By Kathy Casstevens/Marketing Director/Starved Rock Lodge
Staying in a “positive” mood during a pandemic, in the winter, in Illinois doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Planning a getaway to a restful place where you can get some nature therapy could be the perfect solution. If you’ve been working from home or home schooling, Starved Rock Lodge (Oglesby, IL) offers a variety of out-of-the-box niches to open your laptop outside the four walls of your own home. A “Remote Learning Field Trip” combines fun ways to learn with an unforgettable destination. Whether your student is calculating how many gallons of water are in the pool or taste-testing ice cream, it’s educational fun for all.
Historic Trolley Tours (with limited capacity and social distancing on board) provide an entertaining way to learn about the rich history of the Starved Rock region. Trolley Trio Progressive Dinners on the calendar in 2021 on Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14. Transportation is provided along with delicious food and drinks at August Hill Winery, The Lone Buffalo/Tangled Roots Brewery and Starved Rock Lodge.
Whether the perfect place to pop the question is on top of Starved Rock or in French Canyon, surprise proposals that take place here are long remembered. Intimate weddings in the Great Hall and Starved Rock Room (with 50 guests or less) offer the bride and groom a rustic and romantic setting to exchange their vows. Special rates are available for select dates this winter. There’s even an all-inclusive “No Stress” wedding packages available on January 16 and Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14)!
Sled dogs from Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue will return for live demos and seminars on January 17 and February 28. Some of the furry friends will be available for adoption. (Indoor seminars have limited capacity and will be set up with socially distanced seating).
The fireplace will be glowing in the Great Hall and in the Main Dining Room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served daily with safety protocols in place. Guests are required to wear masks inside the Lodge (in all public spaces, except when eating/drinking). Mondays will feature a “Burger & Beer” special with a combination of grilled ground beef with creative toppings paired with a craft beer.
Regardless of how cold it might be outside, the warm and inviting indoor pool complex is another haven for relaxation. Enjoy two saunas and a hot tub, plus there’s a shallow-depth toddler pool for the little ones.
Call our friendly staff toll-free at (800) 868-7625 or book your getaway online. Getaway packages are detailed online at: StarvedRockLodge.com.