Campground review: 5 out of 5 stars
As a Ranger on the Dyrt, I sometimes receive compensation for reviews like this one.
The Oostema Farmstead Inn is a pretty unique campground. It is located on a working farm. There were chickens, cows, calves, a heron (I think it was nesting near the driveway), a raspberry field, a garden and even a cat wandering around. If you are looking for a fun farm-style getaway, this is it.
I spoke with the camp host, Lisa, who told me I could explore the Raspberry Fields and the Barn where the calves were. I did see signs that you needed permission, so bear that in mind when you go.
The campsites themselves are essentially located behind the Farm house, and we were able to set up wherever we wanted. I chose a spot by two trees and Lisa brought over a picnic table for me. Since the sites are in the backyard, and you can choose where to set up, you do see other campers. They also allow RVs.
They also have a cabin you can rent, and they were kind enough to let me poke around and take a few pictures. They have a port-a-potty, which was very clean, and a sink with soap and drinking water. No showers, though they did mention the idea of setting up a cold shower. There is a hot tub on premises, but it is not for campers to use. They have a fire pit with wood available, which was perfect for us.
The Oostema Farmstead Inn Campground is located close to Lynden, just a 5 minute drive from downtown. Because it is situated off the main road, while you could see cars in the distance (Lynden is a bit flat), they were not disturbing the quiet of the farm. There is not hiking within walking distance, but there are some parks and a river nearby you can drive to.
When I booked the Campground, Lisa was very responsive to the questions I had about bringing extra vehicles and very accommodating. She gave good directions to get to the campground, as GPS doesn’t quite get you there. They put a sign up on the road where GPS directs you, and it is a little small but visible, at least during the day. When you get to the end of the driveway, there is a sign for the “tiny house”, I chose to ignore those directions, and continue around the house – which it turned out, was the right decision.
All in all, this was a delightful stay and I would recommend checking it out!
Product Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
As a Ranger for the Dyrt, from time to time I get to test products. At the Oostema Farmstead Inn, I tested the Ice Mule Cooler Pro.
What I loved about camping with my Ice Mule Cooler.
The Ice Mule Cooler Pro is a backpack cooler. Which meant, when I was walking from my car to my campsite, and over to the fire pit, instead of lugging a bulky cooler around, I just swung this one on to my shoulders, and off I went.
I also decided to put this cooler to the test. Several hours before camping, I filled the cooler with ice and all things that needed to be kept cool. Then I left it in the car, parked in the hot sun. When I arrived at the campground, I opened the cooler to see that the ice hadn’t even really begun to melt. By the next day, leaving it out, there was still a lot of ice. This cooler really works.
I also like the fact that you can roll it down, so you can compact it and it has an air valve to vent out the air.
Some details on the one I have: It can carry 23 liters, the site says it can hold up to 18 cans plus ice, and it weighs 3.2 pounds. It is insulated and they have MuleskinET for the exterior fabric and MuleSkinEV for in the interior layer.
Now that I have an Ice Mule Cooler, I won’t be going back to those bulky standard coolers.