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Flock To The Rock 2020

There is a lot of reasons why you should plan your next adventure to the Starved Rock Area. Fun sightseeing, unique progressive dinner experiences, several places to enjoy a nice glass of wine in a relaxing atmosphere, there is something exciting to do for everyone!  And, you may just see some amazing bald eagles soaring overhead.

Check out these upcoming events to mark on your calendar, so you won’t forget: 

 

Eagle Watch Weekend: January 25 & 26, 2020

The Eagle Watch Weekend is a two-day event, which celebrates the American Bald Eagle in Illinois. This event will offer many programs, activities and exhibits occurring simultaneously at three locations: The Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitors and the Starved Rock Visitors Center, which they are all within a short driving distance. 

You could hop-on and hop-off a trolley that is conveniently connected to all venues. A $2.00 all-day armband will be available for purchase on the trolley. 

For more information about the 2020 line up, visit www.facebook.com/events/441982003386366/

 

Eagle Trolley Tour: Throughout the Month of January and February

Starved Rock is a beautiful place to visit during the winter time. You can join them for their Eagle Trolley Tours happening all January and February month long. These tours include a stop at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for an eagle viewing on their observation deck, and an educational presentation on eagles. 

This tour will include lunch in their restaurant from a special menu during the week, and brunch on Sunday. Remember to dress warm! 

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/763649327471336/

 

Two Progressive Dinner Through the Starved Rock Area 

2 Rivers Ride & Dine Progressive Dinner will start on January 9, 2020, filled with wine, beer and bourbon tasting. 

You will start the night out by checking in at The Red Dog Grill at 5:30pm. Then, hop on the shuttle, which will take you on the 2 Rivers Ride & Dine Progressive Dinner. You will then make your way to a wine tasting paired with appetizers at Catseye Wine Bar

After that, you will head over to The Lone Buffalo where your dinner will be served along with a beer pairing. The shuttle will then return you to The Red Dog Grill for dessert and their famous bourbon cocktail! 

If you want to turn this experience into a long weekend, book an overnight package at one of Harbor Inn's cottages. To dine is only $70 per person. For two to dine and stay overnight, the cost is only $260 per couple (plus room tax). Other nights are available including February 13, March 12, and April 2.

For more information, visit www.visitheritageharbor.com/progressive-dinner/

The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner is a similar experience. On January 8th, 2020, you will meet at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, IL at 4:45pm to check-in and board the trolley. You will stop at Star Union Spirits Distillery in Peru, Illinois for specialty cocktails and appetizers.   

Try a taste of southern cooking with dinner and drinks at Cajun Connection in Utica, Illinois. Then concluding the evening at Starved Rock Lodge with dessert and drinks. 

There will be an overnight package for two where you can enjoy the weekend at the Starved Rock Lodge. With an extra $15, a breakfast voucher will be included. 

The overnight package is $255 per couple and if you are wanting to stick with just the dinner, $75 per person. Other nights are available such as February 12, March 11, and April 8. 

For more information, visit www.trolleytrio.com

 

Owl Prowl Weekend: March 13-15 

On Friday and Saturday, Orinthologist Steve Bailey will be holding owl programs and owl walks. During the program, Steve will have some owl specimens, feathers and pellets for you to observe. 

He will try to call in a Screech, Barred and Great Horned Owls. And maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see a nest of uncommon wintering owls. 

The price will be $10 per person. Everyone should plan on bringing a flashlight, and be sure to dress warm for the weather. 

On Saturday and Sunday, “Hoo” Haven Wildlife and Education Center from Durand, IL will be there with their owls for a presentation. The different programs begin at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm in the LaSalle Room of the Lodge. Adults are $5, children 10 & under are $3. 

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/432434290664374/

 

Enjoy A Nice Glass of Wine at Some of Your Favorite Local Places: 

August Hill Winery located downtown Utica, IL is a great place to relax and enjoy great company with even greater wine. Come enjoy individual creations conceived in the heart and expressed through the hand in their tasting room.

CatsEye Wine Bar located downtown Ottawa gives you a unique experience while you sip on a nice glass of wine. An eclectic, urban vintage charm place that is easy going, giving you a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. They have handcrafted cocktails and spirits, along with barrel aged beer and clever plates.  

In downtown Utica, Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts has the perfect environment for getting a taste of the local culture and spending time with friends. Enjoy wine tastings of flavors all around the world in their spacious and comfortable lounge area with a great view of the downtown area. 

Plan out your next visit, and make it a fun filled day with so many fun places to explore in the Starved Rock Area. For more information about activities, food and drink, stay, shopping and events, check out our website www.flocktotherock.com so you can create your own itinerary.