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Fox 2 Highlights Mushroom Fest

We were invited to talk about the Festival on Fox 2 News. Click the image to view the segment.   About the Mushroom Fest: Eyes glued to the ground, mushroom hunters will scan the woods in Pere Marquette Park and all around the area in search of the delectable treat known as the Morel Mushroom.   …continue

Hunting the Great Morel

The days are getting warmer and it will soon be time again to grab that mesh bag and begin the yearly trek to your secret mushroom sweet spot. Mushroom season is upon us and while those who have grown up in the tradition of hunting these delicacies are prepared, these tips are for the beginners. …continue

Midwest Living Magazine Highlights Pere Marquette Lodge

Great State Park Stays: Illinois’ Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center Climb past the lush valley retreat to reach the Illinois River bluffs when you stay at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center. Since the 1930s, the 50-foot limestone fireplace at Pere Marquette State Park’s lodge has stood as a source of warmth. A young …continue

Celebrating 75 Years of History

Pere Marquette Lodge 1940-2015 The birth story of Pere Marquette Lodge is the story of a country in turmoil in a time when 1/4th of the population was out of work.  In 1932, Americans placed their bets on the New York Governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, by electing him as the President of a country in the …continue

The Ultimate St. Louis Day Trip

It’s a beautiful day and I am just not in the mood to do that housework that seems to never stop calling my name.  It’s time for a miniature escape, a day trip close to St. Louis that won’t bend my pocket book into an unrecognizable shape. If you are anything like me, this little …continue

Four Rivers Fabric Art at Pere Marquette Lodge

The Four Rivers Fabric Art hangs in the center of the Great Room at Pere Marquette State Park Lodge.  Consisting of 4 large hangings, the piece depicts the world of nature surrounding the Park and the Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers. Celebrated artist and art professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M. Joan Lintault, …continue

A Leaf Peeper’s Paradise

My favorite fall getaway that’s close to St. Louis One of the most fantastic things about living in the Midwest is fall. From the vibrant leaves in reds, oranges, and yellows, to campfires and hoodies, autumn is beautiful. I can hardly wait for summer to slowly fade into a cooler fall. To me, it’s the …continue

Things To Do During Your St Louis Family Vacation (Part 1)

When I was very young, my family and I packed up and headed to the great city of St. Louis, Missouri for a family vacation.  We had a wonderful time exploring the city and acting like goofy tourists (one of my favorite pastimes). A few years went by and my mother was offered a job …continue

Bald Eagle Watching For Beginners

Eagle mania has hit Pere Marquette once again as visitors descend from miles around to catch a glimpse of the majestic bald eagle.  Here are some tips and tricks for the bald eagle watching beginners out there! First Things First…Eyes On The Road! Most eagle watching tours start off with cruising the Great River Road …continue

The Ghosts of Pere Marquette Lodge

Grafton Illinois is a quaint little river town where the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers meet. The beautiful lodge at Pere Marquette State Park is located just outside of Grafton. The park was named for one of the early explorers on the Mississippi River, Father Pere Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest.  The limestone and timber lodge …continue