2407 N State Rte 178, Oglesby, IL | Directions 6134841.281093 -89.010126
Fabulous – My husband and I had the pleasure of spending 2 nights at the Brightwood Inn in October. It is a fabulous country inn that is inside one of the 3 state parks in the area. Our room was called Tortola, named after the island in the Carribean. The room had a tastefully decorated "elegant" island feel. The bed was sooooo comfy we, for once, wanted to sleep in. The hot tub was in the bedroom and the bathroom had a two headed shower. The bedroom was very large but with the fireplace it was very cozy. The hot tub had a beautiful view of the park with the leaves in full color. We were on the second floor so no one could see in our room. We had a choice of 2 entrees for breakfast and the food was out of this world fresh and very well made. I would give the presentation 5 stars and the food 5 stars. We were offered an invitation to join the innkeepers for a complimentary appetizer hour on Saturday evening. The apps, like the breakfast, were delightful. Homegrown and homemade. Everything but the cheese and grapes were made by someone from the Inn. The innkeepers John, Jo, Kevin & Sharon could not have been nicer or more helpful. A huge thank you to the 4 of you and we can't wait to see you again.
Owners Grumpy? – Arriving on Friday for our 3 year anniversary weekend, we were not greeted with "Welcome, nice to meet you, nor Hello, Welcome to our B&B". We didn't receive a warm welcome at all. What we did receive was a "briefing" that the a/c-heat was turned totally off and to open the windows if we were hot, asked if we have any food allergies, told & pointed to where our room was located (not walked up and showed to our room) and lastly how did we want to pay? The owner was very cold and we felt like we were intruding in their home.
Breakfast was good and but small for the $210 a night charge. The B&B was clean and comfortable but if you are looking to feel welcomed don't bother.
Getting back to nature in style. – The Scene
For those travelers visiting Matthiessen State Park, this is the place to stay. Built to resemble a traditional farmhouse, this inn offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the park without ever leaving the grounds. Hiking, biking and riding trails are all nearby, and more adventurous guests can try skydiving or whitewater rafting.
The eight guest rooms are decorated in a country style suited to the architecture. While they are pleasant, the focus here is on what's outside. Guests are encouraged to kick back on the wraparound porch and watch Mother Nature at work. Along with a full complimentary breakfast, the inn also features a gourmet dining room for evening meals. A three-course menu is offered Thursdays through Sundays.
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