautiful rows of grape vines. Nice shade is available around the perimeter. John built an incredibly cushy outhouse and stocked it with little extras campers might forget, including toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bug spray, and lighter fluid to help start a fire on a wet night like we had to do. Nestled underneath maple trees is a small clearing with a fire ring and cooking grate, some nice chairs to sit in, and a sturdy wooden bench and picnic table. John even provided firewood and a 5 gallon dispenser that campers can use to store water if they need it. We had a wonderful time playing Frisbee in the meadow, watching the sunset over the vineyards, and chatting and cooking some great meals over the fire. John checked in on us daily to make sure we had everything we needed and to help us out with directions. We visited St. Joseph, Silver Beach, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during our stay. We slso spent a lot of time at the campsite as well and enjoyed every minute. We left with a feeling of deep respect for the way that John is preserving over 30 acres of wilderness on his property while using the 10 acres with good drainage as a vineyard. He is truly a people person who cares deeply about the environment and recycled our plastic, aluminum, and glass so that we did not have to pack it out with us and do it once we got home. Hipcamp is offering John a fiscally and environmentally responsible way to sustain the 30 acres of wilderness he does not want to touch and that has been in his family for years, and we feel happy to have supported him in that effort. His campsite is so wonderfully private, and it was absolutely amazing to have time with family and friends without having to worry about the usual issues that crop up when we stay in a more traditional campground that packs everybody in right next to each other. We had 7 adults, two small children, and a dog with us, and everyone felt free to explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in safety and privacy. This was our first Hipcamp experience, and we will definitely be repeat Hipcampers—John is an awesome ambassador! Not only do we plan to visit John again, hopefully during maple syrup time in the spring, but we are excited to try out Hipcamp sites in other areas as well. Thanks, John, for a stellar stay at your awesome vineyard!!
After tearing up a little leaving the site, we are now returning to our regular daily lives...two hours after leaving, already discussing when we can return again! Mulln-Heim was exactly and effortlessly located exactly where stated, with extra tips provided by John. It was private, intimate, peaceful, and holy cow those stars at night were unbelievable. John greeted us upon arrival, guided us back to the site, and then left us to our privacy to enjoy our trip as we desired. We stayed for 3 nights, traveling about 20-30 minutes, to the beautiful beach in St. Joe, the same distance to the beautiful beach in New Buffalo, and 10 minutes to the small, peaceful Weko Beach. On night two, feeling as though John was likely someone we would really connect with, we invited him back to the site for dinner and a drink which turned into hours of incredibly insightful, philosophical, and beautiful conversation around the fire. He is truly a very special, hardworking, and intelligent human being. (Sorry we kept you up so late, John!) We loved how private the site was, and though we didn't bring my two year-old daughter, we really can't wait to. Without having to worry about the campers next to you, or containing her within a single campsite, it would really be such a great experience for kids, having the ability to play in the meadow, roam the vineyard, and/or work and learn in his quaint and lovely vegetable and herb garden, of which he kindly gave us "snacking rights". What John is building here, is really something much bigger and greater than I think he realizes, and it's not just due to the land itself, but the spirit in which he carries within him. We left really feeling as though He is someone we hope to revisit and grow into a lifelong friend. The site was so clean, well-maintained, and any time we ran into John he asked if there was anything we needed. He even checked on us on our last night as if to say farewell. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this location for anyone from the solo camper seeking complete and total isolation, to the family with children, seeking a safe and relaxing reconnection with nature. I could not have better-handcrafted our experience had I dreamt it up myself.
As I opened my eyes and the morning sun filled up the tent, I could hear the birds singing from all directions. I walked outside into a complete bliss. There was nothing more I could have desired; it’s the middle of the summer, but refreshing breeze from the lake made it feel as if it was an early spring. The campsite is surrounded by the abundance of wild black berries. U-pick and I pick! Took the whole family on a walk through a vineyard, what a beautiful little hike and a gem for little kids to run around! Everything around is neat and very well kept. John is very nice man, being the host that he is, he invited to us to the herb garden, where we picked some thyme, mint and lavender. The camp site is shaded from 9 am until dawn. Nice and quite, very private. Unplug from the TVs, iPads and cell phones. As the day went by, we set the camp fire, boiled some water for the freshly picked herbal tea and enjoyed an incredible view of the Milky Way at night. Boy, we just don’t get to see the stars in the city like this any more. Please, treat yourself to this unique camping experience, as a lonesome getaway or a family adventure!
John was a wonderful host. The site was just as described. In a secluded and private little nook on his property. Surrounded by trees that provide shade all day. The sounds of wildlife were around us all day and night and it was exactly what was needed for our little getaway from the city.
We will definitely be back to stargaze during the meteor showers in August, because the sky is incredible there!
We loved the time we were able to spend at Mulln-Heim. The campsite is beautiful. John provides plenty of seating, as well as a great fire pit with wood included (at this time) he will even share some of the wonderful herbs and peppers from his garden. The setting is beautiful and located in a great area for wine tasting or a trip to Weko beach - a dog friendly beach on Lake MI only 10 minutes away. Enjoy picking Johns brain on the local vineyard and vintner history while you enjoy nature in MI's wine country. We'll have to head back a bit later this summer to explore some of the antiquing.