Bernadine's Stillman Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bernadine's Stillman Inn Galena
Charming and Exquisite!
My boyfriend and I stayed at the lovely Bernadine's Stillman Mansion in mid-May. From the time of booking the reservation to the time of waving good-bye, the personnel went above and beyond to ensure a fantastic visit...and this wasn't just for us - they do this for everyone! Their beautiful and unique (yet still updated) accomodations, delicious breakfast, helpful advice contributed to a memorable and spectacular time. It's a great location and such a neat setting. And again, I emphasize the service, the accomodations and all the thought they put behind everything is to be commended. They took our photo and gave us one too so that we can remember our time but hopefully we won't have to wait long as we are looking forward to returning.
This was my very first experience staying in a Bed and Breakfast and now the benchmark to rate future stays elsewhere. The Stillman was fantastic!!!! A beautiful house and property and in a great location. Dave was our wonderful host during our visit. Extremely nice, cheerful, and informative. Our room was number 3 on the second floor and at the front of the house overlooking the front drive and surrey circle. Very nicely furnished and decorated and the bed was very comfortable. The mini-fridge was stocked with complimentary soft drinks. The weather was perfect and having the windows open with fresh cool air during the night just added to the excitement of our stay. Breakfast was served in the Parlor, a lovely large and inviting room at the rear of the house. A hot meal made to our order: Eggs-prepared either scrambled or in choice of omelettes, French Toast-served with either peach or apple topping, sausage links and bacon, choice of toasts, coffee, hot water for a variety of teas, and orange juice all made for a very filling meal. I, along with Floyd, will be returning and will most definitely recommend this wonderful Inn to everyone!!!! I can't wait to do this again!
Ruth Ann-Urbana, and Floyd-Paxton, Illinois
Best Stay on Our Anniversary
I planned a special get away weekend to celebrate our 5th year wedding anniversary. My wife had no idea where we were going or what to plan for. Our destination was 2 nights at Bernadine's Stillman Inn located in Galena, Illinois.
Let me first say, I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before, I always felt strange about staying in someone else's home...even if it was in a different area. But that has all changed!!
Dave and Bernadine were Fantastic Hosts!!! From the moment we arrived until the day we left, it was wonderful. Not being from the area, we were unsure of places to go and eat, but Dave gave us all the information we needed to have a great time in the Galena. Our morning breakfasts were delicious and filling, topped off with conversations with all our fellow guests and our friendly hosts.
The restored 1858 mansion is beautiful and the rooms were First Class. We stayed in "Loves First Touch" for our first night, with just enough romantic application to make my wife fall in love with it. But for our second night, we were moved into the room of all rooms... the "Honeymoon Suite". This room put all rooms to shame with it's romantic feel, elegant decor, two fireplaces, and the two person jacuzzi tub.
We are planning on going back to Galena... but we are not looking at staying anywhere else... it will be Bernadine's Stillman Inn or nothing!!
Thanks Dave and Bernadine...
Chris & Laurel
Rave review for the Stillman Inn
We recently had the great pleasure of spending a short honeymoon in the Honeymoon Suite of Bernadine's Stillman Inn. It goes way beyond just being a hotel stay--it's an unforgetable experience. The inn itself is a beautifully restored 1858 mansion which will make you feel like you just stepped back in time. The Honeymoon Suite was magnificent, complete with 2 working fireplaces and a fabulous whirlpool. It was exquisitely furnished with period furniture, four-poster bed and window dressings. There was even a veranda off the bedroom! Innkeepers Dave and Bernadine made us feel so welcome it was like being family in a matter minutes. They set the standard for innkeepers; we have never felt more at home while traveling. The Inn is located almost directly across from the Grant Home, which lends so much history as Nelson Stillman, the original owner who had it built as a private resident in 1858, was a close friend of General Grant. For a truly romantic interlude or just to feel part of the history of Galena, there is no place better to stay. We loved every minute!
What an amazing place!
My husband and I spent a long weekend at the Stillman Inn, and WOW, what an amazing building and grounds they have! Dave and Bernadine were very welcoming and friendly and gave us all the information we needed to have a great time in the Galena area. We both enjoyed the short walk into town and unique shops there. I especially loved finding things that you don't see in our home area (Kenosha, WI). We will definitely be returning to the Stillman Inn, hopefully on a yearly basis.
Elegant accomodations and more!
My husband and I just returned from Galena and had a wonderful getaway weekend. The Stillman Inn was a relaxing and elegant inn. Dave and Bernadine are delightful hosts, and our Honeymoon Suite room was spacious!! The jacuzzi was just the right size and the water pressure was on the money! Close to all Galena's attractions including downtown and Grant's hone (exactly 88 steps away). We will return..especially for the bottomless chocolate chip cookies!
Great 40th bday
This was my first B&B experience and it was my wife who arrnged the stay with friends for my 40th bday. Thye Inn was very comfortable and from the minute we walked in the door we were made to feel welcome by Dave and Bernadine. The service was top notch, breakfast very good and the other guests added to the very relaxed and laid back atmosphere at the Stillman. Very well done--we will definitely be back and have referred many of my friends to this Inn. Make sure to visit the Irish pub on a friday or saturday night--great entertainment--but stay at the inn, its only a couple of blocks away--they also have a spa at the Irish Cottage.
A little pricey but still great
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Stillman Inn for 3 nights for a ski weekend at Chestnet. We stayed in the Grand Romance Suite. The hot tub and down comforter were great! Dave really goes out of his way to make sure all of your needs are taken care of. The room was a little pricey but I would certainly recommend it for a romantic weekend getaway!
Pampered, and beautiful experience!
My boyfriend and I spent 3 wonderful nights here for a pre-Valentine's Day retreat. The owners/hosts truely made us feel welcome from the moment that we got there to the moment we left. The rooms are beautiful retreats from every day life. I wasn't feeling well one morning so breakfast was brought up to me so I could have breakfast in bed. We had some great conversations around the breakfast table every morning but thent he hosts would leave us to go do whatever we wanted, that being going back to bed or exploring Galena. I can't state how much I enjoyed my time there. In fact my boyfriend and I are looking to go back over Labor Day.
Further from city centre than the brochure advises. It is more than 3 blocks and down a very steep hill before going back up into a public park to walk a foot bridge across the Galena River. It's not really across the street from Grant's house but more like a block away. That's the bad news, the good news is the hospitality of Dave and Bernadine -- they do really make you feel at home and do go way out of their way to make sure your stay is a great one. If for no other reason we'd stay there again if visiting Galena!
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