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“Relaxing Getaway from the City”
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White Pines Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mount Morris
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing Getaway from the City”
Reviewed 26 April 2012

My boyfriend and I stumbled upon White Pines Forest State Park in the autumn when we decided to "just drive west" from Chicago to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for the day. After a short walk around in the pine scented air, we were hooked. So, when we were looking for a mini retreat in early spring, we knew where to go.

Unfortunately, because we booked last minute, they were out of singles, so we were in one of the adjoining cabins. With the A/C, the gas fireplace (whoosh!) and music playing lightly, we were able to feel some semblance of privacy from our neighbor who was watching television at a low, considerate volume next door. These adjoining cabins are like being in the same house with another guest on the other side of the door--fine for families sharing, but less desirable for couples wanting some privacy. All that said: we'll book earlier for a single next time!

The Sunday morning buffet was abundant and delicious. I definitely suggest making a reservation and checking their website for a coupon.

Oregon, IL is nearby, and I recommend Conover Square (in the old piano factory building) for shopping.

We're getting ready to book another mini-retreat at White Pines, and we can't wait! Ahhhh....

Room Tip: If you're looking for privacy, book a single cabin! Don't forget to book the breakfast buffe...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Stayed in Cabin 26, one of the “sweetheart” cabins Easter weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Let me note if you are confused by the number of the cabin because all literature states White Pines has 25 cabins, the Park skipped lucky number 13, hence we technically stayed in their 25th cabin. There are two sweetheart cabins (25 and 26) and although most information about the sweetheart cabins lead you to believe they are larger than the other 23 cabins, all in fact the same size with regards to interior space. The only difference in physical space is they add a love seat to sweetheart cabins (see photos) which for us was a nice addition to sit comfortably by the fireplace. And if you have not been to White Pines, their website map of the cabin locations is a bit deceiving as Cabin 26 appears to be more secluded from the rest, when in reality it could be renamed Cabin 1 since it is the most visible to traffic and visitors of all cabins. It is also the cabin located right behind their visitor “photography” sign. The cabin is what is to be expected of those built in the C.C.C. era with being rustic, but warm and charming. The bathroom was a nice size with hand made soap which could be used as shampoo too. Small refrigerator and coffee pot was a nice addition and if you need ice a bucket is supplied which you can have filled at White Pines Inn anytime the restaurant is open (with a friendly smile may I add).

Ahha to White Pines Inn, ate there Easter morning and the breakfast was terrific; clearly you can tell the baked goodies were homemade and the breakfasts meats were plentiful and delicious. A hike after breakfast was a must for sure!

White Pines Cabins are a nice option to camping fall through spring when you can take advantage of the gas fireplace and the comforts of the indoors. If I returned to the cabins I would probably opt for #22-25 as they are spread out a little more and have a nice interior view of the campfire rings and a bit more privacy from the many visitors to White Pines Inn.

Only negative of the area as stated by others is the railroad tracks which run along the north end of the park; although not a big issue in a cabin I can understand how the continual horn blowing at night can be troublesome to sleep in the campground.

Room Tip: Cabins #22-25 seem to offer the best cabin experience for a couple.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Naperville, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2010

My husband and I have come here many, many times over the years. This is our favorite little getaway. We feel like we've stepped back in time, and can leave all our cares behind for a few days. The food at the restaurant is amazing - this is one of the main draws for us. If you can go during the week, they have a special where if you stay Sun and Mon nights, Tues night is free. That's what we usually do.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Plainfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

Great get away for the couples and families alike. Smaller rooms are quaint and romantic. Larger rooms cover the essentials of those with kids. Beautiful place, great scenery, awesome food at the restaurant, and incredible people serving you with small town charm.

  • Stayed July 2010
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ILLINOIS
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

Nice little get away and not a long drive for us - three nights was a nice amount to stay - Here are our pros/cons... girls enjoyed fishing although not much was caught (and not for lack of trying!). Trails were fun, although a bit steep and narrow at times for young ones (these marked medium for difficulty). Kids always love driving thru the fords too - just we did as kids!! Had to get used to some spiders and beetles in the room, but it comes with the nature of where you are staying! Our only complaint would be the housekeeping - floors were VERY dirty and even the girls noticed this right away, and we were never brought more shampoo or lotion in the three nights we stayed. (We always bring our own just in case, but we had used what was there first). We went into Dixon for some meals out, so we didn't try the restaurant and we chose to pick up a pizza one night as the delivery charge was pricey for a 4 mile drive ($5 delivery!). Kids love the parrot in the gift shop!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Woodstock, IL
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2009

We stayed at the White Pines Inn this month; it was our second visit. We live only about two hours away; it is a great get-away without having to drive hours and hours. There are about 24 cabins, including a few "quad" cabins. This is a great place to take some nice hikes and enjoy relaxing, family time. There is a gas fireplace in the cabin, and while it is "cozy," it is nice for a short get-away. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The kids love the gift shop, and the restaurant is nice and food is quite good (make a reservation as is small.) Bring some marshmallows as there are firepits to use...and bring the frisbee! Highly recommend.

Two cons, that perhaps the Inn can improve upon in future:

The kids play equipment is antiquated (to put it mildly.) Would be nice to have some new playground equipment as families with toddlers/younger kids may not be able to enjoy the trails as much...newer equipment in the area in front of the Inn would be an asset.

It would be nice if the small side table in the room were replaced (not the larger table, which is good for games) with a comfy chair. If someone wants to stay up and read, the bed or the hard chair is only option.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Normal, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2008

My wife and I have enjoyed many of the other State Resorts in Illinois and thought it was high time to visit White Pines Inn. Some friends had recommended it and it proved to be worth the trip.

We stayed in one of the rustic pioneer cabins (#4) for one night during Mid-March. Mother nature kept things cool during our visit, but our cabin stayed nice and cozy.

We found everything charming and the food in the restaurant was outstanding. Though the restaurant/dining room is small (15 tables) they also have a larger room in the back used for Dinner Theater. We missed the show, but talked to a few other guests who said it was a lot of fun. I checked into it and found out they have packages that include tickets to the show, dinner, and breakfast.

Pros:
- Very quiet and peaceful - perfect for a romantic getaway
- DVD/VCR option in cabins is nice to have
- Loved the ambience and charm of the place
- The cabin journal - left behind for each party to share their impressions of the place - was neat. We enjoyed seeing some of the entries. One person showed us how to spot an "angel" in the pattern of the rocks in the fireplace.
- Great food
- Nice variety of trails

Cons:
- Small bathroom shower
- We had some ladybugs sharing our cabin with us (we get them at home too)
- No "resort" style activities - this is a place to go and relax
- No couch/comfy chair in cabin to use when watching tv - the bed and two small wooden chairs are it

I'd recommend visiting this quaint little jewel in northern Illinois. We found the staff friendly and knowledgeable about the park.

If going with more than two people, consider asking for one of their "quad" cabins. These units are four separate rooms joined together than can be rented as individuals, pairs, etc to accomodate the size of your party.

You may also want to bring some folding lawn chairs to use by the big firepit at night. Looked like a fun place to sit and roast marshmallows. (unfortunately, the fireplaces are gas log and you are unable to cook s'mores inside).

  • Liked — Really great location for a romantic getaway or a quiet retreat from the hectic day-to-day.
  • Disliked — Trails were more rugged or narrow in some spots than we'd anticipated.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: White Pines Inn
Address: 6712 W Pines Rd, Mount Morris, IL 61054-9515
Region: United States > Illinois > Mount Morris
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