All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It’s that time of year again as the weather warms up and layers are peeled off to come out and play in Ottawa. A fantastic jazz line-up awaits, paired with the freshest lobster and the best of Illinois wine. Still hiding? Come out, come out wherever you are and come on down to a fantastic three days that kicks off on June 10th. Find out more about the 2016 Ottawa 2 River Wine Fest and locate a great place to kick back.
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Join Us for the 6th Annual Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest
Robert M. Eschbach, Mayor, with the principle partners of, the Ottawa Visitors Center, Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, have planned a weekend to remember starting on Friday June 10th at 5pm and ending on Sunday June 12th at 5pm. This year’s event offers incomparable fresh grilled lobster in conjunction with three days of amazing live jazz performances and almost 20 wineries offering top quality pours to delight taste buds.

Visitors can enjoy historic architecture at the juncture of two rivers- a place where culture and nature enlivens and celebrates. Between jazz sets, featuring the incomparable Ladies of Chicago Jazz, explore the rich history of Ottawa.

• Walk through the site of the first ever Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Washington Park.
• Visit the grounds and tour the historic Reddick Mansion.
• Do a little shopping at the West Main Street antique district and unique boutiques. Grab something special found nowhere else.
• Drive along the Illinois River for scenic views and to step back into the history of our first inhabitants and explorers.

This weekend has something for everyone. During your stay, visit Court Street on Saturday or Sunday for Ottawa’s Outdoor Craft & Botanical Fair. Who doesn’t enjoy browsing our local fair to pick up something to brighten a room or garden? Ottawa knows how to have a good time. Are you ready?

Friday and Saturday planned entertainment ends at 10pm, but that does not mean you have to go home. After some Ottawa fine dining, turn to Heritage Harbor in Ottawa to soothe tired feet and prepare yourself for another day of adventure. Their state of the art marina has more than 450 boat slips. For those staying the weekend, pick up anything you need at the ship’s store and marina-side bar & grill, The Red Dog Grill. Its location on the Starved Rock pool of the Illinois River offers visitors world-class boating amenities and picturesque waterfront properties. The area is near two major interstate highways and is only 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. Plan your getaway today.

Schedule a stay Heritage Harbor to indulge in luxurious living surrounded by restorative natural beauty. This naturalists’ bird-watching spot lies along the Starved Rock Pool of the Illinois River but is also only 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. Isn’t it time that you treated yourself? The Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival and Heritage Harbor awaits.