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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!
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    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!
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    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
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    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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  • Morel Mushrooms Spring Early!
    4/6/2012
    Morel Mushrooms Spring Early!
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    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!!
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    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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Pike County IL Top Ten Vacation Ideas

Pike County, IL Top Ten Vacation Ideas

Enjoy the scenic county that Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is located in. This county is truly a step back in time. Pike County is rich in Abraham Lincoln tradition along with the historic New Philadelphia Site. Take in a movie at the local drive in theatre, enjoy the local wineries or just soak up all the natural beauty the county has to offer.

1) The Clark 54 Drive – In Theatre

               Come hang out and watch a movie in your car, just like in the good old days! This is truly a step back in time that you will want to experience. (Open April through September.) Check out their web site for more details. http://www.clark54drivein.com/

 

2) Abe Lincoln’s Talking House Tour (More history on Lincoln in Pike County, IL)

               Simply tune your radio to the station listed on the house marker and begin the self-guided tour of eleven homes with Abraham Lincoln significance in Pittsfield. The first home on the tour is at the northeast corner of West and Washington Streets. A yard plaque marks each home, depicting its history with Lincoln. The county also features Lincoln Wayside Exhibits. For a copy of the self-guided brochure or more info on the Wayside Exhibits, visit the Pike County Visitors Center at 224 West Washington in Pittsfield or call 217-285-4484.

               Historic East School - Located in Pittsfield, and built in 1861-1866, this was the first public school in Pittsfield serving grades 1-12. Now the school is a museum holding memorabilia from over the years in Pike County. 

               Finley Hotel - The 1850’s hotel that Abraham Lincoln visited is still standing.

For more information on Lincoln In Pike County, IL, Including the Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment go to http://www.pikelincoln.com/.

 

3) New Philadelphia/Free Frank McWorter (More history on New Philadelphia)

               The New Philadelphia site is famous in American History. The New Philadelphia site was the first town in the United States to be settled by a free African American, thus becoming a popular location for the Underground Railroad.

 

4) Pike County Courthouse

               This is a sight to see and is one of the 10 most beautiful courthouses in Illinois. It was built in 1894 and inside, there is a picture of Abraham Lincoln in Pittsfield taken in 1858.

 

5) Twin Culverts

               This is a personal favorite of the owners of Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. These culverts are located in the quiet city of Pearl (about 15minutes away). These culverts are made out of limestone and people can even drive through them. They were built through the hills on the remote country road for cars to pass “through the hill” instead of over it!

 

6) Pittsfield Lake – A Hidden Jewel!

               You can take a lunch and go for a beautiful picnic; this lake is even great for fishing. Enjoy this 200-acre lake surrounded by 480 acres of recreational land that the public can use. This lake has great crappie fishing in the spring and is also stocked with Bass, Bluegill, Walleye, and Stripers.  http://www.pittsfieldil.org/community/recreation/pittsfield-city-lake

 

7) Antiques & Collectibles

               Enjoy a scenic drive through Pike County, IL and stop at the many antique stores, flea markets and collectibles shops. Also right across the river in Pike County, MO (less than 30 minutes away), there are many more stores. (Click here for a list.) 

 

8) Wineries

               Pike County, IL has two great wineries. Both of these wineries host special events throughout the year. Check out their website for more details Collver Family Winery http://www.collverfamilywinery.com/ and Hopewell Winery & Restaurant http://www.hopewellwinery.com/.

 

9) Mighty Mississippi River

               Enjoy the scenic and historic river that borders the entire western side of Pike County. One of our favorite spots is the Lock and Damn that stretches across to Clarksville, Missouri. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy the view at the dam and in the fall, it’s a great spot to view Bald Eagles. http://www.greatriverroad.com/hannibal/lockdam24.htm. You can also take a drive across the river to our neighbors in Pike County, MO.

 

10) Pittsfield Historic Walking Tour

               Pittsfield was established in 1833 and has enjoyed a long and colorful history. Much of the central part of Pittsfield is listed as an historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to catch a glimpse of some of our past on this self-guided tour. Be sure to check out the newly refurbished William Watson Hotel on the south side of the square and the new Lincoln Wayside exhibit on the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square. The walking tour brochure is available at the Pike County Visitor Center or call 217-285-1817.

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