Autumn Adventure Awaits

September 15, 2022

Delicious Prime Rib that’s locally sourced with a “secret spice” rub–smoked that day– sounds like a meal you don’t want to miss. This culinary special is available every Saturday night. Sunday Brunch (10am-3pm) offers a wide variety of choices to everyone in your group and it’s another reason to savor the flavors of Starved Rock Lodge—the only hotel located in Starved Rock State Park. Overnight guests get free, priority parking close to dining, comfy rooms or a cabin in the woods, an indoor pool and 13 miles of hiking trails. Instagram-worthy photos of scenic sandstone canyons are around every turn. As summer turns to fall, as the park takes on the hues of the season when the leaves turn from green to gold, red and brown.

Enjoy the crisp days of fall with us at Starved Rock Lodge! When you book the Fall Splendor Package, you can enjoy an overnight stay for two in our historic Lodge, a bottle of Starved Rock Bubbly with two Starved Rock Lodge souvenir glasses and $15.00 breakfast voucher (one per reservation). This package is

Thursday, September 22. 2022 through Tuesday December 20, 2022 (some restrictions apply).

New this fall, is “Yoga & Hike” which features a 75-minute yoga class and a 3 mile hike to scenic St. Louis Canyon. Yoga and Hike. Depart on September 25 with Matt Hancock. Matt  has taught over 11,000 classes and is the owner of Hancock PowerFit Yoga (a yoga practice that’s focused on building the body’s strength and increasing endurance). Reservation required.

Trolley Tours are offered each weekend, but pairing this tour with lunch and a river cruise is even better. There’s even a combo tour that includes a guided hike to see Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon followed by a boat ride on the Illinois River. Fall Colors Trolley Tours and Autumn on the River Cruises are offered in October. Guided Hikes (with a backpack lunch) are offered year ‘round.

The historic Great Hall comes alive each year when German music from the Duseldorfers Band fills the air at the Oktoberfest Dinner (October 16) and Matinees (October 24 and 25). The menu features German favorites from Schnitzel to Strudel as well as German wine and beer. Guests can choose the full buffet, tastings, plus a souvenir stein for $55 per person or buffet only for $40 per person. Reservations are required.

Music lovers won’t want to miss “The Chairman’s Board” Tribute to the Stars Matinee (October 17 & 18) starring Tribute artist Peter Oprisko. Tickets are $45 each and include a hot lunch buffet. The WWII Radio Show featuring songs from the Andrews Sisters is set for November 14 and 15. Tickets are $55 per person.

Ghost Tours are back and the haunted stories won’t disappoint! Hop aboard our trolley at 6 or 8pm October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 or 30 and experience a night-time tour of the area with spirited guides to lead your way! Reservations are required.

Because Starved Rock Lodge is conveniently located and less than 90 minutes from the Chicago suburbs, Rockford or Bloomington, it’s the perfect destination for dream weddings, corporate teambuilding, family reunions and special occasions. Save the date for the 2023 Wedding Expo on Sunday, January 8, 2023. The Sales Team specializes in working with each bride and groom or corporate group to customize the menus, timeline and every detail of your event to make it a wonderful memory. Book early for the Lodge’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet. Reservations and pre-payment are required The Great Hall will be decorated for Christmas so families can capture holiday photos. The Main Dining Room will feature fall décor through late November. This year’s New Year’s Eve Party theme is “Roll Out the Red Carpet.” Learn more about all the events and activities at Or, feel free to call (815) 220-7386 for more information on holiday buffets, guided hikes, trolley tours and more.

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