The perfect summer getaway packed with charm, adventure and nature… and it’s closer than you’d think!

Do you need to get away from the daily grind, but you’re not sure where to go? Illinois offers many fantastic vacation destinations, but just a short road trip away is a family-friendly resort community unlike any other in the state.

When it comes to choosing the ideal place for a memorable family summer vacation, it’s hard to match the quaint charm and amenity-rich surroundings of Harbor Inn, located within the resort community of Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Illinois.

Ottawa is where history and nature come together to provide the ultimate Midwest vacation setting. Spending time here is like stepping back to a simpler time, a small-town ambience reminiscent of places like Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show.

Centered around the Heritage Harbor Marina along the shores of the Illinois River, Harbor Inn offers a variety of vacation rental homes and cottages in the heart of Starved Rock Country, 80 miles from Chicago. Surrounded by outstanding watersports and other outdoor recreational activities, Harbor Inn is where families create special vacation memories in a laid back, relaxing atmosphere.

Vacationers love starting their day at Jeremiah Joe’s Coffee Shop, then enjoying a hike along the scenic trails of Starved Rock State Park. Provisions from places like Polancic’s Meats & Tenderloins and The Cheese Shoppe, among others, can provide all you’ll need to prepare meals and enjoy dining in your private rental.

Harbor Inn is home to the Red Dog Grill, a waterside café perfect for lunch or light dinner. Other restaurants in the charming town of Ottawa include B.A.S.H. Burger and Sushi House, Lone Buffalo operated by the Tangled Roots Brewing Company and many others. Ottawa is also home to several events and festivals like the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest held the first weekend in June and dozens of other musical and artistic performances.

Guests at Harbor Inn can also spend the day on the calm waters of the Illinois River and other nearby boating destinations with a rental pontoon boat or jet ski from the Heritage Harbor Marina. Guests can also rent a bicycle or golf cart to get around the resort and historic downtown Ottawa area.

Rental accommodations at Harbor Inn are designed to accommodate large groups and families as well as couples looking for a weekend getaway. The Bunkies, a 5-cottage enclave designed for up to 14 guests, or other captivating cottages and homes from 1 bedroom and 1 bath to 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in size will make everyone feel right at home. Identified by their unique, quirky names, vacationers can choose from rental homes like Red Red Wine, Serenity Now and Hook, Wine & Sinker, to name a few.

No matter what type of vacation rental you choose, guests at Harbor Inn will find an idyllic, small-town atmosphere and countless opportunities to create a lifetime of family memories.

Harbor Inn is located at 111 Harbor View Drive in Ottawa. Please call (815) 433-5000 or visit to reserve your vacation rental today. And if you enjoy your stay and are thinking about a vacation home, full-time living or investment be sure to check out the real estate opportunities at Heritage Harbor.

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