Starved Rock News & Writings

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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

Aileeah Colgan wins Country Showdown

June 24, 2015
Aileeah Colgan Wins

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

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

Photo Show Winners Announced

February 26, 2015

Winners have been announced in Starved Rock’s Annual Photography Contest. In the Adult Category, judges chose 13-old Ben Just’s amazing photo of an eagle in flight (pictured left) as Best of Show and 1st Place. This was the first year that the young photographer entered in the adult level of competition. Second place  was awarded to William Eklund (Davis, IL). Davis submitted a photo of one of the many picturesque bridges at Starved Rock State Read More

Starved Rock Lodge Honored with Two Wedding Awards

February 12, 2015

Starved Rock Lodge was recently chosen by real couples as a top wedding professional in The Knot Best of Weddings 2015!  In addition, WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 in the category of Ceremony Sites in Utica! Starved Rock Lodge hosted more than 140 weddings in 2014. Some couples chose the Great Hall for an indoor wedding. Other couples chose Read More

Popping the Question this Valentine’s Day?

February 9, 2015
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Put a Ring on It! When you think of February, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Valentine’s Day, right? The day of love is fast approaching and you know that means that there will be plenty of proposals to go around. I absolutely love Valentine’s Day, and if your future fiancé does too, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when you get ready to pop the question. Valentine’s Read More

Ice Falls of Starved Rock

January 29, 2015

Ice falls at Starved Rock are one of the most beautiful, natural works of art that happen every year! First…many of us might wonder how the ice falls are formed.  Here is some information that I found online about this very subject. First, there must be an anchor for the ice fall.  The process begins when the temperature is below freezing and there is a water source available so that the ice can adhere to Read More

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