Cozy Cabin Destinations

Slowly rocking on a porch swing, curling up under quilts, or awakening to the sound of chirping birds—that’s the kind of ambiance a cabin adds to an Illinois getaway.

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by Jamie Bartosch in Regional Getaways, Outdoors
September 14, 2018

Courtesy of White Pines Resort

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Illinois wineries, state parks and family water parks teem with rentable cabins. Whether you want something romantic, remote and rustic, or something near an attraction with modern-day creature comforts like WiFi, Illinois’ cabins have it.

White Pines Inn

Mount Morris

Twenty-five authentic, updated log cabins with gas fireplaces provide rural forest relaxation within White Pines Forest State Park. The multi-family and couple’s cabins all have maple-syrup-color wood rooms with exposed-beam ceilings, plus places nearby to cast a fishing pole into the creek, hike along a trail or relax in Adirondack chairs near the fire pit. The inn is part of the White Pines Resort, with a Lodge Restaurant famous for homemade meatloaf, pot pies and a Paul Bunyan breakfast served family-style.

Kishauwau Country Cabins

Tonica

A 10-minute drive from Starved Rock State Park, the 17 all-season cabins at Kishauwau Country Cabins sit on a woodsy bluff above the Vermilion River. Each one has a full kitchen, heating and air conditioning, and indoor wood stoves or gas fireplaces. The outdoor areas have private bonfire pits, picnic tables and grills. Certain cabins allow dogs, and others are built for romance with private hot tubs.

Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Utica

Giant indoor water and amusement parks are the main attractions at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, which has cabins designed for families and large groups near Starved Rock State Park. The Northwoods-themed, three-story cabins have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, large TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and a full kitchen. If adults want to escape, several wineries and state parks are nearby.

Skyline View Cabins

Alto Pass

Sip a glass of locally made wine on the porch swing at these two Southern Illinois cabins overlooking Shawnee National Forest. Located on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and near the Southern Illinois University campus, the cabins provide expansive views over a wooded bluff, allowing for plenty of wildlife sights and sounds. The fully equipped cabins—decorated with works from local artists—contain kitchens, fireplaces and satellite television.

Rustle Hill Cabins

Cobden

The Rustle Hill Winery closed in 2017, but the adjacent Rustle Hill Cabins remain open. Nestled in a Southern Illinois valley surrounded by state parks and wildlife areas, the two-story cabins overlook a quiet pond and amphitheater, so you can listen to live bands perform while sitting on the cabins’ wraparound decks. Then go inside and warm up by the fireplace, or prepare a meal in the fully equipped kitchen.

Coming Soon: Wildlife Prairie Park Lodging

Peoria

Fourteen new cabins are being built to overlook a bison and elk enclosure at Wildlife Prairie Park near Peoria. Fences will be built to allow the animals to approach the back decks of the new cabins. The first two cabins should be completed by 2019. Until then, rent their single-room log cabin, Cabin on the Hill. Its front porch swing offers park views. It’s a nice place to relax while the kids play in the cabin’s playhouse. The park is home to other unique lodging options, including Santa Fe train cabooses and silo-style cottages.


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