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  • Win an Overnight Stay in our New Sunset Valley Lodge & Cardinal ticket!
    4/19/2014
    Win an Overnight Stay in Our New Sunset Valley Lodge & Cardinals Ticket!
    Posted by admin
    Win 2 tickets, behind home plate, to a Cardinals baseball game in St. Louis and an overnight stay at Heartland Lodge in a luxury suite!! To enter, all you have to do is sign up for our quarterly e-mail Newsletter, become a fan of ("Like") our ...
  • Horse Carriage Rides!
    3/25/2013
    Horse Carriage Rides!
    Posted by admin
    Heartland Lodge is very excited to announce that we will be offering romantic horse carriage rides!! Starting April 1st through September 29th you can reserve your own private horse carriage ride or take advantage of one of our “free” carriage ride nights
  • Amazing Girls' Getaway Vacation
    1/15/2013
    Amazing Girls' Getaway Vacation
    Posted by admin
    This two-night getaway is only $193 (+tax) per person for a double occupancy room or $269 (+tax) for a single. All rooms have triple sheeted beds and private bathrooms. Luxury Suites are also available for $215 (+tax) per person for groups of 3-4. Each lu
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Resort Blog

  • Morel Mushrooms Spring Early!
    4/6/2012
    Morel Mushrooms Spring Early!
    Posted by admin
    Can you believe the mild winter we’ve had? This stretch of warmer weather has certainly caused many spring activities to arrive a few weeks early – and one of those just happens to be mushroom hunting. In west-central Illinois, where Harpole’s Heartland
  • St. Louis Celebrates 250 Years!!
    2/26/2014
    St. Louis Celebrates 250 Years!!
    Posted by admin
    Many of us celebrate milestone birthdays one of two ways – we either moan and groan about turning another year older OR we embrace the number and enjoy a new phase of life. But no matter how you celebrate that day that only comes once a year, you will ne
  • Eagle Watching Season Has Returned!
    1/11/2013
    Eagle Watching Season Has Returned!
    Posted by admin
    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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Testimonials

  • The overall experience at Heartland Lodge had us wishing we had booked a week instead of an overnight stay.  Everything from the prayers before the meals to the room's luxurious accomodations creates an ambiance and feeling of indulgent pampering.  A beautiful experience that we will definitely repeat in the future.  Thank you, Harpole family for an unforgettable getaway!
    - Richard and Angela Hays, Shelbina, MO
  • We fell in love with this place the minute we walked in.  We enjoyed our wedding in front of the fireplace in the Orginial Lodge.  We are planning on returning next year to stay at your new property to celebrate our anniversary.
    - Dennis and Janette Steinhilber, Braidwood, IL
  • We wanted a little getaway and found a little bit of heaven!  It was beyond anything we could have imagined.  Such incredible meals!  Our room is like being in our own little cabin.  Everything is a class act- the quality of the lodge, furnishings, etc.  Wanda is a delightful sweetheart and so helpful. Meeting and talking with the other guests was a pleasant bonus! Even in the winter we found places to explore.  We would return in a heartbeat! 
    - Nancy Wallace Beloit, WI
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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding at Heartland

If you enjoy horseback riding and being around others who love horses, you will fall in love with Heartland Lodge's Riding Stables. Nestled between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and over looking the Missouri river bluffs, Heartland's unique setting is perfect for a horse back riding vacation. Rolling hills, scenic views and incredible trails make Heartland one of the premier equestrian centers and stables in the Midwest.

Horeback riding in Illinois

Heartland has miles of horse back riding trails on 700 rolling acres. You will ride through forest, creeks, prairies, and be in awe with the incredible outdoors that surround you. There are horse stables with stalls available to board your horse while staying at the lodge. A large outdoor arena is located adjacent to the lodge. Hay, water, and clean stalls are provided when boarding your horse in our stables.

Heartland has hourly horseback riding trail rides available for those that don't have a horse. Our horses are calm, but not boring! You will enjoy riding Jossie, Nick, Willy or one of the other members of our extended family. You can come down for a ride and spend the night in our lodge or just ride for the day without staying. Horse riding reservations in advance are recommended.

If you are looking for a place to ride, but are not able to spend the night, you are welcome to join in on the fun for a day. A day pass lets you enjoy all the beauty and splendor that Heartland has to offer with your own horse.

Meet the people who make up our Heartland family and provide you with an exceptional experience.

Romantic Horse Ride

New is our special "Romantic Ride for Two." This is a two hour horseback ride that must be reserved in advance, and is limited to couples only. One of our professional guides will lead you and that special someone on a picturesque ride through some of our most breathtaking scenery. You will then break out into a quaint meadow with a surprise waiting just for you. A linen covered tablecloth with flowers and a wicker basket of fruit, sandwiches and sparkling grape juice with wine glasses. Toast the one you love amid the fragrance of the prairie wild flowers and enjoy a moment of quality time like no other. This special package is available by advance reservation only.

Horse back riding at Heartland

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Horse Lover's Vacation and Packages

For those who want a horseback riding vacation, Heartland is the perfect spot. If you have your own horses you can board them in our stables or use our outdoor arena. For those who don't have their own horses we have a package just for you. You can help our wranglers feed and water our horses, then brush and saddle the horses before the ride. You can even help clean out the stalls if you would like. After the day is over you can also help unsaddle the horses, wash them off and brush them down. The following are our Horse Lover's Vacation Packages:

Four Nights-Three Days Horseback Vacation Package

* Receive 10% off Sunday through Thursday 

* Receive an hour of horseback riding for two people each day

Five Nights-Four Days Horse back Vacation Package

* Receive 10% off Sunday through Thursday 

* Receive two hours of horse back riding for two people each day
  (You can exchange one hour for another activity if you would like.)

Six Nights-Five Days Horseback Vacation Package

* Receive 15% off Sunday through Thursday 

* Receive two hours of horseback riding for two people each day
  (You can exchange one hour for another activity if you would like.)

Seven Nights-Six Days Horse back Vacation Package

** Book seven or more nights and get the eight night free!!

* Receive 15% off Sunday through Thursday 

* Receive two hours of horseback riding for two people each day
  (You can exchange one hour for another activity if you would like.)

* $20 gift certificate for two people to use in our Pro Shop

Choose the room you want and view our rates HERE

Promotions cannot be combined with any other promotion or discounts.

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse and Carriage Ride IllinoisOur romantic horse and carriage rides are an hour long (additional hours can be added) and can accommodate up to 6 people.  All rides will be private for your group only.  (2 - 6 people)  The horse-drawn carriage will pick you up in front of the lodge and take you on a scenic ride through the country. 

Visiting Heartland Lodge with other couples? There is no extra charge for more than 2 in a carriage.   You can also split the ride into 30 or 20 minutes between couples and have the ride private for each. (Minimum one hour)

Go to our horse-drawn carriage ride blog for more information.