I love the great outdoors. Hiking through local trails, exploring new areas and finding space for adventure is something I love to do with my boys (4 and 6). But the thought of camping? It has never been super appealing to me. Sleeping on the ground, scavenging for food or braving the elements doesn’t seem to be right up my alley. So when Natasha at Houseful of Nicholes invited me (and my children!) to go camping with her at Camp Reinberg in Palatine, I was skeptical. What kind of nature adventure could we expect?
Upon arrival, we were greeted at the Mess Hall and shown around the area. With a beautiful space to cook and eat, I was optimistic that our adventure would be worthwhile. I loved the fact that they had a general store for essentials (think s’mores!) and little kitchens to store food and cook if that strikes your fancy.
The next stop was our sleeping quarters. Luckily for me, ours came with walls! And a bathroom! And beds! Suddenly, camping didn’t seem so bad after all. We stayed in a large cabin – capacity for 10 people. There is a small bedroom space with two twin beds, double sinks in the “hallway” and four sets of bunk beds in the main cabin. Air conditioning, a stand-up shower and hand drying system are just a few of the amenities. Be sure to bring your own bed linens since those are not supplied.
This rustic experience had the perfect amount of “house comforts” to make me feel at home.
Camp Reinberg also has smaller cabins (eight-person capacity), tent campsites and RV/tent campsites available for rental. Each space includes a fire ring with grate, picnic table for gathering and space for the tent. Everything is connected in a circle, making it a great route for brisk morning walk. For campsites, there is a community shower and bathroom, so be sure to pack a flashlight for those late night bathroom runs!
The last large space that I loved was the main community spot in the middle. Mirroring a musical atrium space, this space is the perfect location for group events, bonfires and musical jam sessions. We spent most of the time there making s’mores and just running around exploring!
Overall, this camping experience was one I would adventure with again and again. In addition to the beautiful grounds, Camp Reinberg offers everything you need to escape to nature. With gear rentals, free programs and bike rentals coming soon, this is a camping adventure you won’t soon forget.
Do you love camping? What are your favorite tips and tricks for surviving the great outdoors?