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    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
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    2/26/2015
    Ultimate Romantic Getaway Promotion
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    Create that spark in your relationship with our Ultimate Romantic Getaway. This package includes two nights in the suite of your choice, an hour romantic carriage ride with basket including souvenir wine glasses, fruit and cheese. All of your meals are in
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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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    2/28/2015
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  • 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
  • Thoroughly met our expectations! My husband and I celebrated our 7th Anniversary at the resort. The staff was friendly and very accommodating to our needs.  The atmosphere was top notch.  Everything was clean and well kept!  We brought out ATV and the trails were fantastic! We will definitely be back!
    - Casey Ellis
  • Much Needed Break One of the best last minute decisions we've made in a long time.  We stayed at the lodge in the super comfortable Wood Duck Room.  Since we only stayed one day/night, we didn't get to experience all of the great activities offered, but are definitely another reason to return, as if the views, food and hospitality weren't already enough.  Our best moment: Finding a sunny spot, shutting the ATV down and just lying there on our blanket in perfect silence.  Very much needed break from our incredibly hectic lives.
    - Roger and Amy Henson
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Springfield IL, Top 10 Vacation Ideas

Springfield, IL Top 10 Vacation Ideas

  

1)     Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library http://www.alplm.org/

Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, the Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Lincoln. You’ll be entertained, educated and mesmerized by this one-of-a-kind, world-class facility, blending 21st century technology to transport you back to the 19th century world of Abraham Lincoln. 

 

2)     Lincoln Home - (National Historic Site) http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Visitor/Historic/LincolnHome.asp

A great starting point for your tour of Springfield. The Quaker-brown residence where the Abraham Lincoln family lived for seventeen years (1844-1861) is a national treasure. It’s located at Eighth and Jackson Streets in the midst of a four-block historic neighborhood currently undergoing restoration. Your tour of the only home the Lincoln's ever owned will be conducted by National Park Service rangers. Free tickets are required and may only be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center at 426 S. 7th Street on a daily first-come, first-served basis.

 

3)     Old State Capital - http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Visitor/Historic/OldCapitol.asp

“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 & 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.)

 

4)     Lincoln’s New Salem - http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Visitor/Historic/NewSalem.asp

Abraham Lincoln grew to “a man of purpose and destiny” during his six years (1831-37) living and working in New Salem Village. Here, he clerked in a store, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected legislator. Timber houses, shops, and stores now comprise the reconstructed historic village where history comes to life as costumed interpreters take on the characters of the people who lived and worked here more than 150 years ago.

From June through August (generally Fri-Sun), make plans to come back for an evening of entertainment at New Salem’s outdoor theater — Theatre in the Park.

 

5) Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices - http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Visitor/Historic/LawOffices.asp

Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the offices above Seth Tinsley’s store from 1843 until 1852. It was an ideal location for a rising young law firm — near the Capitol and Springfield’s finest hotel of the day and just above the local post office and Federal Courtroom. Stephen Logan (1843-44) and William Herndon (1844-52) were his partners during this time. This is the only surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working law offices.

 

6) Lincoln’s Tomb - http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Visitor/Historic/Tomb.asp  

This beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. (Be sure to ask about the special Civil War Retreat Ceremony held at the Tomb each Tuesday evening during the summer.)

 

7)     Lincoln Depot - http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Visitor/Historic/Depot.asp

“No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feelings of sadness at this parting.” Bittersweet words spoken by President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he departed his beloved Springfield for an uncertain future in Washington, D.C. The Depot contains restored waiting rooms (one for ladies and one for the luggage and tobacco-spitting men), exhibits of people and places dear to Lincoln, and a state-of-the-art video presentation recreating the 12-day journey to his inauguration.

 

8)     Knight's Action Park/Caribbean Water Adventure - http://www.knightsactionpark.com/

Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure have long been Springfield’s home for entertainment, excitement, and refreshing summer fun. Begun as a golf driving range in 1952 by Golfing Pro George Knight, Sr., Knight’s Action Park has been a part of the Springfield area for over forty-five years. Today, Illinois' favorite family fun park is home to water slides, batting cages, a fifty tee driving range, bumper boats, the classic Big Wheel, a giant wave pool, and much more. It is “where the action is” in Central Illinois. 1700 Recreation Dr.; (217) 546-8881

 

9 ) White Oaks Mall - http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?id=180

There is a lot of great shopping in and around the White Oaks Mall area. Veterans Park Way (Street that White Oaks Mall is on) has many stores including Gander Mountain, Dicks Sporting Goods, Kohls, and many more.  

 

10)  Executive Mansion - http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/hpartners/hpartnerdetail.asp?id=48 

Home of the Illinois governor, seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions, and all holidays.)

 

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