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The only Orvis endorsed lodge in the state, our "six star" facility is located in the rolling hills of this remote county. Our family farm for over 100 years adjoins Heartland Lodge.
Harpole's Heartland Lodge was specifically built to emulate the serenity and tranquility found only in the country. The meals alone are enough to make you want to stay... but don't forget the fresh country beds with feather pillows, recreational activities, and the sheer exhilaration of being in the great outdoors!
Harpole's Heartland Lodge is unequaled as a perfect "getaway" for weekends, over nighters, retreats, corporate meetings and conferences. The lodges contain over 7500 and 9300 square feet of air conditioned comfort, with 11 regular rooms, a family room, a suite and seven luxury suites. These rooms have King size, triple sheeted canopy beds, private Jaccuzzi, walkout porch, fireplace, and is decorated according to its theme.
A unique ambiance will permeate your senses when you step through the door of this Illinois Bed & Breakfast. As soon as you slip off your shoes to glide over the gleaming solid oak floors of the dining room toward the Great Room, you'll notice the delicious aroma of "Grandma's" cooking wafting through the air. As you marvel at the two-story stone fireplace, the Remington statues, the inviting sofas and chairs, and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows, you will catch a glimpse of the hundreds of Yellow Finches nesting in the trees around the lodge.
The temptation to step out onto the large back deck is irresistible. Fresh air washes over you as you sink into one of the Amish-crafted rocking chairs. Only the occasional bird song breaks the blessed sound of silence that envelops the countryside.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gary and Wanda Harpole for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
They are looking for a relaxing getaway in an upscale environment with plenty of activities to enjoy.
What are you best known for?
Made from scratch meals, incredible hospitality and beautiful scenery.
What makes your inn unique?
It has upscale quality in a remote and scenic location.
What do you love most about your inn?
The guests are really what I enjoy the most. We meet so many wonderful people from all around the world.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
It’s not our city as much as it is our county. Pike County Illinois is one of the most scenic counties in the mid-west. The Mississippi river bordering it on the west side and the Illinois river on the east side makes this county very unique. Being located between the rivers provides rolling hills with scenic views. Many scenic views over the majestic rivers. Wildlife is also abundant, whitetail deer, turkey, and other wildlife are normally seen on walks along the property.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
That we are the finest Lodge in the in the world and the best they have ever been to!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Its scenic beauty. Most people don’t think of Illinois as scenic but this area between the rivers is as scenic and beautiful as anywhere in the mid-west.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
I would recommend spending one or two days just enjoying the resort and activities we offer. Then locally antiques shopping and wineries are popular, we are within driving distance to the home of Mark Twain, Hannibal Mo - Abe Lincoln historical sites, presidential museum and library – St Louis MO that includes the arch, zoo, Cardinals, and many other attractions. There are also many neat areas to shop, enjoy wineries and other activities in-between.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The resort is 700 acres and the horseback riding, atv riding and sporting clays are all located on the property. Along with miles of hiking trails. Locations not on the property have are short drives away.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The meals we serve at the lodge are by far the best in the area.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Actually there is not just one that covers everything right now but we plan in 2014 to start a new division of our web site that would feature all the popular destinations in our area.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
No. We have an outdoor kennel available or there is a place in a close by town that will keep pets.
Heartland Lodge is the perfect romantic destination to host your wedding. What better place for two new families gathering together to celebrate your wedding than at our picturesque resort? You will not find a more beautiful and unique setting to host your special day. Whether it is a small intimate indoor wedding or an extravagant large outdoor wedding, we offer packages to suit a variety of options. Let us know your specific desires and we'll work closely with you to customize your event. Heartland is a perfect location to host everything for your wedding. The bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding, accommodations for your party and reception can all be hosted here!
For the honeymoon, enjoy one of our romantic luxury suites! These suites have King size, triple sheeted canopy beds, private Jacuzzi, fireplace, day bed, comfy chairs, walkout porch, and is decorated according to its own theme.
The ultra comfy beds have become an attraction themselves!
Our on-site wedding coordinator will be happy to assist you with the planning and execution of your wedding as well as furnish you with a complete list of recommended wedding services.
Intimate Wedding Package
This wedding package is for couples only and includes a 2 night stay in our luxurious honeymoon suite: complete with a triple sheeted canopy bed, a private jacuzzi and your own walkout porch. Brunch and dinner are also included with your stay. A romantic horse ride (details below) can also be scheduled. This package includes your choice of a wedding location anywhere on our lodge property.
Romantic Horse Ride for Two
This is a 2 Hour ride that must be reserved in advance. You and that special someone head out on a picturesque ride through some of our most breathtaking scenery. You will then break out into a quaint meadow with a surprise waiting just for you. A linen covered tablecloth with flowers and a honeymoon basket of fruit, sandwiches and sparkling grape juice with keepsake wine glasses.
Intimate Reception Package
This wedding reception package is for up to 20 guests. Our new lodge is reserved exclusively for your wedding party and guests. Brunch is included for all guests staying in the reserved lodge. Receptions are held in our indoor/outdoor reception hall. This reception package includes a complete catered meal for 20 guests.
Private Fantasy Package
This wedding package is for up to 40-50 guests. Both of our lodges are reserved exclusively for your guests and wedding party. Includes a complete catered meal* and unrestricted access to our reception hall. Brunch will also be served for all guests.
Larger Wedding Packages
For larger weddings, please contact us to set up your dream wedding.
If you are hunting for unique business conference centers, corporate retreat and team building ideas, consider Heartland Lodge's conference facilities. Heartland Lodge is prepared to accommodate corporate retreats of all kinds.
We have packages for two to forty guests, with small groups welcome to reserve individual conference facilities, and conference rooms with full services available. Both lodges can be privately booked for large or small groups for a complete buy-out. You will have our entire resort and staff private for your group. If you're looking for corporate retreat ideas, this is it! Heartland Lodge is one of the nicest business conference centers in Illinois.
We have a 1500sq ft conference/banquet area and a separate board room. The board room seats sixteen people. Wireless access and telephone lines are available for connecting to outside sources.
With over 1,500 acres of woodland, trails, bird watching, horseback riding (There are stalls available to board your horse while staying at the lodge), sporting clays, ATV riding, hay rides and much more, Heartland Lodge is a perfect way to enjoy the Heartland of America.
A perfect place to come for a perfect getaway. Very very relaxing. All of you were so friendly - felt like we had known you forever. Great job on building and layout of both lodges. Great decor in both lodges. Love it! God Bless you all! -Larry Gibson
An amazing experience! We loved every minute. The room was beautiful and the food excellent. The staff was all friendly and helpful. We celebrated my husband's 40th birthday with ATV rides, horseback riding, wagon rides, and bonfire. Could not ask for a better experience. -Brian and Jennifer Harshany, Granite City IL
The food is fantastic. The meals are always on time, beautifully prepared & served and oh so good. Servers are great and Wanda is a dear. Always enjoy seeing Wanda and the rest of the staff. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. -Dwayne and Pat Murphy, Stoughton WI
Where do we start? How about our famous evening hay ride! Take a trip along the Mississippi River bluffs and see an elk farm, Texas longhorns, deer, turkey, and the most scenic river valley view in the Midwest!
Enjoy the breathtaking sunset across the river in the Missouri hills (weather permitting). We offer horseback riding, sporting clays, fishing, hunting, ATV's, bike riding, golf, volleyball, croquet, bonfires, Old West cookouts, cross country skiing, sled riding, mountain biking, and over 1,200 acres of trails, ponds and unmatched scenic beauty.
As if all that wasn't enough, trips can be arranged to visit historic Hannibal, MO (Mark Twain and Molly Brown's birth homes, museums, and more) or Springfield, IL (home of Abraham Lincoln). For corporate entertainment and team building, or your company outing, Heartland Lodge can't be beat. For a complete list, visit our activities and amenities page. Bring the spouses, they'll love it!