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Breakfast at Brennan’s, Brightwood Style!

By Brightwood Inn / February 4, 2016 /

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…

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Fall 2015

By Brightwood Inn / October 27, 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. …

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Aronia’s The new SUPER FOOD!

By Brightwood Inn / August 31, 2015 /

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…

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By Brightwood Inn / July 28, 2015 /

At the Brightwood Inn we have 14 acres of land.  The front 2.5 acres are designated for our Aronia bushes and starting next year we will apply for an Organic license.  That means that for the past 5 years there have been no pesticides used on our property.  Everything that we grow, we grow in…

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Memorial Day Weekend is Coming!!!

By Brightwood Inn / May 17, 2015 /

Only two rooms left for two days or more.  Otherwise there are a couple for Friday only and Sunday only.  Looks like decent weather to kick start the summer.  It was a long brutal winter, time to get outside soak up some vitamin D and breathe that fresh beautiful unfrozen air.  Let me think of…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

By Brightwood Inn / December 12, 2014 /

Wow, Christmas is less than two weeks away!  I can’t believe it.  And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?  Another year over, a new one just begun!  That’s probably one of my favorite Christmas songs.  Probably one of my favorite John Lennon songs.  God rest his soul. Well, all the Christmas decorations…

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Come in to the Brightwood and Thaw Out!!

By Brightwood Inn / November 20, 2014 /

We just looked at the long range forecast and it looks like we’re going to take another polar plunge next weekend. They are talking about highs not getting above freezing again…. and it’s only November!!  So that’s the perfect reason to come to the Brightwood Inn this weekend and thaw out!!  We’ve got hot tubs…

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By Brightwood Inn / October 17, 2014 /

We have one room left for this weekend Friday and Saturday 2 night stay only! It is called Savannah!  You must call 815-667-4600 to book.  On the first floor, 2 queen size beds, large flat screen TV, walk in shower.  This room has a gorgeous view. Best view in the house.

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The Big Thaw

By Brightwood Inn / March 19, 2014 /

It would seem that Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, refuses to let Winter release his icy grip.  Oh, it’s true that my large six foot piles of snow have been reduced to two foot, and I can see brown grass everywhere I look, but winter is still very much alive and kicking.  My piles…

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Thinking About Buying a Groupon? Please read the fine print!

By Brightwood Inn / January 20, 2014 /

The Fine Print Must book by 3/14/14 or promotional value expires Must complete travel by 5/15/14 Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts Limit 2 per visit Valid only for option purchased Not valid for Saturday or Sunday This means you can NOT use a Groupon Voucher on a Saturday or Sunday.…

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