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“Savor Summer”

“ We at the Harbor encourage you to ‘Savor Summer!’  Fall, and all the delights that accompany it, is just around the corner, but now is the time to soak up the last weeks of summer fun. “

As summer vacations wrap up and school starts up in full swing, the temptation is to let the anticipation for all things pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, bonfires, and fall fun consume you. However, we at the Harbor encourage you to ‘Savor Summer!’  Fall, and all the delights that accompany it, is just around the corner, but now is the time to soak up the last weeks of summer fun.

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“Living the Harbor Life”

“ “Living the Harbor Life” signifies the natural beauty, fun-filled activities, friendly neighbors, and the inviting relaxed lifestyle at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa.   “

“Living the Harbor Life” reaches its apex at Pinnacle Pointe, the waterfront custom homesites at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa 

“Living the Harbor Life” signifies the natural beauty, fun-filled activities, friendly neighbors, and the inviting relaxed lifestyle at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa.   

Buyers who have been looking for the ideal place to build their custom vacation home or permanent residence in an exceptional setting have been driving sales at Pinnacle Pointe, an upscale enclave on the East Peninsula.  Almost half of the 23 premium homesites have already been sold, and interest is intense. 

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It’s Happening at the Harbor

“ The sultry sweet days of summer are here to stay, and we want to know how YOU plan on spending them at the harbor! “

The sultry sweet days of summer are here to stay, and we want to know how YOU plan on spending them at the harbor!  We are open for the season, we and cannot wait to make memories with you. Whether you intend to spend the long, sunny days on the water or on land, we have plenty to keep you occupied.

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Connecting with community even in times of isolation

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.

Christian Morganstern

The Heritage Harbor community is one that thrives on connection. Spring of 2020 has been a difficult time for many as we have spent much of our days in isolation and uncertainty. We were thrilled to be able to put on our first ‘Social Distancing Easter Parade’ earlier in April to see the friendly faces of the community we are a part of.  Residents either watched the parade from their front porches or sidewalks, or entered the parade in their vehicles. Even the Easter Bunny was convinced to make an appearance! Thank you to all who took part in making this such a fun event for all! 

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T.H.A.N.K.S

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.

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Illinois Residents Fleeing the State…Or Not? #family #enjoyillinois

With so much negative news in the press, it can be hard to know what news to trust. Believe what you will, what we know here at Heritage Harbor is that there have been record sales on homes and vacation rentals this year.  Many people are deciding to retire and settle down close to family, and that means staying in-state.  At just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, Heritage Harbor and Starved Rock Country are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Could this be the life you searching for?

“See why people are flocking to Heritage Harbor – The Hidden Gem of the Midwest”

An ideal day looks unique for different people; however, there are a few key underlying elements that tend to be similar. At the heart of what people are drawn to are the lifegiving aspects of connection, nature, and living an active life full of purpose. A life lived with passion and purpose is attractive, inspiring, and highly sought-after. A quick 90-minute drive leads you from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago to the refreshing waterfront community of Heritage Harbor in the heart of Starved Rock Country. We recognize what your soul is searching for and can’t wait to share the Harbor Life with you!

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Country Living is What You Make It!

At Heritage Harbor, we enjoy all the perks of ‘country life’ without all the labor country life usually requires.

Country Living is What You Make It!

What image comes to mind when you hear the phrase “country living?”  Oftentimes, what we imagine country living to entail includes the notion of rustic, farmhouse living on acres of land surrounded by animals and lots of work.  What if we were to tell you that country living is what you make it?!

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‘Fall’ in Love with Heritage Harbor and Starved Rock Country

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.

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Life’s A Beach! Knots Landing

Life’s A Beach!

Or at least it should be!!! If yours isn’t exactly ‘beachy’, then you’re in luck! The Heritage Harbor crew has been hard at work planning and creating yet another new oasis of fun for your entertainment pleasure. Knots Landing is a fun collection of relaxing areas, including North Beach, the Harbor Walk, Activity Wharf, and the Event Center Pavilion. Knots Landing is your ‘one-stop-wharf’ for all entertainment needs.


Relax…Unwind…Get in a flip-flop state of mind at the North Beach

Looking for a place where you can unwind, sink your toes in the sand, and soak in the harbor views? North Beach will be your retreat of choice! Our soft white sand beach is fully equipped with lounge chairs, umbrellas, fire pit, and games for your recreational pleasure. Settle into the comfortable reclining loungers under an umbrella, and feel the stress melt away. Situated right on the harbor, you can watch the goings on of our vibrant marina. The Beach Shack at Knots Landing will soon make its appearance, offering visitor information, drink service, and light snacks for beach goers on weekends, holidays, or for special events.


Guess what’s currently in the works?

The large floating Activity Wharf will reside below North Beach. This floating structure will provide water sport equipment rental services, the opportunity for pop-up artisan kiosks, group exercise classes, and other great activities. The sky is the limit! The Wharf adjoins the Event Center Pavilion and acts as the grand entrance to be utilized as a pre-event and reception area for social gatherings.


You don’t want to miss this…

Reserve the floating Event Center Pavilion for your next private special event and dazzle your guests with a memorable experience. This floating entertainment space can comfortably accommodate around 200 people, and is well-suited for any event including weddings, parties, classes and seminars. This unique gathering place is one-of-a kind and will be the location of many resort special events including music festivals, beer gardens, and other community social gatherings.

Knots Landing will be unrivaled in Starved Rock Country for entertainment and fun as an outdoor activity and event space.


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