Grafton Winery & City Tour Weekend

Grafton Winery & City Tour Weekend
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The Winery at Aeries ResortWe have put together another fun weekend for everyone to enjoy! We are partnering with our friends at Aeries Winery and the City of Grafton for a relaxing Winery and City Tour Weekend! Spend the day in Grafton where the mighty Mississippi and Illinois Rivers converge! Enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite brew at Aeries winery located on top the bluffs with a breathtaking view of the rivers! Visit wineries, a local brewery, homemade fudge & chocolate, ice cream, river tours, zip lining, shopping, wonderful meals, first-class accommodations, and a lot of fun with your friends or significant other. After a long week of meetings, laundry, ringing phones, and e-mail updates, don’t you think you deserve a weekend to relax and have fun? grafton-winery-brewhaus

This will be our SECOND Annual Grafton Winery & City Tour Weekend, and we anticipate it selling out quickly! Please call 217.734.2526 to make reservations. Reservations CANNOT be made online (dates will be blocked out online.)

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2020 Event Dates TBD


Arrival Day – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Perfect Escape Before Summer is Over!
Check in – Get settled in and explore the lodge. Like billiards? Poker? Chess? How about just relaxing outside with a good book or going for a walk through our expansive grounds? Use this time to relax and enjoy some downtime.


Dinner – 6:00 p.m.

AMAZING made-from-scratch gourmet dinner & dessert.
Home Made Desert


Free Time – 7:00 p.m. – ???

Free time to relax, enjoy your room and the resort.
Perfect Spot for a Girlfriend Getaway


Brunch – 9:00 a.m.

Grafton Winery & City Tour Day
The Best Brunch in Illinois! There is nothing quite like waking up to the aromas wafting from the lodge’s kitchen. Eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, fresh baked bread and much, much more will be served!



Board Tour Bus – 10:15 a.m.

Board Tour Bus for Trip to Grafton.

Bus will be parked in front of the Original and Prairie Ridge Lodges. (Alcohol consumption is not allowed on the bus.)

Travel to Grafton, Illinois – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Travel to City of Grafton, where you will be dropped off at Aeries Winery main office. Shuttle buses will take you to multiple different stops throughout the city of Grafton.


Grafton  – 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy Grafton Illinois
There is so much to do and see in the city of Grafton! We are giving you the ultimate flexibility on how you would like to enjoy your day!


Sky Tour

Included in your package is a ride on the NEW SkyTour and shuttle buses that take you around Grafton.

Enjoy different wineries, the local brewery, homemade fudge & chocolate, ice cream, river tours, ziplining, shopping, and restaurants. There are many great things to see and do within walking distance while visiting. Some of the favorite fun things are:

River Cruise – 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Grafton Harbor- Mississippi River Cruise – ALL ABOARD!!  Cruise Majestic Palisading Bluffs, 2 Mighty Rivers with an Exciting Fun Loving Crew! Sit back and relax as we tell you a few tales of our wonderful rivers and their communities! Tiki bar offering cash bar & light snacks on board. LIMITED AVAILABILITY – Call 618-786-7678 direct for cruise reservations. ($18/person) Mention you are part of the Heartland Lodge group.


Eat, Drink & Live Entertainment

  • Aeries Winery – Enjoy award-winning wines, fine dining, and live entertainment.
  • Grafton Winery & Brewhaus – Fully operational winery producing over 13,000 cases of wine a year.
  • Grafton Oyster Bar – Award winning dishes, service, music, atmosphere, right on the river!
  • The Loading Dock – Featuring stunning river views, outdoor dining, and live music.
  • Hawg Pit BBQ Barn – Great BBQ and atmosphere!
  • 3rd Chute Bar & Grill – Take your pick of patio seating on four different outdoor levels with panoramic views of the Illinois River.
  • Beasley Fish – Fresh fish, catfish, buffalo and more!
    (While in Grafton, all meals, drinks, etc are paid separately)

Activities – Advance Reservations are Recommended

Zip Line

  • Zipline Adventures – Have fun on the zipline on the Mississippi River bluffs.
  • Boat Rentals – Rent a boat and explore the Illinois River.
  • Jet Ski Rentals – Experience nature from the seat of a Jet Ski.
  • Grafton River Front – Watch river boats, barges and other boats go up and down the river!
    (While in Grafton, all activities are paid separately)


  • Knotty by Nature – Unique woodworking shop. A must see while in Grafton!
  • Grafton Harbor Gift Shop – Nautical gifts, clothing, & more!
  • Golden Eagle Antiques – Antiques and refurnished furniture.
  • Buena Vista Art – Unique handcrafted jewelry, lamps, tables, art and gifts designed and “Crafted in Grafton” by local artist.


  • Grafton Fudge & Ice Cream – Features homemade fudge, Edy’s Ice Cream, chocolates and nostalgic candies. It also offers a wide selection of coffee drinks and hot cocoa, too!
  • The Whole Scoop – Ice cream shop for everyone to enjoy!
    (While in Grafton, all meals, drinks, etc are paid separately)

It is recommended to call in advance for reservations.
All activities are done at your own risk.

Board Tour Bus 6:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Load bus and travel back to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. (Alcohol consumption is not allowed on the bus.)

Sunday – Departure Day

Brunch 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The Best Brunch in Illinois! ACT II

Free Time 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Free time at Heartland Lodge –Enjoy a beautiful day in the great outdoors. Take a scenic hike to help you get back to nature or enjoy one of our fun activities.

Horse Riding

Explore our miles of scenic trails while horseback riding ($39 per hour) or riding an ATV (ATV/ACE $70/hr. & $1,000 damage deposit required. RZR $125/hr. & $1,500 damage deposit required. Two people can ride RZR.) You can also try your hand at sporting clays ($40 per round or $30 per half round.) Gun rental and shells are available. You can also shop and see the sights at our many area local attractions. All activities are weather permitting.11:00 a.m.Check out – Check out of your room but feel free to continue participating in any of the above mentioned activities.

*Itinerary subject to change.

The following prices are for the entire weekend per person (Tax Not Included):

Prices include: Dinner Friday, Brunch Saturday, Lodging Two Nights, Charter Bus to/from Grafton, SkyTour & Shuttles in Grafton and Brunch Sunday. 

The Original Lodge*

  • Regular Room – $237/person based on double occupancy-$337/single occupancy
  • Angler Room – $292/person (2 people) and $266/person (3-4 people)–Sold out
  • Whitetail Suite – $332/person based on double occupancy–Sold out 

Prairie Ridge Lodge*

  • Luxury Suite – $347/person (2 people) and $303/person (3-4 people)–Sold out

Sunset Valley Lodge*

Add a third night, including meals for 60% off these rates!

*Reservations cannot be made online. Please call 217.734.2526 for reservations. Deposit: Full payment is due at time of reservation. Cancellation Policy: Due to the demand for this event there are no refunds if canceling.


Last Updated: April 9th, 2019

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