Our Top 10 Tips for Planning a Successful Family Reunion

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and have an unforgettable family getaway at Kishauwau Cabins. Our exclusive guide has tips for planning a successful family reunion, that way you can spend less time figuring out what to do, and more time doing it! Make us your home-away-from-home for an escape unlike any other amongst our serene surroundings of trees and greenery. Get everyone together with everything you need to have an amazing time and make memories with the people you love most.

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1. Plan Ahead

Give you and your family plenty of time and book ahead for access to all the accomodations you’ll need. We have spacious cabins and plenty of them, but depending on the time of year, availability may be limited. Set a date that works for everyone and find which of our cabins is best for your family’s needs.

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2. Choose the Perfect Accommodations

Our property’s family reunion cabins in Illinois are well-suited to your needs, and we offer a variety of different types to customize your experience. Cook meals in full kitchens with plenty of living space for group activities, lounging, family games, and more! Grandma’s Cabin is an especially good fit, with room for up to 14 people to sleep, dining space for 28 people, and plenty of room in common spaces and an outdoor fire pit, plus all the amenities you need for a great stay. Private and comfortable, they’re the best way to have a Starved Rock getaway.

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3. Encourage Everyone to Unplug

We highly recommend using a stay here at Kishauwau Cabins to unplug, as our natural beauty makes it easy to immerse yourself in the environment while enjoying time with loved ones. Leave the technology behind and engage in outdoor activities like hiking and biking on nearby trails, birdwatching, or frisbee golf. Set your out-of-office message and take some much-needed time away.

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4. Order Group T-Shirts

Why not go the extra mile for your reunion and get custom t-shirts printed? Make a colorful one with your name and date, that way you’ll always remember your trip. We would be happy to order shirts for you with a six week notice. Contact us if you are interested. This is another great way to make your family getaway that much more memorable.

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5. Take Plenty of Photos

Capture the good times with plenty of pictures; our property has lots of great photo spots. We recommend waiting for golden hour and its beautiful lighting that’s sure to compliment your pictures. Feel free to ask one of our innkeepers for help if you want to make sure everyone gets in the big group shot!

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6. Bring Fido Too

Our Mother-in-Law, Commanche, Winnebago, and Zonta cabins are all pet-friendly with space for both them and the rest of the family. Your dog can’t go with you everywhere of course, but they’ll be happy with plenty of space to run around and family to hang out with. Check out some local dog parks for more places to play and plenty of room for Fido to run around in, socialize, and spend time outdoors.

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7. Immerse Yourselves in Group Nature Activities

Explore all there is to do around Starved Rock and have some fun in the sun with outdoor adventures. There are a few nearby State Parks for general recreation, hiking, and more, that showcase some of our natural beauty. Go on an exciting kayak trip, a horseback riding tour, or even ziplining! There’s so much to see and so many ways to enjoy all that this area has to offer.

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8. Keep Your Vacation Budget-Friendly

While dining out at some of our wonderful nearby restaurants will be a fun way to spend time together, you can also save some money by enjoying your own snacks and cooked meals in our full kitchens. We have much lower rates than more expensive nearby hotels, that way it will be easier for everyone who wants to come. Book a midweek stay for even more savings, all while avoiding larger weekend crowds.

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9. Treat Yourselves to a Catered Meal In

Consider a catered meal for one of your dinners during your stay here, as there might be a convenient night where everyone can take a break from cooking! For inquiries, we’re happy to give recommendations, that way you can find the perfect catered meal for everyone in the family and have a relaxing night in. Get in touch before your arrival and we’ll help you get everything set up.

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10. Plan to Attend Local Events

Get everyone involved with these fun group activities and attend a nearby event for a reunion they’re sure to remember. We keep an updated calendar of events on a month-by-month basis, so remember to check back so you can build the itinerary for a fun-filled getaway during the month of your stay. We’re sure you and yours will have an amazing time here at Kishauwau Cabins and we hope to see you soon!

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