“Official Best of” is proud to be featuring Illinois’ top attractions with their “Official Best of Illinois 2011”. Heritage Harbor Ottawa has been selected as the Best Vacation Resort Community for 2011. The Official Best of Illinois will be shown locally on WGN at 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 12th. There will be additional showings on CBS-WBBM, Discovery Channel, Fox and other networks as the program availability allows. The program will also be available on the popular OfficialBestOf.com travel website.
“When the call came in to inform us that we had been selected, we were ecstatic,” states Tom Heimsoth, Developer of Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “We opened our development during the worst economic times and yet we continue to show amazing progress with many memories being created our residents, boaters and guests…it’s great that someone noticed and will help share our story with the rest of the country.”
The “Official Best Of” was started in 2004 by Executive Producer, Brett Allen-a TV executive from St. Louis, Missouri. Brett saw a need for a researched travel resource that would also provide TV features online as an additional resource for both in and out of state travelers. As a result, “The Official Best Of” was born. Each state production showcases outstanding “best” attractions located throughout each state in a variety of categories. A research staff studies online travel sites, state tourism information, CVB resources and other sources to determine whether an attraction merits the “Official Best” reputability. One distinction that sets “Official Best Of” apart from many other travel sites is that it does not accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is entirely by merit, and lesser known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as more popular ones.
Heritage Harbor joins the company of other notable Illinois’ attractions such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, historic Hotel Baker, Key Lime Cove, Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises and many others. The presence of water is what draws many to this tranquil haven in north central Illinois. Both homeowners and boating enthusiasts can take advantage of the state-of-the art marina, which currently offers 110 boat slips with a future capacity of up to 460 boats slips. The recent addition of the first on-site swimming pool and a full service, year-round restaurant, Tracy’s Boat House, have added to the overall progress witnessed at the 142-acre waterfront resort.
A new addition for Spring 2012 will be the first rental Cottages at Heron’s Landing. The Cottages at Heron’s Landing will allow Heritage Harbor to promote overnight stays for visitors who wish to experience all that Starved Rock Country has to offer. Heritage Harbor sold out of their first townhome building and recently completed construction on its first resort villa condo building. Single family homes continue to rise above the streets as you drive through this marina resort community and events take place during all seasons.
A three-minute video about Heritage Harbor was created so that TV viewers and visitors to the website can see Heritage Harbor for themselves before they visit. Travelers can skip the hype and endless brochures, websites that don’t offer enough information and simply visit the “Official Best Of” website for a complete view of each attraction by state. The “Official Best Of” offers a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within the State of Illinois as well as out-of-town visitors.