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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!

Something New to Do!!

By Brightwood Inn | January 18, 2019

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!!

By Brightwood Inn | August 27, 2018

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 have a tremendous amount of…

Things to do in the Winter

By Brightwood Inn | January 8, 2018

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…

Deep Discounts For Weekday Stays!!

By Brightwood Inn | August 3, 2017

You don’t need Groupon or Living Social to get great prices at the Brightwood Inn! We are now offering deep discounts for weekday stays! And trust me, weekdays around here SO much more peaceful.  Check out my Blog on that.  This deal is for two night stays or more only. So here’s the deal, We have…

Week days in the Starved Rock area

By Brightwood Inn | May 31, 2017

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

By Brightwood Inn | December 21, 2016

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

By Brightwood Inn | October 26, 2016

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…

Travel Tips: How To Plan For Place A You’ve Never Been

By Brightwood Inn | October 19, 2016

Here at Brightwood Inn, we get people from all over visiting us. There are the locals who just want a few days of rest and recreation. There are the people from Chicago looking to get away from suburban living and those from around the country seeking a little peace and solitude. Many times people come…

5 Ways To Spark Romance At Brightwood Inn

By Brightwood Inn | August 30, 2016

Soon, the leaves will begin to change and brightly colored trees of brown, amber and red will surround Brightwood Inn. Crisp air will fill our lungs as the most scenic and beautiful part of the year arrives. It’s the perfect time to rekindle a beloved romance. Life always seems to get in the way, but…

Ottawa River Fest, 8-1 through 8-7

By Brightwood Inn | August 1, 2016

Well it’s that time of year once again! Starting Monday August first and going through Sunday August seventh, Ottawa is having their River fest in Downtown Ottawa Illinois. Besides the usual carnival, music and beer gardens, this year they are also having a “Taste of Ottawa” fair.  Admission is only $2.00 per person and children…