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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!

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,…

Cross Country Skiing

We had a beautiful 5 and a half inches of snow the other day.  A beautiful white powder that is just perfect for cross country skiing.  A little known fact for our area, Matthiessen State Park not only has  six miles of cross country skiing trails but they also rent cross country skis.  http://www.a1trails.com/xc_ski/il/il8.html It…

Holiday Road!

Traveling for the Holidays?? Stay in a basic room at the Brightwood Inn for $85. Comes with a continental breakfast that you can eat in or take with you on the road. Check in after 3pm and check out by 11am. Have more time? Upgrade to a hot tub room and a full hot breakfast…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Wow, Christmas is less than two weeks away!  I can’t believe it.  And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?  Another year over, a new one just begun!  That’s probably one of my favorite Christmas songs.  Probably one of my favorite John Lennon songs.  God rest his soul. Well, all the Christmas decorations…

Come in to the Brightwood and Thaw Out!!

We just looked at the long range forecast and it looks like we’re going to take another polar plunge next weekend. They are talking about highs not getting above freezing again…. and it’s only November!!  So that’s the perfect reason to come to the Brightwood Inn this weekend and thaw out!!  We’ve got hot tubs…

COLOR IS FANTASTIC!

Well, I’d say we are still at peak colors and the colors will remain fantastic through to next week!  So I went about the property taking some pictures hither and dither, it’s nice to finally have some full sun to make all those colors really pop!  With the sun on me and it being a…

PEAK COLORS!

We have one room left for this weekend Friday and Saturday 2 night stay only! It is called Savannah!  You must call 815-667-4600 to book.  On the first floor, 2 queen size beds, large flat screen TV, walk in shower.  This room has a gorgeous view. Best view in the house.

Starved Rock Trail Closures

It has come to our attention that many people believe all of Starved Rock State Park is closed due to storm damage.  This is not true, but I would venture a guess that 80% is.  There are three canyons open, Illinois, Kaskaskia and Ottawa.  The council overhang is in with those as well.  The iconic…

Aronia Berries in the News!!

This is a great article in USA TODAY about the Aronia berry. Hopefully this might help you understand what we are trying to do here at Brightwood Inn and Farm. And yes, someday all those little bushes planted next to the “Little blue flags” will be this big…. God willing! MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) —…

Mushroom Hunting

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine and I went mushroom hunting in the woods.  The mushroom specifically was the morel mushroom.  Those of you who know what I’m talking about know that the morel mushroom is one of the most tasty of all wild mushrooms.  The morel cannot be grown commercially,…