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Dave and I own and operate "Bernadine's Stillman Inn" in Galena IL since 2000. A prime spot to visit if you enjoy History and the Gentle Arts.

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Dave and Bernadine

Dave and Bernadine

Dave and I own and operate "Bernadine's Stillman Inn" in Galena IL since 2000. A prime spot to visit if you enjoy History and the Gentle Arts.

Spring Has Sprung

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Spring Has Sprung 2013!


I'm not sure what type of tree this is but it is so fragrant.  They hit their peak a few days ago and soon the white buds will fall all over the ground creating a beautiful white carpet all over until the first windy day!


Despite all the rain we were finally able to get most of the gardens planted.  It has been so wet here! 


The lower courtyards are featuring Red Gernaiums this year.  We started our famous Zinnias by seed this year so it will be a bit before they are in bloom.  There is a volunteer Teddy Bear Sunflower plant popping up and it will be gorgeous I am sure!  The Route 20 urns are planted with Lantana.  A great plant for pots that tend to dry out!


The front couryards are featuring traditional giant Yellow and old marigolds.  The borders carry a variety of perennials an some annuals for constant flowers.  I still have to complete the back courtyard gardens that has the fire pit.  Any suggestions?!




Holidays 2012

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

2012 Holidays




christmas 2012 garland


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Note From Your Innkeepers:

It has been a great year here at the Stillman Inn thanks to your patronage.  The addition of the Tea Room made for an exciting summer.  What a great time was had by all who visited and Mom just loved baking, cooking and serving.  Thank you for the time you spent with us there and at the Inn.


We love getting to know new guests and we especially love it when people return for a visit.  What a great compliment that is to us.  We have been strengthened by your stories and always excited to see it is a small world.  One of our favorite stories is when a couple stayed in the fireplace room "Dreams of the Past" and spotted a message that was left in the room book by some old friends they had not seen in some time.  After they left they emailed us to say that they had gotten in touch with them and were planning a visit.  How wonderfu and how small indeed that they should have stayed in the same inn, the same room and read their page where they left a message.  Love it!


We also held our first Fiber Retreat and what a blast that was!  We are taking advantage of the slow season to offer great deals to people who share my love for quilting and knitting, crocheting, etc.  

Check our our website for dates!


Galena is beautiful this time of year.  Downtown is all decorated in evergreen boughs!

Thank you again for your patronage, Merry Christmas and see you soon!

Don't forget your 10% discount when you stay with us again.


Bernadine & Dave


Christmas tree 2012


Dates To Remember:

February 23, 2013   11am-2pm Galena Bridal Fair at the Galena Convention Center

May 22, 2013  Our 13th Anniversary Operating the Stillman Inn!

May 2013  Tea Room Reopens through October 2013 


What's New At The Inn:

We're glad you asked!

 We are Decorated for the Holidays

New furniture in the Parlor

Wine and Cheese Receptions

All New "Presidential Like" Bedding In Each Room

Continually Updating and Upgrading for Your Comfort



guests for tea


Recipe Of The Month:

Laundry soap homemade

This is a terrific low-sudsing laundry detergent.  You can find Fels Naptha soap in most grocery stores.  It's a bar of soap. Washing Soda and Borax can be found by the laundry detergents.


  • 1/3 Bar fels naptha soap
  • 1/2 Cup Washing soda
  • 1/2 Cup Borax powder
  • 2 Gallon size bucket


  1. Grate soap and put in sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat until soap melts.
  2. Add washing soda and borax and stir til dissolved. Remove from heat
  3. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.
  4. Add soap mixture and stir
  5. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir
  6. Let soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel
  7. Use 1/2 cup per load. Costs .01 cents a load


Blog Special:

January - February 2013

Stay Two Midweek Nights and get the Third Night FREE!

Return guests will also receive a Complimentary Bottle of Wine.

Not to be used with any other discount. Midweek rates at full rate. Excludes Holidays.

christmas parlor 2012 

Innkeepers Tip of the Day:

To Tip or Not to Tip....That is the Question.

Did you know that originally there was a "TIP Box" on tables at restaurants.  This was "To Insurance Prompt Service". Patrons would deposit coins into the box after being seated.  This would alert the wait staff to give them "extra special attention" during their meal.


Today wait staff in restaurants make BELOW minimum wage.  

They rely heavily on your tips to make ends meet!  


We pay our cleaning staff a good rate to assure they are happy and do a great job for you. If you are pleased with the cleanliness of your room and wish to "gift" the staff feel free to do so.  Most people do not tip when they stay at a Bed and Breakfast but it sure makes the staffs day when they do!




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In this video, Dave Anderson from Bernadine's Stillman Inn bed and breakfast in wonderful Galena, Illinois explains how you can enter for a chance to win an iPad! No purchase is necessary, but why not experience the absolutely beautiful and historic Stillman Inn and nearby downtown Galena to find out why we're the talk of the region and beyond. Call Dave at (815) 541-0313 for more information.
PLEASE LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE at the Youtube Channel!

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Thanksgiving 2011

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Fresh Baked Apple Pie

served this weekend at
Bernadine's Stillman Inn!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was GREAT!

A special Thanks to all of you who have stayed with us! We look forward to seeing you next year!

We are especially thankful this year for our two granddaughters, Cara and Liliana!
They keep us moving and laughing all the time!

Stop in and see us this winter. Returning guests receive a 10% discount and we always have great midweek deals during this time!

Blog Special
Mention you read this blog and receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with your two night midweek stay!

Bernadine and her Mom are back from their "Tampa Tour of Tea Rooms" vacation!
They had a great time and brought home lots of ideas!

We will be adding:
Wine in the Parlor (every evening)
Afternoon Teas on Saturdays and by special request from our guests during your stay
(24 hour notice needed)

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There is just no denying it, we are into Fall and it is beautiful here! Fall Festivals are beginning, we just had a civil war encampment event here down our hill and I'm taking what will most likely be the last pictures of this years gardens. All that work....!

We've just spotted our second set of baby squirrels for the Spring/Summer. They are just too cute and cause quite a bit of mischief around...not as bad as racoons though. We've taken the bird feeders down and set them on the ground since the squirrels end up getting everything anyway. Fun to watch our granddaughter try to say squirrel at 2 years old!

We'll start making pumpkin and apple pies, cheesecake, hot apple cider and by the way, a lot more people are have a smores fire these days here at the inn! Yummy!

I love the random sunflowers that come up around the garden, particularly under the bird feeder. It's just a pleasant surprise that I didn't have to plant!

Once the sedum blooms you know it's time to get your warm clothes out!

Galena IL has two to three civil war encampments a year. There was one this weekend across from Grant's home. You can see it from the Inn. As a matter of fact, I can hear the cannons going off right now.

Civil war encampments are a great thing for families to do. We used to go to them and was I happy when the guys told my son he couldn't use his phone or any other electronics while there. He loved it. He was usually a water boy during battle.

They regularly go through formations that were typical in the civil war encampments. Guests love to go down and ask questions, see how they make their food, look at antique artifacts from the time like uniforms, guns, old kettles, saddles, etc.

This is always my favorite. When they set up the little log cabin as it would have been in the 1800's. This particular weekend it was Set up especially nice with lots of knitting, quilts and sewing gadgets. I love the simpler arts. I won't say simpler life because it most certainly was not simple or air conditioned for that matter! There are a lot of artists in Galena that like to work with their hands especially in the area of fibers, mending and sewing, knitting, rug making...When I work on my projects I like to think what it would have been like for women in those days. It's kind of a touch stone for me like doing a family tree is to others.

By brother-in-law Donn is going to like this pic!

I had the rare opportunity of being able to leave the inn for a walk Saturday. I sat in Grant Park trying to finish up a knitted scarf when the train came by. Next to the train tack is a bike path. Lots of people riding bikes! And next to that is the Galena River. I was able to watch several canoes and kayaks go by. What a perfect day!

Then I walked to the farmers market. Tried to find "Pink Lady" apples. I've been trying to find them for pies because the description of them is so luscious. I understand they are an Heirloom apple and hard to come by. If you see any, send one this way!

Have a great Fall and stop on in! The colors are going to be spectacular in the next couple of weeks. Next weekend is Oktoberfest complete with wiener dog races and then the following weekend is our busiest weekend - Country Fair Weekend.

Mention this Fall 2011 blog and receive a complimentary bottle of wine with your two night stay!

-Bernadine & Dave

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