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Things To Do In Galena IL 2/28-3/1/14

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Feruary 28 - March 1, 2014



Ken  James and entourage


First of all - CONGRATULATIONS Ken & James On Your Special Day!

These three couples met while staying at Bernadine's Stillman Inn over Labor Day Weekend in 2008

They have met every year since!  What a Pleasure

Thanks for Inviting us to join you all last Friday!


Your Blog Special This Week:

Say "Ken & James" when you call to book your room for this weekend and receive 10% discount!




Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday

Snow & Ice Sculpting

Mystery Pub Cruise

Winery/Distillery/Brewery Tours

Mardis Gras Pub Crawl

Mark Twain & The Laughing River

P.T. Murphy Magic Show

Lunch with Art

Ghost Tour

Skiing & Snowboarding

Traditional Irish Dancing

Live on Stage - Sam Wyatt, Ten Gallon Hat, The Lonley Goats, Smiley Tillmon Band, The Johnny Rockers

Feng Shui Class - Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

All About Smudging Class

Introduction To Knitting Workshop

All About Essential Oils Class

All About Chakras & Crystals Class

Early 2 Rise Meditation Class

Qigong for Beginners Class

Miss Kitty Quiz Show

Open Mic Night


Art Studios

Coffee Shops

Shopping & Dining



Bernadine's Youtube Channel of the Week: The Frugal Crafter and Scrap Made Simple








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Things To Do In Galena IL

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#1 Stay at Bernadine's Stillman Inn 

#2 Enjoy the Best Breakfast In The Midwest

#3 Enjoy Dave & Bernadine - Award Winning Innkeepers, the best in Hospitality

#4 for a list of Fun Things To Do


Stillman with Snow



This morning at Breakfast our guests went on and on about the Galena Twilight Snowshoe Hike at Casper Bluff.  This is something Dave and I will have to do.  They have a bonfire and candlelit trail.  How Romantic!  February 21  4:30-6pm.  

Rent your snow shoes or cross country skiis there if needed.  A definite "Must Do"!


Other activities you can enjoy

All Day Wine Tour - Basic Beading Class -Haunted Pub Crawl - Bald Eagel Bus Tour - Galena Bridal Fair


See You at the Inn!


Dave & Bernadine

815 777-0557






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Weddings - 2014 - Can't Wait!


There are few things as nice as having a wedding ceremony here at the beautiful and historic Stillman Inn.  You may choose to get married in the Chapel (Galena Wedding Chapel), outside in the garden filled courtyards, or inside Bernadine's Stillman Inn (very small venues and mostly in winter).


We offer a full service of wedding coordination and will be there for you from the beginning of your planning to the end of the ceremony and/or reception!


Call today for a copy of our wedding planner and our dinner menu.  Ask for Dave at 815 777-0557.  He's a peach to talk to!


All meals are made fresh right here in our unique reception venue.  Servers are appropriately appointed and expertly trained in giving you the best in service.


Galena IL is the perfect setting for your special day!


You may also reserve a room at our Bed and Breakfast.  A place to return for anniversaries year after year.  We just love that!


Inside Chapel





Galena Wedding Chapel




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Our Bride Entering through the Reception Area



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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