Bernadine's Stillman Inn
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Bernadine's Stillman Inn, Galena's Luxury Inn
Bernadine's Stillman Inn offers a romantic experience in a bed and breakfast stay in Galena, Illinois. This historic 1850's mansion offers a choice of seven guestrooms, most of which include amenities such as fireplaces, whirlpools, and private baths. Each morning of your stay, enjoy a delicious full breakfast.
Awarded "Best Breakfast in the Midwest" by Arrington's Inn Traveler.
Other Amenities Include:
- Champagne reception
- CD player with CD library
- DVD players
- VCR and cable with video library
- Hair dryers
- Coffee makers
- Bottomless cookie jar
- Mini-fridge filled with complimentary soda and bottled water
- Endless ice cream treats
- Popcorn & fruit
- Wireless Internet access
Just three blocks walking distance east of Galena, the Inn is easily accessible to shop and antique at your leisure. The three-story brick home sits on almost 3 landscaped acres in a residential neighborhood across from General Grant's home providing a quiet setting, yet close to town. Bernadine's Stillman Inn is conveniently located only 10 miles from Dubuque and the Mississippi River.
Join us and other guests in the Parlor for an award winning full breakfast where we can help you plan your day! The parlor is filled with antique figurines and a piano. Two covered porches with wicker furniture are available for your leisure. We offer two garden-filled courtyards complete with waterfall for the romantic sound of dancing water! The perfect spot to pop the question!
Bernadine's Stillman Inn is the only bed and breakfast in Galena with a Tea Room, a Wedding Chapel and Reception Hall located in the restored carriage house adjacent to the mansion. The facility is available for rent as a banquet room for meetings, weddings, receptions, reunions, parties and other events from 25 to 75 people. Catering services are available. We can arrange music, photographers, flowers and other services for you.
Bernadine's Stillman Inn is the Perfect Place for:
- Special meetings
- Business retreats
Stillman Inn has a variety of packages. Let us arrange a massage for you and your loved one or set up a trip to the local fitness center. Have dinner in a Galena restaurant and return to wine and flowers in your room, or let us arrange a skiing or hot air ballooning adventure. Amenities are priced as packages or individually to customize your experience.
Dave and Bernadine Anderson along with their two children, Becca and Philip, are anxiously awaiting to welcome you to the Stillman Inn. The beds have been made and the table is set to provide you with a most comfortable vacation. "We'll meet you in the front entry under the 3 story keyhole stairway!"
A Bit of History... In 1858 the Nelson Stillman estate encompassed 250 acres on Galena's eastside. Nelson Stillman was one of the wealthiest men in this lead mining, riverboat town, which flourished in the mid-1800's.
A gift certificate from Bernadine's Stillman Inn makes a wonderful, and generous gift that can be used by the recipient at their convenience.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bernadine and Dave Anderson for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
They like the look of the building and the amenities.
What are you best known for?
What makes your inn unique?
The high level of service and commitment to serving our guests.
What do you love most about your inn?
The Location – Galena! The unique shops, outdoor activity and restaurants.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The rolling hills and valley views.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
That we have reached a great balance of historic venue with modern amenities.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
That it is unglaciated and that we have great nature areas and trails – a new one coming up in Septemer 2014.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Spend time casually enjoying the downtown historic district and surrounding historic architecture. Drive over the Mississippi river! Visit the museums and relax in the natural areas.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Just about everything is in walking distance. We are across the street from General Grant’s home, 3 blocks from Main street shopping and a variety of restaurants.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There isn’t one restaurant I don’t like. We go to a handful for special celebrations and a handful for lunch, etc.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
No we do not accept pets for our guests who have allergies. But we do have a friend who pet sits and does a great job nearby!
We are proud to be offering romantic weddings and receptions here at the historic Stillman Inn. Our couples enjoy our facilities and return every year to celebrate their special day!
We would love to help you plan your event from the caterer, photographer and musician to the perfect romantic room!
Take a trip back in time to the historic and romantic 1858 Galena Wedding Chapel specializing in intimate wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. The warmth of the Chapel overflows with handcrafted antique mahogany pews, historic wood floors, vaulted wood ceiling, fabric and light draped mirrors and stairway. The Chapel offers a breathtaking view of garden filled courtyards through a half round window. This is the perfect setting for your wedding day creating romantic memories that will last a lifetime.
Both traditional and civil ceremonies are offered here with Aaron Alexander as Officiate. Aaron has been performing beautiful wedding ceremonies here now for over three years. He welcomes you to rehearse and to personalize the ceremony to make it just perfect for the two of you. Breathtaking areas are available inside and out to get the perfect wedding pictures taken. Outdoor garden and moonlit services are also available and if the weather takes a turn for the worse we simply move back inside to the warm and cozy Wedding Chapel.
The Galena Wedding Chapel seats 24 and has standing room for 15 more. We serve up to 60 guests with overflow standing area available two steps down from the main chapel floor still allowing everyone a perfect view. Our Reception area is uniquely decorated and takes on an amber glow in the evening. Decorated with marbleized beams, faux painted walls, linen draped tables and lace curtains it is sure to provide you and your guests with a most relaxing evening. The reception area also has a small dance floor for you and your guests to enjoy as well. All of our food is made on site so it can be delivered to you and your guests as fresh as possible. Be sure to see our menu list for an idea of the many dishes we offer. We also offer a full service bar and complete wine list.
Our on-site wedding coordinator is anxious to help you with all the details. We can help connect you with professional florists, musicians, photographers and decorators. From the most intimate of all ceremonies with just a bride and groom to a larger group of 60, we go out of our way to make sure your wedding is just perfect. We look forward to serving you and your guests.
Things to Do
Historic Sites and Attractions:
- See our list of Galena Events
- Guided tours
- Mississippi River
- Music, drama & the arts
- Alpine slide
- Balloon rides
- Bird watching
- Hiking trails
- Horseback riding
- Horse-drawn rides
- Hunting & fishing
- Carriage rides
- Miniature golf courses
- Skiing, sledding & skating
- Parks & pools
- Scenic drives
- The best restaurants
Fully 85% of Galena is a National Register Historic District. Here you will find examples of 19th Century architecture, including Federal, Italiante, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Romanesque Revival and Galena Vernacular. Many of the buildings bear zinc plaques explaining their history. Beautiful and romantic best describe Galena's landscape and architecture.
Our downtown district is beyond compare when it comes to quaintness and antiquity. You have to see it to believe it!