General Resort Blogs

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

Fireplace, TV and jetted tub included!

Birthday Getaway Trips   If you are searching for the best birthday getaway or birthday vacation trip, Heartland Lodge has you covered! Several of our guest make spending their birthday at the lodge a tradition! Whether it’s an extra special year like your 30th, 40th or 50th birthday or any in between! If you are

Wild Berries at Heartland Lodge

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

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,

Purchase a Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate Online Here >> We all know that we can give that special someone in our lives a gorgeous bouquet of flowers…or a heart-shaped box of chocolates…along with a card filled with a nice sentiment. Top it off with a nice dinner out and you’ve got the makings of a

Gourmet Birthday Meals served at the lodge

So, here it is December 23 and the world didn’t end after all.  I guess the Mayans had it wrong…  Luckily, I didn’t put off anything as important as bill paying, Christmas shopping, or blog writing.  I did, however, put off making any plans for New Year’s

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

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates can be mailed direct or E-Mailed! Print-out and give, skip the stores! Give us a call today to order 217-734-2526. PURCHASE GIFT CARDS ONLINE HERE >> Need a great Mother’s Day Gift idea? A gift certificate for a stay at Heartland Lodge is a perfect Mother’s Day Gift! This unique gift

Saint Patrick's Day Weekend Ride!

Celebrate President’s Day Weekend at Heartland Lodge this year! It’s the perfect way to cure cabin fever! Take advantage of the three-day weekend and enjoy ATV & UTV Trail Riding, Shed Hunting, 15-Station Sporting Clays Course, Hiking, Bonfires, Fishing and much more! On February 17th, 18th & 19th (Sat-Mon) we will be celebrating President’s Day

“…by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” We all know and love the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing The Christmas Story at least once.