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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

513 Bouthillier Street , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)
4.6
176 Reviews
$120 - $280
per night

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This Galena Bed and Breakfast is an Historic and Romantic 1858 Inn. Awarded "Best Breakfast" and "Best Innkeeper". Located across from General Grant's home and a short walk to Main Street. All rooms include robes, private baths, refrgerator with complimentary beverages,cable TV/VCR/DVD, CD, Videolibrary, breakfast, a chocolate chip cookie jar, fresh fruit and ice cream freezer. Some rooms include whirlpools and fireplaces. The Inn is surrounded by garden filled courtyards creating a peaceful atmosphere. Delight in each others company and treat yourseles to the break you deserve. Back by popular demand 2012: Afternoon Tea in Bernadine's Tea Room! Call today and let us help you coordinate your special occasion. We look forward to serving you!

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Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.6

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Greatest place to stay in Galena!

5 on November 23, 2014

My husband and I had such a great time staying here, Dave and Bernadine are the kindest, funniest, and most hospitable people we have ever met & they put together a GREAT breakfast! They made our honeymoon experience amazing and we will definitely be back for future anniversary celebrations ! I highly recommend staying here if you are planning a trip to Galena! ¿¿


Amazing weekend

5 on November 15, 2014

I have stayed at other bed and breakfasts and this was my favorite. Dave is wonderful the inn feels like you are at home. The breakfast will fill you for the day. :) the inn is a great location and you won't be disappointed. Will stay here again next year.


Exceptional B&B

5 on May 17, 2014

Having stayed at many B&B's this is one of the best, breakfast delicious with options offered, gracious hosts that attend to every detail. It was perfect for our wedding reception and the mansion is truly romantic, would recommend to all!


Wedding Weekend

5 on April 14, 2014

We wanted a destination wedding without having to fly. Bernadine's Stillman Inn was the perfect destination. Dave & Bernadine were absolutely perfect...Dave is a wonderful wedding coordinator, officiate, and B&B host. Bernadine handled the photography while Dave conducted the service. Then Dave took over for the pictures as Bernadine served the reception. No worries!! My husband and I were able to enjoy the day without having to worry about anything!


Great Experience at the Stillman Inn

5 on February 12, 2014

I had originally booked a nearby hotel for a Galena trip before I realized that this would be an ideal time to propose to my girlfriend. I looked around at lodging that would be more romantic than a hotel and discovered a beautiful mid-19th-century mansion that was the epitome of romance for northern Illinois in winter (it even snowed gently throughout the day of my proposal). So, Stillman Inn on several categories: 1) Beauty - Majestic 1850's mansion 2) Romance - The Honeymoon sweet had 2 gas fireplaces and a four-poster bed and all the history we could ever desire 3) Service - Dave, the owner, worked closely with me on setting up my proposal night, from champagne to rose petals and everything in between. Breakfast was similarly awesome. Finally, he even helped us take pictures the day after to commemorate our moment. 4) Location..even in heavy snow, it's a 3 minute walk to the US Grant mansion. It's a 2 minute drive from everything in awesome, historical downtown Galena, and if it wasn't a snowstorm, would be a 10 minute walk.


Great Weekend Getaway!

4.6 on February 06, 2014

My wife and I spent a weekend here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room we had came with a whirlpool, fireplace and a full bathroom. Dave and Bernadine are super people and serve up an awesome breakfast. I was concerned that it might be a little awkward but they did a really awesome job making us feel comfortable. We came as strangers and left as friends. I have no regrets about this place and would stay there again.


Winter Getaway

5 on January 07, 2014

I realized on this trip that the main reason I keep coming back to Galen is the Stillman Inn. It is one of many Bed and Breakfasts I have been to but it is easily the best. The fireplace room could not have been nicer or more romantic. It was a peaceful and restful getaway for after the holidays. Dave and Bernadine are excellent hosts and the effort they put into their B&B really shows. I will definitely be going back again.


Just FABULOUS

5 on January 01, 2014

My wife won $2000 at Diamond Joe's in Dubuque IA and I asked her what she would like to do with it. Someone had handed her a brochure of The Stillman Inn in Galena IL....and she handed it to me and said, "Spend a weekend at this place and in Galena." Well, that's exactly what we did! I don't know who handed Jill the brochure, but that person deserves a big kiss! After making reservations with Dave over the phone, and then finally arriving 2 weeks later, we were immediately impressed by the most beautiful up-kept mansion. I can't imagine the work to keep something like this in 'tip-top shape', but somehow Dave and his crew manage to do it! Dave's motto is something like, "Come a stranger, leave a friend", and that's exactly how we feel about Dave and his lovely wife, Bernadine. He busted out laughing when I started singing, "Thank you for being my friend" as we hugged goodbye. Galena itself met all our expectations, and so did The Stillman Inn. The ROYALTY ROOM was the one we requested, and Jill said she felt like a queen in it. We were greeted by 'cutesy' King and Queen crowns on the beautiful bedspread. The room was great, and exactly what we expected in an over 150 year old home. The Inn itself is lovely, and as it was early in the day, Dave gave us the tour of all the empty rooms, explaining each one in great detail with historical data. The 'gathering room' (for breakfasts, games, meetings, etc) had a lovely little piano in it, which I played. The freezer in the hall was full of ice cream treats, fruits and cookies were there to snack on, and pop corn was there to be popped in the microwave. And, ah.....breakfast! Three kinds of heart-shaped pancakes, bacon, quiche (I hope I spelled that correctly), yogurt cups, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice....you don't go away hungry from their table, believe me. All in all...our stay at Stillman Inn was FABULOUS. We will be back, for sure.


Just OK

1.4 on December 25, 2013

We were very excited about our stay in Galena and I researched a few B&B’s online. I called a few, but Dave Anderson at Bernadine’s Stillman Inn sold me over the phone. He was very gracious and accommodating and said everything I wanted to hear. And that was the problem. We arrived at the “mansion” and it was freezing. Apparently, they had a problem with their heating system. (The home is dated, and needs updating and repairs). We decided to upgrade our room, which was nice, it came with a 4 poster bed and Jacuzzi tub. When I asked, on the phone, what time is check in and check out, I was told “whenever you’d like” to both. Upon preparing to leave, we were told we needed to check out by 11am. I was also told on the phone that we’d have goodies and snacks, and “Grandma” would be baking cookies at night. Grandma was nowhere to be seen, and some stale cookies were on the table. I was also told that the breakfast was voted the “best” in Galena. It was mediocre at best. “Snacks” consisted of microwave pop corn. During breakfast I was freezing, the heat was either not working sufficiently, or the innkeepers decided that it was warm enough. So, all in all, an OK experience, soured by the fact that I was sold a much grander package than the one we received. We won’t be going back.


Relaxiing Getaway

5 on December 24, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bernadine's Stillman Inn. Dave went above and beyond to make our 10th Anniversary special. Room was cozy and breakfast was delicious. Really appreciated Dave giving us the tour and history of the Inn. We have already recommended Bernadine's to friends.


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Rooms & Rates

Honeymoon Suite

Beautifully ornate room with gold moldings. Two fireplaces, one marble, Large wood dividing doors separate the bedroom and Living Room. Original Interior wood shutters and ceiling moldings bring you back in time. Large whirlpool tub, 2 TV's, 2 fireplaces, spacious bathroom, antique furnishings. Don't forget the bottomless parlor cookie jar filled with chocolate chip cookies and the ice cream bar freezer!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $195 - $280

Nightly Rate: $195 - $280

Grand Romance Room

Romantic is the word here. Just decorated Soldier blue with blue Toile fabric inserts, fabric draped four poster bed. Large whirlpool tub outside the large bathroom. Cable TV, VCR, CD player, Robes and mini fridge all go together to create the perfect romantic evening. High ceilings and marble gas fireplace are the perfect touch to make you feel royal!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

Romance Room

Tucked away is how you'll feel as you step down into this dream room. Four poster bed draped with romantic sheer fabric and gold beads. Cozy robes, cable TV, VCR, CD player and mini fridge cant' be beat. Large Whirlpool tub located outside of large bathroom. Great view of courtyards and privacy beyond your wildest dreams!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

Dreams of the Past

Antique charm perfect for romance. Comfy bed, cable TV, VCR, CD player, mini fridge and two cozy robes make this a must! Victorian furnishings and decorating. Cuddle up by the gas log fireplace on a cold night and fall in love again!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $140 - $190

Nightly Rate: $140 - $190

Love's First Touch

Warmth and charm, romance and more abound in this sunlit filled room. Marble fireplace, mini fridge, Cable TV, VCR, CD player and two cozy warms all add up to one romantic weekend. Let us spoil you rotten!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $140 - $190

Nightly Rate: $140 - $190

Royalty II

Red and Romantic. Just decorated and filled with Victorian charm. Tailored draperies, antique furnished, Cable TV, VCR, CD player and two gorgeous robes are all you need for the perfect getaway!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150

Royalty III

Quaint and charming is how you describe this one. With the Cable TV, VCR, CD Player and two cozy robes you will be ready to kick back and relax. Don't forget the Chocolate Chip bottomless cookie jar in the parlor. Like a cup of hot tea - we will serve it to you in your room. Come and be swept away!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150

Location

Location Type

Residential, City, Countryside, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 15 miles

Directions to property:

Can be seen right on Rt 20 in Illinois-located across the street from Grant's Home. Must turn off Rt 20 on Bouthillier Street or Turn off Park Avenue and then right on Bouthillier St. Follow U.S. Grant home signs!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Diamond Jo Casino, Dog Track, Dinner Cruises, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi , 3 whirlpool/fireplace suites, Afternoon Tea available, Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Hunting, Tea Room/Restaurant on site, In House Massage Therapist, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4-11pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking allowed on covered patios or courtyards
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends March through November
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We have a two week cancellation policy. If you cancel after the one week time you receive a gift certificate to be used at a later date.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Dave and Bernadine Anderson

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

Tea, Gardening, Remodeling, Quilting, Reading, Talking with and serving Guests!

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30-9:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Love Cakes
Pancakes shaped like hearts...you can't get that anywhere else!


Recipes

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513 Bouthillier Street , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)

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