General Resort Blogs

If you are looking to take a day trip while staying at Heartland Lodge there are plenty of options! The lodge is located in the center of all kinds of great road trips in Illinois and Missouri! Take in the rich American history of  Mark Twain, Abe Lincoln and Lewis & Clark or explore the

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

Perfect Destination for a girlfriend getaway

It’s no secret – our lives are busier than ever. For those in the professional world, long hours, e-mails, text messages, and conference calls keep us ever struggling to keep up with a constant barrage of correspondence and obligation. For those raising a

Weekend Getaway in Illinois

I graduated from school many years ago.  The truth is my days of long, fun summer vacations are over.  Like many though, I still look forward to the summertime during the long, dark, cold days of winter…  Summer is freedom.  Summer is kids playing outside

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

It’s hard to believe that it’s the first full week of January and we will experience temperatures in the upper 60’s and measurable snow…all in the same week. But we have to remind ourselves that we are still technically in the winter season…which lasts for a little over two more months. So what are your

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

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,

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

A couple of years ago I saw a Facebook ad pointing me to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge.  I asked my Central Illinois friends if they had ever visited the lodge and none had.  But, several of their husbands and significant others had…and apparently they had