Food & Drink

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 have a tremendous amount of…

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…

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…

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) —…

HOT SOUP!!

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been trying to think of ways to stay warm AND beat those winter blues…. Cause we got em!! So how about this? Check in on Friday night and there waiting for you is some delicious piping hot homemade soup and some crusty French Baguettes!! You bring the beverage…