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.
Christmas at the Lodge Weekend
Christmas Time Getaway at the LodgeHeartland Lodge will be hosting a “Christmas at the Lodge” Weekend this December 20th & 21st 2019! You will experience the true magic of Christmas during your stay at the lodge! Miss Wanda and the rest of the Heartland family loves decorating and spreading Christmas cheer! There will be several specially-themed Christmas activities and meals throughout the weekend including a hot chocolate bar, ugliest sweater contest, Hallmark movies, Christmas cookie and gingerbread house making, Christmas games and much, much more!
Wild Berry Picking Weekend
Places to pick your own blackberriesWe have designated an entire weekend for picking blackberries and raspberries!  We will have a guide take you out on our hay wagon for 2 hours to our blackberry and raspberry spots on both Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a map posted with all the wild berry locations for those who want to venture out on their own. Corn hole games will be available to play. An old fashion summer time meal will be served Saturday evening for those who purchase the meal plan.
Girls’ Getaway Weekends
girls getaway weekend in illinoisWe hosts four Amazing Girls’ Getaway Weekends each year! 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 others’ company.
Winery & Brewery Tour – Grafton
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.
Special ATV Weekends
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge will be hosting special ATV riding weekends! All ATV & Side by Side riders are welcome! Enjoy riding on 1,200 acres of scenic trails along with special discounts off ATV t-shirts, free ATV riding pass, games, food, a free koozie and more!
February – Romance Month
February is one of the most romantic times of the year to be at the lodge. So, instead of making Valentine’s Day the only romantic day of the month, we have decided to make February “the romance month”! Curl up in bed with the love of your life and enjoy the fireplace, or soak together in your very own two-person Whirlpool!
Couples’ Special Weekend
We have arranged a special weekend just for couples! You and your significant other will enjoy gourmet meals, first-class accommodations, and a host of unforgettable activities. Just you and your loved one enjoying quality time together.
Morel Hunters’ Weekend
We have teamed up with morel mushroom expert Chris Matherly, for a fun filled morel hunting weekend.! In West-Central Illinois, where Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is located, morel mushrooms are plentiful and the mushrooms of choice.
Winery & Brewery Tour – Hannibal
We have put together another fun weekend for everyone to enjoy! We are partnering with our good friends at Hopewell Winery, Mark Twain Cave, Cave Hollow West Winery (the Mark Twain Cave Complex) and Mark Twain Brewery for a Winery and Brewery Tour Weekend.  Enjoy wine and beer tasting, a brewery tour, cave tour, historic downtown Hannibal, Missouri, wonderful meals, first-class accommodations, and a lot of fun with your friends or significant other.
Fourth of July Celebration
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.)