Heritage Harbor Ottawa Blog


Step into a Starved Rock Country Spring

There really is nothing so spectacular as the arrival of spring in the Midwest”

There really is nothing so spectacular as the arrival of spring in the Midwest.  After the serenity of the beautiful winter season, the segue into spring can seem like a slow tease, but if you look closely, the signs of spring are all around. Trees and bushes waiting to burst forth in vibrant shades of green, hardy spring bulbs pushing up through the ground in a kaleidoscope of color, birds chirping and bunnies dancing as they prepare for the arrival of their babies. You don’t have to look far to witness the renewal of the natural landscape.  

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New Marina Office and Boat Slips Add to Waterfront Fun at Heritage Harbor

“Today’s open and versatile ranch design, offers harmonious, breathtaking living spaces and, while historically the choice of empty-nesters, has surged in popularity with buyers of all ages”

Boater and non-boaters appreciate the state-of-art-marina and breathtaking water views at Heritage Harbor Resort in Ottawa, where a new floating marina office and fun water activities add to its appeal. Situated along the Illinois River, Heritage Harbor Resort is a premier vacation destination, offering second-to-none amenities and a variety of homes, including condominiums, villas, townhomes, single-family homes and custom residences, for purchase or rent, all centered around the state-of-the-art 152 slip marina.

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Ranch Style Homes with Marina Access Available this Summer at Heritage Harbor Resort

“Today’s open and versatile ranch design, offers harmonious, breathtaking living spaces and, while historically the choice of empty-nesters, has surged in popularity with buyers of all ages”

If you’re looking for the ease and style of a ranch plan in a recreationally-rich community, you’ll want to visit Heritage Harbor Resort in Ottawa, where a collection single-level living designs, at various price points, are available, some for summer delivery.

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Time’s Running Out to Own New Low-Maintenance Boat House at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa

“With more and more people working from home, the market has exploded with buyers who can now work from anywhere,”

Sales have been brisk in the recently introduced Boat House neighborhood at Heritage Harbor Resort, where only seven low-maintenance, waterfront homes, each with a direct boat slip, remain for sale. 

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Only four picturesque, Riverfront homesites, overlooking the Illinois River, remain for sale at Pinnacle Pointe”

Only four picturesque, Riverfront homesites, overlooking the Illinois River, remain for sale at Pinnacle Pointe, a premier neighborhood of 23 custom homes within the larger Heritage Harbor Resort community in Ottawa. 

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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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Vacation rentals near Starved Rock State Park

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.

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