The Brightwood Inn - Oglesby, IL

One or Two-Night Stay for Two with Breakfast and Option for Romance Package at The Brightwood Inn in Oglesby, IL

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Romantic B&B Overlooking Acres of Organic Gardens

At The Brightwood Inn, a 14-acre property bordering Matthiessen State Park and located about two hours from Chicago, breakfast is a big deal. After all, the innkeepers sell produce from their organic gardens at local farmers' markets, so they’ve got a reputation to uphold. In the summer and fall, freshly picked seasonal veggies, berries, and herbs make their way into dishes such as custom omelets and orange french toast, and in the winter, bowls of fresh fruit and homemade muffins and breads top the table. The inn itself has a homey feel, with ornamental gables and a white wraparound porch. Each guest room is unique, but all share a country-chic style and include a gas fireplace and two-person whirlpool tub. Both the Vieux Carre and Mallory Square rooms boast broad bay windows with views of the vegetable gardens. The Tortola room is a good pick for a romantic stay, thanks to its canopy bed and pink-and-white decor. If you choose to stay in the Aspen suite, you’ll be greeted by a bouquet of flowers, a carafe of soup, a loaf of french bread, a bottle of champagne, and homemade chocolate. There are plenty of cozy nooks to explore throughout the building. You can nibble on homemade cookies from the jar in the library, or play board games in the space the innkeepers call the Gathering Room, which is stocked with stemware for any wine you might have brought along. It’s also worth exploring the surrounding landscape, which boasts wineries, historical mansions, and forested hiking trails.

Oglesby, Illinois: Scenic State Parks with Waterfalls and Summer Flowers

The Oglesby area's star attraction is Starved Rock State Park, named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois in a 2007 poll. Here, 13 miles of hiking trails wander past sandstone bluffs covered with white pines and cedars. The Lasalle Canyon path stands out, thanks to several delicate, veil-like waterfalls along the way. For smaller crowds, try hiking through the lesser known Matthiessen State Park adjoining the inn, where deer congregate around salt-laden mineral springs. In summer, the park's meadows are blanketed with wildflowers including black-eyed susans, partridge-pea blossoms, and purple mint buds. As the mercury drops later in the year, many of the region's waterfalls freeze into crystalline stalactites, and bald eagles migrate to the nearby Plum Island Eagle Sanctuary to retrieve their snuggies before winter.

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What You Get

Stay for two

One-night stay, valid for check-in Monday–Friday

  • Option 1: $110 to stay in the Vieux Carre, Tortola, or Mallory Square room (up to a $190 value)
  • Option 2: $139 to stay in the Aspen suite (up to a $225 value)

Two-night stay, valid for check-in Monday–Thursday

  • Option 3: $209 to stay in the Vieux Carre, Tortola, or Mallory Square room (up to a $380 value)
  • Option 4: $310 to stay in the Aspen suite with a romance package (up to a $685 value)

Book by: 1/18/13
Travel by: 4/30/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • 14-acre wooded property
  • Homemade jams and pastries
  • Library with complimentary snacks
  • Onsite herb and produce gardens
  • En suite fireplace and whirlpool tub
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  • Book by 1/18/13 or promo value expires.Travel by 4/30/13
  • Not valid 12/23-12/31, 1/1, 2/14, 2/15
  • Limit 2/person +2/gifts
  • Limit 2/visit
  • Cancel 7+ days in advance & rebook another date, receive certificate equal to amount paid for Groupon, or just cancel for $25 fee
  • Cancel less than 7 days in advance & do aforementioned if property can refill room; if not, fee of 1-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation req'd, subject to availability
  • Must use promo value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward pts.11% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest
  • Oversize whirlpool tub
  • Seasonal gas fireplace

Tortola Room

  • Bay window overlooking Matthiessen State Park
  • Double shower

Mallory Square Room

  • Bay window overlooking vegetable gardens
  • Private balcony

Vieux Carre Room

  • Bay window overlooking vegetable gardens
  • Private balcony
  • Pet-friendly and wheelchair-accessible

Aspen Suite

  • Queen sleigh bed and pullout sofa bed
  • Kitchenette

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: air mattresses available with extra-person charge
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added in the Viuex Carre room only for $25 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • By plane: about 70 miles from Peoria International Airport (PIA); about 90 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • By car: about 95 miles southwest of Chicago

Traveler's Tips

  • The Vieux Carre room is the inn's only pet-friendly room; reserve well in advance if you’re traveling with an animal.
  • The inn does not have a liquor license, but does permit guests to bring wine or spirits with them to the hotel.
  • All included breakfasts can be prepared vegetarian.
  • The inn's office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Reservations must be made via phone.

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