Intro: Hello! I love camping, kayaking and outdoor adventures. I'm starting to prefer glamping over a tent, but I'm down for any experience that gets me outside. My partner and I are quiet: we enjoy secluded sites where we can enjoy the quiet of nature.
Fruitdale Farm is a charming place in a beautiful area of the state. Located between two state parks and near a nature preserve, you'll find tons to do when you stay in this area.
The cabin is quaint, with the basics that you need to get through a weekend. It was substantial enough that I felt safe during a night of thunderstorms. The screened-in gazebo kitchen was GREAT. I didn't need any of my camping gear- the gazebo had everything.
There are four other campsites on the property, but they are quite spread out. We could hear the family at night down by the pond (site 1), but noise was never an issue.
Things to know if you are considering your stay:
1. The bed in the cabin is a full size bed, not a queen. In my opinion, not big enough for two average-size adults. It's also elevated and you climb a step stool to get in and out. Very difficult if you have mobility issues like I do.
2. There is a crowing rooster 50 feet away from the bed. When does a rooster start crowing? While I was there, 5am to 9:45am.
3. The shower attached to the house was very dark and buggy. I opted to drive 20 minutes and shower at the state park campground both days. (Stealing, I know, but I have to shower because I can't get another tick bite.) The "toilet" in the shower area is a bench over a bucket.
All in all, I'd recommend this place if you are ok with primitive bathroom facilities (buckets) and roosters. If I return, I'll take a single-size air mattress for the floor.
It's cute! It's quiet! (mostly). It's a working farm! All in all, I enjoyed my stay.