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  • Weekday Escape Perfect for Unwinding!!
    4/10/2013
    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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Fair Season in Full Swing!!
    7/3/2014
    Fair Season in Full Swing!!
    Posted by admin
    Can you believe that it’s July 1st, we are getting ready to celebrate the July 4th holiday and that QVC (one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world) is running a “Christmas in July” show as I’m writing this? Where has the year gone? Time certain
  • Celebrate July 4th in the Heartland!!
    6/17/2014
    Celebrate July 4th in the Heartland!!
    Posted by admin
    Can you believe it? We are already making plans for the July 4th holiday weekend…but we just haven’t figured out where the year has gone! Do you have your plans made? If not, I’ve got some great ideas for you!   As I indicated in my blog from last ...
  • 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
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  • It was an amazing night away!  Our room was amazing and the bed was super comfortable. Ms. Wanda made us feel right at home and welcome from the moment we arrived till the hug when we left.  We wish we could have stayed longer!  The food was absolutely delicious.  We're also glad we hiked, so we could enjoy it all!
    - Jeremy & Jennifer Humiston-Hannibal, MO
  • As usual our experience at Heartland Lodge is over and above!  We love everthing about it.  It is such a beautiful place to relax or play!  You can gaurantee that we will be back next year-it is an anual vacation for us.  Thank you for being so accommodating, and to your staff they are all so courteous and friendly.  Again, thank you for another great year of memories!
    - Greg & Judy Stuecker
  • There is nothing bad I could say about our stay, it was totally awesome! We loved the way the meals were set up, and saying grace made it feel like family. We were able to get to know some great people and the staff was also the best! I truly wish I lived nearby so I could be a part of the Heartland family of employees... or just family period!  We loved it!
    - Greg Koch and Stephanie Null, Barnhart MO
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Alton Grafton IL Top 10 Vacation Spots

Alton/Grafton, IL Top 10 Vacation Ideas

 

1) Lewis & Clark State Historic Site - 1 Lewis & Clark Trail
Hartford, IL 62048 (618) 251-5811 www.campdubois.com

Come back to where the journey began at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. As National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark Trail, this museum is dedicated to telling the Illinois side of the Lewis & Clark journey. It was here in Illinois that the Corps of Discovery spent five months preparing for the journey. It was here in Illinois the common men became soldiers embarking on a military expedition. It was here in Illinois on May 14, 1804, that the journey westward began. Experience Lewis & Clark like never before with five exhibit rooms, the film "At Journey's Edge", and a 55-foot full scale "cutaway" keelboat.

 

2 ) Lewis & Clark Confluence Tour - 435 Confluence Dr.
Hartford, IL 62048 (618) 251-9101 www.ConfluenceTower.com

The new Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower is located in Hartford, Illinois, two miles from the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, which is National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark Trail. The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower was built in commemoration of the historic expedition. The 180-foot tower has three viewing platforms at 50, 100 and 150-feet connecting the two towers that represent Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Each level of the tower tells stories about the area’s history, including the Village of Hartford, the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, Lewis and Clark and the confluence of two great rivers - the Mississippi and Missouri.

 

3 ) Piasa Park - Piasa Park on IL. Rte. 100
Alton, IL 62002

The dragon-like beast that still inhabits the river's bluffs today as a painting was first discovered and recorded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1673 during his exploration of the mighty Mississippi. The legendary bird which terrorized and devoured people was carefully painted on the bluffs by the Indians who finally destroyed the bird. A replica of the painting can be found today at Piasa Park along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway outside of Alton.

 

 

4) Antoinette's Haunted History Tours - Alton (618) 462-4009 http://www.hauntedalton.com/  

Go to places in Alton that have lingering spirits. You can go on a walking tour, a dinner tour or even a trolley tour. Reservations are required. Alton, IL 62002 (618) 462-4009

 

5) Float With Us Private Cruises - Grafton 215 W. Water St. Grafton, (314) 650-5065 http://www.floatwithus.com/

Enjoy a day on the Mississippi with Captain Ric & Renee! Come relax and enjoy the scenery and stay and have lunch or dinner! Minimum ride is 2 hours and you need reservations.

 

6) Raging Rivers Water Park – 100 Palisades Pkwy., Grafton, 618-786-2345 http://www.ragingrivers.com/ 

 This park is located right on the bluff next to the Mississippi River! Incredible views along with incredible fun for the entire family! Make a splash with an afternoon, staying cool at Raging Rivers Water Park. Choose from four winding waterslides, brave the waves at Breaker Beach or float along the Lazy River. 

 

7) Wineries - Grafton

If you brake for wine, get ready to pump your pedal in Grafton. Here, the Napa Valley meets the Mississippi Valley with award-winning wines and spectacular scenic views. Light, crisp, fruity wines are the perfect pair for your picnic lunch, while the blend of Cabernet Zinfandel and Syrah marry for smooth red wine. Yield at the next crossing, and plan a rest stop to enjoy a sip riverside.

     Grafton Winery & Brewhaus

     300 W. Main St. Grafton

     618-786-3001

     www.TheGraftonWinery.com

     Award-winning wines and brews are prepared on-site from a combination of California and locally grown grapes and fruits. More than 15 wines are featured under the Grafton Winery Label.

     Piasa Winery & Pub-22 W. Main Street-618-786-WINE www.PiasaWinery.com

     Piasa Winery offers 15 of their own award-winning wines made from grapes grown locally. Taste them all as you sit on the deck looking out at the confluence of the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers.

     Aeries Riverview Winery
    Just 5 blocks up Mulberry Street
    from Main Street in Grafton, lllinois.
    618-786-8439 www.aerieswinery.com

    Aeries Riverview Winery in Grafton, Illinois offers the most incredible view, wines, food, live music, service and selection of any winery in Missouri or Illinois. Come to Aerie's and see why people from all over the country crave to be on our deck. Drive up the "Nationally Designated Scenic Byway" (The Great River Road), come across the Grafton Ferry from St. Charles or head south from Pere Marquette State Lodge and ENJOY Aerie's Winery.

Also check out the Ice House Winery http://www.jenij.com/  

 

8) Eagle Watching – Grafton

Grafton is nestled on the banks at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers where eagles are spotted daily during the end of December, January and February. In Illinois, Bald eagles are seen primarily near large rivers, reservoirs and waterfowl refuges.

 

9) Shopping - Alton & Grafton

www.grafton.il.us/shop.html

www.visitalton.com/visitors-shopping.cfm

First stop at Grafton and take in all the quaint little shops in the neat river town. Grafton is one of those towns that you walk, enjoy the shops, ice cream shops and wineries, and food. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Then drive to Alton and enjoy all the shopping in this river town.

 

10) Just Drive!

The Alton & Grafton area is a perfect day trip from Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. Pack up the car and hit the road. Where the wheels meet the pavement, life meets an escape. It’s just you, the river and the open road. Let your wheels lead the way as the road bends with the river beneath the towering limestone bluffs along 33 mile Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. Roll the windows down, set the cruise control and enjoy the ride.

 

This day trip can be combined with a trip to St Louis, St Charles and Pike County Missouri. Just take a bridge or ferry across the river to Missouri and come back the Missouri Side!

Please contact each location directly to check on hours they are open and directions.