“Books don’t just go with you, they take you where you’ve never been.”
Heritage Harbor has a community to boast about, and no community is ever complete without a book club! The book club that regularly meets at Heritage Harbor is one that celebrates the members’ shared love of literature, community, and connection.Read More
The Heritage Harbor team give THANKS for YOU!!!
The Heritage Harbor team give THANKS for YOU!!! Our beloved harbor wouldn’t be the same without each of the individuals who make up the ‘Harbor Crew.’ Here are just a few of the ways we want to express our THANKS during this holiday season.Read More
” The natural beauty of the trees attracts visitors from far and wide as they burst forth in blazing magnificent color. The trees truly show us how beautiful ‘letting go’ can be! “
As we enter the final quarter of the year, we can’t help but wistfully long for the halcyon days of summer. However, there’s a sweet resignation to the start of autumn and the restorative and restful effect it has on us—mind, body, and soul. Fall is so much more than pumpkin spice and bonfires, although those things certainly boost our enjoyment of this beloved season in the Midwest.Read More
“We were not out of the lock until after dark. The marina had a guide boat lead us into the harbor, provided us with a late dinner, and exceeded all of our expectations. This is one excellent marina.” -sminard “
If you haven’t yet heard of the Great Loop, it is a continuous waterway including part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland. Any mariner who completes the full journey officially earns the ‘Looper’ title.Read More
” Local dog owners are thrilled to have a place for their pups to “run wild and free!” “
Heritage Harbor is the first to offer a space for our furry friends to run leash-free in Ottawa. The greatly anticipated new addition of River Run Dog Park has everyone talking. This fenced-in park is the only space in Ottawa in which owners can take their dogs for a leash-free romp, given local leash ordinances.
This amenity is available for everyone’s enjoyment at no cost, and the overwhelming gratitude has been heart-warming. People want the best for their dogs, and freedom to run around and play is an important aspect of keeping them healthy and happy. We are enjoying viewing the posts and pictures owners have shared of their fur babies enjoying the space, and we are so happy we can offer this opportunity for pet play dates.
A tremendous amount of gratitude is owed PetSmart and Starved Rock Community Foundation, as these organizations along with Heritage Harbor have made River Run Dog Park possible. Waste bags and disposal station are provided for your convenience.
The responses to our initial announcement say it all…local dog owners are thrilled to have a place for their pups to “run wild and free!” Bring Fido out to Heritage Harbor and give him a taste of ‘freedom!’
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“Each year, numerous people contemplate the option of purchasing a second home with the intention of ‘seasonal migration.’ “
Each year, numerous people contemplate the option of purchasing a second home with the intention of ‘seasonal migration.’ This arrangement can offer people the best of both worlds—maintaining your ties with your roots while enjoying a seasonal change of locale. We say, contemplate no more…we have the perfect ‘Northbird’ home and lifestyle for you! Visit www.visitheritageharbor.com/ottawa-il/ and you will discover why Heritage Harbor is an award winning resort community.
If you’re considering living the Snowbird lifestyle, Heritage Harbor is what you’ve been searching for. Our various home plans featuring main-floor living ensure there is something for everyone, and an active adult lifestyle is no exception. Make the harbor your ‘Northbird’ home and enjoy the natural beauty of the seasons in Starved Rock Country as they unfold—greenery bursting forth in the spring months giving way to the long, lush days of summer and eventually transforming into the kaleidoscope of a Midwest autumn. The nostalgia of the seasons is one of our area’s greatest draws.
Heritage Harbor’s location in the heart of Starved Rock Country attracts families interested in the natural beauty and adventure activities characteristic of the area. At just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, the proximity to family is a major draw for active adults, keeping you close to family, close to home. Your new home will become the home base and gathering place for family events and holidays in the years to come—the perfect site for making memories to cherish.
When you’re ready to break up the long winters, take advantage of our on-site rental management program to offset some of your property investment costs. One of the benefits of owning a second home is making money renting it out in your ‘off’ season. Since you have the final say, you can always keep your home available as a home base for winter holiday trips north to enjoy the breathtaking winter scenery and local activities.
Come visit us and take a tour and view one of our model homes. You’ll want to stay a while and make it a weekend event taking in some of the local culture. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Harbor Life at Heritage Harbor! Discover more about the community at: https://www.visitheritageharbor.com/community/
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“Ottawa is getting ready to host their greatly anticipated annual 2 Rivers Wine Fest on June 7-9“
WINE! FOOD! LOBSTER and the sweet sounds of JAZZ… in Starved Rock Country!
Ottawa is getting ready to host their greatly anticipated annual 2 Rivers Wine Fest on June 7-9. Those who have attended in past years can attest to the draw of a succulent lobster dinner, soulful sounds of jazz, and soothing and sultry notes of various wine and craft beers available for tasting.
It’s the perfect time to make it a weekend getaway, taking time to enjoy the downtown sites, shops, and restaurants. The natural scenery is in full bloom, making a trek to the state parks a joy to behold.
Heritage Harbor wants to be your host for the weekend. Book a stay in a charming cottage on the river to make the most of your getaway weekend.
Visit our model homes or book a tour to discover all that Heritage Harbor has to offer. Enjoy your time at Ottawa’s 2 Rivers Wine Fest, and then come back to the Harbor to un-wine-d and soak up the Harbor Life!
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“ If you are up for a fun challenge to start the new year off on the right foot, then Heritage Harbor’s Penguin Plunge for Make-A-Wish can help you meet your goals. Have a chilly (and fun!) jump into the Illinois River and spend some time ‘Chillin’ for Children’ while you fundraise to help grant the wishes of thousands of children nationwide.“
Heritage Harbor’s Plunge team is gearing up for their 8th annual Penguin Plunge on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Last year, $130,000 was raised, resulting in 18 wishes granted. This year’s fundraising goal has been set at $175,000, and you can help make this year’s plunge a successful event!
A big thank you to this years sponsors:
- Heritage Harbor,
- Ottawa Firefighters Local 523,
- Bill Walsh Automotive Group,
- Ottawa First,
- Gerald Automotive Group,
- Exelon LaSalle Station,
- Thrush Sanitation Service,
- Tito’s Handmade Vodka,
- Tough Rigs,
- Resteberg Family,
- Marquee Event Rentals-Chicago,
- 1430 WCMY,
- Hick’s Gas,
- Midland States Bank,
- Halm Electric,
- Ladd Sound Productions,
- The Times Newspaper,
- LaSalle NewsTribune,
- Conroy’s Automotive & 24 Hour Towing,
- Dan Aussem,
- Tess Shymanski Photography,
- Golden Rule Lumber and Rental,
- Jacob Aicher,
- Sherri Lynn,
- Band Crash,
- Stevenson Transfer Inc.,
- Red Dog Grill,
- Appleway Catering,
- Southwest Airlines,
- Euclid Beverage,
- MK Makery & Event Design,
- Casey’s General Store (Ottawa, IL),
- Walmart (Ottawa/Streator/Peru, IL),
- Kay’s Keepsakes, Target (Peru, IL),
- Larry Johnson,
- Chicago Bears,
- Chicago White Sox,
- Chicago Bulls,
- Cook Media,
- Papa John’s Pizza (Ottawa, IL),
- The Home Depot, and
- Rosati’s Pizza (Ottawa, IL).
This event ensures that 100% of donations go directly to the Make-A-Wish Illinois Foundation to grant wishes of children in our local communities. Last year, more than 15,000 wishes were granted nationwide. That’s a wish granted every 34 minutes! If this event sounds like something you’d be proud to support, be sure to register here: http://site.wish.org/penguinplunge19 and fill out a pledge form here: 2019 Registration/Pledge Form. Make-A-Wish is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true—register and fundraise today and you can be a big part of making that happen.
Plungers should make sure they are at Heritage Harbor by 12:00 PM on Saturday for registration. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 2:00 PM, followed by the Plunge.
Closing remarks and award ceremony will commence immediately following the last plungers. If you have any questions or would like to assist with this event, please contact Tammy at Heritage Harbor at (815) 433-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday as we come together as a community to spend some time ‘Chillin’ for Children.’
Have you ever done the Heritage Harbor Penguin Plunge? Comment below to share your experience with us!
This is such an exciting time of the year as we wrap up the old, and usher in the new! There are so many ways to make the most of this festive season in Starved Rock Country. Our Illinois River scenery is unrivaled as the falling snow turns the landscape into a glittering winter wonderland.
Tis the Season to be….
This is such an exciting time of the year as we wrap up the old, and usher in the new! There are so many ways to make the most of this festive season in Starved Rock Country. Our Illinois River scenery is unrivaled as the falling snow turns the landscape into a glittering winter wonderland. Whether you choose to enjoy the scenery firsthand with a hike, jog, or cross-country ski or from the warmth of a fire and steaming mug of something hot indoors, be sure to spend some time soaking up the stunning views at the harbor. You may even catch a glimpse of one of the many eagles that frequent the area during the winter season. The Red Dog Grill offers live piano music on Wednesday evenings to set the backdrop for a relaxing time spent with friends and family. Come for the day or stay for the weekend in a cozy cottage on the river. You may decide this is the place you can make home!
The holiday season is such a busy one for many. Gifts to purchase and wrap, meals to plan and prepare, events to host and attend. It can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that we forget to look out for the opportunities around us in which we can share our time and blessings. The holidays can be lonely for those who live away from or have lost family members. Offering to share an afternoon or evening of your time can make a world of difference to another. Many organizations conduct toy or gift drives for those who would like to share their blessings. Giving is the real reason of this season!
Heritage Harbor is proud to host its annual Penguin Plunge for Make-A-Wish on the 19th of January. Follow us on Facebook to learn how to be a part of this exciting charitable event.
The conclusion of another year leads one to a state of reflection and contemplation. Reflecting on the year behind us, we contemplate the areas we want to improve upon. Looking ahead, we make goals for how we intend to lead the next year of our lives. Whether your goals include more adventure and fun, time spent with friends and family, health and fitness, low-maintenance living, or even a profitable investment, Heritage Harbor is the place to make it happen!
From our family to yours, thank you for a very memorable 2018! Be sure to follow us as we are set to launch two new neighborhoods in 2019. We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!!!!
What is your favorite Christmas thing to do in Starved Rock Country? Comment below to share with us!
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