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Easter Sunday we saw Pastor Bill's Barn Bible


Barn Bible



The general rule in customer service is you are never supposed to talk about three things:





It used to be just politics and religion but recently there have been some heated discussions at our breakfast table concerning the "right to arms" so I have added that to the list.


Since we just celebrated Easter yesterday I am going to take the liberty to mention that yes, we are Christians and yes, we enjoy that I can share with you this interesting story.  

Many of you will like it.  


Our Pastor Bill has an interesting Faith story.  He was in the Army on a  tour in Iraq. When he got on the plane to come home at the end of the tour he and his team members were sent on an extended tour, a second tour.  He lost a good friend during this time and gave up believing there was a God.


He comes home, gets in a car accident and ends up in the hospital.  A friend went to visit him and brought him a Bible.  Some time after he started helping another friend out who runs a farm.  When he would go to work in the barn his friend would challenge him to learn a Bible verse with him each day.  This became the "Barn Bible".  


It is kept in a paper bag because of the smell but isn't it amazing!  Well worn and more beautiful than any Bible I have ever seen as it is part of what led Bill to be our Pastor and he is an amazing man of God.


Thank you to everyone who led him to where he is today!


As long as we are on the topic - Faith that is

We were also privleged to have seen a replica of the Shroud of Turen at a local Church here in Galena,

St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Pastor Fred Baltz.

What an excellent presentation.  I've never needed to know much about the shroud for my Faith journey but was I glad I saw and heard about it.


If you are in town next Easter be sure to check it out!


Shroud of Turen



Now on a more secular note: If that offended anyone here is the other side of yesterday,

Sunday 4/20/14


We took our beautiful granddaughter to the park and played with her!  

Beautiful weather and there are green things popping up out of the ground!

Hope you had a great Sunday!

Here is Miss Lili with Oreo!


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Week of 04/07/14

Things to Do In Galena, IL This Week


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Dave taking MORE pictures!


#1 Things To Do This Week

Take Pictures


I know it's not the prettiest time of the year and that is exactly why you should consider spending time in Galena taking pictures.  

You will be challenged to find just the right shot

Being overcast most of the time you will have perfect lighting

You will get a lot of exercise walking around

So, call to make you reservation today for this week, mention "Photography" and receive 10% off!

#2 Try at Shake and Burger at Durty Gurts Restaurant

#3 Pizza for Dinner at Procento's Pizza - uhm excellente

#4 Walk the soggy 3 mile walking path - Riverviews at one point on the path

#5 Shop - anywhere, just shop!

#6 Coffee - when you are tired from all the shopping - enjoy the Coffee Shop

We haven't had any snow lately so we have officially discontinued our special classes 

"Snow Shoveling 101, 201 and 301"

Sorry, but maybe you can get in on it next year!

The good news is we are now taking reservations for our next series, back by popular demand

"Window Washing 101 through 501"

Just Kidding You Know!:)



Recipe Highlight

Orange French Toast

It's so simple


Scramble up a few eggs

Add some milk to loosen it up

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp Orange Rind

1/2 cup Orange Flavored Liquor or Orange Juice


Mix all that up, dip some Texas toast in there and put it on the griddle!




Next Week I Begin My New Series

"What Makes Me Happy"


It should be fun and perhaps a few suggestions will stand out to you!









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This Week In Galena IL

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is warmer, brighter, promising, beautiful...


Well not so beautiful right now.  

This is the time of year where the remaining snow is dirty and there is gravel everywhere BUT Spring is here and cleanup is beginning all over the town!


Saturday we had an amazing Wedding Ceremony here!  The couple and their guests couldn't have been nicer.

 What a pleasure to work with them!


guests outside


Congratulations!  And Thank You for the joy you brought to the Galena Wedding Chapel!


Blog Special for This Week!

Stay three midweek nights this week and get the third night FREE!

This weekend stay two nights in the Roylaty II or III at the regular room rate and get a $50 dinner coupon to a local Restaurant!






3 tier full tray


A Formal Afternoon Tea is available here at the Galena Wedding Chapel

We serve a minimum of 15 guests all the way to 65

Make your reservation today!


All home made pastries, finger sandwiches and scones with lemon curd and clotted cream!


Things To Do In Galena This Week

Help Bernadine Spring clean the grounds!

Help Dave visit with the guests!

Brand new Distillery open for tours and tastings!

Live Entertainment his weekend in several locations

Walk or Bike the 3 mile scenic path

Start canoeing, kayaking, riding scooters to Galena Cellars Winery

Take a Carriage ride

Visit the Galena Brewing Company and taste some local made brewskis

Complimentary Dessert Wine Tasting

Visit 4 very large Alaskan Malamuttes and visit with the Author of Max & I books

Bluebird Workshop

and more






Galena IL Things To Do

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Things To Do

Galena IL

March 18 - March 23, 2014


68th Pineapple upside down


Dave's 68th Pineapple Upside Down Cake!


#1  Stop by and share a slice of Dave's Birthday Cake!

#2  Irish Dancers at the Irish Pub

#3  Shop!  Need I say more!

#4  Eat!  

#5  Tour Grant's Home and other historic sites

#6  Enjoy Historic Architecture throughout Galena Proper

#7  Chocolate from the chocolate shop!

#8  Great American Popcorn Factory - Fresh Carmel Corn

#9  Pizza - Procentos, Gobbies, Cannovas, It's All Good

#10  Take in a scenic valley view of the Mississippi river at Chestnut Mountain


Those are our picks for the week!




March 28-30, 2014  Galena Wine Lovers Weekend... it is fantastic!  Don't miss it!


Next Up: for more info


April 4-6, 2014

Spaless Weekend


April 11-13, 2014

President Grant's Grand Birthday Celebration


Dave  Bernadine




Thanks for taking the time to visit our blog.  We'd love to help you plan your getaway.  Just call Dave 815 777-0557!


Dave & Bernadine Anderson


Bernadine's Stillman Inn and 

Galena Wedding Cahpel






40's at Bernadine's Stillman Inn!

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40's At Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Yes, it's true, we've broken the -20 degee weather!

Looks like the week ahead will be beautiful and in the 40's

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St. Patricks Day is right around the corner and that means




and I don't have a clue for what to get for such a wonderful husband!

Actually, his favorite food is weiner schnitzel so I do believe I will be taking him to Fritz & Frites for dinner.  He will love that. He recommended this restaurant to a guest that is staying with us right now and she was so kind to bring him back a schnitzel.  She had a great suggestion.  To keep her weight under control, after she orders her food she puts half of it in a take home box.  Great suggestion!

Dave also enjoys the buffet at Breitbach's.  It's in Balltown Iowa and it is about an hour away. Balltown has the greatest valley view of the Mississippi River.  This road is highly traveled by bikers for it's scenery.




2014 Weddings at the Galena Wedding Chapel



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 The Weddings are lining up for the Galena Wedding Chapel!  How exciting!


 We just love celebrating weddings here.  Inside or out they are always such a fun and thrilling experience.  We love the look of excitement on our couples faces as they go from planning to the actual event.    


You can get married inside of our unique and romantic Wedding Chapel or out in the Gardens.  We have all the things you need to include an Officiant, Photographer, Wedding Coordinator, contacts for Cake and flowers, a Champagne Toast, Reception Hall and Bar.  Our menu selection is reasonably priced and delicious and our staff is trained and skilled in serving you and your guests.


Just give us a call 815 777-0557 to request your Wedding Planner Packet.  This will help you think of everything!



This Weeks Things-To-Do In Galena, IL


3/13/14  Open Stitching - FiberWild

3/10-3/31/14 Wine Lovers Weekend - Massbach Ridge

3/10-3/14/14 A Peaceful Mind Class

3/13-3/17/14 Art Show - Birds & Flowers

3/14/14 Council Hill Station Beer Tasting

3/14-3/15/14 Traditional Irish Dancing

3/14-3/15/14  St. Patricks Celebration -Frank O'Dowds Irish Pub

3/17/14 St. Patricks Day Parade

3/15/14 Starlab

3/15 & 3/17/14 Derty Rice - Galena Brewery

3/15-3/16/14 Pottery Throwing Demonstrations - Artists Annex 

3/10 & 3/17/14 Knit a Lace Scarf - FiberWild

See more at 


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This May we will be celebrating 14 years at Bernadine's Stillman Inn and Galena Wedding Chapel

"It's Been A Pleasure!"


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