Area Attractions

Cross Country Skiing

By Brightwood Inn / January 7, 2015 /

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. It…

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By Brightwood Inn / October 20, 2014 /

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…

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Starved Rock Trail Closures

By Brightwood Inn / August 13, 2014 /

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…

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Mushroom Hunting

By Brightwood Inn / May 27, 2014 /

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,…

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Transition To Spring

By Brightwood Inn / March 21, 2014 /

We heard that the snow melt was making some really beautiful waterfalls, so we thought we’d go for a hike and see for ourselves.  First we tried to go to Illinois canyon but unfortunately had to turn around half way there due to a large amount of standing water.  If only we had thought to…

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March Events

By Brightwood Inn / February 27, 2014 /

Well, if you are willing to “layer up”, the Mardis Gras parade in downtown Utica is this weekend.  There will be beads and trinkets of all sorts thrown at you from every direction.  The people that go always have a good time and Hey!  It’s something to do, right?  The only reason we’ve never gone…

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By Brightwood Inn / January 24, 2014 /

This weekend is eagle weekend. It’s going to be well attended by eagles this year as it’s so cold our snowman is begging us to bring him inside!  The eagles congregate, in abundance, near the dam to feed when the rivers, lakes and ponds freeze up. You can see hundreds of eagles in one day.…

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Sled Dog Demonstrations!!

By Brightwood Inn / January 9, 2014 /

Got the winter blues and don’t know what to do?  This Sunday Starved Rock is having free sled dog demonstrations.  Check it out at Stay in Luxury with us, then go watch the sled dogs!!  

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Bald Eagle Trolley Tours

By Brightwood Inn / January 3, 2014 /

Starved Rock State Parks’ Bald Eagle Trolley Tours start this weekend! And they run until the end of February!  Saturdays and Sundays they have tours at 9am and 11am.  The price is $25.00 for adults and this includes lunch.  Be mesmerized by the beautiful bald eagles at Starved Rock. Ride the trolley to the Illinois…

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By Brightwood Inn / August 12, 2013 /

Andy and his five piece band will be playing at Uptown in La Salle this Friday, August 16th, 2013.  We have 4 rooms available this Friday evening.  Please call 815-667-4600 to reserve a room and listen to the fantastic Andy Frasco.  Tickets for the show are $20 per person and are available at

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