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 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.