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Here Comes The Bride...
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Here Comes The Bride… …and the groom and the rest of the wedding party! And they’re coming to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge for the perfect destination wedding location! I’ll be honest – I’ve never been to a wedding at the lodge and I sometimes think that had Dan and I learned a... Read the full story
Raging Rivers WaterPark - It's Cool When It's Hot!!
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Raging Rivers WaterPark – It’s Cool When It’s Hot!! On Saturday, Dan and I took part in a family tradition that began approximately 14 years ago – but this tradition included FOUR generations of my family – ranging in age from eight-months to 71 years of age! Believe it or not, we made our annual visit to... Read the full story
Birthday Journey Adventure
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Well here it is another hot day and it is 100 already with a high supposed to get to 105. Sure glad tomorrow is going to only be in the mid 80s. After a marvelous breakfast with enough food to feed all their horses too, we decided to take a rolling picnic... Read the full story
Our Weekend Getaway is Just Two Months Away!!
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Our Weekend Getaway is Just Two Months Away!! As Dan & I celebrated the July 4th holiday with some very good friends, I realized that our weekend getaway at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is just two months away – and I can hardly wait. Our wedding anniversary is September 4 – we will have been married 1... Read the full story
Wild Blackberries are at Their Peak!
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Wild Blackberries are at Their Peak! Well it’s that time of the year for picking wild blackberries! At Heartland Lodge we have many places to pick and harvest these flavorful blackberries as it is the right time of the year for them to be ripe. Many of our guests take advantage of the hundre... Read the full story
Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night
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Lantern Festival:  Art by Day, Magic by Night All I can say is WOW!!! My mom and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon together last Friday – first by having lunch at Magpie’s, one of my favorite little restaurants in St. Charles, MO. We then headed down to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis t... Read the full story
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge New Intern
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Harpole’s Heartland Lodge New Intern Hello my name is Aaron Pohl, I’m the new Intern at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. I grew up in a small town in Michigan called Napoleon. Growing up I would spend my summers on the lake, every day and all day as my family were avid water skiers. If I wasn’t on... Read the full story
Hit the ATV Riding Trails This Summer!
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Hit the ATV Riding Trails This Summer! “Some Like It Easy…Some Like It Rough” is the new motto for ATV riders at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. Now I have to be honest – in all the years that Dan and I have been going to the lodge, we have never ridden ATV’s. We always go horseback riding but we... Read the full story
Feeling Nostalgic? Check Out The Clark 54 Drive-In Theatre!
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Feeling Nostalgic?  Check Out The Clark 54 Drive-In Theatre! This past Friday night, Dan and I enjoyed something that neither of us had done since we were teenagers – we went to a drive-in movie! Now I know what most of you are thinking. “Where is there a drive-in movie around here?” or “I didn’t know there were... Read the full story
Taste A Bit of History with Home-Cooked Meals!!
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Taste of Bit of History with Home-Cooked Meals!! Here it is! The blog that you have all been waiting for -- the secrets behind the incredible home-cooked meals at Heartland Lodge! If you’ve already eaten at the lodge, then you know precisely what I am talking about. And if you have never been to the... Read the full story
Country Roads + Little Bit of History = Great Weekend Getaway!
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Country Roads + Little Bit of History = Great Weekend Getaway! Are you looking for a great little weekend getaway where you can explore the countryside while adding in a little bit of history? Well, look no further than Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, nestled in the countryside of Pike County, Illinois. Have I peaked yo... Read the full story
Hummingbird Migration Heads North to Illinois!
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Hummingbird Migration Heads North to Illinois! My little bluebird friend at Heartland Lodge told me just the other day that he was beginning to see hummingbirds around the hummingbird feeders at the lodge. Does this mean that the hummingbird migration has begun? Wanda has always had birds around her... Read the full story
Birds of Illinois in Pike County-Spring Report
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I used to hunt but now in my senior years, my greatest pleasure comes from birding activities. Birding comes with challenges similar to hunting in that one must know something about the life history of the birds in order to know when they will be present... Read the full story
Looking for that Treasure...Let's Go Antique Shopping!
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My mom and I just returned from a short trip to Branson, MO – where we were able to spend some great mother/daughter time together. I was hoping to swing by an antique mall there that we came across a few years ago, but when we drove into the parking lot... Read the full story
I’m Dreaming Of...The Warmth of A Bonfire!
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…and the sweet taste of s’mores…and peace…and quiet…and Jacuzzi tubs…and comfy beds. Oh how I wish I had a luxury suite booked at the lodge for the night! For the second day in a row, Dan and I have just returned home from working our weekend job wit... Read the full story
Nauvoo, Illinois - Experience Life as a Pioneer!
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You and your family have just spent some time at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge – relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet of the beautiful country setting – along with the incredible meals and comfy beds. You may have even taken some of the day trips that I... Read the full story
Head West to Hannibal Missouri for a Great American Road Trip!
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Last week, my blog featured heading east from Harpole’s Heartland Lodge to Springfield, Illinois and touring many of the sites that told the history of Abraham Lincoln. This week, we’re headed northwest across the Mississippi River to Hannibal, Missouri... Read the full story
Saddle Up The Horses and Hit The Trails!
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Saddle Up The Horses and Hit The Trails! Spring has sprung and even though the calendar tells us that the first day of spring was March 21, the weather these past few weeks has indicated otherwise. What a mild winter! But with the warmer weather comes mowing the yard, weeding flowerbeds, and t... Read the full story
Abraham Lincoln Probably Didn't Stay Here...
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…but if YOU stay at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, you can plan a great getaway for you and/or your family by adding some Abraham Lincoln history to your planned activities. Staying at the lodge places you only about 70 miles from Springfield, Illinois and t... Read the full story
C'mon, We're Going for a Hayride!
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Let’s face it – most people think of going on a hayride as an autumn activity, along with a roaring bonfire. But at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, hayrides and bonfires aren’t just for fall – they’re available all year long (weather permitting, of course).... Read the full story
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