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  • Amazing Girls' Getaway Vacation
    2/13/2015
    Amazing Girls' Getaway Vacation
    Posted by admin
    Two years agao, we hosted our first ever Girls’ Getaway Weekend – complete with a wine tasting, gourmet meals, outdoor recreation, and indoor relaxation! The event was a smash hit with ladies from all over the Midwest joining in the fun! Whether you are l
  • Weekday Escape Perfect for Unwinding!!
    4/10/2013
    Weekday Escape Perfect for Unwinding!!
    Posted by admin
    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
  • Gift Certifcates. A Great Gift Idea!
    12/10/2014
    Gift Certificates - A Great Gift Idea!
    Posted by admin
    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
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  • July 4th Celebrations - 2015 Style!!
    6/8/2015
    July 4th Celebrations - 2015 Style!!
    Posted by admin
    I realized something today – it’s going to be a busy summer! My calendar is filling up rather quickly with things I WANT to do…and things I NEED to do. Luckily for me, sometimes both things are the same. We just announced the local fair schedule fo
  • Heartland Lodge to Open New OHV Park!!
    6/5/2015
    Heartland Lodge to Open New OHV Park!!
    Posted by admin
    ATV riding has always been a popular activity at Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL. If you have been a guest of the lodge and have enjoyed the ATV trails at Heartland, then you will be super-excited to know that we will be opening a NEW Off Highway Vehicle (OHV
  • Announcing the 2015 Fair Schedule!!
    6/4/2015
    Announcing the 2015 Fair Schedule!!
    Posted by admin
    It’s already the first part of June…we’ve celebrated Memorial Day and two graduations (with more to go)! So let the summer begin! And what says summer more than all the county fairs surrounding Heartland Lodge? Even though summer truly doesn’t begi
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Testimonials

  • We absolutely loved the lodge, our suite, the property, and the views!  The staff was so sweet and pleasant.  We loved the horses and local fishing.  Overall it was a terrific experience.  We look forward to coming again, perhaps even having a family event there.  Well worth my 5 hour commute from Chicago! Thank you!
    - Jennifer Schroeder, Chicago, IL
  • Everything was wonderful.  The property was beautiful and well maintained--so peaceful!  The lodge itself was so comfortable and cozy.  The food was phenomenal!  Each meal was more delicious than the last and there was always plenty.  I enjoyed the family style dining.  The biscuits and gravy were delicious and I consider myself a biscuit and gravy snob because my grandma used to make them for me all the time. The staff was so friendly and accommodating at everything!
    - Sean and Corey Johnson
  • The Heartland Lodge experience was exactly what we needed for a couple days of getting away and relaxing! The staff was friendly, informative, and accommodating from planning our trip on the phone to the guides during our activities.  We loved seeing the deer on the grounds during the bonfire! We met some other great guests from Chicago as well! We will be visiting again!
    - Kerry and Carol Loughary. Rushville, IL
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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. 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.