Starved Rock Bed and Breakfast Lodging

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…

5 Ways To Spark Romance At Brightwood Inn

Soon, the leaves will begin to change and brightly colored trees of brown, amber and red will surround Brightwood Inn. Crisp air will fill our lungs as the most scenic and beautiful part of the year arrives. It’s the perfect time to rekindle a beloved romance. Life always seems to get in the way, but…

Third Party Reservation Sites

Third party reservation systems like Expedia, Kayak, Tingo, booking.com, etc. etc. seem to be a necessary Evil these days.  If we don’t use them we don’t get the necessary exposure that we so desperately need, plus for some people, that’s the only way they know how to make reservations. Here are a number of reasons you…

Why Should I Choose a Bed and Breakfast?

When you’re looking for a home away from home while on vacation, the Internet has no shortage of places. There’s a multitude of hotels and motels with cheap rates and even cheaper amenities, but nestled in those endless listings are bed and breakfasts that are as much a destination as the vacation spots. There’s a…

Spring Time at the Brightwood Inn

  Well, Spring has finally sprung on us and I don’t know about you, but we could not be happier! Most of the migratory birds are back now, all we are waiting for are the Barn Swallows and the Hummingbirds.  I even saw some purple Martins the other day, which I thought was a bit…

First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? Here are some things you should know about us!

We get a lot of people in this neck of the woods that tell us this is their first Bed and Breakfast experience. That’s great! You are going to love it here! Unfortunately some people have some misconceptions about what a Bed and Breakfast offers.  Let me start out by saying we are not a…

Breakfast at Brennan’s, Brightwood Style!

Just finished up our “Breakfast at Brennan’s, Brightwood style” menu, for this Mardis Gras weekend. Stay hungry my friends! Breakfast at Brennan’s, Brightwood Style Saturday Morning Cherries Jubilee Crepes Delicate Crepes stuffed with a cream cheese mixture then topped with Cherries Jubilee.  Comes with a side of bacon. or Creole Skillet Bake Andoullie Sausage with…

Fall 2015

So far the fall of 2016 has been above average temperatures and way below average precipitation.  Thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Patricia we are experiencing a little relief in the precipitation department.  Temperatures still look to be above average in the 10 day forecast.  We’ve only had one bout with freezing temperatures so far. …

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…