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  • 30% Off Your Winter Stay!
    30% Off Your Winter Stay!
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    Need something after the holidays to look forward to? A winter getaway to Heartland Lodge is the perfect solution. The ultra comfy beds in our suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi’s will provide the perfect relaxation you need. Our gourmet chefs will prepar
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    Gift Certificates - A Great Gift Idea!
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    Need a good idea? A gift certificate for a stay at Heartland Lodge is a perfect gift for that special someone! This unique gift will be one that they will never forget and will sure to be used. We have many different options available. You can purchas
  • Weekday Escape Perfect for Unwinding!!
    Weekday Escape Perfect for Unwinding!!
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    Let’s face it. Life just gets crazy sometimes and we all need to unwind. Between work schedules, kids’ activities, and social commitments, our daily lives can be extremely hectic. And whether you are a young couple with children, empty nesters or retir
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  • Hit the Lodge…Coming Soon!!
    Hit the Lodge...Coming Soon!!
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    Can you believe that it’s the end of the first month of 2015? Where has the time gone? Are you sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like me, maybe you’ll start in February, right? And if you are a photographer – of any skill level – then I’m
  • Looking for a Winter Getaway?
    Looking for a Winter Getaway?
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    With all the focus on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all the holiday happenings in-between, did you realize that Old Man Winter snuck up on us? According to Wikipedia, the technical term for Old Man Winter is the Winter Solstice and is defined as “the astr
  • Eagle Watching Season Has Returned!
    Eagle Watching Season Has Returned!
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    The eagle has landed…again! But this year, we must change ‘eagle’ to ‘eagles’ as there seems to be a larger number of eagles around the area than in the previous two years since I’ve been blogging about a hobby of many this time of year – Eagle Watching!
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  • Every single thing was better than we had heard, read, or expected.  The meals were incredible.  The room was way, way nicer than we imagined it might be.  All the staff was friendly, helpful, and engaging.  We will be back soon!
    - Rob & Jeri Smith-Braidwood, IL
  • The homemade food, quality, attention to detail, and service made our stay exceptional.  It was quiet, warm, and exactly what my husband and I were looking for in our short getaway!! Exploring the property and an afternoon picnic were just a few of the priceless memories we made!
    - Aaron and Nicole Jones
  • The only thing better than the meals--which were fabulous--was the hospitality!  We enjoyed the Christian atmosphere as well!
    - Sam Cathrop-Quincy, IL
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Activities & Amenities

Heartland Lodge in Pike County, Illinois is a full service resort with all the amenities. We offer horseback riding, sporting clays, fishing, hunting, ATV's, romantic carriage rides, volleyball, croquet, bonfires, Old West cookouts, cross country skiing, sled riding, bike riding, and over 1,200 acres of trails, ponds and unmatched scenic beauty. As if all that wasn't enough, trips can be arranged to Missouri to visit museums in historic Hannibal MO, home of Mark Twain and Molly Brown; or Springfield, IL (home of Abraham Lincoln). At Heartland Lodge, you'll find the best of midwest vacations including all your favorite activities.

Horseback Riding Shooting Sporting Clays ATV Riding
Horseback Riding Sporting Clays ATV Riding
Private Golf Course Bike Riding Fishing
Golf Bike Riding Fishing

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Scenic Hayride

Heartland's sunset hayride is a favorite among guests who return each year to take the scenic hour ride along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The ride takes you along a working Elk farm, cattle and horse ranches, and turns around at one of the most scenic views of the Mississippi River valley.

The view of the sunset is one of the most beautiful in the Mid-West! You will see an abundance of wildlife including Whitetail Deer, Wild Turkeys, and all the beauty the country has to offer.


Bird Watching

Heartland's backyard bird sanctuary and its 1200 acres of bird habitat make it one of the best locations for Illinois birdwatching and to view many different species of birds. The backyard sanctuary has regular visitors including Cardinals, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, woodpeckers, Bluebirds, Chickadees, and Nuthatches. Heartland's prairie restoration program consists of CRP fields of Big Blue Stem, Little Blue Stem, and Indian Grass. Millet fields are planted for ample food supply. This habitat is ideal for quail, pheasants, turkeys, and other native birds.

Eagle watching is at its peak from mid January thru mid March. The prime eagle watching destinations are only a short drive away! Great dining, wonderful wildlife viewing, and scenic views are all within a days drive from the lodge. A great day trip is driving to Clarksville MO and through the small towns on the Great River Road and National Scenic Byway of highway 79. You can cross the Mississippi River on one of the ferries to the Great River Road in Illinois. Enjoy Grafton IL and travel back to the lodge on the beautiful National Scenic Byway.



Raging Rivers Water Park- Pool and water park for everyone. Featuring: The Shark, SwirlPool, Endless River, The Cascades, Breaker Beach, Runaway Rafts, Tree House Harbor, Itty Bitty Surf City, Only 30 miles from the lodge! A great place for the entire family. (


Meals, Bonfire, Soda, & Much More

The cooks at Heartland Lodge prepare dinner and breakfast meals made from scratch. Homemade rolls, real mashed potatoes and old-fashioned cobblers are just a few of their specialties. Heartland is known world wide for its presentation and abundance of food at each meal setting.

Also included in the meal package are complimentary coffee, tea and lemonade and the scenic hayride followed by a bonfire with all the fixings. (Marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey chocolate). The 1200 acres that surrounds the lodge will give you plenty of room to explore and relax in the outdoors. All of this is included in your package when you stay at Heartland.


Lodge Buy-Out

Enjoy an entire lodge to yourself. Just book ten rooms in the original lodge, seven rooms in Prairie Ridge Lodge or six room in Sunset Valley Lodge and you can have any of the three to yourself. The resort is a perfect place to meet with friends, and family. Weddings and business outings are also popular at our Midwest resort.


Day Trips

There are many great day trips that can be started from the Heartland Lodge.

Visit our Vacation Page for the top ten things to do in each surrounding town. There is ALOT to do within an hour's drive of the lodge!!

The Great River Road Trip - Spend the day up and down both sides of the Mississippi River. The Great River Road and National Scenic Byway on the Illinois side and the Great River Road and National Scenic Byway on the Missouri side make an outstanding day trip. You will travel through towns like Clarksville MO and Grafton IL. You can cross the Winfield and Golden Eagle ferries or the bridges in Alton IL and Louisiana MO. Attractions: Clarksville Eagle Center, Alton's National Great Rivers Museum, Kampsville's Center for American Archeology, antique stores, craft stores, and much more! (Mid January thru mid March are peak eagle watching times).

In 1998, the federal government evaluated dozens of drives around America in search for candidates for National Scenic Byway designation. After a painstaking process, the Illinois Great River Road from Alton to Kampsville was awarded this rare and honored designation. The drive is stunning, with the towering bluffs on one side and the Mighty Mississippi on the other. You can almost touch the cliff-wall and the water at the same time. (57 miles)

Hannibal, Missouri - Mark Twain - Enjoy a day trip to the historic home town of Mark Twain. Hannibal is only 45 miles from the lodge. Great shopping, excellent dining and wonderful sight seeing is all located in Hannibal. Attractions: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Becky Thatcher Home, Mark Twain Cave, Mississippi Riverboat, Molly Brown Birthplace, antique stores, craft stores, and much more!

Springfield, Illinois - Enjoy a day trip to the historic home town of Abraham Lincoln. Springfield is only 80 miles from the lodge. Besides all of the historic sights, there is wonderful shopping and excellent dining. Attractions: Lincoln's New Salem, Lincoln Home, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, Vachel Lindsay Home, Route 66 sites and much more!

Quincy, Illinois - Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful town of Quincy. Quincy is located only 50 miles from the lodge. This town is full of wonderful shopping and great dining, Make sure you take a drive down Maine street to view the large historic homes. Attractions: Jesus Tree, Governor John Wood Mansion, Villa Kathrine, Quincy Art Center and much more!

Pike County - The county that the lodge is located in has many local attractions. There are antique shops and great attractions in Pike County. Attractions: Nature House Gallery the "Purple Martin Capital", five local museums, antique shops, craft stores, and scenic drives that will keep you going for hours!

Other Possible Day Trips



And More!

  • Paintball
  • Volleyball
  • Croquet
  • Old West Cook Outs (Chuck Wagon)
  • Sled riding (In season)
  • Mushroom hunting (In season)
  • Blackberries (In season)