Starved Rock News & Writings

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Going Green in 2016

March 29, 2016
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The trees aren’t the only thing turning green this spring at Starved Rock Lodge. As a historic hotel surrounded by a National Landmark, Starved Rock State Park, there’s always a need to keep the hand-crafted authenticity of the Civilian Conservation Corps in mind whenever updates and changes are made. So, when the furniture in the hotel and dining areas was updated a few years ago, the choice was to go with a company famous for Read More

Rock Star 2016

February 26, 2016
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The 2016 Rock Star finals turned out to be our most competitive ever. Five terrific performers shared the stage. Each had three chances to win over the judges and the crowd.  In the end, Jennifer Peterson of Ottawa walked away as the winner and the finals Fan Favorite performer. Peterson performed “Cleopatra Queen of Denial” and “At Last” by Etta James. Each of the contestants performed one a cappella song with lyrics they were given Read More

2016 Photo Contest Winners

February 22, 2016
Photo Show Winners 2016

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo for the 2016 Photo Contest! We would like to congratulate Bill Leib, Kyle Russell and Tony Pocewicz for winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd in show! Bill’s photo of the cardinal won 1st place in Wildlife, Kyle’s photo of Matthiessen took 1st in Canyons and Tony’s sunset of Eagle Cliff took 1st in Landscape. Great photos!

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 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

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

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

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

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

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