Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast

1109 West State Street , Jacksonville, IL 62650 USA (Show map)


Jacksonville's premier lodging choice, this beautiful 120-year-old mansion located in the heart of the historic district has been magnificently restored. Architectural details abound. Two beautifully-appointed luxury guest suites, each with private bath and private sitting room, invite you to relax and rejuvenate. Multi-course gourmet breakfasts are served in the formal dining room, or to your room on silver trays. Spa services available in the privacy of your own suite.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Best Birthday Getaway!!

5 on December 21, 2016

Owners are sweethearts!The whole house is beautiful, especially with the Christmas decorations! They are very accommodating and understanding! It truly makes you feel like you're at home. The breakfast and snack bar are awesome, by the way!They may also do something special for your birthday or anniversary.I was surprised with a mini birthday cake!! So sweet! Love- The Forty's

Great B&B!

4.6 on April 23, 2015

We've stayed at many B&B's and this one has everything, beautiful room, great bath, nice sitting area, lovely common areas, delicious breakfast, gracious hosts, late night snacks and early morning coffee or tea. Beautiful historic neighborhood for walking or jogging. Spacious porch and yard for sitting and reading or relaxing. Highly recommended!

Charm and Comfort in Jacksonville IL

5 on September 19, 2012

My 2 friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Blessings On State. The sign posted near the door reading "Enter as strangers, leave as friends" certainly applies 100%. Their home is located in the quiet historic district of Jacksonville on a beautiful tree-lined street. We were charmed by the notes of the player grand piano when we entered. Gwenn sat us down in the parlour and went over the basics of the home, while her helpful and friendly young daughter carried our bags up to our rooms. Both rooms available have super comfortable beds (2 of us slept entirely through the night!) and cozy reading areas, with a buffet in the hall stocked with coffee, tea, soda, water, chips and mints. Elegant chandeliers hang in each room. Plenty of options for reading, watching TV or videos are available. Luxurious baths. On to the food! Our first breakfast included a remarkable poached pear, cranberry muffin, mushroom/bacon/cheese frittata, hash browns and asparagus, along with fresh orange juice and coffee. All served by their adorable daughter. The next morning's delight was a belgian waffle decked out with berries, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream, with real maple syriup and a side of sausage links. We felt so pampered and well taken care of. Their home, along with its comfortable wrap around porch and beautiful gardens, is extremely lovely but not fussy and untouchable. We cannot wait to stay again the next time we visit Jacksonville.

Beautiful Setting!

4.8 on June 28, 2012

The house was beautiful, surrounded by flowers and large trees. I loved sitting on the porch watching robins in the birdbath. Breakfast was lovely. I felt like both an honored guest and part of the family. Gwen was awesome!! She really went the extra mile to be accommodating and hospitable. I highly recommend staying here!!!

Blessings on State

4.0 on February 13, 2012

Great, homey B & B in Jacksonville, IL. Flexible, friendly hosts made us feel welcome and pampered. Special touches included homemade cookies waiting when we arrived, fun tour from Valerie, and amazing fresh breakfast. Treat yourself and stay here for a unique, small-town retreat.

Mother/Daughter Time

4.0 on February 13, 2012

Provided an atmosphere of much-needed beauty, comfort and warmth.

A Perfect Stay

5 on September 22, 2011

We felt like family the minute we walked in the door. Gwenn was extremely friendly and hospitable. She made dinner reservations for us each night and when we entered the restaurants, we were called by name. The food at the B&B was superb - served on china at a window table overlooking a garden. Rooms were very large and comfortable. We've stayed at a lot of B&B's, but this one has got to be the best! We truly hated to leave.

Welcoming, relaxing getaway

4.6 on September 21, 2011

My husband and I have stayed at Blessings twice, and will never look anywhere else when we visit Jacksonville. Every detail of the home is lovely, the innkeeper and her family are so genuinely welcoming, and the breakfast is the best anywhere. Blessings is right in the middle of the beautiful historic district. Gwenn has done an amazing job of outfitting the inn, there are little snacks and drinks, comfy chairs, stuff to read. It is a very relaxing place to hang out in between whatever activities took you to Jacksonville.

A Perfect Place to Stay

5 on September 12, 2011

I've stayed here many times and it keeps getting better! My Tranquility Suite is roomy and beautiful. I love the walk-in shower. Love to sit on the porch and read - it's so restful. The new fountains provide a relaxing background. The food is great and the service is wonderful. I'd highly recommend Blessings to anyone who wants a quiet getaway.

Beautiful and comfortable

4.0 on June 13, 2011

We stayed at this Bed & breakfast in early June, 2011 and though the home and the innkeepers were delightful. We prefer to stay in B & B's rather than Hotels and this one was exceptional. Gwenn, Glen and also little Varlerie were freindly and actually went out of their way to make you comfortable. The breakfasts were outstanding and the home was very clean and well kept. We stayed in the larger suite and the king bed was comfortable and I can not begin to even tell you how absolutely beautiful and roomy the bathroom is. I highly recommend this B & B. Nancy & Mike from Pa.

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Rooms & Rates

Tranquility Suite

Our most spacious suite features a feather-topped king sized bed, fireplace and a fabulous marble spa bathroom. Open the door to your own private haven! Ideal for special celebrations and romantic weekends, we’ll be happy to serve your full gourmet breakfast to your door on silver trays. A private sitting room, accessible only through your suite, provides additional space for privacy and relaxation. Luxury in-room indulgences may be ordered in advance, including roses or other fresh flowers, spa services (in the privacy of your own suite), chocolates and other special amenities.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $150 - $200

Serenity on State

Serenity on State, with its beautiful view of historic State Street, offers a magnificent queen four-poster bed sitting high off the floor and triple-sheeted with luxury linens. Your private sitting room offers great seating for reading and relaxing. Each suite offers its own unique style and ambiance. Furnishings are both elegant and comfortable. Plush bathrobes are available for our guests. Every suite has a full private bath en suite and offers wireless internet access and satellite television. In addition, guests have full access to the 24-hour coffee/tea bar and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $145

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Location Type

Historic Town, Looking for Lincoln sites, College town, Small town


Springfield, IL (SPI-Capital) 38 miles

Directions to property:

From St. Louis/Quincy via Route 67 Take the Morton Avenue exit heading east. Go .2 of a mile, then turn left onto Mound Road, which will “S” curve into West College Avenue. Turn left onto Webster, then right onto West State Street at Duncan Park. Blessings is located on your right near the end of the block. From St. Louis via Route 267 Cross Interstate 72 and proceed approximately 3 miles, passing through South Jacksonville. Turn left at the light onto Morton Avenue, then right at the light onto Church Street. Turn left at the light onto West State. Blessings is located approximately 1/2 mile on your left. From Springfield via Interstate 72 Take the Morton Avenue exit heading west into Jacksonville. Turn right at the light onto Church Street, then left at the light onto West State. Blessings is located approximately 1/2 mile on your left. From the North via Route 78 From Route 78, Main Street, turn right onto West Walnut at the four-way stop, heading west. Go .2 of a mile, then turn left onto North Church Street. Turn right when you reach the light at West State. Blessings is located approximately 1/2 mile on your left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Underground Railroad, Governor Duncan Mansion / Duncan Park, Colonel Grierson, Looking for Lincoln Nat'l Park Service Passport / Abraham Lincoln sites, Springfield Lincoln Historic Sites, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Tours, University

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Parking, Piano , ADA kit for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Guests, Spa Services in the privacy of your own suite, Afternoon snacks may be served on front porch, Innkeepers have knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture, On-call staff fluent in American Sign (ASL), Video Phone

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Historic Homes Walking Tour, Shopping

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  • Check In:: 3pm - 9pm
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children are welcome accompanied by well-behaved parents.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Service animals are always welcome.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night summer weekends may be required.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: In order to provide our guests with the best service and room availability, a 50% deposit or the rate for one night’s stay, whichever is greater, will guarantee a reservation of three or fewer nights.
  • Cancellations: When a cancellation notice is received at least 14 days prior to your stay, your deposit, less a $29 service fee, will be returned as a transferable gift certificate. After 14 days prior, a gift certificate “refund,” less a $29 service fee, will be available in the event that we are able to rebook your room.
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Gwenn Eyer

Languages spoken

Knowledge of ASL, English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Cooking, gardening, reading, needlepoint, published author and public speaker

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Multi-course Gourmet Breakfast

  • Time Served: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian We do not have a Gluten Free kitchen, but we're happy to offer Gluten Free breakfast preparations, including muffins, waffles, pancakes, etc.

Signature Dish

Chicago Style Waffles
We love to surprise our guests with a dollop of homemade ice cream topping off our waffles. Our Chicago Style Waffles are served with Strawberries, home made ice cream and whipped cream and are sprinkled with Confectioner's sugar for an especially indulgent summertime breakfast,


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Special Package

"read My Lips!" Deaf-Friendly Romance Package

Sink into our luxurious feather-topped king-sized bed, turn on the remote controlled electric fireplace (with or without heat), and enjoy an evening of romance with the one you love. You’ll be thrilled with your beautiful marble spa bathroom! We’ll serve your full gourmet breakfast by candlelight in our formal dining room, or serve to your door on silver trays any time before noon. This package includes one night in the Tranquility Suite. Fresh flowers, chocolates, guest robes and spa amenities, chilled sparking grape juice and other surprises will delight you as you celebrate your romance! Check out may be delayed until 2:00 p.m. whenever possible. Make it an unforgettable getaway! Blessings on State is a Deaf-friendly bed and breakfast. Our desire is to make your stay here as secure and comfortable as possible. Located in a well established historic neighborhood, well-lit off street parking provides a secure environment. Hosts have a working knowledge of ASL and on-call staff will provide additional support as needed. In addition to the basic ADA lodging kit with alarms and signallers, we also offer digital satellite TV with closed captioning, amplified phone and DVD players in each suite.

Romance Packages

COUPLES DOUBLE How about a Good Old-Fashioned Double Date? You and your friends will be our only guests. Grab a complimentary soda and spend time together on the front porch or in one of our other common areas. Go out for a burger and fries before heading out to the movies. Come back to share a bedtime snack. Get a good night's sleep, then join each other for a gourmet breakfast in our formal dining room. Our 'Couples Double' Package includes: - One Night Stay in our Tranquility Suite for One Couple - One Night Stay in our Serenity on State Suite for Second Couple - Two $25 Gift Cards for Steak ‘n Shake - Four Tickets to the Movies - Bedtime Snacks - Upscale Amenities - Gourmet Breakfast for Four $350

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