Local Attractions Blogs

Summer is in full swing…and so are the county and state fairs! I have to admit, when I look at all the activities and entertainment for our local fairs, I could very easily become a “county fair junkie!” However, I’m pretty sure the job doesn’t pay very well…but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy

Here it is! The end of June – which means that the July 4th holiday is just around the corner! When it gets to be this time of year, I always ask “where has the year gone?” Unfortunately, for me, I know where the year has gone…what about you? July 4th is always a sign

I have a confession to make! I have never been a huge history fan and as much as I hate to admit it, American history was not my favorite subject in school. I know! How can you live in the Midwest and NOT enjoy American history? We are surrounded by it! O

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

If you’ve taken my advice and scheduled yourself for a little R&R at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, then good for you!  Maybe your R&R getaway isn’t all about the rest and relaxation – you may want to hit the ATV trails or go horseback riding.  You may even want to try your hand at the sporting

Last week my mom and I celebrated her birthday by going to Heartland Lodge. She had never been there and what better way to treat her than to take her someplace and let her be pampered…incredible meals, luxurious beds and some peace and quiet in the beau

Have you ever dreamt of owning your very own petting zoo? Well, Jason Clark (a.k.a. Cave Man) and Kris Mooney made that dream a reality about four years ago with the creation of Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. Their farm sits just off County

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”. When you hear these words, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s one of the most recognized and beloved songs of the season – “The Christmas Song” – or commonly subtitled “Chestnu

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