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Brightwood Inn from the front of the building.

 Welcome to our blog page!  In here you can find out about some things that are going on in the area or maybe some insight into things you can do.  Every once in awhile, you may even catch us just writing down some of our thoughts and day to day activities.  So, Please feel free to have a look around and let us know if you have any questions!

Re-Open May 1st!!

Just so everyone knows, we are going RE-OPEN on May 1st!! We will be taking several more precautionary steps on top of the already strict, cleaning and sanitizing procedures of our Inn. We are family run, there are no outsiders that work here, we do it all. We will only be open on the weekends…

Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels/Motels. What’s the difference?

We get many calls here at the Brightwood Inn and one of the most common questions we get is “So, what’s the difference between you and a hotel/Motel?”. Not much is the short answer but we do elaborate when we are presented with the Questions. So let’s start out with what we have in common.…

Winter Special

26% OFF ON EVERY ROOM per night with a 2 night weekday stay will result in savings from $35.10 to $66.30 per night!!! Stay 2 or more nights Mon, Tues, Weds, or Thurs -valid December, January, February and March. Not valid for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. This is for direct bookings only! This does not…

Every Season Here Has Its Own Beauty

Fall colors here are still good.  Color did not peak until last weekend and there are still lots of leaves on the trees.  There is a month and two weeks left of fall.  On December 21st winter officially begins. It’s true that every season has it’s own special beauty here. We are one of the…

Something New to Do!!

There is something new to do in the Starved Rock Area! Tom Aussem of “Awesome Ottawa Tours” Wants to show you some of our local history with his “Hidden Caves and Forgotten Graveyards” Hiking and biking tours. Tom wants to show you the local Indian Burials, Pioneer Graveyards and hidden caves of the area. But…

Aronia Berry the Super Food!!

Aronia Berry the Super Food!! I don’t know how many of you are aware that we grow Aronia Berries on our front two and a half acres. The short way to sum up Aronia’s is that they are a SUPER FOOD. Their ORAC value or anti-oxidant level is higher than any other food. Plus they…

Things to do in the Winter

Things to do in the winter in the Starved Rock Area. Sharon has Challenged me to come up with at least 10 things to do in our area during the Winter time. Well, I hear the call and I will answer it! Challenge accepted! So I will scour the area looking for inside and outside…

Week days in the Starved Rock area

Well, it was a busy Memorial Day weekend here at the Brightwood Inn and the Starved Rock area in general. Once again they had to halt traffic to the parks because they were too full. The trails were choked with people, trash was over flowing the garbage cans and our guests reported they saw people…

Winter At Brightwood Inn

It’s that time of year again when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose and the temperatures plummet. Rain turns to snow and soon Brightwood Inn and the entire Illinois Valley area are covered in a blanket of white. When winter arrives, the area is transformed and a whole new world opens up. The luscious…

You Deserve a Brightwood Vacation

Maybe you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and realize you haven’t had a vacation in three years or surrounded by crying children and Calgon will just not take you away. You need some time to get away from it all and enjoy what life has to offer. You deserve a few days at Brightwood Inn and…