General Resort Blogs

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

Today is Wednesday, December 5 and I guess at some point, I have to get myself in the Christmas spirit! It seemed like Thanksgiving came so early this year – and I wanted to enjoy the holiday as long as I could – that Christmas has snuck up on me AGAIN!

The Way of Lights is a mile and a half drive through the shrine’s grounds, which are covered in over a million Christmas lights. Every tree on the property is either draped or wrapped in lights, and along the drive you see electro-art displays that corr

Looking for a great day trip that will be memorable without breaking the bank? If you’re anywhere near the Central Illinois area, there’s a place you should consider that you probably haven’t thought about visiting since your 6th grade field trip. Sprin

Merriam-Webster defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks” while The Random House College Dictionary takes it one step further and defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment or benefits or favors, esp. to God.” So

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

A few years ago I was asked to plan my sister’s bridal shower. She’s an offbeat gal who lives on the other side of the country and whose hobbies include canyoneering, learning Native American rain dances, and making her own taffy. We don’t have a whole

Because of our work schedule, Dan and I are not always able to take advantage of the numerous fall color drives and festivals (Pike County Fall Color Drive, Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, Clarksville Applefest and the Louisiana Country ColorFest) that a

Next Stop…Quincy, Illinois!!

When Gary left for his hunting trip, I thought I might have a couple of weeks to regroup. But oh no! He sends me a text last Sunday morning asking if I could write a blog while he was gone. After a couple of messages ba

This past weekend the lodge was host to a beautiful vintage style wedding. The bride and groom were Paige Tharp and Brad Ruble.
They place a big white tent behind the New Lodge and the ceremony chairs were placed beyond the tent. Inside the tent were