Retreat to the Pere Marquette Lodge

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The Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton is fitting for almost any occasion, from a couples retreat to a family reunion and everything in between.

Set in the rolling bluffs of Great Rivers Country, the lodge impressively overlooks the Illinois River. It has fine dining, access to a winery and a wonderful location nestled between the river and Pere Marquette State Park. The heritage of Pere Marquette Lodge dates back to the 1930s, recognizable from the native stone and rustic timbers.

The lodge offers a variety of packages to travelers, including the special romance package designed for impressing a sweetheart.

As the weather becomes cooler and the leaves fall from the trees, visitors should take advantage of a treat sure to warm the body and the heart. Everyone can indulge in fine dining with home-style classics like fried chicken or catfish being served up regularly in the dining room.

While the lodge is an excellent choice for a getaway and dining, plenty of other activities await travelers. By taking a little more time, visitors can experience all that this area of Great Rivers Country has to offer.

In nearby Grafton, a new attraction is zipping through the trees and pleasing visitors from all over. The Grafton Zipline is home to a two hour tour of nine different ‘zips’ through picturesque forests. Brave souls partaking in the fun will fly through the air spying sights usually reserved for the birds.

Only a short drive away, Alton offers some of the region’s best antique shopping. Boutiques line Broadway downtown, luring shoppers from all over looking for just the right piece of history. A full list of shops can be found at Visit Alton.

In addition to shopping, Alton is home to the National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam where guests learn the history of the Mississippi River. Any visitor to the site will surely rave about the experience, the heritage and seeing the dam up close!

At the end of the day, retreating back to the Pere Marquette Lodge is a welcome break from the excitement in Great Rivers County. Be sure to plan out your trip at and don’t forget to request a free 2012 Illinois Travel Guide.


-The Illinois Office of Tourism

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