Description of Glamping Units
There are two luxury cabins at this glamping site, sleeping up to four people. All of the glamping cabins have an open floor plan. They come with a full kitchen, including a stove and a microwave, a three quarter-sized bathroom with a full-sized shower, a living room with a television and a DVD player, a screened-in porch, air conditioning, and unobstructed views of Shale Lake.
The Mine Shack can sleep up to four people and is outfitted in 1970s decor, including door beads and a lava lamp. There is a queen-sized bed in the bedroom and a full-sized sofa bed in the living room.
The Mule Quarters is the Americana-themed cabin, which can accommodate up to four guests. There is a queen-sized bed in the bedroom and a full-sized sofa bed in the living room. The screened-in porch in this unit has curtains and lounge chairs. Read More
- Lounge/Living room
- Private bathroom
- Queen bed
- Tea kettle
This glamping property sits upon the reclaimed surface of the old coal mine itself, a 324-foot subterranean mine, and the cottages are located on top of the highest point in Madison County—an old gob pile that sits 61 feet above the lake at 662 feet above sea level, giving guests stunning views of three different counties.
There is a winery located on the property in a renovated barn, with a tasting room that opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It includes food service, a heated wine garden with seating for up to 40 people, and a winter loft with seating for up to 30.
At the winery, there is also an outdoor patio and grove, as well as a scenic wine trail and picnic areas. Guests can rent bicycles, too, and cycle down to the lake.
Non-guests can board their horses at the luxury camping property, as well.
- BBQ grill
- Bicycle rental
- Deck or balcony
- Dining room
- Patio furniture
- Shared kitchen
Daily rates are based on double occupancy. For each additional glamper after the first two, there is an extra fee of $20. The cabins are pet-friendly, but the cottages are not.
The property is a gated facility. Guests will require a gate key to enter and leave, which will be given to them upon check-in. Read More
Location + Surroundings
Once a coal mining town, Williamson is a small village in the southwestern part of Illinois. Located in Madison County, it sits not far from St. Louis, the second largest city in the neighboring state of Missouri, most recognized for its iconic monument and tourist attraction, the Gateway Arch. The Arch stands 630 feet tall, made entirely of stainless steel, and it's the highest, man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, making a trip up to the top an unforgettable experience. This glamping property is located only 40 minutes away from St. Louis, an easy, one-day getaway for guests looking to explore a big city while on vacation.
Back in Madison County, glampers can visit both Edwardsville, the county seat, and Granite City, the largest city in the county, to discover what this region of Illinois has to offer—from numerous scenic bike trails and wildlife preserves in Edwardsville to the 74-acre Wilson Park in Granite City, complete with a pool, tennis courts, an ice skating rink, and more. Weather in the Midwest will give guests a taste of what it's like to be somewhere that experiences all four seasons. Plan and pack accordingly, especially in mid- to late fall and winter, in order to avoid a last-minute shopping trip for warmer, or dryer, clothing items. Read More
- If the guest cancels at least 15 days prior to check in: The guest will receive a 50% refund.
- Bird watching
- Wine tasting
The 24-acre Shale Lake will be a delight for fishing glampers; however, the lake operates on a catch-and-release policy for guests who want to fish and don't possess the lake's fishing membership card. In the lake, there are many different types of fish, including catfish, crappie, blue gill, bass, and more.