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Brightwood Inn from the front of the building.

Conveniently located 4 minutes directly South of Starved Rock State Park on Route 178, the Brightwood Inn is nestled on 14 acres within the confines of Matthiessen State Park. Our Starved Rock bed and breakfast will provide you with a romantic, peaceful and luxurious stay amid the beauty of nature.

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Amenities at Our Starved Rock Bed and Breakfast

Relax in your hot tub, read a book near your fireplace in one of our fluffy robes or stroll the outside gardens of this luxurious Country Inn. A full hot and homemade complimentary breakfast comes with your room each morning.

Area Activities

There are many outside activities in the area such as hiking the state park trails, canoeing on the Fox river, horseback riding, sky diving, bicycling the I&M Canal towpath, white water rafting on the Vermillion river, shopping in the nearby towns and golfing. Winter activities include cross country skiing, Bald Eagle watching, viewing the beautiful frozen waterfalls of the state parks or just snuggling.

Escape to Luxury

Celebrate your honeymoon, anniversary or birthday in our Romantic Country Inn. Free wi-fi is available throughout our Starved Rock bed and breakfast. All rooms feature beautiful accommodations plus satellite flat screen TV, DVD player with a full DVD library, seasonal fireplace and private bath. Six rooms have large, two-person hot tub jacuzzis and three have private balconies.

Turkey Run room with bed.

“The Brightwood Inn is definitely a very bright spot in the area. The room was well-appointed, large, clean, and comfortable, not to mention the jacuzzi and fireplace. The setting is peaceful and quiet. The owners were welcoming.”

-tripadvisor review

Brightwood Inn News

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend???
Utica will be closing Mill Street and will have a Block Party under the overhead canopy lights. Local businesses will sell FOOD, DRINKS, and MERCHANDISE. Live MUSIC as well!!

Entertainment Includes:

4pm – 6pm – Free Range Chickens
8pm – 11pm – Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
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Looking for something fun to do this weekend??? 
Utica will be closing Mill Street and will have a Block Party under the overhead canopy lights.  Local businesses will sell FOOD, DRINKS, and MERCHANDISE.  Live MUSIC as well!!

Entertainment Includes:

4pm – 6pm – Free Range Chickens
8pm – 11pm – Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts

2 great events going on this weekend here in the Illinois Valley! First we have the 2 Rivers wine fest in Ottawa. There will be live music and a lot of wines to sample in downtown Ottawa.
Next we have the Utica Garden Club Faire & Walk. Tours through local gardens, plant sales and more!
Check out the link below for more information.

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2 great events going on this weekend here in the Illinois Valley! First we have the 2 Rivers wine fest in Ottawa. There will be live music and a lot of wines to sample in downtown Ottawa.
Next we have the Utica Garden Club Faire & Walk. Tours through local gardens, plant sales and more!
 Check out the link below for more information.

https://ottawa2riverswinefest.com/?fbclid=IwAR1EXZpZ7GChN6Kh5ZvaNihYYlu3Rj7GkEhNpmuGWu9tYVFXuVCkN24cO_0

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Garden Photo by Paula Guttilla : Hatchet Canyon Photography of Utica IL " Herb Garden at the Lasalle Co Historical Society downtown Utica.

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2 months ago

Brightwood Inn & Farm

Last minute cancellation for the Savannah Room for this weekend!! 2 Queen sized beds, large flat screen TV, beautiful view and as always comes with a full breakfast for 2. $170 a night, 2 night minimum. 815-667-4600🍳🥞🥓 ...

Last minute cancellation for the Savannah Room for this weekend!! 2 Queen sized beds, large flat screen TV, beautiful view and as always comes with a full breakfast for 2. $170 a night, 2 night minimum. 815-667-4600🍳🥞🥓

2 months ago

Brightwood Inn & Farm

What, you say you have never seen Pelicans in Illinois? We've got em right here on the Illinois River. Starved Rock State Park has them in abundance.Its Wildlife Wednesday!

COMMON NAME: Pelicans
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
TYPE: Birds
DIET: Carnivores
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 10 to 25 years
SIZE: Body, 5.8 ft; wingspan, 10 ft
WEIGHT: 16-20 lbs


AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Over half a dozen species of pelicans live in and around bodies of water on our Blue Planet. When you think of a pelican it is hard to not imagine the famous throat pouch for which the birds are best known.
Fishing and Behavior
Just like you use a ladle to scoop soup or chili, pelicans use their elastic pouches to scoop up fish. The white pelican, do not dive on fish from above but rather float along the water and scoop fish into their bills. Pelicans do not store fish in their pouch, but simply use it to catch them. The American White Pelican can hold up to 3 gallons of water in its bill! The American white pelican can hold 3 gallons of water in its bill.
Look for pelicans from March-November along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers in Illinois. They do not fly in a strict “V” formation but more loosely and their large white bodies and wings will stand out with black tips at the end. They also breed in groups called colonies. Here at Starved Rock they can be found floating in front of the lock and dam or behind along the sandbar islands in the middle of the river.
The female and male will strut around and box in an attempt to attract a mate. Breeding pelicans form colonies along islands. During mating season pelicans will develop a fibrous plate on the beak called a nuptial tubercle. Their nests are made from sticks, grasses, and reeds. They do not nest in Illinois.
Fun Fact
Pelicans have a vertebra in their neck which prohibits them from ever raising their faces.
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What, you say you have never seen Pelicans in Illinois?  Weve got em right here on the Illinois River.  Starved Rock State Park has them in abundance.
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