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Holidays 2012

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

2012 Holidays




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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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Christmas at the Stillman

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The Inn is all decorated and just waiting for Santa to come! The Parlor is adorned with garland, lights, angels and a huge Christmas tree loaded with angels and burgundy and gold florals. We're keeping up with the bottomless chocolate chip cookie jar as best we can and having a blast with our guests! It's fun to see all those packages come in from purchases made downtown.

We love listening to Christmas music. Our favorite this year is "Music Box Sound of Christmas" by Porter Music Box Company, Inc.

Dave and I are getting excited about spending Christmas in the City and how exciting - our family has grown now that our son Phil has met his birth family! They are just lovely but there are a lot of siblings to think about now - 7! We welcome Victoria, Phil and all of their children into our family.

More good news: Travis has proposed to our daughter Becca. We will be having an engagement party before the New Year rings in. How wonderful. Here's to Becca and Travis this season!

Well, back to cleaning and cooking, shopping and enjoying this Holiday season. We hope you will join us here at the inn and take a moment to reflect on all the good things life has had to offer in the past year! To all who read this blog we'd like to offer a one time special - 20% off your midweek stay in January! Also, a complimentary bottle of champagne for those of you staying with us for three nights over New Years Eve!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Bernadine & Dave

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