Voted the best attraction in the state by the Illinois Office of Tourism, Starved Rock State Park is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or extended vacation.

The park will take your breath away with its waterfalls, towering trees, canyons and bluffs overlooking the scenic Illinois River Valley. In addition to its incredible sights, the area is also ripe for a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, boating, bicycling and fishing. For a place to stay during your trip, Heritage Harbor Ottawa has a number of cozy vacation rental properties waiting for you to make your home away from home. Waterfall at Starved Rock State Park

Located fewer than 15 miles from Starved Rock State Park, Heritage Harbor keeps you close to your destination and offers additional adventures in the historic town of Ottawa. When you’re not trekking through trails at Starved Rock State Park, you can explore the shops and restaurants in downtown Ottawa or take advantage of Heritage Harbor’s full-service marina, boat launch and swimming pool. Your vacation rental in Heritage Harbor Ottawa offers more than just a place to sleep; it will enhance your visit and make the trip one to remember.

Rental properties are available for families of many different sizes, whether your trip is for just you and your significant other or the whole family with kids. Couples or small families can choose the Huck Finn’s Hideout, Under the Tuscan Sun or Lazy Days houses, all accommodating up to four people in their deluxe one- or two-bedroom layouts. Rental homes and cottages are also available for large families and groups. Riverside Reflections, Stone’s Throw, Toes in the Water and King’s Cottage each hold up to six or seven people. The largest rental available, Eddie’s Hideaway, holds a maximum of 11 people, with a deluxe two-bedroom loft setup.

While the rental homes vary in size, all of them feature a full-service kitchen, a Keurig coffee maker for your morning boost, in-unit laundry, an electric fireplace, cable TV, free WiFi and a welcome kit to ensure your time on the property goes as smoothly as possible. Two of Heritage Harbor’s vacation rentals, Riverside Reflections and Stone’s Throw, are also pet-friendly houses so your furry friend can make the trip along with the rest of the family.

Huck Finn's Hideout at Heritage Harbor Ottawa

To start planning your Starved Rock adventure and stay at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, visit the Vacations Rentals page for more information, or call 815-433-5000 to check availability and make a reservation.

Now that you’ve flipped the calendar to October, it’s time to start planning for Halloween. With haunted houses, pumpkin carving, ghost stories and hayrides, Ottawa, IL is full of events to give you the best Halloween thrills and chills. Whether you’re looking for a scream-inducing fright fest or light-hearted activities for the whole family, you’ll find the perfect event around town. Here are just a few of the Halloween events to mark on your calendar this year.