Area Attractions

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…

Ottawa River Fest, 8-1 through 8-7

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…

Oglesby Fun Fest

Schedule of Events 2016 Oglesby Summer Fun Fest the largest free festival in North Central Illinois July 7-10, 2016 Oglesby Municipal Pool Grounds unless otherwise noted No gate or entry fee required. Bring lawn chairs and blankets from which to enjoy our many free entertainment acts. For more information, call 815-883-3389 or 815-488-3599 50/50 Ticket…

Frozen Waterfalls

With some good rains and freezing temperatures, the frozen waterfalls at Starved Rock are looking very nice this year! Each Canyon having it’s own different look and feel.  It’s really quite something to see up close. If Cabin fever has got the best of you, this sure is a good remedy for that. Come and…

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…

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…

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…

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,…