Exploring the Paw-sibilities: Your Guide to a Dog-Friendly Getaway near Starved Rock

Make traveling with your furry friend a delightful adventure at Kishauwau Cabins; no need to leave your pet at home! Discover new places together and enjoy the comforts of pet-friendly lodging with our cozy rooms. Make the journey together, and make it unforgettable with our guide to some of the best locations to explore, from outdoor beauty to delicious dining on a dog-friendly getaway near Starved Rock. Please view our Dog Rental Policies for more details.

mother-in-law cabin with wood burning stove at our accommodations near Starved Rock

Finding the Perfect Pet-Friendly Cabin

Each of our four specially designed cabins is perfect for you and your canine companion with plenty of space and convenient amenities. They are specially reserved for guests with dogs and are the last to fill, that way a vacancy is much more likely, but we still highly recommend booking well in advance!

Mother-in-Law Cabin: A bit further away than the other cabins, this one is the ideal stay for a quiet and private getaway. Plus, it has enough space for a couple or small family with a full kitchen, outdoor fire pit and grill, and a covered porch with a swing for lazy afternoons spent relaxing with your pet.

Commanche Cabin: A spacious studio with plenty of yard space and a convenient location, this cabin has everything you need for a great stay. It includes everything offered in our Mother-in-Law Cabin with the addition of a 2-person whirlpool tub for serene relaxation. There are plenty of walking paths nearby and lots of property to explore, so take your faithful friend for a walk and take in the beautiful scenery.

Winnebago Cabin: Located near the Commanche and Zonta cabins, it offers similar amenities and a charming aesthetic with plenty of room for your pets to run around and serene wooded surroundings.

Zonta Cabin: The closest cabin to our main office, it’s conveniently located just a quick walk away so you can grab a few movies from our collection or purchase some goodies! In addition, it’s just outside the large yard at the center of our property with tons of space for Rover to stretch its legs and get out some energy.

dog and owner looking at a waterfall on a hike near Starved Rock

Unleash Adventure with Dog-Friendly Activities

Adventure is out there, and you can see it all with a selection of enjoyable activities for both you and your pet. There are plenty of outdoor spaces at Kishauwau Cabins and the surrounding area that are just perfect for tossing a ball or frisbee around, with some nearby dog parks that we recommend: McPhedran Park, Wiggley Field, and River Run Dog Park are all lovely locations with tons of space and less than 30-minutes drive from our property.

One of our primary attractions, Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks, have miles and miles of hiking trails that your dog is sure to love with a wide variety of scenery, towering waterfalls, and gorgeous woodlands. Pack some water and snacks, bring a leash, and make sure to check which trails allow dogs before you arrive for the best experience at these truly unforgettable State Parks. Also, check out Kayak Starved Rock if you have an adventurous dog who would love to get out on the water with you during the warm months!


Enjoy wine and charcuterie after exploring Starved Rock State Park

Woof-Worthy Dining Experiences

Here at Kishauwau Cabins, we know that it’s important for our guests with dogs to be able to bring them along to the many places they go. We have highlighted a few of the best dog-friendly restaurants in the Starved Rock area, all of which have al-fresco seating on the patio or sidewalk. Another great option to keep in mind is that all of our pet-friendly lodging includes full kitchens so you can cook your own delicious meals right here at Kishauwau Cabins! Please note that outdoor dining is typically only available during the spring through fall months, as weather permits.

Skoogs Pub & Grill: Located in Utica, this is one of our guest’s favorites locations to take their furry friends to. This location even features a menu specifically for dogs so your faithful friend can enjoy some safe and healthy treats they’ll love.

The Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge: During warm weather months, this is the perfect place to dine outside with your pooch! Book your stay in early spring through fall if you want to get the most out of your dining experience with Fido!

B.A.S.H. Burger and Sushi House: A truly unique culinary destination, this restaurant combines the best of the east and west for an unforgettable cultural fusion. Bring Fido along and enjoy mouthwatering burgers, fresh sushi and sashimi, and delectable cocktails.

Uptown Grill: Dig into delicious American cuisine, fresh shellfish, prime rib on the weekends, and so much more at this unique eatery. They also hold concerts and special events throughout the year, so make sure to check their website for upcoming attractions, daily specials, and their extensive menu including 100 different bottles of wine!

The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewery: Sip delicious and refreshing beers from masters of the craft at Lone Buffalo, home of farm-to-foam beer. Serving up classic pub cuisine with a twist, the upscale menu perfectly complements their artisanal beers and cozy atmosphere. They’re a great place for an afternoon lunch or relaxing dinner with your pup in tow!

a dog sitting by one of the cabins at Kishauwau cabins

Stay and Play at Kishauwau Cabins

After a full day of adventures with your pet, you can retire to cozy accommodations at our cabins near Chicago and enjoy all the comforts of home. Specially designed with the dogs in mind, you can leave the worries of modern life and enjoy a getaway with family and friends, all without leaving anyone behind! We have a variety of specials and packages to enhance your trip, including our Bed and Breakfast package, that way you can have breakfast delivered to you for one less thing to take care of. We hope this guide has helped you plan the perfect dog-friendly getaway near Starved Rock and wish you and your furry friend safe travels wherever they may lead.

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