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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!

BBQ n’ Blues

In its 2nd YEAR! The 1st Annual BBQ-n-Blues was such a success- we’re doing it again! On September 11, 2015, we’ll be celebrating with Bands, BBQ & a Rib Cook-Off Contest. Held on 1st Street between Marquette & Gooding in historic LaSalle, bands will begin at 4:00 pm with the Rib Cook-Off turn in around 6:00 pm with…

Aronia’s The new SUPER FOOD!

In the Fall of 2011, we planted over 1800 Aronia berry bushes. What is an Aronia berry and why are you growing them you ask? The aronia berry has the highest concentration of antioxidants present in any fruit. We all know the importance of antioxidants in keeping us healthy and fighting diseases. Just this property…

Uptown Grill and August Hill Winery

If you need another good reason to stay at the Brightwood Inn, I’ve got two for you!  We’ve had for awhile now tickets to get  free tastings at August Hill winery, but now we also have tickets to get a free appetizer at the Uptown Grill! So after you check into the Brightwood Inn and…

Butterflies

At the Brightwood Inn we have 14 acres of land.  The front 2.5 acres are designated for our Aronia bushes and starting next year we will apply for an Organic license.  That means that for the past 5 years there have been no pesticides used on our property.  Everything that we grow, we grow in…

Sky Dive Chicago Summerfest

This Saturday kicks off the SDC Summerfest.  It’s a week long skydiving party! And the Brightwood Inn is only 19 miles away!! Skydive Chicago’s annual Summerfest continues to grow with each passing year and this summer is without a doubt going to be U-N-R-E-A-L. Summerfest 2015 will celebrate its 14th year of bringing jumpers from…

Golf Packages

Golf Packages are coming soon so stay tuned!  We have over 13 courses to choose from!

Ottawa Two Rivers Wine Fest

June 5th 6th and 7th – Ottawa Two Rivers Wine Fest is more than just a wine fest.  Not only will there be lot’s of Illinois wineries to sample from, but there will be craft beer, Jazz and Lobster!! Here’s a little blurb from the Ottawa Mayor to better describe it.  And we’d like to…

Memorial Day Weekend is Coming!!!

Only two rooms left for two days or more.  Otherwise there are a couple for Friday only and Sunday only.  Looks like decent weather to kick start the summer.  It was a long brutal winter, time to get outside soak up some vitamin D and breathe that fresh beautiful unfrozen air.  Let me think of…

EAGLES and ICE-FALLS

I rarely sit down long enough to watch the weather, but in an unusual moment last night I saw Jerry Taft talking about the weather for this weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw. Temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Mostly sunny to partly cloudy.  This is…

Eagle Watch Weekend

Bald Eagle watch weekend is January 24th and 25th.  We hear that Starved Rock Lodge is sold out but we still have a few rooms and Starved Rock is only a few minutes away.  Here are the activities for that weekend. Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is set  for Saturday & Sunday,  January 24 & 25,…