We stayed at Kinnkinnick Farm for three nights and had an absolutely fabulous time. Farmers David and Susan were so hospitable and helpful - the entire farm was ours to explore. We were encouraged to go into the fields and pick veggies for consumption on our stay - from beets and tomatoes to basil. All delcious. Susan bakes fresh bread daily which is available for purchase at the honesty shop. Yum.
We brought our three children (ages 4 months, 2.5 years and 4 years) with us and they had a great time. The 4 and 2.5 year olds had a lot of fun gathering eggs and milking goats with Farmer David. They also spent much of their time walking to the chicken coop to feed the chickens their table scraps. Walking the goats around the property on leashes was also a highlight.
The optional pizza night in the wood fire oven is not to be missed. You truly get a sense of community there. Even the youngest children were able to assist in the making of the pizzas. So fun and so delicious!
I would recommend a three or four night stay. With the 5pm arrival time you don't get to see much of the farm that day. You really need two full days there to get the full experience.
Some helpful items to bring are: extra firewood and kindling, large tealights, small ax, bug spray, sunscreen, extra blankets, boots for the kids, BBQ tools, sharp knife, lawn chairs and flashlights. There are many items available for purchase at the honesty shop.
The tents do not have bathrooms (due to law in IL requiring them to be wheelchair accessible). However, the communal bathrooms and showers were well-apportioned and always kept clean. Much better than our expectations.
Highly highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feather Down tents are spacious 484 square feet designed to accommodate up to 6 people. The tents come with a kitchen, cooking stove, flushing toilet, dining area and three sleeping quarters.At the farm, life follows the rhythm of the seasons so there is always something to do. Guest participation can vary from just watching to rolling up sleeves and helping with harvesting crops, tending the farm’s garden, feeding animals, or simply gathering eggs. ... more less