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Ottawa a delightful and perfect location for a second home

October 31st, 2014

As the #1 attraction in Illinois, Starved Rock State Park gets millions of visitors each year.


Many of those visitors are repeats, coming often to enjoy the beautiful and rustic scenery found in the park and surrounding areas. Not only is the state park a huge draw, but the surrounding communities of Ottawa, Oglesby and North Utica have lots of charm for an enjoyable and extended weekend stay.

Because of the area’s beauty, owning a vacation property in Ottawa gives your family the opportunity to spend as much time as you want exploring the park and countryside for long weekend and week-long vacations. Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a vacation marina resort community rising out of the banks of the Illinois River. Many families look into building a second home in this area because of its location, resources and value. Not only would your second home be a short drive away from the state park, but it’s a short drive from your home. With Ottawa fewer just over an hour from most suburbs, you will use your vacation home more often. Yet it’s far enough away that you know you got-away. You can spend afternoons boating on the river, participating in festivals and local attractions or hosting a weekend getaway from the chaos of the city.

Like the resort communities of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin or Galena, Ottawa has plenty of adventurous activities to keep anyone entertained, all without losing the characteristics of a small-town lifestyle. Heritage Harbor Ottawa resort itself has a world-class marina, providing all the water sporting activities you could imagine for every season of the year. Plus, within a short drive you can find miles of hiking trails, horseback riding opportunities, ATV trails and even sky diving.

Ottawa itself offers you the perfect excuse to explore. Go shopping in the book stores and boutiques, catch one of the many events happening in the town or spend an afternoon in one of the museums, all without having to spend a night in a hotel. Instead, head back to your waterfront home to spend an evening relaxing on your couch with a good book, watching a fun movie on the TV or catching some much-needed Zs in your own bed.

Building a second home in Heritage Harbor Ottawa will give your family the escape you want, and need, and the setting couldn’t be more perfect! You can come and visit as much as your schedule allows, taking in the beauty of the country at all times of the year. Click here to set up a tour or get more info!


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