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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…

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

Here 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…

Ottawa River Fest, 8-1 through 8-7

Well it’s that time of year once again! Starting Monday August first and going through Sunday August seventh, Ottawa is having their River fest in Downtown Ottawa Illinois. Besides the usual carnival, music and beer gardens, this year they are also having a “Taste of Ottawa” fair.  Admission is only $2.00 per person and children…

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…

Oglesby Fun Fest

Schedule of Events 2016 Oglesby Summer Fun Fest the largest free festival in North Central Illinois July 7-10, 2016 Oglesby Municipal Pool Grounds unless otherwise noted No gate or entry fee required. Bring lawn chairs and blankets from which to enjoy our many free entertainment acts. For more information, call 815-883-3389 or 815-488-3599 50/50 Ticket…

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…

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…

Frozen Waterfalls

With some good rains and freezing temperatures, the frozen waterfalls at Starved Rock are looking very nice this year! Each Canyon having it’s own different look and feel.  It’s really quite something to see up close. If Cabin fever has got the best of you, this sure is a good remedy for that. Come and…

Small Business Saturday!

This year for Small Business Saturday, the Brightwood Inn is featuring FREE $25.00 gift certificates for every $100.00 gift certificate you purchase!! 25 FREE Buckaroos!! Shop Small! Keep it local! (Offer is good Saturday and Sunday 11/28/2015 and 11/29/2015) 🙂 You can purchase on-line (preferred, just type in small business in the message line) or…