A lodge in Pike County has been a go-to place for decades for couples looking for a getaway without having to travel too far. Now, it's been recognized as the best couples resort in Illinois.

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Congrats to Harpole's Heartland Lodge for being named the best couples resort in Illinois by Wapiti Travel. I saw this on a Facebook post this morning that they shared. The ranking appears to be based on TripAdvisor ratings where Harpole's Heartland Lodge averages an amazing 4.5 out of 5.

If you look at the other lodges mentioned, it's a virtual who's who of exotic destinations in Illinois including places in Galena and Oak Brook Hills. The fact that a location in Pike County is ranked higher as a couples destination is quite an achievement.

Wapiti Travel is an international website specializing in travel destinations around the world, so Harpole's Heartland Lodge getting attention from them is no small feat.

This is another example of how easy it is to take our local businesses for granted because we live where they do every day. Sometimes it takes a national or international source to remind us of the special places and businesses we have right here in our own backyard.

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