Make the Most of Winter!

January 13, 2023

“Celebrate with Us” is the best overnight getaway for Valentine’s Day, a wedding anniversary or anytime you want to raise a toast to life’s memorable moments. A special “Valentine’s Day” Menu is planned for Feb. 14th in the Main Dining Room of historic Starved Rock Lodge (located a short drive away in Oglesby, IL).

“Vocal Valentine’s” starring Peter Oprisko will fill the Great Hall with the most-requested love songs of all time. Feb. 13 & 14 Matinees include a hot lunch buffet. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required.

Let us do the driving and book and overnight package for our Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner. Choose February 16, March 9 or 23, April 20 or 27, 2023. Starved Rock Lodge has teamed up with August Hill and Camp Aramoni to create a fun, unforgettable event filled with wine, spirits, and food tastings.  Meet at Starved Rock Lodge at 4:45pm, where the Starved Rock Trolley will take you to August Hill Winery for wine tasting and appetizers.  Next, the trolley will head to Camp Aramoni for a special dinner with cocktails. Lastly, the trolley will take you back to Starved Rock Lodge for a mini trio of desserts and after dinner drinks in the historic Main Dining Room. The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner Overnight Package includes dinner for two, overnight stay for two and a $15 breakfast voucher. Dinner only: $100 per person, Dinner & Overnight Package: $336.70. Reservations are required for this event. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Please note: we do not offer an overnight package for some of these dates. Please call to check availability.

Bald Eagle Trolley Tours run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in February. The Tour begins with lunch at 11am. Ride our trolley to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing and an educational program. Ticket price includes your selection from our trolley lunch menu and the tour. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars and camera. Ticket price: $34 per adult, $29 for children 10 and under.

Guided Winter Hikes are on the calendar every Saturday and Sunday this winter from
10am-1pm. Explore scenic canyons and frozen waterfalls (weather permitting) and you might see bald eagles in flight. This hike will be about 3 miles round trip. Included are: a snack, bottled water, “Starved Rock” backpack and voucher for small hot chocolate or coffee in our Café upon your return. Advanced reservations are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, call us at 815-220-7386.

Winter Wildlife Trolley Tours run from 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tour departs from the Lodge and takes you on a tour through Buffalo Rock State Park to visit three resident Bison. Travel to the IL Waterway Visitors Center observation deck where you can spot an eagle or two! The trolley will be narrated with history and legends of the area and the park as well. Guests will receive a sack lunch as upon boarding the trolley. Tickets are $30 per person. For reservations or more information, please call (815) 220-7386 or book online at:

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