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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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Plan your next event with a waterfront view

“Have a bridal or baby shower you need to host? Anniversary, graduation, milestone birthday, or retirement on the horizon?  We have everything you need to host your next small private party”

We’ve started a New Year, and it’s time to begin planning your upcoming events!  Have a bridal or baby shower you need to host? Anniversary, graduation, milestone birthday, or retirement on the horizon?  We have everything you need to host your next small private party.

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The Book Club You’ll Want to Join This Year!

“Books don’t just go with you, they take you where you’ve never been.”

-Anonymous- “

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.

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Agrihoods: A Growing Movement in Real Estate

“ Agrihoods are a unique style of neighborhood that combines real estate with agriculture in an urban setting. “

Agrihoods are a unique style of neighborhood that combines real estate with agriculture in an urban setting. These highly sought-after neighborhoods are popping up all over, and Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, Illinois is proud to announce one of their own! The Farmscape at Heritage Harbor will be the first of it’s kind in Starved Rock Country, offering residents the benefits that accompany spending time outdoors growing and harvesting healthy, nourishing food just a few steps from their front doors.

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Right-Size Your Lifestyle at Heritage Harbor

The Harbor Life at Heritage Harbor encourages community and life enjoyment for all.

With the almost cult-following recent television series such as Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Tiny House, Big Living among others have acquired, people are looking to ‘Right-Size’ their lifestyles.  Clearing out the excess possessions as well as square-footage are goals of many people searching to minimize the stress of homeownership while at the same time maximizing enjoyment of life. Explore our community by visiting https://www.visitheritageharbor.com/community/

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You’ll want to be caught in THIS loop!

“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. 

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Fido’s taste of Freedom

” 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!’

Ashley Lynch and her beautiful dog enjoying the park.
*Image Supplied from Heritage Harbor’s Facebook Page
Sean Porter and his dog Bodo having fun at the River Run Dog Park. 
*Image Supplied from Heritage Harbor’s Facebook Page

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Reasons to Love Living the Snowbird Lifestyle

“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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Get Ready to ‘Un-wine-d’!

“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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Hassle Free Boating

Enjoy boating and watercraft adventures, without the hassle of owning a boat.”

Enjoy boating and watercraft adventures, without the hassle of owning a boat.

The vibrant marina at Heritage Harbor is literally at the heart of the Harbor Life. The central feature of our beloved resort is the site of endless summer fun. Our marina is positioned on the Illinois Waterway, just 90 minutes from Chicago, and is waiting to offer you the boating experience you’ve been dreaming of.  The marina amenities, including restrooms and shower facilities, ATM, TV, WiFi, dry storage, pump out, security, and many more, are something to be rivaled.

Heritage Harbor is making a splash and big things are happening! Our 140-slip harbor is expanding the current capacity to accommodate more families. The 2018 addition of the floating Event Pavilion has expanded the entertainment capability of the resort, as we now offer facility rental for private events right on the water.

For those interested in water craft rentals, our marina offers jet ski, electric boat and pontoon boat rentals. Quest Watersports offers Hobie pedal board, SUP, and kayak rentals for your enjoyment. Our staff will ensure that all the necessary equipment is transported to the marina and will retrieve it when you’re done – no stress!

Book your watercraft of choice by visiting https://www.visitheritageharbor.com/watersports/.


If you are interested in regular boating, but would rather skip the hassles that accompany ownership, then Quest Watersport’s Quest Express membership is for you! Quest Express provides access to a range of premium boats at your leisure.  This means you can have countless boating adventures and endless fun without the burden of maintenance, storage, and other ownership hassles. you like. Just choose a boat online, pick a time to go boating, and that boat will be ready & waiting for you at the marina.  All fun, no fuss…then do it again next time, all summer long!

Try some tubing or wakeboarding behind a nimble sport boat, or perhaps a relaxing cruise on a luxury pontoon. Bring your friends & family, enjoy a spectacular day on the water, and then moor your boat when you’re done.  It’s like having your own fleet of boats and a personal butler to take care of the details!  Affordable membership plans are offered, and coaching is available if needed.

Find out more about Quest Express Boat Membership by visiting www.questwatersports.com/questexpress.htm


Book a cottage stay or take a discovery tour of real estate opportunities available at the Harbor. Spend the day on the water and then return to your Harbor Home to continue your Harbor Life experience. See you on the water! Book your stay at The Harbor Inn, online at https://www.visitheritageharborinn.com/

Learn more about Heritage Harbor at www.visitheritageharbor.com/ or call 815.433.5000


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