Area Attractions

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sale

St. Patricks Day Parade is downtown Utica this weekend!  That means we’ll be doing an Irish breakfast this weekend!  Stay at the Brightwood Inn and mention St. Patricks Day and get $50.00 off your room.  Stay multiple nights and get $50 off each night. 3-7-13 to 3-10-13   888-667-0600 or 815-667-4600  Cannot be used with any other offer…

Ice Falls at Starved Rock

The Ice Falls at Starved Rock sure are beautiful.  Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has decided to bring us Winter finally…… in March.  A year ago today it was 70 degrees, kinda hard to believe.  The Red Wing Blackbirds that arrive  a couple of weeks ago told me “We are not amused!”  Actually, they…

Things to do this weekend

Feeling the winter blahs??  Need something to do??  I don’t blame ya, here’s a couple of things happening. Utica is having their Mardis Gras parade this weekend and the weather should be pretty decent for it, for Feburary that is. It’s downtown Utica at 6pm.  Everybody that has gone to it has a ball!  The people…

ICE FALLS AND EAGLES

Baby it IS cold outside! So cold the river is freezing and that means EAGLES!  We’ve had guests tell us that the water falls are frozen so that means beautiful ice falls are just waiting to have their pictures taken.  This weekend is the official Eagle Weekend at Starved Rock State Park. They have many…

$2.99 PER GALLON GAS AND EAGLES GALORE

Yep that’s right –  gas is $2.99 a gallon here.  This is an excellent after Christmas present.  Much needed to get the nation moving!  So if you’re looking to get out of the city for some country relaxing, now is the perfect time.  We have a few rooms left for New Year’s Eve. I posted…

ONE ROOM LEFT FOR WINE WEEKEND

Well we’ve had a cancellation for wine weekend.  Illinois Wine Tasting, which is held at Matthiessen Park on September 15th and 16th, is in our back yard you might say.  The Sequoia room is available. A two night minimum stay is required. Sequoia is $180 per night plus tax.  Call 815-667-4600 to book the last available…

LETS GO ZIPLINING!

Make your reservation at the Brightwood Inn, and on your way to, or your way from, you can take a fabulous Zipline Tour at Zip Chicago in Marseilles, just 20 minutes East of the Brightwood Inn. Book online for your Zipline Tour at www.zipchicago.com      or call 815-795-5001 GPS  2681 E. Rte 6, Marseilles, IL 61341

OTTAWA 2 RIVERS WINE FEST

If you want a fun weekend and you love wine and jazz, check out Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. http://ottawa2riverswinefest.com/ Friday, June 8th  5pm to 10pm, Saturday,  June 9th noon to 10pm and Sunday,  June 12th noon to 5pm Click on the link  to find out more about the fest.  Ottawa is 13 miles west…

IF YOU’RE LOOKIN FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS WEEKEND……..

The Brightwood Inn is nestled on the outlying area of Matthiessen State Park River Area and is 4 MINUTES directly south of Starved Rock State Park.  Buffalo Rock State Park is about 8 minutes away and the I & M Canal is 15 minutes away. Matthiessen State Park Dells Area is 2 minutes north of…