NEBO, Ill. -- Harpole's Heartland Lodge and Resort has announced the construction of four new luxury cabins with plans to bring more tourists into the region on a year-round basis.
A release issued by the resort said guests staying at these cabins will be encouraged to visit local attractions, events, stores and restaurants. Along with weekend getaways, longer vacation stays also will be promoted as will be local attractions and activities within an 80-mile radius of the resort.
The cabins continue Harpole's Heartland Lodge's goal of making Pike County, Calhoun County and West-Central Illinois a better place to live and visit through increased tourism.
An estimated 2,200 new tourists will visit Pike and Calhoun counties annually and stay at the cabins, injecting an estimated $1 million annually into the local economy, the release said.
In addition, the lodge will be hiring for several new jobs expected to be created.
The release said that Heartland Lodge Resort will attract over 20,000 visitors in 2017 from all over the world.
The new cabins will be named for people with close ties to the lodge and owner Gary Harpole.
Gerald's Cabin is named for Gerald Shonhart, the builder of the three main lodges, who passed away several months ago but his legacy of what he built will live on.
Aunt Bert's Cabin is named for Bertha Harpole, Harpole's late grandmother, whose friends and family called her Aunt Bert and who made scrapbooks for Harpole when the resort first opened.
Uncle Buck's Cabin is named for Earnest Pruitt, Harpole's late maternal grandfather, whose farm next to the lodge site helped inspire Harpole to build the resort.
Bobby's Cabin is named for Harpole's late uncle who died as a young boy in an accident when something spooked his horse as he was riding to school.
More information about the cabins is available atHeartlandLodge.com/Cabins. For information about applying for a job, visit HeartlandLodge.com/Team or call 217-734-2526.