Once a year, during late summer but before Labor Day, my wife and I make our trek to St.Louis to visit relatives. The highlight of the trip, for both of us, starts with the drive from St.Louis to Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois. The view of the barges and boats on the river are a real thrill once a year. We have part of the morning and the rest of the day to walk the grounds, do a bit of exploring, and remember the "good 'ol days".
An early bird signature fried chicken dinner, recognized in St.Louis as the best, usually is had by 4pm. This is followed by viewing nature at its best from the chairs and tables off the back lawn. Then off to our room at the lodge. We wake up to a very hearty breakfast of eggs, potatoes, coffee, etc. the next morning to prepare for a day of apple knocking at nearby Eckert Farms. If we sound like a couple of "old farts", well...we are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thanks for visiting. Pere Marquette was built in the 1930's by the Civil Conservation Corps. The lodge is nestled withing the confines of the 8000 acre Pere Marquette State Park.The lodge has fifty guest rooms within the main building, some with park views and some with views of the Illinois river. The cabins sit 100 feet from the main building and contain 22 cabin rooms. All of the rooms have been updated with new beds, furniture and 32" tvs.The lodge also has a full service dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a wine tasting room.Hiking, biking, nature, kayaking, tennis, volleyball, horseback riding, boating, Raging Rivers Waterpark, shopping, 45 minutes to downtown St. Louis ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pere Marquette Hotel Grafton
- Pere Marquette Lodge And Conference Center Grafton