Aerie’s Resort is located in the St. Louis metro area of Grafton, Illinois, where the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers meet. The area has been called “The Best View in the Midwest,” which the resort takes advantage of by offering 360-degree views in many of their accommodations and facilities. Guests can choose from different rooms, suites, and cottages, dine, and enjoy live entertainment at the winery, or brave the two-mile zipline. The Terrace also offers the perfect venue for many different types of special events, including weddings and family reunions.
Accommodations at Aerie’s Resort are found in terrace rooms, suites, hilltop, valley, and deluxe cottages, villas, The Lodge, and The Landing. There are 43 available accommodations at the resort.
Standard accommodations are found in the terrace rooms. Each room comes with either one king size bed or two queen size beds. They also feature a choice of a walk-in shower or a jetted bathtub. All rooms come with a kitchenette providing a mini refrigerator and microwave, as well as a two-cup coffee maker. Rooms also have shared patios with seating areas. There are 24 available, on three floors of the southwestern side of the resort’s banquet center.
Suites are available for a slightly upgraded overnight experience. Suites offer king size beds, jetted bathtubs, and a spacious combined living and dining room with a cafe table and a large sofa. These accommodations also have kitchenettes featuring a full-size microwave and refrigerator, as well as the standard two cup coffee maker. They each have their private balcony as well. There are six suites available on multiple floors.
For even more private accommodations, guests can select from either the hilltop or valley cottages. There are 3 of the valley cottages and 5 of the hilltop cottages available for overnight stays. Both sets of cottages offer one bedroom with a queen size bed and jetted bathtubs in the bathroom. They also each come with a small electric grill, mini refrigerator, microwave, and two cup coffee maker. Each cottage has a private deck overlooking either the river or the valley. Guests should be advised that the valley cottages are not located within walking distance of any of the resort’s on-site facilities, and do not offer wireless internet access.
The most upscale of the cottages available is the deluxe cottage, which is on the ridge’s valley side and offers an outdoor deck and patio that looks out into the woods. This cottage has one bedroom with a king size bed, a jetted bathtub, and an elegant interior. It also features a small electric grill, microwave, mini refrigerator, and standard two cup coffee maker. Wireless internet connectivity is limited and not guaranteed. Availability for this cottage can be extremely limited and requires a two-night minimum reservation.
Larger groups, like families or multiple couples vacationing together, should select one of the resort’s five available villas. Each villa consists of three private units with separate keyed entries that share a single entrance. These villas are not located within walking distance of the resort’s facilities. Each unit in the villa has a queen size bed, a walkout balcony, a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a common area that contains a full kitchen complete with dining room table, flatware and dishes, and a microwave, stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Villas do not have wireless internet access.
For even larger groups, like family reunions and wedding parties, the area above the Lodge offers four guest rooms that share a large, common area that includes a full kitchen and a separate living and dining room. The common area also includes large decks in both the front and the back. Each of the rooms has its own, separately keyed entrance and its own, private bathroom with a jetted bathtub. They also have a queen size bed with an additional pull out sleeper sofa.
The final accommodation option at Aerie’s Resort is a room in The Landing. All six of these rooms were designed to have as homelike of an atmosphere as possible and were meant for extended stays. Each has a king size bed and kitchen area that comes stocked with a ten-cup coffee maker, an electric stove, microwave, refrigerator, and toaster. Each of these rooms also has a television and a shower/bathtub combination.
Aerie’s Resort is non-smoking and does not allow pets.
The majority of accommodations at the resort offer guests free wireless internet access. The registration desk will provide login information on request. However, guests should be aware that connectivity can be limited and is coverage is not guaranteed.
All accommodations come with complimentary bath towels, shampoos, conditioners, and body soap.
Free parking is available at the resort, and there is a free shuttle available to take guests to the various on-site facilities as well as into the city of Grafton.
Housekeeping is available on request.
Part of the allure of a stay at Aerie’s Resort is the attached winery. The winery also features a full, dining menu that offers flatbreads, shareable small plates, and daily specials. Guests can dine “al fresco” on the winery’s large deck or inside in the air-conditioned dining area. The downstairs portion of the winery also functions as a beer garden, which provides guests with frequent, live entertainment. Guests dining or visiting with small children will also enjoy a table under the kid-friendly tent and patio.
The dining menu at the winery is expansive. The culinary staff makes all of the sauce and dough for the flatbreads fresh daily, as well as serving unique small plates like drunken mussels and hummus du jour, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and desserts. On weekends, the winery also serves traditional breakfast options including omelets, french toast, and biscuits and gravy. Specials change daily and include pork chops, steaks, and seafood options.
Guests can also purchase bottles of wine to take home with them after their visit to Aerie’s Resort.
Live entertainment is provided on weekends from May through October (weather dependent) and is mainly local acoustic artists. The calendar on the website is frequently updated.
The resort also has its, which flies resort guests through the woods. Reservations are strongly urged in advance and can be made online. Each guest must sign waivers before riding the zip line. Zipline tours are offered seven days a week, and large groups can be accommodated.
The zip line at Aerie’s Resort is 200 feet high (the tallest in the area) and two miles long. Riders reach speeds of up to thirty mph and will be required to use a rappel descent and cross two suspended bridges on foot.
The Terrace at Aerie’s Resort was designed for special events of all sizes. Some of the popular events held at the Terrace are weddings, family reunions, and business conferences. Each special event held on-site includes a dedicated team of staff members that will help each guest create a customized package that will suit their plans.
The banquet room at the Terrace can seat up to 300 guests and features panoramic views of the area through the wrap around windows. It also has an outdoor patio area that is over 4000 square feet in size.
The Terrace also has modern technology for guests to project slideshows, video, and images on their multiple television screens. Guests also have access to their top of the line audio visual equipment with wireless PA system and integrated audio.
14 West Main Street, Grafton, IL 62037, Phone: 618-786-8439