The Brightwood Inn - Oglesby, IL

1-Night Stay 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. The Mallory Square room boasts broad bay windows with views of the vegetable gardens. If you choose to stay in the Aspen suite, you’ll enjoy picturesque views from a third-floor balcony, plus a dining table and a kitchenette.

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.

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

What You Get

1-night stay for two, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday

  • Option 1: $75 for the Door County room (up to a $115 value)
  • Option 2: $95 for the Mackinac room (up to a $160 value)
  • Option 3: $115 for the Mallory Square room (up to a $190 value)
  • Option 4: $125 for the Aspen suite (up to a $225 value)


Policies and Fees

Book by: 9/20/13
Travel by: 12/23/13

  • Blackout dates: not valid 8/30–9/1, 9/20–9/22, or 10/1–10/31
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $25 fee; 7-day notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies.
  • Reservation must be made by phone- (815) 667-4600
  • Taxes: 11% tax not included

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

Amenities

  • 14-acre wooded property
  • Library with complimentary snacks
  • En suite fireplace and whirlpool tub
  • Full hot breakfast included
  • Free WiFi
  • One complimentary soda per person
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/20/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/23/13
  • Not valid 8/30-9/1, 9/20-9/22, or 10/1-10/31
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • Reservations must be made by phone
  • Credit card required at booking
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee; 7-day notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • One free date change; any further date changes will incur a $15 bookkeeping fee
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 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

Door County Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Mackinac Room

  • One king bed with a full pullout bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest

Mallory Square Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest
  • Bay window overlooking vegetable gardens
  • Private balcony

Aspen Suite

  • One queen bed and pullout couch
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest
  • 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 are an additional $25, plus tax, per pet, per night; call ahead to check availability.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at 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 inn does not have a liquor license, but does permit guests to bring wine or spirits with them to the hotel.

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