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Starved Rock Country Marathon

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

There’s a big event coming up in Ottawa on May 16th. The Starved Rock Country Marathon will attract thousands of runners and supporters, and they’ll be lining the streets of Ottawa and the trail out to Starved Rock State Park. If you’re planning on participating in this event, now’s the time to start training. Because of the [...]

Adventure to discover in the Ottawa, IL area

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Ottawa is a community full of fun and educational experiences the entire family will enjoy. From taking the boat out at Heritage Harbor Marina to spotting bald eagles flying over the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, there are plenty of places to explore and discover. Here are just a few: Illinois Waterway Visitor Center - The Illinois [...]

Ottawa IL has a historical past including some famous national organizations

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Our local community of Ottawa is a small city nestled within some of the most beautiful geography in the entire state. With the Illinois River winding through, much of this city’s history has a connection to the water. The city was incorporated in 1853 as a canal town, and many businesses set up shop using [...]

Ottawa a great place to start exploring the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail

Monday, January 26th, 2015

If you want to take a very long walk or a decent day-long bike ride, The Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail that passes directly through Ottawa is the best place to start. It’s 61.5 miles routed through state parks, quaint Illinois towns and the beautiful countryside, home to corn tassels waving in the breeze. Adding [...]

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The winter doldrums don’t have to get you down. There are so many fun upcoming events happening in Ottawa and the nearby communities that you’ll want to schedule your next trip to your second home at Heritage Harbor Ottawa right away. So be sure to update your 2015 calendar and schedule your weekend visits now: [...]

Heritage Harbor Ottawa The Largest Fundraiser For Make-A-Wish In Illinois

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The holiday season is all about giving back, and Heritage Harbor Ottawa and Quest Watersports joined in the giving spirit with the 4th Annual Penguin Plunge to benefit Make-A-Wish of Illinois on Jan. 3. Make-A-Wish helps make wishes come true for children suffering life-threatening medical conditions. This year 280 brave plungers were present to raise approximately [...]

Ottawa a delightful and perfect location for a second home

Friday, 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 [...]

Adventures in Starved Rock Country – Riverfest!

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Happy Almost Weekend   This week marks the anniversary of my move to the Ottawa area….21 years ago!  What an adventure it has been, but one of the main reasons I remember the week that I moved into Ottawa was the town was all in a ‘buzz’ because it was their Annual Riverfest!  Everyone I [...]

Adventures in Starved Rock Country – August Hill Winery

Monday, July 29th, 2013

For those of you that know me, it won’t come as a surprise that this week we are going to take an adventure that involves wine:)) The story of August Hill Winery in Utica is one of those stories that brings a smile to my face as I have been able to witness from afar [...]

Adventures in Starved Rock Country

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

This is a part of an on-going series of postings that our very own Tammy Barry sends to our homeowners.  Tammy is one of lead sales and marketing people at Heritage Harbor.  But she is also a perfect concierge for knowing all of the best places to explore here in our beautiful area…it is so [...]

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