General Resort Blogs

Autumn in Illinois is a true treasure. I know that the Land of Lincoln is mostly known for its icy winters, humid summers and crooked politics, but once a year we touch on something wonderful in our lovely fall season. Briskness fills the air. The tree

Family Reunion Destination Update “Now is the time to plan your next family reunion at Heartland Lodge!! We offer the perfect family getaway with several activities and amenities for families of all sizes! Get those vacation days in now and book Sunday-Thursday for special lodging rates! Please give us a call today for more information

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

Summer nights on the river cannot be beat!

River Tour Excursions! Our newest attraction at the lodge this summer is our Mississippi River Tour Excursions! Enjoy a half or full day scenic river tour with our experienced boat captain that knows the historic river like “the back of his hand”! Enjoy the same river channels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn explored! During your


Heartland Lodge will be hosting an ATV/ UTV Photo Contest this year to celebrate our 28th anniversary! It’s simple to enter and you can WIN FREE PRIZES!! Prizes- (1st Place) ATV/UTV Annual Day Riding Pass ($200 Value!) (2nd Place) Free Overnight Stay! (3rd Place) Heartland Lodge Pro Shop Gear ($50 Value) (4th Place) 28% Off

ATV trail riding family reunion vacation

Last month I had the chance to try something I have never done before – go for an ATV ride.  Growing up in Chicago, ATV riding was just not something that was very commonplace.  And, even once I moved to Springfield, the opportunity just never really pres

Romantic Basket

Create that spark in your relationship with our Romantic Basket- perfect for your next couple’s getaway at the lodge! You can reserve one to be in your suite upon arrival to surprise your significant other or enjoy one on our Romantic Horseback Ride or Romantic Sunset River Cruise! The romantic basket includes two wine glasses

Bald Eagles are a common site along the river banks!

Each year at this time, people who live or travel along the Mississippi or Illinois rivers, turn their eyes to the sky for signs that the eagles have landed! Eagle watching is a huge activity during the winter months and is perfect for anyone who has an appreciation for this majestic bird! Families, nature lovers,

Romantic common area in Sunset Valley Lodge

Looking for a fun & relaxing LABOR DAY WEEKEND Escape!? We invite you to check out everything the lodge has to offer! Enjoy a round of sporting clays on our 15-station course (rental shotguns available), cruise our ATV park on one of our Polaris UTV Rentals (or bring your own ATV, UTV or dirtbike), enjoy

Christmas Lights Exterior Lodge

So, what are your plans for this winter? Did you get any really cool ‘outdoorsy’ gifts for Christmas…nice warm boots, a thick coat, or a fuzzy hat and gloves…that you need to try out? Did you get a new book (or two) that you just can’t wait to read? Or…did you get the PERFECT holiday