This past weekend we returned to Jacksonville for my wife's 50th high school reunion. Rather than the normal hotel reservation we searched Trip Advior for bed & breakfast sites in the area.
To my surprise, Blessings on State popped up with almost all 'excellent' ratings. When I called, owner Gwen was helpful and very informative. Upon arrival we were pleased to see a beautiful old home with a large sweeping porch with many chairs & tables. The interior was equally as impressive. Beautifully preserved, gorgeous English antique furnishings and , best of all was Gwenn and her husband Glen & 9 year old daughter Valerie. 'Val' gave us the tour of the facility with great enthusiasm and knowledge. The five tile fireplaces and many chandeliers enhanced the beauty of Blessings. The addition of the Keurig coffee maker and stocked refrigerator for the guests use was an added plus. Gwenn's gourmet breakfast with Val's assistance made one think we were at a southern plantation. One last note, the weekend featured a classic car show with vintage cars parading in front of the home. We were invited to join the owners and friends to watch the festivities and share homemade barbeque and other delicacies. If travels take you near Jacksonville, Illinois I highly recommend Blessings on State
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast is located in the prestigious Duncan Park/ 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 120-year-old mansion shines with the ambiance of the past. Strong architectural details include a stunning carved staircase, five distinctly different tiled fireplaces, pocket doors, natural wood floors and stunning chandeliers in every room. Two casually elegant guest suites include private baths and private sitting rooms, all-season fireplaces, WiFi, complimentary hot and cold beverages and snacks and digital satellite TV. From cookies and milk at bedtime to gourmet breakfast each morning, we strive to provide the best accommodations in the area. Book now! ... more less
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