About Vineyard or woods camp -PW Farm
Relax and recharge at Prairie Woods Farm! Pitch your tent on the edge of the vineyard (camp 1) or in part of the original "Big Woods" forest (camp 2). Both just a short walk from the home parking area. A gear hauling wagon is at the parking area for your convenience.
Each camp offers a very different experience, but both allow you to enjoy wildlife, peace and quiet. These are the rolling hills of Southern Minnesota and you'll notice quickly the change in topography as you drive to the area. Each guest receives an arrival packet containing information on the area and a list of our favorite places if you chose to go exploring.
Prairie Woods is in the heart of Minnesota wine growing country, where some of the states very first vineyards were started. Within a few square mile area there are 4 different vineyards growing over 100 tons of grapes for local wineries. Wineries / tasting bars within a short driving distance include Prairie Pond in New Prague, Next Chapter in Montgomery and Cannon Valley in Cannon Falls. A little farther is our favorite winery where our grapes are made into the best wine in Minnesota, Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota. All have a very different appeal and are worth a visit. If you love craft beers, visit Montgomery Brewing, Imminent or Tanzenwald brewery. Prefer a homemade cocktail? Loon Liquors Distillery in Northfield specializes in hand crafted gourmet cocktails made from their own spirits made on site.
If you like boating or fishing, we are less than 20 minutes to many southern Minnesota Lakes. Bring your canoe and explore the Cannon River! We are happy to help shuttle you if we are around.
Our personal favorite diversion is the next town over, the historic river-town of Northfield. This quaint community on the Cannon River feels like a small European village with many walking bridges crossing the river in the downtown area. Enjoy shopping, good restaurants and pubs all within crawling distance of each other. The town is home to two nationally known liberal arts colleges (Carleton and St Olaf), giving you a chance to catch a play, a recital, concert or art show almost any day of the week. This is not a rowdy college town and prides itself on the level of higher learning given students. (At over $50k per year to attend with high admission standards, they attract the best and brightest) Even though it is a quiet college town, many of the pubs feature live music or weekly jam sessions and it's our favorite place to grab a drink while sitting by the river by the falls.
Traveling in the opposite direction will take you to "Czech country" a collection of towns that were founded by those of Bohmenian heritage. Explore historic St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague; stop for a Kolachy (Czech sweet roll) at the bakery (Frankies Bakery in Montgomery are the best) or a bowl of authentic Vomachka soup at the Fish Tail Grill. Make sure to tune to KCHK radio (95.5 FM / 1350 AM) to know where the local polka bands are playing or just to listen to polka music!
Of course, you are also welcome to just stay on site and hang out in the vineyard or woods or walk the almost 1 mile of on-site hiking trails. Take in the amazing view at the intersection to our private drive or enjoy hiking the quiet country roads which stretch on for miles. The most important thing to us is that you stop and enjoy!
We want you to enjoy your experience so we also offer additional options!
1. A special "Vineyard experience" is available on a limited basis, which includes a guided one-hour tour of the vineyards and a complimentary bottle of Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery wine (The winery that uses our grapes). There is an additional cost and limited availability so please check ahead if this interests you.
2. Purchase Prairie Woods Vineyard Frontenac Wine Grape Jelly! Maggie and I have been hard at it this harvest year hand-crafting some amazing vineyard jam and jelly, so take home a jar to remember your visit! $6.50 per jar, made with love and grapes right from the vineyard.
3. Gear rental - We offer the opportunity for you to have camp ready when you arrive. Due to our true enjoyment of camping, we have a great inventory of gear. Rent a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 person tent; a bug free hammock - as well as cots, chairs, camping stoves, cookware, dutch ovens and over fire cooking systems - just bring sleeping bags and pillows. Contact us for availability, options and pricing.
We look forward to meeting you and giving you a flavor of the amazing landscape and beauty of southern Minnesota wine country. Motorcycles: An important note, you will need to drive on 1.5 miles of gravel road to reach our property.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 2
- Accessible by: Walk
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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This place is AWESOME! This family who runs the two campsites at this beautiful and quiet sanctuary out in the country are so kind, covering all the desires of a Hipcamper! Complete with a campsite bathroom and a porch to stay out of the way of the bugs, you feel quite luxurious. Bonfire pits and tables included in each campsite! The perfect country getaway as you're passing through the cities.
This place was awesome. We went for our anniversary. The camp site was right next to the vineyard. The owners greeted us and even had a bottle of wine prepared. We enjoyed walking the grounds and just relaxing. Great spot if you are visiting Northfield and other nearby spots. Will definitely visit again.
We had a lovely time staying here. My boyfriend and I came to get one more camping trip in before the cold weather takes over. I am so happy we found this gem. It's unique and quiet retreat. If you are looking for a quick getaway, I definitely recommend this place! Adam and Maggie were amazing hosts!