Kishauwau Cabins Are an Escape to Nature

Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, Kishauwau Cabins, in Tonica, Ill., maintains a loyal following. Many families and couples return year after year, during all four seasons. What they find is a place where they can savor a peaceful, restful getaway in a natural setting.

The property envelops 65 acres of beautiful scenery on a bluff above the Vermilion River, in a spot that’s close to Starved Rock State Park and Ottawa.

“We were fortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic brought visibility and relevancy to us because of our open space, when other hospitality areas were closed,” says Terisa King, who owns the cabins with her husband, Jamie.

The 17 cabins on site can accommodate and sleep from one or two people up to 14, depending on the building. Their intimacy and flexibility help these cabins to cater to romantic escapes, family reunions and even corporate teambuilding retreats.

For all of their quaintness and country charm, these beautifully constructed cabins aren’t without their modern conveniences. Each is equipped with central air and furnace heating, enabling them to stay comfortable year-round. They also have wood stoves or gas fireplaces. All cabins have a fully equipped kitchen with basic pots and pans, cooking utensils and dishes. A private, outdoor bonfire pit, picnic table and grill enable guests to savor the outdoors without competing for space.

For travelers with pets, Kishauwau Cabins offers a few pet-friendly rentals.

The King family still resides on the property, and they remain devoted caretakers. They’ve used COVID-19 concerns to create contactless guest check-ins, something Terisa says will continue.

Given its location, Kishauwau Cabins invites adventures to Starved Rock, Ottawa and the surrounding areas for casual and fine dining, visits to local breweries and wineries, outdoors recreation, numerous state parks, and shopping, spas and live entertainment.

“Each season of the year at Kishauwau Cabins has its own natural allure,” Terisa says. “That’s what makes our property one of the most inspirational and memorable places to be.” ❚

Kishauwau Cabins is located at 901 N. 2129th Road, Tonica, Ill., (815) 442-8453.