Special Events – Things to do in Illinois

If you are looking for things to do in Illinois, Heartland Lodge hosts several special events through-out the year. Enjoy one of these special events or create your own! We are open all year and many guests make their own special getaway! We offer activities like horseback riding, ATV rentals, sporting clays, hayrides & bonfire with smores and more. Visit our activities page to see a list of all the activities.
Spring Break Getaway
Finding a cluster of mushrooms is rare! Typical April weather is perfect for being outdoors and enjoying the lodge activities. Mosquitoes and other pesky bugs are typically still dormant which allows for enjoyable time spent outside, either around the campfire or just enjoying the sunset from the lodge’s beautiful porch views! Another plus a spring break getaway at the lodge is the absolutely beautiful array of trees that start blooming and morel mushroom hunting! You can mushroom hunt on 1,200 acres of prime mushroom hunting ground when you book an overnight reservation!
Girls’ Getaway Weekends (May Winery & Brewery Tour Edition!)
girls getaway weekend in illinois Our getaway weekends are truly fantastic. You and your friends will enjoy gourmet meals, first-class accommodations, and a host of unforgettable activities. After a long week of staff meetings, laundry, ringing phones, and e-mail updates, don’t you think you deserve a vacation? Imagine it – no cooking, no cleaning, and no worries. Just good friends relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
Memorial Day ATV Weekend Riding Event!
Atv'ingMemorial Day Weekend is just around the corner! If you are looking for a fun outdoor getaway for this weekend or anytime this summer, we invite you to experience everything Heartland Lodge has to offer! Veterans receive additional discounts this weekend!
Wine Trail Tour Stay & Play Packages
Romantic Horseback ride basket Take advantage of the lodge’s Central Illinois location in the scenic hills of Southern Pike County and you’ll have the perfect spot to enjoy two days of wineries and breweries – not only in Illinois but Missouri too (our lodge is located just a few miles from Missouri). You won’t get that with any of the other wine trail tours! You can also visit some historic areas, enjoy lunch in a quaint, small-town diner and enjoy some shopping at all the unique shops in-between your stops at the wineries.
Mother’s Day Weekend ATV Riding Event
Polaris UTV rentals available in central Illinois In celebration of Mother’s Day, we will be hosting a special Mother’s Day ATV/ UTV riding event! Enjoy ATV Riding, Horseback Riding Trails, Polaris UTV Rentals, 15-Station Sporting Clays Course, Hiking, Mushroom Hunting, Hayrides, Bonfires, Fishing and much more! After a fun filled day on the trails, relax in one of our Private Luxury Cabins or Luxury Suites with jetted tubs, fireplace and extra-comfy king-sized beds!
Father’s Day Weekend ATV Riding Event
Heartland's Atv/ Utv Photo Contest! In celebration of Father’s Day, we will be hosting a special ATV/UTV riding event Father’s Day Weekend. Prizes, promotions and special activities will be offered all weekend long!
Wildberry Picking Weekend
Wild Black Berry Picking in Pike County, IL We have designated June 29th & 30th the Wildberry Picking Weekend at the lodge! This is during the peak times for blackberries and raspberries. Enjoy a variety of fun activities at the lodge and succulent wildberrys!
Fourth of July Celebration
fireworks nearby the lodge The lodge is a perfect location for your July 4th getaway! There is plenty to do around the resort or take a day trip to one of the surrounding towns who will be having Fourth of July Celebrations.  Enjoy our famous evening hayride that stops and overlooks a scenic view of the Mississippi River Valley. From this view you will watch Pleasant Hill’s firework show. (One of the best in Illinois and the mid-west.)
Labor Day Weekend Celebration!
Special Events Things To Do In Illinois Looking for a fun & relaxing LABOR DAY WEEKEND Escape!? We invite you to check out everything the lodge has to offer!
Dive Bar Tour Weekend- Dates TBD
Dive Bar Tour Guides in Illinois Are you ready to take a dive into the best bars in historic Calhoun County and enjoy the local culture? Grab your friends, spouse or family and embark on a weekend full of fun, laughter, and good times.
Wine & Brewery Tour Weekend- Dates TBD
Special Events Things To Do In Illinois Enjoy wine and beer tasting, scenic cruise down the Mighty Mississippi River (the same one Tom Sawyer took a raft down!), historic downtown Hannibal, Missouri, wonderful meals, first-class accommodations, and a lot of fun with your friends or significant other.
President’s Day ATV Riding Event
Special Events Things To Do In Illinois 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, special lodging promotions and much more!
Easter Egg Hunt- ATV Riding Event
Easter Egg Hunt Atv Riding Event Enjoy an Easter Egg hunt with your ATV or UTV this Easter weekend! We invite you to bring your friends and family and enjoy the day or weekend at the lodge! Enjoy ATV Riding, Horseback Riding Trails, Shed Hunting, 15-Station Sporting Clays Course, Hiking, Bonfires, Fishing and much more!
March Madness Lodging Promotions!
Inside view of the Heavenly View Cabin March can be one of the most enjoyable times to experience our lodges and resort! The weather is normally pleasant, bugs are not out yet, and you can see the beautiful property before all the foliage covers the landscape!