Enjoy October at the Lodge!!

Enjoying Fall at the lodge!Can you believe we’re already talking about fall!? 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 certainly no exception! In fact, I am booking things into December AND even into next year! And I’m also penciling in those things that I’ve come across this year that I want to experience! So with everything going on in our busy lives, how does a person unwind? I know what I did last year…and you can do the same thing this year!

One of the “perks” of writing these blogs for Heartland Lodge is also having the opportunity to photograph the beautiful landscapes near and around the lodge. So in late October of last year, I headed to the lodge to do something a little different…get up before sunrise and shoot some early morning shots! But maybe you’re sitting there thinking “but I’m not a morning person” or “I’m not into photography”…and that’s okay! There are still many reasons to book your visit to the lodge during the month of October.

Are you celebrating a wedding anniversary? Are you empty-nesters with the kids all off to college? Are you looking for a way to unwind and clear your head? Need a little getaway before the holiday season? Or are you just an outdoorsy-type looking for a new place to enjoy the wonderful colors of the fall season? Regardless of the reason you desire a getaway, I can certainly recommend the lodge during this time of year!

And this year, you are in luck! Heartland Lodge recently opened four new private luxury cabins! If you’ve never been to the rolling hills of Pike County, during October, then this is the year you’ll want to book your little getaway!

fall time getaway in illinoisJust imagine…a nice, quiet drive through the countryside brings you to the perfect destination to relax and enjoy all the amenities of the lodge. One of the first things that comes to mind are the home-cooked meals…made from scratch each and every day! There is nothing more satisfying on a cool October morning than a home-cooked brunch to help start your day! And who can go away hungry when dinner is as scrumptious as they come?

But the meals are only one part of why October is such a great time to visit the lodge. Imagine getting up before dawn so you can enjoy watching the sunrise from the deck outside your room. Watching the sun come up over the trees is a great way to reconnect with nature. And the later it gets in October, you might even get to see some frost on the pumpkin (in my case, the ground was covered and photographing the frost on the arena fence was a challenge.)

Once the sun comes up, you’ll then see that the lodges are all decked out for fall! Miss Wanda loves to decorate for the seasons and fall is no exception. You’ll find scarecrows peeking around every corner (okay, maybe not) but you will see them throughout the property. And there will be pumpkins, mums and straw bales…all indications of the fall harvest season. With the cooler weather that is coming in, spending the day walking the property gives you the perfect opportunity to view the landscape in all its glory. Heartland has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the area and the oranges, reds and yellows of the fall leaves do not disappoint.

So, if you’re not a morning person…and you miss the sunrise…don’t worry! The colorful landscapes surrounding the lodges will provide the backdrop for some of the most amazing sunsets in the area. The days are getting shorter but the sunsets over the Mississippi River bluffs will leave you wanting more. I’ve tried photographing many sunsets and each one seems as different and as beautiful as the last. I am anxious to see the setting sun over the colors of fall at Sunset Valley this year…will you beat me to it?

Fall colors in pike county illinoisBut the fall season at the lodge doesn’t have to be just for relaxation. There are many fall festivals and special events taking place that you’ll be able to enjoy the colors while listening to live music, shopping, and enjoying the local food found at each festival.

So if it’s rest and relaxation during October that you’re needing or looking for…Heartland is the place to be. And if you enjoy the festivities of the fall season, Heartland will be perfect for you too! I have to admit, I’m enjoy a little of both…which is one of the reasons I’m so fond of Heartland this time of year. I’m excited that the resort season has been extended and hope that you will have some time to enjoy it as well.

Lori Biehl

Last Updated: August 20th, 2019

13 thoughts on “Enjoy October at the Lodge!!

  1. We are considering this as a big family vacation. Do you have side by sides to use? 2 or 4 seaters? We would need at least 2 or 3 side by sides . There would be 9 with a year old. We would be interested in lodge with pool table, tv’s internet. Some meals – optional and wheeler rentals. We would get in late Thursday and leave on Monday. What would be the cost.

    1. That would be great Sheri! We would love to host your family for a deer hunting vacation. We will send you an email regarding reservations. Thank you!

  2. Looking to do a trip with my nephew. 2 guys in October. What do you have available? I am looking for the most inexpensive route being we will be on the trails most of the time.

    1. Hello Jeff, after the third week of October the Lodge side of the ATV trails will close through Dec. 26th. The State ATV Park remains open except during the three firearm seasons in Illinois. (the weekend before Thanksgiving & the first two weekends of December and Christmas Day) If you have any more questions please refer to our ATV webpage or give us a call at 217-734-2526. Thank you!

  3. My fiance and I are getting married next October 10, 2020. We are looking for the perfect hunting honeymoon location! We want something that’s both romantic and also has great hunting!! Can you please send me some information? Thanks!

  4. We would like to plan a family reunion and rent the original Lodge say in October 2021. How far in advance would/could we call for reservations and what would the total cost be for a 3 night stay?

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