We decided at the last minute to find a drivable location to visit just overnight to celebrate our anniversary. We found the Brightwood very comfortable, with very pleasant grounds. We appreciated that we didn't need to book two nights. The location is very close to the towns and starved rock and being off the beat and path was a good thing, we avoided the crowds to the parks. Our only complaint, we didn't have any creamer in our rooms (do have nice single cup coffee makers), and we love our coffee and breakfast was served a bit late for us, 8:30 a.m. We like to rise early, get a bit and head out for more adventures. Otherwise a nice stay and a good value. Recommended.
My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed our stay at Brightwood Inn. The room was large and the bed was very comfortable. The staff we extremely welcoming and served a delicious breakfast in the morning. I loved that the Inn was surrounded by nature - it was a great escape from the city!!
My boyfriend and I always look forward to staying here when we want a quick romantic getaway from the city. I love making coffee in the morning and sitting on the rocking chair on the porch to start off my day. A lot of outdoor activities to do in close proximity and cute independent shops and restaurants in walking distance to grab dinner or an ice cream cone.
Had a great time spent the day hiking and doing wine tasting came back sat down in the back porch watched the sun set great view as we had are wine are room was very nice and the view in the moring was great will come back
I brought my now fiancé here when she was merely my girlfriend - I surprised her with the Vieux Carre room during a two-day trip to Starved Rock and when she saw it, she couldn't stop covering her mouth. The room was so big and comfortable, and it had a Jacuzzi, private porch and a prairie in the back yard. The staff was kind enough to put a vase of tulips in the room at my request. And the coupe de grace: terrycloth robes. We had an amazing time and in the morning after the breakfast, which was ok, but not as good as I would have expected for the price, we had our free wine tasting at the nearby winery that was complementary with our stay. Overall, an exceptional experience!
Beautiful setting and inn. Loved having an iron and ironing board available, and it was perfect being offered a water bottle and filtered water for the day's activities. Supplies in the public rest rooms on the main floor were not refilled during our stay. I needed to ask for both toilet tissue and paper towels. Hand soap was very low in our room.
We arrived in the late afternoon and were warmly greeted. The room was spotless with a very nice view of the nearby woods, a shower in the bath, two terry cloth robes in the closet, and a large spa tub in the corner of the room, Everything was perfect with the single exception that the knobs on the tub were loose making the water temperature hard to adjust. Breakfast was perfect with a choice of eggs or French toast. I plan to return next year.
I needed a break from the city and regular routine, and I have wanted to visit starved rock for the last 6 + years as a native Californian I have been missing hiking most! I decided my boyfriend and I were never going to go unless i arranged it all and paid for it! So i looked around a bit I wanted to stay at the Lodge at the State Park, but the rooms available you had to book for at least 2 nights. I found the Brightwood Inn and having worked in a BnB in Carmel-by-the-sea I know high quality Bed and Breakfasts. I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet, sweet, and lovely the Brightwood Inn is. We stayed in the Door County Room as it was the last available room at the Inn, and I was very happy with the size, comfort, and cleanliness of the room. The attention to detail is nice, and seriously out in the middle of nowhere quiet takes some getting used to, but was awesome to have! We brought a lap top to watch movies and netflix on so the Tv being in the armoire to the left didn't bother us at all. The small attention to detail with soft towels and even lip balm in the bathroom makes it all the more worth it! Our room had a fireplace which would be nice in the winter. The breakfast though was the biggest and best surprise of all! We ate on the back porch which was just lovely! I have stayed at a fair amount of places but I have never had them make breakfast from scratch. They had two options whole wheat pancakes and an egg hash that had onions, mushrooms, and came with bacon on the side. Both dishes came with bacon or sausage on the side. They also had a whole spread with bundt cake, fruit salad, granola, yogurt, bananas, and more! For the price I paid and the convenience to the State Parks we will def be back to the Brightwood!
Very nice place for a weekend getaway. Room was very clean and bright. Staff was friendly. That sent up treats to the rooms, since we stayed over on Valentine's. Saturday night they had hourderves and wine in the common room for everyone. Would have preferred a simple egg and bacon breakfast, rather than the fancy crepes or creme brulee french toast, but that's a personal preference. Also, had to eat breakfast, without coffee, since there didn't seem to be enough made for all the guests that they had. They did make more, but, breakfast without coffee is a bit disappointing. Overall, a very nice place to stay.
We stayed at the Brightwood Inn for our second anniversary after an afternoon of hiking. The Inn was nice, but the walls were thin. We heard the entire conversation in the hallway between two guests who were in the wrong rooms. Things quieted down after everyone was checked in, but we could still hear water running from the bathroom and tub above us every time it was used. The breakfast was good.
Our stay at Brightwood was wonderful. It is set in a great area within easy reach of nice walking and landscapes. The staff were friendly, rooms decorated in a very homely way, and the breakfast delicious. We would definitely stay again.
We absolutely love Brightwood Inn. The minute you get there, you start to relax. The rooms are spotless and the beds are comfortable. I even peeked at the brand name of the sheets because they were so soft. To top it off you can watch the deer in the back yard as the sun goes down. Well done Brightwood Inn.
Our kids gave us a gift of a night at the Brightwood Inn, not realizing that we had stayed there a couple of years ago. So nice to see that the folks are still running a wonderful, restful, romantic Bed and Breakfast. John and Jo are gracious hosts and we slept soooo well. We hope to visit again sooner.
Excellent hospitality found at the Brightwood Inn. We really needed the pampering and time away. Beautiful grounds and so many great features about staying at the Brightwood Inn. Some of which include complimentary DVD rental and complimentary cookies and drinks in their community room. I love a place that gives you a price and doesn't try to nickel and dime you when you get there. Would be a great place for a family reunion, girls weekend away or a romantic getaway. We will definitely recommend the Brightwood Inn to anyone we know.
My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary by hiking Starved Rock State Park and staying at the Brightwood Inn in Oglesby, IL, which was also a "first" for us. If you are looking for a fun, relaxing, and romantic getaway from the Chicagoland area - this is it! The owners are a caring husband and wife team who have been running this Inn for 17 years and truly know the meaning of outstanding customer service. They immediately showed us around and made us feel like we were in a home away from home, offering great recommendations for nearby activities and restaurants. We were blown away by the charm, cleanliness, and SPACIOUSNESS of our room and bathroom (the jacuzzi tub alone was worth the trip!), as well as by the beautiful countryside views! To experience the Brightwood Inn is to experience a little piece of heaven in IL! We will definitely be returning in the future and want to thank the Brightwood Inn owners again for providing us with an unforgettable first B&B experience on our first anniversary.