Travel and Directions

You should schedule your flight into Lambert - St. Louis International Airport (STL) on Thursday or Friday. From there, it is an additional 2 hour drive to the resort in Whittington, IL. We recommend that you rent a car (or find a friend to ride with), though you can also schedule travel from the airport through Bart's transportation service (information below).

If you are traveling from Chicago, you can take Amtrak into Carbondale, IL on Thursday or Friday, where you can then arrange to rent a car to travel to the resort. Alternatively, you can take Amtrak into Du Quoin, IL, which is closer to Benton, and from there arrange a taxi to Whittington for approximately $25 per person through Dave's City Taxi, 618-542-8871.

...and automobiles
Bart's Transportation provides shuttle service to and from the airport, and costs approximately $50 each way, 800-284-2278. If you take Greyhound to DuQuoin, taxi service from the Greyhound Bus station is approximately $25 through American Cab, 618-244-1200.

Lodging and Schedule

Wedding Service
The wedding will be at 3:30 p.m. on October 15, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church, 203 West Church Street, Benton, IL 62812.

Reception and Lodging
The reception will follow the ceremony at the Rend Lake Resort, 11712 E. Windy Lane, Whittington, IL 62897-9718. For reservations, call 1-800-633-3341. Fax: 618-629-2584. E-mail: Our guests are entitled to a 10% discount, and a selection of rooms are being held aside for our guests until September 10. Should lodging become an issue, contact us. We are happy to help you find somebody looking to share a room (the rooms are big), and there are some other hotels in neighboring towns.


If you plan to drive from somewhere other than the airport, you should get directions online or call us for assistance. Links to online maps are provided, but the directions below are more accurate!

From the Airport to the Resort (click here for map)

  1. Start going towards the AIRPORT EXIT on NATURAL BRIDGE RD - go 0.4 mi
  2. Bear right to take I-70 EAST - go 16.4 mi
  3. I-70 EAST becomes I-64 EAST - go 75.0 mi
  4. I-64 EAST becomes I-57 SOUTH - go 14.0 mi
  5. Take Exit #77 towards SESSER - go 0.4 miles
  6. Turn right on IL-154 - go 1.9 miles
  7. Turn right into Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
  8. Go 3 miles on Park Road
  9. Rend Lake Resort is on the left

From the Church to the Resort
  1. Head west from W Church St.
  2. Turn right at S. Pine St. - go 0.1 mi
  3. Turn left at IL-14/IL-34 - go 0.4 mi
  4. Continue on W. Main St. - go 0.1 mi
  5. Turn right onto the I-57 NORTH - go 5.6 mi
  6. Take Exit #77 towards SESSER - go 0.3 mi
  7. Turn left on IL-154 - go 1.9 mi
  8. Turn right into Watne Fitzgerrell State Park
  9. Go 3 miles on Park Road
  10. Rend Lake Resort is on the left
From the Resort to the Church
  1. Exit southeast from E Windy Ln
  2. Turn left onto Park Road - go 3 mi
  3. Turn left on IL-154 - go 1.6 mi
  4. Turn right onto the I-57 SOUTH - go 5.7 mi
  5. Take Exit #71 (IL-14) towards BENTON/CHRISTOPHER - go 0.4 mi
  6. Turn left at W. Main St. - go 0.8 mi
  7. Turn right at S. Maple St. - go 0.1 mi
  8. Turn right at W. Church St.