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Wakeboarding comes to Starved Rock Country

While at Heritage Harbor Ottawa you are only minutes away from any number of different types of events, festivals, or sports.
Wakeboarding is a sport that is growing in popularity and when you are at Heritage Harbor Ottawa you are at the perfect location for living your next great adventure.

Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. Wakeboarding is more than simply staying up and riding on the surface. Riders eventually learn to use edging techniques, learning to move outside of the wake or cut rapidly in toward the wake. Jumps are performed by hitting the wake and launching into the air.


Wakeboard Chicago has partnered with Skydive Chicago to provide a place for those who seek an adrenaline rush like no other. Located on the private sports resort at Skydive Chicago, Wakeboard Chicago has the perfect combination skilled instruction and a comfortable feel that you won’t find anywhere else. Professional instructors give each student individual attention and teach at the level of the student.

On land instruction is especially helpful to those who have never tried this sport. Wakeboarding can take more than a few attempts to get the hang of and that is why safe, professional, skilled instruction is so important.

Wakeboard Chicago is a safe, fun introduction to the sport of wakeboarding for anyone age 10 and over. Lessons include training, equipment, and launches from a private dock.

Call for a one on one instruction or set up a group outing. Whether you are just learning the sport or just want to improve Wakeboard Chicago can provide the ride of your life.

Wakeboarding is a great Adventure Lifestyle sport for those who like the adrenaline rush. The feel of being pulled behind a boat, speeding down the river, with your legs strapped to a board is not for the faint of heart.
But once you try it, you’re hooked!

At Heritage Harbor Ottawa the Adventure Lifestyle awaits you in the heart of Starved Rock Country

Starved Rock Country Winery Tours

Come tour two of Illinois largest wineries conveniently nestled in the heart of Starved Rock Country. Learn how wine is made from start to finish.

This area is blessed with two very distinguished wineries that use locally grown grapes and through the production of wine support the local agricultural community.

Once you visit these two distinct wineries you will understand why wine has become such a passion in Starved Rock Country. You have the chance to experience truly unique, fine wines of Illinois!

Take time to admire the work of many local artists – featuring wood carvings, quilted items, pottery, paintings, jewelry, wine bottle lamps, and artisan chocolates and cheese.

The Illinois River Winery was founded in 1998 with the establishment of Starved Rock Vineyards. Illinois River Winery is located near the Illinois River on Rt. 178, within sight of Starved Rock State Park, offering more than 40 wines for you to try.

Free tours are available on Saturday afternoons at 1,2,3 and 4 pm. Meet at the Tasting room to start the 20 minute tour. Children welcome!
The tasting room is open daily from 10am – 5pm The tasting room is comfortably furnished with comfy leather couches, bistro tables, Italian tile, romantic fireplace, and a kid’s corner.

The August Hill Winery Tasting Room is located in historic downtown Utica, just minutes from Starved Rock State Park.

The Tasting Experience
Riedel glassware is world-renowned for making wine glasses that enhance bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wine. August Hill Winery is pleased to announce that we will now be serving all of our wines in our new Riedel signature stemware. We will be charging a nominal fee of $3 for six wine tastings; or if you prefer, for just $12 you may purchase our Riedel signature stemware with your tasting so you can enhance your wine experience at home.

See, smell and taste how a glass affects wine and uncover the secrets of food and wine pairings.

Enjoy the indoor tasting room or weather permitting; you can enjoy your favorite AHW wines while relaxing on the beautiful outdoor patio.
Tastings are available Saturdays at 11am, May–October, or by appointment

Both of these local wineries are proud participants in the annual Vintage Illinois Wine Festival. Mark your calendars now for this yearly outdoor event at Matthiessen State Park in the heart of Starved Rock Country.

So spend some time enjoying the unique flavors of Starved Rock Country in front of the fireplace or out on the patio, depending on the weather, and relax with friends as you enjoy a truly unique glass of wine.

The Adventure Lifestyle in the heart of Starved Rock Country awaits you at Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Honey Let’s Eat

honey-lets-eat-resizedEver want to try a new restaurant in the area but unsure of what is available?

A new service called HoneyLetsEat.com is an online resource for local restaurant menus and deals.

All of the contact information, hours, payment options, reservation recommendations and special features for each restaurant are listed right along side of their menu!

HoneyLetsEat.com also offers monthly contests to win gift cards to area restaurants! What a great way to try a new place while you are vacationing at Heritage Harbor Ottawa or spending the day at the Marina.

Just sign up and begin to receive special offers to your inbox or find HoneyLetsEat.com on Facebook, either way you will be receiving exclusive deals!

So the next time you hear someone say “Honey lets eat out” be adventurous and try something different, a coupon is a great excuse to dine outside your comfort zone.The website offers a variety of options to choose from.

If you are unsure of what you are in the mood for check out the home page where you can choose from a variety of restaurant options, get menus, or get inspired. Click on a restaurant, view the menu and sometimes Honey’s Pick will give you a special or recommend a specific item or entrée.

This service is a great way to try a new place or just save on your favorites, visit the website, sign up now, and start receiving the best restaurant advice and savings in the heart of Starved Rock Country.

The Adventure Lifestyle in the heart of Starved Rock Country awaits you at Heritage Harbor Ottawa

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