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Lodge Wins WeddingWire Award for 3rd Time

January 8, 2016
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Lodge Wins Couples’ Choice Award for 3 rd Time (Utica, IL) – For the third year in a row, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center received the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® for 2016. This honor was determined by reviews from couples who chose to have their dream wedding at Starved Rock Lodge. This award places the Lodge among the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide. Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center was the site of Read More

2.5 Million Visitors to Starved Rock in 2015

January 8, 2016
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Starved Rock busts another yearly attendance record Tom Collins NewsTribune Senior Reporter Did you go to Starved Rock this year? More people went to Starved Rock in 2015 than live in the state of New Mexico. Starved Rock State Park released its yearly attendance records Thursday and, once again, there is a new record for yearly attendance. Nearly 2.5 million visitors — 2,496,139, to be exact — jammed the Utica-area park in 2015, an 8 Read More

Gift Cards Now Available Online

December 3, 2015
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Good news from the North Pole! Santa just announced that Starved Rock Lodge Gift Cards can now be purchased online at www.shopstarvedrock.com. Gift cards can be redeemed for massages, Starved Rock t-shirts, souvenirs, gifts, dining, overnight getaways, guided hikes, musical tribute show tickets and much more! So, if you’re still looking for that perfect holiday gift, give the one that’s a perfect fit: a GIFT CARD from Starved Rock Lodge. Purchase one here! And, did you Read More

Holly Jolly Donation Trolley

December 3, 2015
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(Utica, IL)- Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center announced today that we have launched a holiday donation campaign called the Holly Jolly Donation Trolley. All donations will be delivered to Illinois Valley PADS on December 18 by Santa, who will also be driving the Starved Rock Trolley! Donations of cleaning supplies, disposable paper goods, canned food, travel-size toiletries, plus new underwear and socks may be dropped off in the lobby of Starved Rock Lodge through December Read More

Display Flag Donated to Lodge by DAR

November 11, 2015
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(North Utica, IL) -The Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented a American display flag and stand to Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center., Sharon Crumbaker Frizzell, State Regent, (pictured  right) joined Sharon Bittner, District #2 Director for ILDAR in the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge to formally present the new, American flag to Mitch Wagner, General Manager (pictured left).  Also participating were Kitty Humphrey, IL Chairman Flag of the USA committee, Diana Williamson Read More

Congratulations to our Partners!

October 22, 2015
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Congratulations to our friends and partners at August Hill Winery for this outstanding honor! On October 10, 2015, the Navy’s newest submarine, the USS Illinois, was christened by First Lady Michelle Obama with a bottle of bubbly produced by Illinois Sparkling Co. Electric Boat, the company who built the submarine, contacted August Hill about creating a sparkling wine to be used to christen the submarine. Mark and Teri Wenzel, the owners of Illinois Sparkling Co. Read More

Starved Rock Lodge: #3 Hotel in World

September 25, 2015
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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 By: Steve Stout Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center was honored this week by its inclusion on the annual list of “Richard’s Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2015,” which was publicized on the Huffington Post website. It was listed right behind a castle in Ireland and palace in Slovenia. Bangs, a world-renowned traveler, adventurer and author, visited Starved Rock and its rustic lodge in May, exploring the park’s Read More

It’s Almost Leaf-Peeping Time

September 16, 2015
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By Kathy Rodeghier Daily Herald Correspondent We wanted a walk in the woods. The first day of autumn had arrived last year, which had me itching to lace up my shoes and go rubbernecking for fall colors not too far from home. But where? And when? The where proves easy: Starved Rock State Park, just 90 minutes southwest of Chicago. But predicting when the fall colors would be at their best has always been one Read More

Aileeah Colgan wins Country Showdown

June 24, 2015
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Perfect weather and a perfect performance by vocalist Aileeah Colgan of Peoria earned her a win in the state finals of the Country Showdown held last night on the Veranda of Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center. Colgan, who won the local competition (sponsored by WALS 102 of Peru) earlier this summer, returned to the stage and performed two original songs. In her first song, ” I Should Have Known Better,” Colgan was backed up Read More

A New Look for Starved Rock Lodge

June 9, 2015
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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center near Utica recently unveiled a new website and a new logo. “The need for a responsive website was urgent. More people are looking at our website on mobile phones and tablets so we needed an easy-to-navigate site that looked good on all platforms,” said Lodge CEO/President, Amy Trimble. The Lodge chose Web 312 of Chicago to take on the task of redesigning and reformatting the new look for both Read More

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