A bank of the Ohio River provides the setting for this historic 200-acre
state park in the Shawnee National Forest. The restaurant and lodging
in Cave-in-Rock State Park takes its name from a large natural cave
used as a hiding place by pirates who preyed upon river travelers after
the Revolutionary War until the 1830's.
contemporary setting features four duplex cabins with eight suites, each
accommodating up to four people. The suites have baths, a recently installed
satellite TV system, kitchenette (no cooking facilities), dining area,
wet bar, bedroom, and private patio deck overlooking the river.
restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, including Southern
specialties such as catfish.
include a nearby nine-hole golf course, playgrounds, and picnic shelters,
as well as class B camping and class C tent sites. Outdoor activities
include hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling, golfing, picnicking, antiquing
and bird watching. Garden of the Gods is less than a 30-minute drive from
State Park, the lodge is 55 miles Southeast of Marion off
Interstate 57. Travel Highway 13 southeast to Highway 1, then south to
the park. Lodging is available seasonally from April to mid-December.
Reservations may be made by writing Cave-In-Rock Lodge, P.O. Box 336,
Cave-In-Rock, IL 62919 or by phone (618)289-4545.
Hazlet Cottages at Eldon Hazlet State Park: Twelve lakefront cottages are available
for rent in the park. The rustic cottages are located on the Carlyle Lake
shoreline offering a spectacular view of the
lake. The 780 square foot units contain a kitchenette, bar, living area,
bedroom, loft and deck. The kitchenette is equipped with stove, refrigerator,
microwave, coffee maker and sink. Other amenities include cable TV, linens,
and cookware. Complimentary boat docks for each cottage are available. Each
unit is capable of sleeping up to 6 people. For more information on prices
and availability, please call 618-594-8702 or e-mail
Giant City Lodge is part of a wooded, 3,694-acre Giant City State Park
located in Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. The area was inhabited
by Native Americans as early as 10,000 B.C. with the sandstone bluffs providing
them shelter. The lodge was named for the unusual rock formations that resemble
towering buildings and winding streets of a mythical giant's town. The
facility sits on a hill, the highest point in the park, and is surrounded
by 34 cabins. The lodge is rustic, with sandstone and white timber construction,
and many of the original oak furnishings are still in use. Rooms feature
full baths, TVs, telephones and forest views.
include an outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, stables, gift shop
and a meeting room capable of accommodating from 60 to 150 people.
Knob dining room features a rough-hewn ceiling with brass chandeliers.
It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is known for its "all
you can eat" family-styled fried chicken.
in the area include hiking, horseback riding, boating, and fishing for
bass, crappie and bluegill. The park also offers a handicap accessible
trail, but it does have steep drop-offs with no rails.
Lodge is 12 miles south of Carbondale off Illinois 13 on Giant City Road.
and restaurant are closed from mid-December until the first weekend of
February. For reservations please call us @ (618) 457-4921.
Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center: Located on the shore of Lake
Michigan and in the most visited state park, the resort offers 92 guest
rooms, including four luxury suites. Rooms feature a full bath, TV, telephone
and a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and the state park.
features a full service restaurant and lounge, complete banquet and catering
facilities, meeting and conference rooms for up to 400, Jacuzzi, health
club, gift shop and game room.
location on Lake Michigan attracts more than 1 million visitors each year,
and with the hotel located right on the beach, every sunrise and sunset
is an event worth experiencing.
Marina, a full service marina, containing 1,500 slips is located nearby.
Recreational opportunities include hiking trails, walking or jogging on
the more than 3 miles of beach, and an 18 hole golf course nearby. Just
minutes away is the Six Flags Great America theme park, Gurnee Mills outlet
mall and Temple Farms, home of the famous Lippizzan stallions.
information, write Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, #1 Lake
Front, Zion, IL 60099, or phone (847) 625-7300, or call Illinois Beach
State Park at (847) 662-4828.
Marquette Lodge & Conference Center: Pere
Marquette State Park is situated just outside Grafton on 8,000 wooded
acres of land bordering the Illinois River. The spacious lodge's rustic
Great Room features a beamed ceiling and a massive stone fireplace. There
are 50 lodge rooms and 22 natural stone cabin rooms. Each room features
a full bath or shower, TV, telephone and views of the park or river.
dining room seats 150 people and offers a choice of family-style dining
or a la carte menu selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch.
Catfish, prime rib and grilled breast of chicken are favorites. The lodge
features a 2,900-square foot conference center, which breaks into four
separate meeting spaces and can accommodate 300 people.
include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, video
game room, tennis courts, playground, stables, cocktail lounge, gift shop
and marina with courtesy docks.
include fishing, hiking, boating, horseback riding and picnicking. You
can play chess on a life-size board as well.
conference center and restaurant are open year round. Pere Marquette Lodge
is located five miles north of Grafton on Illinois 100. It is approximately
25 miles northwest of Alton. Reservations may be made by writing Pere
Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Route 100, Grafton, IL 62037 or
by phoning (618)786-2331.
Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center: Located in Wayne
Fitzgerrell State Park in Southern Illinois, this waterside resort offers
105 first-class rooms and cabins. All rooms feature balconies or decks with
beautiful lakefront and/or park views. Some rooms have fireplaces and others
have sleeping lofts. Cabins are outfitted with refrigerators (there are
no cooking facilities, however). All lodgings has phones, TVs and full baths
of the resort are an outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, tennis court,
playground, nearby 27-hole golf course, a conference center which can
accommodate up to 400, trap shooting, field dog trial grounds, convenience
store and gift shop, gas for boats, courtesy boat docking and rental of
paddle, fishing pontoon boats, and bicycles.
on Rend Lake serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with causal outdoor dining
on the deck. House specialties include pork chops, catfish, steak, excellent
homemade salads and desserts, and kids' menus. Activities at the resort
and the 19,000 acre lake include hunting, bird watching, swimming, boating,
sailing and fishing (especially for crappie and largemouth bass).
Resort is easily accessible, just off Interstate 57, south of Mt. Vernon.
The complex is open year-round for your enjoyment. For reservations write
Rend Lake Resort, 11712 E. Windy Lane, Whittington, IL 62897-9718 or phone
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center: Located on the Illinois River between LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa, Starved Rock State Park is one of the state's most visited sites. The 2,700-acre park has 18 canyons and more than 15 miles of hiking trails.
The native stone and log lodge at the park has 69 guest rooms. There are an additional 21 cabin rooms, some with wood-burning fireplaces. Each room has a full bath, TV (except Pioneer Cabins) and telephone, and many have a view of the bluffs. The lodge also features a lobby and indoor pool complex. The Great Hall is decorated with outstanding Native American artifacts and artwork, and features a beamed ceiling and giant fireplace. The Lodge will turn 75 in 2014.
Besides the indoor swimming pool, other amenities include a children's pool, whirlpool, saunas, outdoor sunning patio, gift shop, lounge, outdoor dining and entertainment on the veranda, boat ramps and canoe rentals.
Activities in the park area include camping, hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, horseback riding, picnicking, and wintertime cross-country skiing. In spring, waterfalls make a splash in the park's 18 magnificent glacier-carved canyons, while winter transforms these same falls into magnificent ice sculptures.
The family-style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include a spectacular Sunday brunch, kid's menus, prime rib, fried chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta. The Starved Rock Cafe provides lighter fare. Six conference
rooms are available. The largest meeting room can accommodate 200 people. The lodge is a popular location for weddings, banquets and business retreats.
Starved Rock Lodge is located within Starved Rock State Park, 10 miles west of Ottawa and Interstate 80, 4 miles south on Illinois 178. The lodge, conference center and restaurant are open year-round. Click here to make reservations or call 815-667-4211 or 800-868-7625.
White Pines Inn:
White Pines Forest State Park, located in northwest Illinois near the Rock River Valley, is rich in Native American History. You can view moss-covered limestone bluffs and ford Pine Creek on a scenic drive through White Pines Forest State Park.
The renovated log cabin inn, crafted from stone and timbers, is nestled under majestic white pines. There are 25 one-room guest cabins, all with fireplaces. The main lodge contains a country gift shop with local artwork. Accommodations feature private baths, TVs, telephones, air conditioning/heating and forest views. There are two "Sweetheart" cabins, with fireplace, love seat and stocked beverage refrigerator.
Other amenities include a conference room with seating for up to 300, special banquet menus, wedding and reception facilities, catered picnics and a dinner theater.
The restaurant, with timbered ceiling and knotty pine walls, serves a "Paul Bunyan breakfast," and is well known for homemade soups, breads and desserts.
Activities include bank fishing on Pine Creek, picnicking, hiking, volleyball, pitching horseshoes and, in winter, cross-country skiing and sledding.
For more information or reservations, write White Pines Inn, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris, IL 61054, telephone 815-946-3817 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The inn and restaurant are closed late-December through February. Thank you.