Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and has been expanded and updated in recent years. Today, native stone and rustic timbers of the original lodge blend with the new to provide first-class accommodations in an historical setting. The mammoth stone fireplace in the lobby soars to a roof height of 50 feet, and is said to weigh 700 tons.
There are 50 spacious guest rooms and 22 stone guest cabin rooms. Among the facilities available are a cocktail lounge, gift shop, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, saunas, game room and tennis court.
Pere Marquette Lodge provides elegant dining, with a Sunday brunch that draws people from Missouri as well as Illinois. The dining room seats 150 people and offers a choice of family style dining or selections from the menu.
The 2,900 square-foot conference center has banquet facilities to accommodate 300, and a comprehensive selection of audio/visual equipment. The center breaks into four separate meeting rooms.
The historic Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center is a popular tourist attraction and vacation destination situated within an 8,000-acre state park along the Illinois River near St. Louis, MO. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, Pere Marquette Lodge attracts visitors from around the world with its impressive architecture and rich history.
It is an awe-inspiring structure of limestone and massive timbers made complete with a 50-ft vaulted ceiling, hand-made chandeliers and a massive 700-ton stone fireplace in the extraordinary Great Room. This newly-renovated hotel also features a hand-crafted, life-size chess set, a terrace overlooking the scenic Illinois River, an indoor pool, a popular Restaurant, a local Winery, romantic cabins, comfortable guest rooms, beautiful weddings, business meeting space and entertaining events. Visitors can enjoy an onsite playground, visitor’s center, scenic drive, gift shop, tennis court, volleyball courts, shuffleboard courts and a marina.
Pere Marquette State Park also offers camping, hunting, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and birding.
For more information or reservations, write Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Route 100, PO Box 429, Grafton, IL 62037, or call 618-786-2331, fax 618-786-3498