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“Wonderful Anniversary Getaway”

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn
Ranked #6 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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“Wonderful Anniversary Getaway”
Reviewed June 26, 2007

My husband and I wanted to get away for a short stay at a bed & breakfast. We picked a city and every place we looked at kept us coming back to Bernadine's Stillman Inn. We booked the Grand Romance Room and when we arrived, we were impressed. It was a lovely room. Loved the ice cream cooler. It was nice to sneak out in the night for an ice cream bar.
Its close to the downtown area, a bit of a walk up and down a hill or two.
Breakfast was excellent. I was in love with the Love Cakes, scrumptious heart-shaped pancakes. We got ours in blueberry. I crave them still.
Dave & Bernadine make you feel at home and are willing to give you suggestions and/or ideas on what to do or where to go during your stay.
They made our seventh anniversary feel like our first. We can't wait to come back.

  • Liked — it was comfortable and relaxing
  • Disliked — that is was too short
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed June 13, 2007

We stayed at the Stillman Inn, a bed and breakfast in Galena, Illinois. This was a gift from our children for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was our first stay at a bed and breakfast. Our hosts Bernadine and Dave were great. Dave was very knowledgable about the area and was more than ready to answer any questions. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The food was fabulous and snacks, as well, as beverages were always available. We would highly recommend the Stillman Inn.

Rick and Donna Dyal
Stillman Valley, IL

  • Liked — That it was a Bed and Breakfast
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Elgin, IL
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Reviewed June 12, 2007

We stayed here for three nights on our honeymoon in the Grand Romance suite. It was very nice! It's got a very home-like feel to it, and kept up amazingly well. The in-room fireplace and whirlpool were both very nice touches. Dave and Bernadine have been incredibly welcoming, and very willing to help out with whatever we've needed during our stay. These two know how to run a B&B! Food was also excellent every day, and in short, we're just excited about the entire experience. Thanks Dave and Bernadine!

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Blanchardville, Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 6, 2007

My wife and I needed a weekend away from everything and the Stillman Inn was the perfect place for it. A well kept pre-civil war mansion right across the street (OK - across and about 200 ft. up the street)
from President U.S. Grant's home. Close to the historic downtown - walk if you are up for a little exercise. The service and amenitites are first class - including the free ice cream cooler. Dave is very helpful and knowledgeable about Galena. It's an historic town well worth a visit. Breakfast is excellent. The Royalty Room III is a good
room, but a tad on the small side. I would opt for one of the Fireplace rooms next time.

  • Liked — Comfortable old mansion environment
  • Disliked — The room was on the small side
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed June 4, 2007

We had a great time at the Stillman! We had the chance of a lifetime of taking the Honeymoon suite due to a last minute cancellation, so it was a wonderful upgrade! Dave was super helpfulan dvery inviting into their home. We felt welcome and like guests in their home, instead of just people passing through. He offered us directions and made reservations for restaurants, and was an overall pleasure to know. The lcoation is so close to the downtown area there's no need to drive. You can tell that Dave has a knack for this business and truly enjoys hosting people in his home. A wonderful gem, you'll have a great time!

Stayed June 2007
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Property: Bernadine's Stillman Inn
Address: 513 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2703
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bernadine's Stillman Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romantic and Historic 1858 French Italiante Bed and Breakfast. Awarded "Best Breakfast In the Midwest" and "Best Innkeeper" among others. We look forward to serving you and helping you get the most out of this attractive destination. ... more   less 
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