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Great New Antique Mall To Visit During Your Next Stay!

 

Elizabeth's Antique Mall

On Route 20 just 15 minutes from our Inn

 

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This was the old school in Elizabeth.  Part of the facility is being used by Highland Community College and now this part is overflowing with a terrific mix of antiques, reproductions and new vintage items that all work well together.  What a treat!  The owners, Michael and Ashley, are obviously great visionaries and the place shows it from the fresh outside paint colors to the interior where the spaces are divided by wood palettes.  Amazing!  Way to go Michael and Ashley.  Here's to years of thriving business!

 

booth 1

 

Look at this display.  It is charming.  The space is well lit and there is a variety in this mall like none other.  Here are a few images of what you can expect to find!

green lantern

 

Here is a SMALL sampling of the books they have all neatly layed out in book shelves on the second floor.

 

books

 

I've been watching the "Burlap Craze" lately and they have some really cute tablecloths, bows and wreaths here.

 

burlap table cloth 2

 

Piano anyone?  Lots of furntiure here not just pianos.  And they have plenty of space to expand but while you are there, right now, you won't feel like it's half empty.  It feels full!

 

 

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Dave on the throne!  Lots of dressers, hutches, desks, etc.

 

Dave on chair

 

This pic is for my friend Jeff who plays the congas and the djemba.  I think this would be a great addition to our worhsip team!

 

drum

 

See, things like this.  Altered reproductions.  But somehow it all just fits together and works!  I love this cabinet.

 

painted cabinet

 

Beautiful and affordable!  I could go on and on forever!

 

repro lamp

 

Who can resist this white stove.  Lovely isn't it?

 

stove

 

You don't have to wait for the farmers market to open now to get homemade soaps and scents.  I love the soy bean jar candles.  They are wrapped in thing gauze so they look as unique as they smell.  You have to check this out!

 

soaps

 

This wa sour take.  My Dad collected venetian glass clown statues.  Over the years they've been lost or broken.  Mom still has several but she needs this guy to add to her collection.  Can't wait to give it to her.  I'm working on a quilt that is all wool.  I found these yummy bundles at a terrific price.  Can't wait to get started now.  I did leave some behind but not for long...so if you are looking for affordable wool you better get there quickly!  Oh, and of course we had to buy some of their fresh cookies.  When you walk in there is a very comfortable seating area with a TV.  You can buy a great coffee drink and rest between floors!

 

our take home

 

The Owners: Ashley & Michael

Wishing you great success in your new venture.  The place is great and we will be sending our guests to you for sure!

By the way; turns our Ashley and Michael stayed with us a few years ago.  How fun is that?

 

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This is one of those great "by chance" photos.  There's Ashley working in the background.  Looks like I planned the cool blurred effect but it just happened.  Photo rule #1 - if you take enough photos you are bound to get a few really great ones!

 

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Have a great day today!  Keep your chin up and keep running the good race!

 

Bernadine

 

 

Ahhh, September 2011

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Like everyone else, we here at Bernadine's Stillman Inn in Galena Illinois, we are wondering where Summer went. We actually like the cooler evenings. Great for having a fire with the guests and making Smores!

Mom was here this week helping me make more Strawberry Jam and Truffles. We have added the molded chocolates to our "Gift Armoire".

Just made Brownies and a Strawberry Pie for this weekends guests. Hope they love it!


Picked what will probably be the last of the tomatoes, green beans and green onions this year.

Also pictured here is some Pasta from Galena's new Pasta Store downtown. They have everything, even Chocolate Pasta.

Mom and I picked up the "Spinach Basil Garlic Fettuccine". It's a beautiful color and apparently all we have to do is add a little bit of oil or pesto to it for a great taste.

I also liked the pasta shaped like sombreros. You cook them and fill them up as an appetizer. Check it out next time you are in Galena!

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Dave & Bernadine

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It's Time For Dessert

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We have done so many new projects this Spring!

Look...freshly painted benches!

We have a new "Garden Loom" guests can be creative with. Go for a walk, bring back some special finds and weave them in!

A Cloth Cabana will be going up between the Inn and Wedding Chapel! This is going to be great!

And we have three bird feeding stations on the property. Just spotted a Baltimore Oriole the other day! Lots of yellow finches too! And don't forget the cardinals.


The Square Foot Gardens are Fabulous. Well, let's say one of them is doing really well. The second one, my new baby squirrels are chewing all up. I wonder why they are choosing just that box. Anyway, they are cute as the dickens so it's okay. I just keep replanting!

The Guests enjoyed the following last week:

Homemade Strawberry Jam
Homemade Fudge
and Homemade Lavender Infused Pound Cake

Oh my...I'm so glad they ate as much as they did or I would have eaten it all up myself!

Thinking this week will be Angel Food Cake with mixed fruit topping and perhaps some individual Fritattas for breakfast....yum!

Come join us at the Fabulous, Romantic and Historic Stillman Inn located across from General Grant's home and three blocks from Main Street. The gardens are the best they've ever been, downtwon shopping is great and the Weddings here at the Galena Wedding Chapel are divine! Just had an outdoor wedding in the front courtyards. Simply beautiful.

Strawberry Anyone?

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn - Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena!


We asked a recent guest how he choose the Stillman Inn. He said he googled "Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena" and we came up! Awesome!

This weekend I canned fresh Strawberries and made a Strawberry pie for everyone to enjoy. It was eaten up immediately. We also had fresh baked apple/cream cheese strudels. They were fabulous.

Guests love our "love cakes" (heart shaped pancakes) so I made these individual strudels in the shape of hearts. Wala..."love strudels".


New addition to our gift shop is "Bernadine's Homemade Strawberry Jam".

Last week we served Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Yummy.


Come and stay with us and enjoy the deserts. The pie was topped off with a clipping of mint from our new Kitchen Garden. Now that some wild animal has stopped nibbling at things everything is growing nicely! Come check it out! All sorts of fun things to see and smell in our garden. Ask for the tour!


Bring your friends and family and stay at the beautiful, romantic and historic Stillman Inn. Located across from Grant's home. Beautiful walk to main street. "Best Breakfast" and Best Innkeeper" awards.

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