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    12/10/2014
    Gift Certifcates - A Great Gift Idea!
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    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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    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
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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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  • “The Stockings Were Hung…!!”
    12/16/2014
    “The Stockings Were Hung…!!”
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    “…by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” We all know and love the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing The Christmas Story at least once.
  • 11/27/2014
    My Heartland Gratitude Journal!!
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    Gratitude…defined by The Random House College Dictionary as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful”…is something that I’ve thought about a lot over the last few months. Throughout the year, people that I’ve met have said that a person shoul
  • Enjoy October at the Lodge!!
    10/4/2014
    Enjoy October at the Lodge!!
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    Can you believe it’s already the first of October? If you’re like me, each year at this time, you ask yourself “where has the year gone?” I don’t know about you, but I am always adding things to my already busy calendar…and this time of year is cer
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  • Every single thing was better than we had heard, read, or expected.  The meals were incredible.  The room was way, way nicer than we imagined it might be.  All the staff was friendly, helpful, and engaging.  We will be back soon!
    - Rob & Jeri Smith-Braidwood, IL
  • The homemade food, quality, attention to detail, and service made our stay exceptional.  It was quiet, warm, and exactly what my husband and I were looking for in our short getaway!! Exploring the property and an afternoon picnic were just a few of the priceless memories we made!
    - Aaron and Nicole Jones
  • The only thing better than the meals--which were fabulous--was the hospitality!  We enjoyed the Christian atmosphere as well!
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St Louis MO, Top Ten Vacation Ideas

St Louis, MO Top Ten Vacation Ideas

 

1)     Gateway Arch

St. Louis Riverfront
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 982-1410
http://www.gatewayarch.com/

The Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, attracts more than four million guests each year. At 630 ft., our nation's tallest man-made monument has plenty of exciting activities. Take the tram ride to the top, see a documentary film, experience a giant screen movie, visit the Museum of Westward Expansion and go shopping. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Extended summer hours.

 

2)     Forest Park - http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/

Owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, Forest Park is one of 105 city parks under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Forest Park, officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,293 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York.

In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition..The St. Louis World's Fair...drew more than 20 million visitors from around the world to Forest Park.

Today, it attracts more than 12 million visitors a year. It is more than a scenic backdrop to our city. It is an active participant and catalyst in the St. Louis community. Monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes combine to form a unique cultural institution that is vitally important to the entire St. Louis region. The park is recognized as an important gathering place where people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds can gather and mix in a positive way.

It is the home to the region's major cultural institutions—the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and the Muny Opera. It also serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating, roller blading, jogging, rugby and more. FEE

 

3)     St Louis Zoo - Forest Park  http://www.stlzoo.org/  (800) 966-8877

Home to more than 18,000 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered. These 700 species represent the major continents and biomes of the world. Set in the rolling hills, lakes and glades of Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo is always a great place to be. FREE

 

4)     St Louis Arts Museum - Forest Park http://www.slam.org/ (314) 721-0072 

Built as the Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World's Fair, the St. Louis Arts Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums. Collections include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Highlights include free admission to special exhibitions on Fridays and programs that range from films to performances. FREE

 

5)     St Louis Science Center - Forest Park www.slsc.org (800) 456-7572

Explore 700+ exhibits, the OMNIMAX® Theater, planetarium, special traveling exhibitions, and more. Group rates available. Open daily. No general admission charge.

 

6)      Missouri Botanical Gardens - http://www.mobot.org/ (800) 642-8842 

A National Historic Landmark, the Gardens were founded in 1859 with 79 acres of scenic landscaping and historic structures. Don't miss the Climatron® tropical rain forest, the Japanese Garden, Seiwa-en and founder Henry Shaw's Victorian home. Seasonal narrated tram tours, restaurant, gift shop. Free parking on-site. Adults, $8; children 12 and under, free.

 

7)     Anheuser-Busch Brewery - www.budweisertours.com (314) 577-2626

Tours include the historic Brew House, Budweiser Clydesdale stable, beechwood lagering cellar, packaging plant, hospitality room and Anheuser-Busch gift shop. Open daily. FREE.

 

8)     Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site - http://cahokiamounds.org/

The story of Native Americans in St. Louis begins before the arrival of explorers and pioneers when the region was home to an enormous city called Cahokia. The 20,000-person metropolis thrived from AD 700 until sometime after AD 1300. When European explorers first mapped the Mississippi River in the 1500s, the great city of Mound Builders had been abandoned.

Today at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Interpretive Center in Illinois, visitors can enter the world of the Mound Builders. Walk in their footsteps up Monk's Mound, the largest of the area's surviving earthen structures, and see the 2,200-acre United Nations World Heritage Site below. Special events throughout the year bring visitors closer to the lives of the early residents. At Mastodon State Historic Site in Imperial, Missouri, half an hour south of downtown St. Louis, the relationship between the Ice Age mammals and the prehistoric Native American tribes that hunted them is explored. In the so-called Historic Period, after the arrival of the French, the Missouri and Osage tribes dominated the St. Louis region, but by the 1820s, most tribes had headed west. The Trail of Tears, marking the forced march of the Cherokee nation from the East Coast to the established Indian Territory of the West, brought additional Native Americans through Missouri.

 

9) Six Flags - http://www.sixflags.com/stLouis/index.aspx (636) 938-4800

Non-stop, over-the-top, high-speed thrills around every turn. Heart-pounding roller coasters, family rides and attractions are just the ticket to fun for kids of all ages. Visit Hurricane Harbor, a 12-acre water park, free with theme park admission.

 

10) St Louis Cardinals (Baseball), Rams (Football) & Blues (Hockey)

St. Louis Cardinals http://www.stlcardinals.com/ 314-345-9000

Catch exciting Major League Baseball action and cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-time World Series Champions. If you reserve your vacation at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge before February of the current year, we can set you up with great seats. Busch Stadium tours, (314) 345-9565.

St. Louis Rams www.stlouisrams.com (314) 425-8830

The National Football League’s St. Louis Rams play home games in the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Aug.- Dec www.stlouisrams.com.

St. Louis Blues www.stlouisblues.com (314) 622-5400

A member of the National Hockey League, the Blues' season runs Oct. - Apr., followed by the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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