You Deserve a Brightwood Vacation

brightwood inn vacationMaybe you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and realize you haven’t had a vacation in three years or surrounded by crying children and Calgon will just not take you away. You need some time to get away from it all and enjoy what life has to offer. You deserve a few days at Brightwood Inn and here’s why.

Life is stressful

Life isn’t easy. It can be a struggle to get up every day and head to work. Maybe you’re surrounded by people you don’t like or do a job that isn’t a fulfilling, but the bottom line is life stresses you out. There’s plenty of time to work and do all the chores and responsibilities that come with being an adult, but where is the time for you. Do you get time for doing the things you love?

Vacation is not an option

People have a tendency to skip taking vacations because they don’t want to take the time off work.  You may get 2-4 weeks of vacation each year, but the vast majority of people will use only a fraction of it. This can be detrimental in many different ways. Jobs are demanding. They demand your time, focus, energy and that wears on you after a while. The last thing you or your employer wants is burn out. A nice relaxing vacation lets you reboot mentally, physically and emotionally.

Fun is healthy

What do you do during the week? Do you go hiking, explore new areas or visit travel destinations or do you stay home and watch television or other mundane acts? People need to enjoy themselves in ways only getting away can. You can indulge in foods you wouldn’t normally eat and do activities that engage you physically and spiritually.

Brightwood Inn wants you to have the kind of experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful country the state has to offer and staying in place that puts your comfort and happiness above all else. You deserve a Brightwood Vacation.


Travel Tips: How To Plan For Place A You’ve Never Been

travel tips brightwood inHere at Brightwood Inn, we get people from all over visiting us. There are the locals who just want a few days of rest and recreation. There are the people from Chicago looking to get away from suburban living and those from around the country seeking a little peace and solitude.

Many times people come without much knowledge of the area or with only a few major spots they intend to check out such as Starved Rock. Here are some easy ways to plan out your trip and find out about the area you plan to visit. These work whether you’re visiting northern Illinois or London.

Why do I need to know the area?

There are many benefits to a spontaneous trip or leaving the specifics in the air, but you could be missing out. Many places have unique areas, attraction, restaurants, etc. that are off the beaten path. You may not see them on the main roadways into the area. Also, towns have various events and festivals throughout the year and that might be a draw or an annoyance for vacationers. If you know about the area, then you can on attending or avoiding them.

Travel guides give you an overview

While you’re more likely to find travel guides about Chicago, then Oglesby, that doesn’t mean they don’t have some great information. Statewide travel guides often give details about attractions, etc. by county. You can also check out the Illinois Tourism website to get information as well. The biggest problems with travel guides are the most informative are usually designed around a major urban area or attractions. It’s great if you’re visiting San Francisco, but not if you’re planning a weekend in a small community.

Ask friends and neighbors

People love talking about their vacations and if you know people that have been to the area before, don’t be afraid to ask them about it. Find out their experiences at local restaurants and businesses. Keep in mind that their experiences may not have been typical. Every restaurant has a bad day, so if your dying to try a place, but you’ve heard bad things, give it a try anyway. Friends and neighbors can also tell you about the best times to go to places. For example, the best time to visit a water park to avoid the lines, etc.

Brightwood Inn is located in beautiful Oglesby, Illinois, which is just a short distance from Starved Rock. If you don’t know the area, then feel free to ask us too.


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 Hostile, nor are we a large house that rents out our spare rooms. All of our rooms have their own private bathrooms, all of our rooms come with their own sheets and linens and we do not live in the Inn itself,  we live in the house that’s 200 yards to the southeast. (Which by the way is a grueling 30 second commute 😉 ) There is a combination lock on the front door, and you get a key to your own room, so you may come and go as you please through out the day and night. So in many ways we are kind of like a hotel.

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But to tell you the truth, we ARE different than a Hotel, in a good way!  We go out of our way to make our rooms more comfortable and more unique than a hotel, to leave a lasting impression, unlike a cookie cutter hotel where you know exactly what to expect each time, and every room looks the same as the next.  We have big fluffy towels, unlike those scratchy things you get at hotels, we have mattresses with pillow tops and feather beds and all of our sheets are made of the best materials and high thread count that we can find.  All of our nine rooms have a beautiful view and gas fireplaces for those chilly nights. Six rooms have two person hot tubs with fluffy robes and three have their own private balcony.

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And can you get Eggs Benedict at a Days Inn?  How about Irish Cream French Toast, made to order Omelets or Apple Cinnamon Whole Grain Pancakes? One of the best parts of staying at our Starved Rock Bed and Breakfast is our homemade breakfasts!  So here is something you should know about breakfast at a B&B. We go out of our way to make wonderful breakfasts, however we can only offer a couple of entrees each morning.  Here is an example of what might be offered for breakfast at the Brightwood Inn.


First off, we set up the side board with homemade breads, muffins, coffee cake, Homemade Granola, wheat flakes, some fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, coffee and tea.  Grab a plate and a mug and help yourself to the side board, then sit down in our beautiful breakfast room and Our Innkeepers will present you with today’s entree options, and get your order for juice.

Saturday Morning – Dutch Apple Whole Grain Pancakes with maple whipped cream – or – Garden Fresh Frittata with Pancetta and Parmesan (Frittata is just a fancy way of saying oven baked omelet)  – or – Scrambled eggs, Applewood bacon and Whole Wheat Toast.

Sunday Morning – Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Casserole with butter and brown sugar glaze – or – Eggs Mornay (Lightly poached eggs on top of slices of ham and toasted English muffins, topped with a Swiss cheese and white wine sauce) – or – Scrambled eggs, Applewood bacon and Whole Wheat Toast.

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We always offer the scrambled eggs as an option every morning if you are not feeling adventurous or you just want something simple like eggs.  Hey! We get it, we’ve been there!  We also inquire about food allergies and restrictions so that everyone has something they can eat.  It can get pretty tricky some days, but we manage to make everyone happy!

And to set another misconception straight, everyone has their own table at the Brightwood Inn.  We know not everyone likes to sit at a table and talk to strangers while your eating your breakfast.  So, sit back and relax and have a peaceful breakfast.  But we do have larger tables if people do decide to sit together, and it happens all the time.  At a small Inn like this you run into people with whom you have things in common. It also can be fun to communicate with people outside your own little world.


And finally, the best thing about your bed and breakfast experience are your Innkeepers. For starters, we know the area best! Got a question?  We got an answer! We know the best restaurants, sights to see and when to see them. We want you to have a very memorable experience at our Quiet Country Inn, we’ve put our heart and soul into this place. there is always room for improvement so Please let us know what can we do to make your next visit even better.  With in reason of course! 😉 Make sure you check out our packages as well, add something to make your experience even more memorable!


We sincerely hope our little blog helps!  And as always, if you have any other questions, always feel free to ask!!

Holiday Road!

traveling3Traveling for the Holidays?? Stay in a basic room at the Brightwood Inn for $85. Comes with a continental breakfast that you can eat in or take with you on the road. Check in after 3pm and check out by 11am. Have more time? Upgrade to a hot tub room and a full hot breakfast for $120. WE ARE JUST 5 MINUTES FROM I-80 & I-39. This deal runs through Dec. 26th 2014.
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