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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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

Uptown Grill and August Hill Winery

If you need another good reason to stay at the Brightwood Inn, I’ve got two for you!  We’ve had for awhile now tickets to get  free tastings at August Hill winery, but now we also have tickets to get a free appetizer at the Uptown Grill! So after you check into the Brightwood Inn and…

Butterflies

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…

Memorial Day Weekend is Coming!!!

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…

Eagle Watch Weekend

Bald Eagle watch weekend is January 24th and 25th.  We hear that Starved Rock Lodge is sold out but we still have a few rooms and Starved Rock is only a few minutes away.  Here are the activities for that weekend. Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is set  for Saturday & Sunday,  January 24 & 25,…

Cross Country Skiing

We had a beautiful 5 and a half inches of snow the other day.  A beautiful white powder that is just perfect for cross country skiing.  A little known fact for our area, Matthiessen State Park not only has  six miles of cross country skiing trails but they also rent cross country skis.  http://www.a1trails.com/xc_ski/il/il8.html It…