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Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast

1109 W State St, Jacksonville, IL 62650-1846
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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The award-winning Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast is located in the prestigious West State Street historic district in Jacksonville, Illinois. One block from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and the Illinois School for the Deaf, this beautiful 130-year-old mansion shines with the ambiance of the past. Outstanding architectural details include a stunning carved staircase, five distinctly different tiled fireplaces, pocket doors, natural wood floors and stunning chandeliers in every room. Lodging is provided in two casually elegant guest suites. Each individually designed suite includes a private bath and private sitting room, all-season fireplace, WiFi and digital satellite TV. Rates $99-$175. We also offer a full-service Bed & Breakfast Experience food package upgrade with 24/7 hot and cold beverages and snacks, cookies and milk at bedtime, and fine dining gourmet breakfast for 1 or 2 people, for an additional fee. Book now!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Photo copier / fax In business center
Hand massage
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Head massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
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Air conditioning
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Coffee / tea maker
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Walk-in shower
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Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Bath / shower
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Hair dryer
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labpwj wrote a review Jun 12
Barron, Wisconsin5 contributions
What a wonderful stay we had at Blessings on State! The owners were so warm and personable. They went out of their way to make our stay more enjoyable. All the comforts of home. I felt so pampered! Wonderful breakfast and warm cookies at night. Beautiful home!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Gwenn Eyer, Owner at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Responded 1 week ago
We look for ways to pamper our guests... I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! Come back again, soon!
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KCLJ520 wrote a review May 2021
Illinois290 contributions82 helpful votes
Property's Favorite Review
I have been meaning to write this review for several weeks now, my wife and I visited Blessings on State this past April. We had SUCH a nice time, everything was amazing! Gwen is the proprietress, and made our stay so special! The house itself is historic, with incredible period pieces and great attention to detail throughout! The home is also located among tons of other beautiful historic homes in many walkable blocks. We spent our evening after dinner walking around (there is a park about 2 blocks up the street, and the former Governor's mansion is directly across from the park. We continued our 2 hour walk through the neighborhoods, all of which were just amazing! Our night spent in a comfortable 4 post bed in front of a fireplace was awesome! The next morning we had breakfast, and it was spectacular! Gwen is a great cook! We wrapped the next morning up shopping in Jacksonville's town square, some really neat little shops there! We will absolutely be back, thank you for such a fun and special memory!
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Gwenn Eyer, Owner at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Responded May 4, 2021
I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our Serenity on State Suite! You did a great job describing our historic neighborhood - it's definitely a great place for evening walks. I'm especially pleased that you went shopping. Our locally owned shops and other businesses were hit hard by the pandemic, but we're still here and we're ready for people to visit Jacksonville! I hope you'll come back soon!
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Marlene A wrote a review May 2021
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Lovely location, friendly owners, excellent food! Couldn’t ask for a better place to stay! The decor is really cozy! And it’s not far from all sorts of downtown places to hang out. If the owners ask you if you want milk and cookies before bed, take them up on it! You won’t regret it!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Gwenn Eyer, Owner at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Responded 3 weeks ago
It was so nice to have you stay with us for your school reunion! It's fun knowing we were your introduction to the Bed & Breakfast world. I look forward to having you stay with us again, the next time you're in town. I promise we'll bake more cookies. OR brownies. OR offer S'more by the fire pit. Something...!!
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Cheryl D wrote a review May 2021
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If you want to be spoiled with a welcoming and warm environment, stately and elegant, Blessings on State will not disappoint. Our rooms were spacious and relaxing and had the spa-like luxury of a beautifully appointed shower, claw-foot tub and sinks. The hostess customized our breakfast to our dietary needs and we were again spoiled with personalized service and a table overlooking the beautiful gardens. I highly recommend this as a place to stay to appreciate the history and charm of Jacksonville, Illinois.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Gwenn Eyer, Owner at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your review of Blessings on State and our historic location. We do our best to customize our service to meet our guests' needs. Whether dietary limitations or dinner reservations, we're happy to help! Come back again, soon!
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Claudia M wrote a review Dec 2020
El Paso, Texas2 contributions
I stayed here for a 2 day business trip. Every morning breakfast was great and on time as requested the night before. The conversations with the owner were also great. I felt very comfortable staying here and the décor throughout the house was amazing.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Gwenn Eyer, Owner at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Responded Dec 30, 2020
Thank you for sharing your gracious review. I appreciate your comments as a business traveler. We try to be as flexible as we can re: scheduling breakfast times. (But the 5:30am fisherman will always get a nice Blessings Breakfast to Go! LOL) We enjoyed having you stay with us and we are committed to providing you with a comfortable and enjoyable stay. We look forward to your next visit!
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$135 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Big Eli Ferris Wheel #17 (1.2 miles), RMC Stadium Cinemas at Jacksonville (2.5 miles), and AMVETS Post 100 (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lonzerotti's Italia Restaurant, Safeco Donuts and Bakery Jacksonville il, and Leo's Pizza.