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Right about now, in the middle of Winter, it’s time to go somewhere! Do something! 

But in today’s world, it needs to be safe and healthy. But also Warm & Comfortable! 

Well, we have created the perfect solution – Hearthside Reflections!! 

We take a short day’s jaunt to one of our “go to” places. The rustic comfort of Starved Rock Lodge is the ideal setting for such a time. The massive fireplace overlooks a spacious yet inviting lounge, perfect for peaceful reflection. 


Day 1 – Home to Oglesby, IL 

We travel through the winter wonderland of Wisconsin to our destination, Starved Rock State Park in Illinois. We’ll have time to settle into our cozy accommodations at the Lodge before the first of our home-cooked meals is served in the Lodge dining room. Simply relax and enjoy your comfy surroundings. Around the fire this evening, we are transported to the land of our own imaginations by the magic crafting of a Master Storyteller. 

Included Meals: Dinner 

Hotel: Starved Rock Lodge (2 Nights) 


Day 2 – Oglesby 

Breakfast is served in the Lodge dining room and then savor your coffee as you sit hearthside for a relaxing morning. Today a special treat has been planned. This is prime time for eagle viewing along the Illinois River and we have made arrangements for an eagle expert to guide us to the best viewing locations!! The bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States since 1782 – we will thoroughly enjoy watching these majestic creatures! We then return to the Lodge for a hearty lunch. Next we will be thoroughly entertained by the music and comedy of The Dueling Pianos Show. Dueling Pianos is a collection of some of the best entertainers in the industry. You’ll be singing and laughing! It’s an experience like no other. The show concludes mid-afternoon, allowing plenty of time to get back to relaxing. There’s no need to leave our “comfy confines” as another great homemade dinner is served in the dining room. This evening feel free to settle in for more Hearthside Reflections, or you may join the Tour Director for fun games – Bingo anyone?! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 3 – Oglesby to Home 

Wake up to the aroma of coffee brewing and breakfast ready in your own time. We don’t depart for home until mid-morning, so simply unwind around the fire, take a walk in the winter woods, read, visit, nap – whatever you want. Then we bid our cozy lodge goodbye and travel home, enjoying one last meal together along the way. Arrive home filled with wonderful hearthside reflections and cherished new friendships made! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 


Special Notice: We are keenly aware of all concerns regarding pandemic issues. Therefore, we have carefully crafted this close-to-home tour to address those concerns. We have collaborated along with all of our providers to take the utmost caution to provide the needed social distancing, safety and health protection, and with most meals served in a controlled atmosphere. 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $899
Single: $1,039
Triple: $879
Quad: $849

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $53
Single: $67

Travel Bucks

$20 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Light Walking

Price Includes

6 Meals, Lodging & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 36°
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Tour Highlights

Warm & Cozy when it’s Cold & Crazy
Rustic Comfort of Starved Rock Lodge - 2 Nights
Fireside Chats
Safe & Healthy Environment
Master Storyteller
Eagle Viewing
Dueling Pianos
R&J Game Night
Limited Travel

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
Hearthside Reflections
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 36°
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