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Looking for rustic cabin in spring

We are searching for a place to rent a rustic cabin in the Midwest, no more than a seven-hour drive, for the week before Easter. Any ideas? Thanks all! - Cass, Chicago

The first place that springs to mind is Backbone State Park in northeast Iowa.

We stayed in a $50 cabin there one Mother's Day weekend, and it was gorgeous great hiking around the lake, spring wildflowers everywhere.

Our $50 cabin was small but had a kitchen and a bathroom. We looked at the $100 cabins very nice, roomy and even upscale.

We saw a lot of Illinois plates. The park is near Strawberry Point and is four to five hours from Chicago.

Cabins in Iowa state parks are a good deal. For more, see A cabin in Iowa.

You also can find cabins in Iowa county parks. There are two around Clinton, which is only two to three hours from Chicago.

Illinois state parks rent 37 two-bedroom heated camper cabins, each with two bunk beds and a full bed, in 17 state parks. Rates vary from $50 in winter to $65 on holiday weekends.

In northern Illinois, they include three at Chain O' Lakes State Park, two at Shabbona Lake and Kankakee River and one at Rock Cut. Reservations are made at each park.

Starved Rock State Park has cabins, though they're not cheap.

Wisconsin is a little short on cabins. But there are two just north of Two Rivers, right on Lake Michigan in Point Beach State Forest.

They're fabulous in summer, when days are long. They don't have electricity, so if you use them in other seasons, you have to bring lanterns. They do have wood stoves, however.

For more, see Two trails from Two Rivers.

Last updated on April 7, 2011