13653 Lodge Blvd N, Grafton, IL | Directions 6203738.971864 -90.540854
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
We stayed in a cabin in the back behind the lodge. Quiet and nice. It had a double bed and a bunk bed so could fit a family of four. Spacious with a couch tv and large handicapped shower.
Clean room, bed a bit soft to my liking but I'm selective.
We had drinks out on the veranda of the lodge so beautiful with the rolling lawn to the river, if you can over look the occasional car rolling by on the road that intersects it.
We did eat at the lodge both dinner and breakfast. Food was good. I don't eat meat and they has several vegetarian selections on the menu. I had the portabella mushroom and onion soup and my husband had the pulled pork. Both good.
We loved the bike paths and hiking trails. If you have a bike and enjoy riding bring it. You can ride 15m to grafton on the trail. Bring a helmet.
We also used the pool sana and whirl pool wonderful!
We stopped @ The Lodge for breakfast and it was fantastic. The food was hot and delicious. The portions were generous.
Very impressive dining room with many tables. The massive fireplace was not lit, but still nice to look at.
The service was good also.
Defiantly worth a short trip down the road if you are staying in Grafton or Elsha.
Take a drive or hike through the park, if time permits.
Very enjoyable morning.
We spent one night here at the lodge as part of our Spirit of Peoria riverboat trip. I had always wanted to stay here and it lived up to my expectations! The lodge is awesome- built in the 1930's. The pool, jacuzzi, sauna area is great. Our room was very nicely decorated and comfortable bed. As part of our tour we were taken on a fantastic nature walk. You can walk or bicycle on a trail clear to Grafton- around 5 miles- if you would like.
The breakfast buffet that was part of our group package was great, too. The winery that is located near the entrance is nice as well.
I will definitely go back.
My husband and I spent a night in one of the rooms in the original section of the lodge. It was very nice, very quiet. The lodge itself is incredible with lovely huge wood beams and a huge gorgeous fireplace. The lodge is a great place to sit and have a glass of wine and just relax. We hiked some paths in the park which are very accessible from the lodge. There's also a bike path nearby. We plan on making a return visit soon. Highly recommend staying here for a relaxing getaway.
This is a hidden treasure. The lodge was built by the CCC in the 1930s and is gorgeous. We had dinner and breakfast there. The choices are amazing and the food was very good, as well as reasonably priced. The rooms are spacious. Internet connection through WiFi was spotty but in such a beautiful setting, one should be appreciating nature and not worried about connections! Definitely recommend.
My husband and I was so tired of being cooped up and we decided to just runaway from everything and everybody. We had been to Pere Marquete Lodge before and loved it. When I saw they were having a music fest, and craft show March 3 we just had to go and have some fun.
This time I booked a cabin and it was just great. I slept better that weekend there, then I do at home. The bed was so comfortable and the cute cabin made us wish we had been born at another time in history. When we arrived, lovely Raynae checked us in with her beautiful smile that made us feel so very welcomed. I had requested our cabin to be nice and warm and she did not let us down. It was so cozy and toastie and sooo relaxing. We always love to visit the nice town of Grafton. The shops are great. Sunday was the highlight as the great lodge room was filled with crafters, with the most unusal handmade crafts and jewerly galore. My favorite purchase was an autographed book from a wonderful illinois author. Iam already on the 5th chapter, it is so good. We loved watching the dancers. The cloggers were great as was the folk dancers. If you want a clean,safe place to have fun I highly recommend this wonderful place.
Having been raised in the Alton area, I know Pere Marquette Lodge (PML) pretty well. I was amazed by it's splendor as a kid. Pere Marquettte has an enduring allure, a storied history and a "feel" of being an old friend. As an adult I find myself staying there at least a few times a year and in fact my family does an annual reunion there once a year. While the lodge cannot be everything to everybody, it does have something to appeal to every individual and you will always leave with a warm feeling toward the place.
As for lodging, I have stayed in both the cabins (if you want solitude) and in the newer wing of the main lodge. While I cannot speak for the original rooms in the lodge (though I'd like to try them sometime) you will find the in-lodge accommodations nice in the winter months as when it is bad outside, you never have to leave the building. Do not expect "luxury" rooms as this is a lodge, not the Waldorf. But what you will get a room that is nice sized, tastefully decorated and a darn comfortable bed. Like most, I don't do well with sleeping at hotels, but I never have that problem at PML. The cabins are just as nice (maybe even more appealing with the limestone walls) but weather does dictate choice of room location. I will add I have stayed national park lodges and these rooms are at least AS nice as any of those (my most recent experience was the Old Faithful Inn).
The indoor swimming pool is clean, nice sized and a few years back they upgraded to the saline purification system, thus avoiding the damaging effects of chlorine. The building being nice and solid, affords more quiet rooms than most modern hotels can offer. You will enjoy strolling the halls and getting to know the place.
The dining room is also appealing. Again, the food is not gourmet, but satisfying. The menu sticks to some key items but if you are there for an entire weekend you will not have to worry about eating the same thing twice. A good fried chicken dinner is increasingly hard to find these days and when you have the craving, PML is known for their fried chicken dinners with a "special recipe" and ample portions that make it worth the drive on any weekend afternoon. The chicken is always ( I have found) fresh, tasty and you will have more than the average person can eat on your plate. I'll also add that I recently had one of the best hamburgers I have eaten in a long time in the PML dining room.
And, the park also boasts a nice campground (both developed and primiitve) which I have recommended numerous times as it is within walking distance to the lodge.
If you choose to visit the Pere Marquette State Park/Grafton area, the PML remains the best choice for lodging. It really is a jewel of a place and you will do yourself (and your family) a favor by staying at least two nights. Even with the generous noon checkout time, one evening is not enough to take it all in. You really need a full day and two evenings to fully appreciate what the area, and the lodge, has to offer.
I can ramble on, but hope I have made my point. Pere Marquette is not a dude ranch, but has great hiking trails and in season horseback riding. It is not a 5 star hotel, but a comfortable place which will not bust your budget. It is not a national park lodge, but you will think it could be. While not as big as Starved Rock State Park near LaSalle, Pere Marquette and it's lodge offer a wonderful opportunity to relax and get away as much as anyplace in Southern Illinois.
We stayed in the older part of the lodge. we had a huge room with a king size bed. We did a couple of the packages they had to offer. well worth it with the vouchers you get to use in the restaurant. Andrew at the front desk was so helpful. we would love to go back and stay again!!
The lodge itself is worth the visit. The structure is amazing. The deck provides a great view of the river. There are plenty of scenic overlooks along the scenic drive through the park. The cabin was cozy and accommodating. A short walk to the river at night provides a star filled sky. Breakfast in the restaurant was excellent, and servers delightful. Be sure to get a table by the window to watch the hummingbirds feeding. Nearby Grafton has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. And bring your bicycle, it's a 5 mile ride to Grafton on the Great River Road bike trail. A trip across the river on the ferries, and a visit to the Zip line are a unique experience. Once the leaves start to change color, this is the place to be.
We are birders, so we planned our stay for when the migration was high. We were not disappointed! The lodge is set overlooking the Illinois River, and just by sitting on the terrace we were able to see birds galore--including a Mississippi Kite! We hiked the trails through the woods on the bluffs and were rewarded with great views and several unusual birds. Even if you are not a birder, the serenity of the setting is a wonderful experience by itself. We enjoyed staying in a cabin--it had the authentic feel of the CCC era but with modern amenities. The meals in the dining room were excellent, reasonably priced, and the staff very friendly. My only complaint is that we had to get to the lodge through the back roads since the river road was closed because of flooding (which was not their fault) but the signage on the back route was poor and confusing.
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