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The Ghosts of Pere Marquette Lodge

Grafton Illinois is a quaint little river town where the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers meet. The beautiful lodge at Pere Marquette State Park is located just outside of Grafton. The park was named for one of the early explorers on the Mississippi River, Father Pere Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest.  The limestone and timber lodge […]

Pumpkin Roll at the Apple Festival

By CORY DAVENPORT For The Telegraph GRAFTON — The 2013 Apple Festival at the Pere Marquette State Park lodge featured activities for the entire family. Starting at 11 a.m., lodge visitors were able to peruse a large selection of local vendors. Homemade mustard, dresses, popcorn and even apple-themed jewelry were offered next to booths owned […]

Winin’ and Dinin’ at Pere Marquette

By VICKI BENNINGTON For The Telegraphthetelegraph.com GRAFTON — For those who are not sure whether it’s a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Pinot Noir that goes best with a filet mignon, or a Chardonnay that brings out the flavor of pan-seared salmon, Pere Marquette Lodge’s Gourmet Wine Dinners offers a chance for a little education. Originally […]

POKIN AROUND: The adventure of a scenic drive

On Sunday afternoon the sun shone and the temperature hit the upper 40s. There was no pro football on TV. No Illini basketball to watch. No clothes to launder. With the adventurous spirit of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, I laced my running shoes, fueled my Ford Escape and embarked on my first trip […]

Are River Bend Bigfoot on the prowl?

I was channel surfing on a Sunday night a while back and paused when our flatscreen suddenly displayed the Animal Planet logo in its lower right-hand corner. Viewing the antics of critters is always a safe choice when this writer-businessman wants to let his mind enjoy a brief respite from any heavy intellectual activity. I […]