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Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy Holidays!! I trust everyone had a great Christmas and you are looking forward to the New Year’s Festivities! With the 23rd of December being my birthday, this time of year is always bittersweet–another year older! Anyway, it is a good time to take notice of how fortunate we really are and share memories of [...]

Greetings from the Harbor!

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

I am often asked what made me come to Ottawa and more often I am asked in my role as Harbor master my thoughts about ‘The River.’ I thought I would use this newsletter to explain a few of my thoughts on the topic “The River:” Since I was small boy, I have loved boats [...]

Paddle Sports Trend Hits Starved Rock Country Thanks to Quest Watersports

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

                    Here is a great new activity to enjoy in Starved Rock Country!  Quest Watersports is the area’s number one spot for all of your Hobie Kayaking and Paddle Sports gear. The latest water sport trend — stand-up paddle-boarding — has moved into Starved Rock Country thanks [...]

From the Wall Street Journal Today

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Getting Away—but Not Too Far As Vacation-Home Sales Gain Momentum, Travel Costs Keep Buyers Closer to Home This article by Robbie Whelan was in today’s Wall Street Journal.  It really reinforces what we have been witnessing here at Heritage Harbor.  People are starting to select better values closer to home as they seek to invest [...]

From the Harbor Master

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

It’s hard to believe that May is here — let the fun begin! And since Spring is a time for “new beginnings”, here are a few new things happening at the harbor: We have new flagstaffs at the Resort. There is now one at each entrance and one overlooking the marina. All of the flags [...]

Tracy’s BoatHouse Restaurant – Top Waterfront Dining Spot in Starved Rock Country

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

There are wonderful restaurants all throughout Starved Rock Country and along the Illinois River from Morris to Peoria.  At Heritage Harbor, we love to “tell you where the locals go“.  Obviously, we do have our favorites.  Tracy’s BoatHouse is our clear #1 choice…If you are looking for a great dining experience with an unparalleled view [...]

From the Harbor Master

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Welcome Back!!! We love this time of year—when the marina comes back to life and we get to see old and new friends enjoying Heritage Harbor. We continue to make upgrades at the resort so if you haven’t been out for awhile we invite you to check it out. Everything is looking great. We opened [...]

From the Harbor Master

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Just a few short weeks until the harbor opening. It really seemed like a short winter season, I’m sure the mild weather made it easier on everyone. I have again visited the other marinas along the Illinois and am very proud of our continued progress–we are the jewel of the river. It is really good [...]

Experience Heritage Harbor, Homeway Homes Partnership on Ottawa Waterfront

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This energy efficient, seaside-reminiscent, year-round cottage is on-site at Heron’s Landing at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

From the Harbor Master

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Well, everyone is talking about the weather and what a mild winter it has been. I hope it continues that way. The harbor has frozen over twice and now as the ice melts there is less and less space for our eagles to land. It has been great watching them come and go. I have [...]

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