General Resort Blogs

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

At 5:45 p.m. CDT on March 20, 2015, spring (or the vernal equinox)
officially arrived! And even though the grass isn’t as green as I would like,
and the temperatures aren’t as warm yet, there’s just something about knowing
that we are now officiall

Can you imagine living to be 100 years old? Most of us can’t…but that doesn’t mean that the City of Alton, Illinois still won’t throw a birthday party! And just whose birthday are they celebrating? Well…none other than their very own “Gentle Giant”, Robert Wadlow! Read on to find out how you can participate in

Last week a blue sky & warm day graced the lodge with temps reaching 70 degrees. I tried to pretend the weather man was wrong and that we wouldn’t see freezing temps the following day, but much to my dismay I had to grab my winter coat as I went out the door the next

Summer is in full swing…and so are the county and state fairs! I have to admit, when I look at all the activities and entertainment for our local fairs, I could very easily become a “county fair junkie!” However, I’m pretty sure the job doesn’t pay very well…but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy

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 year,

February Romance Packages February is one of the most romantic times of the year to be at the lodge. So, instead of making Valentine’s Day the only romantic day of the month, we have decided to make February “the romance month”! Curl up in bed with the love of your life and enjoy the fireplace,

With all the focus on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all the holiday happenings in-between, did you realize that Old Man Winter snuck up on us? According to Wikipedia, the technical term for Old Man Winter is the Winter Solstice and is defined as “the astr

As photographers, we should always be learning…and looking for ways to improve our business. And JT had this in mind when he decided on the “Immersion” theme for this year’s workshop. So, if you are a portrait or wedding photographer – with a strong desire to improve your portraiture skills – then this workshop is designed with you in mind!

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!