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Welcome to Bernadine’s Stillman Inn – Galena, IL


Our bed and breakfast is a stately 1858 restored French Italianate Mansion located in Jo Daviess County. We are located across from General Grant’s home and just a few blocks from Main Street. Traveling to our inn is a feast for the senses as we are surrounded by scenic valleys and gently rolling hills. Galena was recently voted the 2nd most popular city in the U.S. and the third most popular tourist destination in Illinois. Galena is 20 minutes to the Mighty Mississippi River.

We are proud and honored to offer you the best there is in a bed & breakfast experience. If there is anything you need to make your stay more enjoyable, just call! We have welcomed 33,000+ guests through our front doors in the past 15 years. We have enjoyed each and every one of them and look forward to welcoming you! The statuesque Bernadine’s Stillman Inn is an architectural delight. We have spent the past fifteen years restoring it to its original beauty and delight in it every time a guest says “Wow” as they enter the door.

We are passionately dedicated to providing you with a relaxing and memorable stay where you, “Arrive as Strangers and leave as Friends!”

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The Historic & Fabulous Bernadine’s Stillman Inn – A Premier B&B

The Inn boasts eight beautifully appointed guest rooms, each inspired by the Civil War era with great modern amenities. Some have a fireplace and/or a whirlpool. Each has a private bathroom and cozy robes to use during your stay, TV, video player, mini fridge with complimentary bottled water. Newly remodeled with built-in cabinets, we are sure you will be delighted with your room. Each room is individually air conditioned and heated for your comfort and has one queen-size bed.

The romantic Bernadine’s Stillman Inn offers two acres of garden-filled courtyards and relaxing places to sit and chat, read a book or enjoy a glass of wine while watching the birds. The front porch swing is one of the most popular places to visit and enjoy the birds enjoying the fountain. Inside you may enjoy a movie from our video library, watch TV, read a book or visit with other guests in the Parlor. General Grant’s Home as well as several other historic homes are located across the street from our B&B offering tours and a quaint garden for evening strolls. How about an in-room massage and one of our special packages: Birthday, Wedding, Vow Renewal, Elopement Package and more?


  • Best Breakfast in the Midwest
  • Best Innkeeper
  • One of the Top Ten Places to Visit in the Midwest
  • Talk of the Town Excellence in Service and Customer Satisfaction
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Best B&B in the Great Lakes and Superior Bed and Breakfast

Affiliations – Inspected and Approved:

  • Diamond Collection,
  • PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers
  • IBBA (Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association)
  • Galena Convention and Visitors Bureau/Visit Galena

“I Do”

Also available on site is the “Galena Wedding Chapel” offering quaint wedding ceremonies, vow renewals, and receptions in a private and unique venue. Our Chapel seats 34 guests with additional space for 30 more and our reception hall serves up to 65 guests comfortably. All food is cooked on site and served by our energetic and enthusiastic staff. The Chapel is located separate from the inn but on the same property with plenty of off-street parking for your guests. Say “I Do” in the Chapel, and celebrate your anniversaries in the inn!

Things to Do in Galena Illinois

There is plenty to do in the area, and everything is easily accessible from Bernadine’s Stillman Inn including many unique shops, restaurants, and tasty coffee shops. Just a few blocks away from the inn there are well-traveled walking paths and nature preserves to visit. You will find it easy to rent canoes, kayaks, snow shoes, and cross-country skis just minutes from our front door. It’s great fun to rent a scooter and drive out to Galena Cellars Wine Vineyard. Galena also has night-time carriage rides available. The Galena History Museum is a must see as well as the popular Dowling House and Blacksmith Shop. The Iowa Wine Tour will keep you busy all day visiting nearby wineries and includes lunch. You can visit the Crystal Cave or take in a movie. More outdoor activities close by include Casper Bluff and Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort in the winter and the Alpine Slide in the summer. The Mississippi Palisades State Park is 40 minutes away and has many scenic walking paths. If you are coming in from the east, stop and visit Apple Canyon Lake. Take flight on a hot air balloon ride!

Things To Do In Dubuque, IA

Dubuque, IA is located 20 minutes west for your gaming pleasure. The Port of Dubuque offers a beautiful Mississippi River Walk where you can enjoy seeing barges, boats and take in a river cruise. The Mississippi River Museum and Diamond Jo Casino are steps away. In the wintertime enjoy watching the bald eagles. There are excellent restaurants in this area as well.

Innkeepers Corner

Welcome Everyone!  We have some exciting news to share with you for 2016!  Several renovation projects are on the way as I type and I can’t wait to reveal them all in our blog!

The Honeymoon Suite: New Bathroom, King Size Bed

The Romance Room: Redecorated to soft blue/green color

New Massage Room:  Being added to serve you better!

Hoping to see you in 2016 so we can show you around!  We will be polling our guests on the new color which is a step away from the civil war period decorating we’ve been enjoying here.  Would love to hear your opinion!

It’s Been A Pleasure!

Dave & Bernadine

“Once upon a time, there lived a handsome prince and a lovely maiden They traveled the countryside searching for magic. By happenstance, they arrived at a palace called Stillman Inn. They were greeted by Dave the gatekeeper who promised to create pleasant moments and lasting memories. Dave (the wizard that he was) used his clicky pen to magically change the matron from her lowly existence as Mary to a lovely laughing creature dubbed “Emilee”. Hearts, bells, dreams and the occasional unicorn filled the minds of the prince and “Emilee” during their stay at Stillman Castle. Thank you so much.” Rick & Mary – hailing from Wisconsin Dells