Brightwood Inn is 4 minutes directly south of Starved Rock State Park. Newly constructed in 1996, and nestled on 14 acres of meadow within the confines of Matthiessen State Park, the Brightwood Inn was built to resemble a vintage farmhouse complete with a verandah and rocking chairs. The Brightwood Inn will provide you with a peaceful and luxurious stay amid the beauty of nature. In the morning the dining room serves a full hot complimentary breakfast to our inn guests. Being "Farm to Fork" the meals feature fresh organic herbs and vegetables from our gardens when in season.
4.8 on February 21, 2015
This is the second time we've stayed at Brightwood, and it was as good as can be expected. We absolutely loved every minute we spent here, and look forward to coming back.
4.8 on February 19, 2015
We spent a night at the Brightwood Inn over Valentine's Weekend and had a wonderful time. It was a quick, scenic(rural farm country) 1.5- 2 hr drive from Chicago. We were drawn to the Brightwood Inn after learning that they had a dog-friendly room. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by the inn keepers and given a tour. Our dog had never been in a house so big, and she explored with excitement. We settled into the spacious Vieux Carre room, which is on the first floor with nice window view of the grounds and a warm gas fireplace. While in the area we explored Mathiesson and Starved Rock State park, and then enjoyed a relaxing soak in the huge jacuzzi tub back at the inn. Breakfast was simple and very satisfying consisting of eggs, bacon, scones, juice, and pancakes with a tasty elderflower syrup option. Throughout our short stay, we felt very at home and would love to stay at the Brightwood inn again when in the area.
4.0 on February 18, 2015
We had a very nice stay. The house was well taken care of. The Sequoia room was nicely appointed and the gas fireplace was a welcome amenity. Breakfast was delicious.
4.8 on February 12, 2015
The Brightwood Inn was built as a B & B and it shows. The bedrooms are all large as are the bathrooms. Each room has a gas fireplace.There are several common areas, all comfortable and supplied with drinks (non-alcoholic), games, books and music. Cookies are usually available. Though breakfast is only served for an hour, the sweets and savories were all good. Our room, the Mackinac,overlooked a field on the west from which we saw a beautiful sunset. Sharon, the host, was full of information, suggesting a good place for dinner and trading music recommendations with the other couple who were with us. Their room, the Mallory Square, was charming. If you are going to Starved Rock, this is a great place to stay.
4.6 on February 02, 2015
Our hosts at Brightwood Inn were so gracious - we had the whole place to ourselves and they treated us like we lived there. Breakfast was scrumptious. Location was really close to Starved Rock, where we went to see some eagles. Nothing about this trip disappointed :)
5 on January 29, 2015
For a weekend away or even a night away from the City, Brightwood Inn is great. Wonderful service and spectacular location.
4.4 on December 31, 2014
clean and the Whirlpool in the Merrimac room was great fun with some bubble bath. The pillows were comfortable and ones I wanted to take home. The bed was perfect sleeping. The well water is available as reverse osmosis water in the first floor. Free soda in the same are two. Breakfast was grapes, cantaloupe, cranberry scones, pancakes and two strips of bacon. We recommend Skoogs to eat and drink in Utica. Starved Rock is the feature attraction to see bald eagles and the Starved Rock itself. The Hegeler Carus mansion in Lasalle offers tours for $10. It does get dark at night so bring a flashlight to find your car at night. We would stay here vs. the Starved Rock Lodge or Great Bear Lodge. It is quiet and the hosts let you alone. The address is not on the email confirmation, but it is easy to find. Reservations can be made online and it works great. It was a cloudy night so the Dish TV was spotty at times.
3.4 on December 22, 2014
Have stayed in this room before. Nice to have a fireplace and separate controls for the heat/cooling. Comforter on the bed was heavy and too warm. Had to place it on the bottom of the bed. The mattress seems to be sagging in the middle. Breakfast was good both mornings. Would have been nice if there was bottled water in the room. Tea made in the room with water from the faucet tasted terrible. Would return again.
5 on December 13, 2014
Wanted a nice place to stay for Thanksgiving close to Starve Rock, and the Brightwood in is the best!....
4.4 on November 22, 2014
Thank you so much for our wonderful stay at Brightwood inn. The meals were great and the details shared about all the activities in the area were greatly appreciated. If it wasn't for the wonderful advice about Matthieson state park, we would have missed one if the most beautiful views in the area. Can't wait to come back!
QUEEN BED, Queen size cannon ball bed, private bath with shower and pedestal sink. Large windows with a view down the lane.
Queen size sleigh bed, private bath combination whirlpool tub and shower, large windows with spectacular view of the park meadows at sunset
Queen size bed with panel headboard, private balcony, private bath with oversize whirlpool tub, separate shower and a large bay window.
Chicago, IL (CHI-All Airports) 90 miles
Utica exit (IL Rt 178) off of I-80, 6 miles south on right side of road just past second exit to Matthiessen State Park.
Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Starved Rock State Park, I&M Canal Natl. Heritage Corridor, Cross country skiing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery
Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Farm
Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Videos , Feather Bed, Microwave on site, Guest Fridge on site
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Skydiving, Geocaching, Progressive dinner, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting
Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Lactose intolerant
Biscuits and Gravy
Made from scratch bicuits and gravy. We've been told they're the best they've ever had!