The Perfect Summer Escape is Close to Home

Looking for a getaway that doesn’t involve airport delays? How about a destination that’s close to home, but worlds away? The answer is Starved Rock Lodge, located near Oglesby in the middle of scenic Starved Rock State Park. Hiking trails are just steps away from your hotel room or a cabin in the woods.

The summer calendar is filled with fun, starting with an experience on the Illinois River. Travel through the river locks on the Lock & Lunch Tour or take a sunset cruise on the Sainte Genevieve, which is the only sternwheel riverboat on the Illinois River.

The Lodge also offers the Waterfowl Tour, Visit a Canyon & Boat Ride tour or the Land & Water Cruise on the Eagle 1 pontoon boat. Historic Trolley Tours run Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Back at the Lodge, you can catch Guided Hikes every Saturday and Sunday. Hikes are $25 per person and include a sack lunch.

The Lodge’s music tribute shows include a hot buffet lunch. Choose from an Elton John/Billy Joel Tribute Matinee on July 8-9 or a comedy show starring Jeremy Nunes on July 15-16. Upcoming shows for August and September are detailed on the Lodge’s website.

The Veranda welcomes outdoor dining for lunch and dinner daily. It also hosts live music every Friday night from 8-11 p.m. The view is outstanding. Visit on July 14 for Rockin’ the Tropics Luau on the Veranda, when there will be a Hawaiian-themed buffet all day and music by the Ukulele Moonshiners from 4-6 p.m.

Overnight guests can access the indoor pool, hot tub and saunas. Free parking and Wi-Fi are included.

To book a getaway or activity, call (815) 667-4211 or go to Starved Rock Lodge is located at One Lodge Lane, in Oglesby.