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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

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

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

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180 Reviews

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My surprise Birthday

5 on March 19, 2015

This was my surprise birthday gift from my husband. I really enjoyed the stay at the Stillman Inn. So much history in the home and town. I loved it all. Another surprise was a birthday candle in my coffee cake at breakfast! Thanks for making us feel like royalty!

wonderful experience!

5 on February 22, 2015

We have been to several bed and breakfast inns over the past several years in several cities. The Stillman Inn was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The building is extremely well kept and the food was wonderful. David and Bernadine are wonderful hosts and eager to make one's stay special. We will definitely be back.

Wonderful Experience

5 on January 25, 2015

What a relaxing stay! My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. The setting was perfect, the accommodations were great, Dave and Bernadine were wonderful hosts, and the breakfast was delicious! We will be back. Deb S.

We'll Be Back!

5 on December 21, 2014

Warm and charming, the Stillman Inn provided us with a fantastic base of operations from which to enjoy our two-day stay in Galena. Our room was cozy and the period furnishings lent a real historical flavor to our stay. Dave and Bernadine, our hosts, were extremely friendly and accommodating…Dave's extensive knowledge of Galena, both past and present, provided us with a rich understanding of the history of the area as well as lots of ideas for activities to enjoy while there. Breakfasts by Bernadine were exquisite! Five stars across the board! We are looking forward to our next visit! Lynn and Warren from Chicago

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.

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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 Type

Residential, City, Countryside, Small town, Wine country


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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wired internet

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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  • 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.



Dave and Bernadine Anderson

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About the innkeepers

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

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  • 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 can't get that anywhere else!



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

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