General Resort Blogs

Historical Family Photo

When it comes to planning trips and vacations for Dan and I, I am usually pretty good about scheduling our travel and activities in order to enjoy all that we want to do…no matter where we go. And yes, sometimes our plans have to change based on where we

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

Easter Egg Hunt Atv Riding Event

Enjoy an Easter Egg hunt with your ATV or UTV this Easter weekend! We invite you to bring your friends and family and enjoy the day or weekend at the lodge! Enjoy ATV Riding, Horseback Riding Trails, New 2023 Polaris UTV Rentals, Shed Hunting, 15-Station Sporting Clays Course, Hiking, Bonfires, Fishing and much more! On

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,

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

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Some of you may recognize me from reading some of my previous blogs, or from some of the events throughout the year at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge (I am there on most Girls’ Getaway Weekends snapping photos of all the fun.) Unfortunately, I had gotten away from blogging so I was VERY excited when Gary asked

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Heartland Lodge this year! Enjoy ATV Riding, Polaris UTV Rentals, Shed Hunting, 15-Station Sporting Clays Course, Hiking, Bonfires, Fishing and much more! On March 18th & 19th (Sat/Sun)  we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the lodge with the following activities and promotions: $5 OFF ATV Day Pass-

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

Bird Watching In Pike County, Illinois

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