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“A getaway not so far away”

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Kishauwau Country Cabins
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A getaway not so far away”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Peaceful, quiet, serene, relaxing, romantic, cozy, and much more. You never want to leave. We have been going here for years. The original owners were like a extended family. The legacy continues with their heirs. We go several times a year. It is always beautiful. A retreat and a treat to your soul. Did I mention the whirlpool tub, the fire burning stove, the fire pit. There is the honor system, the office is open 24/7, free games, movies, dvds, puzzles.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We have been guests at Kishauwau on the Vermilion River for over 20 years. The original owners, Ben and Ellen King, were dear friends of ours. We know that they would be extremely proud and happy to see how their children and their children's spouses have treated their former Kishauwau guests. They would also love to see how clean, bright, comfortable and beautiful Kishauwau is now - carrying on their tradition of wanting their guests to have a place to rest, renew and play in a magical and gorgeous environment.
We have continued to visit Kishauwau several times a year since the sad deaths of Ben and of Ellen. We have stayed as long as a month at times and always look forward to going back. Deb and Bob - the rates at Kishauwau are still very reasonable. The next generation of the King family is very helpful, capable, dedicated and caring. Kishauwau is a rare gift. Give it another try.
Arlene and Michael Brennan

Room Tip: All of the cabins are lovely.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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NW Illinois
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Took my 13 year old son for a boys getaway and the place was better then I expected for the money. Clean spacious cabins, beautifully kept grounds, friendly fast service, excellent amenities. Yes as some reviews noted seems to be a lot of rules and regulations but nothing to detract from the stay. In fact they have the "honor" system in place and you can go and get what you need at the office and put the money on an envelope. Ton of games and DVDs....help yourself, all free to borrow. Minutes to Starved Rock and shopping etc. This is the type of place you go to to forget the real world....and I did.

Would definitely recommend to others...in fact already have.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Aurora, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The entire management style of Kishauwau on the Vermillion changed with the passing of it's original owners, Ben and Ellen King. Ellen died 3 years ago, and even back when her health was declining, one could see the "changes" Ben's children would make. Binders with rules and policies within each cabin, rates increased for cabins, charges for firewood, or late checkout.
Ben & Ellen were the most kindest people on earth. They made the Kishauwau experience. And yes, Ellen always was available for her guests. Service and quality left this property when they did. We reserved a cabin 4 or 5 times a year for 12 years! I would consider that in the business world to be loyalty. But with these "changes" that the heirs made, we decided no more. We were not going to pay more for less, nor witness this degrading of this beautiful property, because it would no longer be what it was.

Room Tip: My last trip here was in June of 2010. This drop down does not go that far back.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berwyn, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We weren't allowed to check in until 4:00 pm, in my opinion, paying full price for a day and most of your day is gone is not acceptable. The hand soap and dish soap were watered down. Whenever
We went into office, more often than not no one was in. There was a board with a phone to call someone. Not that big of a deal, however, Ellen ( the old owner) was always available. When we went to check out, no one was in office. We called both numbers; no one answered. Other than that, we love coming out here. Just a bit of a disappointment that things have changed.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bloomington, Illlinois
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

Had an absolutely wonderful time at Kishawau this past weekend 5/3-5/5/13. We were in the Commanche cabin, one of the cabins that allows dogs as we brought ours with. The cabin was warm and inviting. A wonderful cast iron stove/fireplace! Beautiful views from the cabin of the lovely wooded area. Bed was comfortable with soft sheets and blankets and soft plush towels also. We enjoyed the large hot tub.... although you do have to be a little patient in getting it full with hot water. We enjoyed our stay walking around the grounds with our dog, watching the koi fish in the pond, and taking trips into Utica, restaurants, and Starved Rock Lodge and the trails. Can't wait to go back. Very warm and welcoming and great service there. Thanks!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Evergreen Park, Illinois
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

The big selling point of this place is how quiet it is, and it is that. There are no phone in the cabins, and you're lucky if you can get cell service. There is no cable. It's wonderful if you want to get away and just enjoy the world around you. We stayed in the Trading Post cabin, which sleeps six, so it was very roomy for our three person party. The cabin was clean and very homey - there was nothing commercial about it. It was much better than any hotel to my mind, even though, and this is the only reason it didn't get five stars - hot water is a bit spotty in the bathroom. We lost hot water in the bathroom sink on the second day, but honestly we didn't care all that much.
Board games and movies are provided in the office at no extra charge. The staff is very friendly and will make every effort for you to enjoy your stay. I plan to go back next year and the year after that, and the year after that. This is the first vacation I've had in YEARS where I actually got rest, and this is despite hiking every day that I was there. This place is great.
---BFR from Evergreen Park

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Kishauwau Country Cabins
Address: 901 N. 2129th Rd, Tonica, IL 61373 (Formerly Kishauwau on the Vermillion)
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Region: United States > Illinois > Tonica
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Tonica
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kishauwau Country Cabins near Starved Rock State Park, is the only cabin rental property like what we offer here in this area. Just a 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive from Chicago Illinois, there are a multitude of things to do in this area. You will love being only a 10 minute drive from Starved Rock State Park and even closer to Matthiessen Park, where there is plenty of hiking and activities for your daily adventure. Utica, Illinois is just a 12 minute drive with local shops, dining, wineries and antiquing. Or, if you choose, you can stay tucked away on our 65 acres of beautiful, quiet, wooded property at your country cabin retreat. Whether it's romance you seek or getting the kids away from their cell phones and video games, Kishauwau has just what you need. 17 rental luxury cabins in varying sizes for weekend, weeknight, and all-week getaways. Our beautifully constructed cabins offer a blend of country charm but with modern conveniences. You and your guests will enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, a covered porch, personal outdoor fire pit, an indoor wood stove or gas fireplace and so much more. ... more   less 

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