Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast

1109 West State Street, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Innkeeper(s): Gwenn Eyer
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast located in Jacksonville, IL... where you will rediscover the art of hospitality.  Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville lodging. From the moment you arrive, your needs are our primary concern.  Whether your time in Jacksonville is for work, play, or a romantic getaway, Blessings on State is dedicated to exceeding your expectations.



    "A Perfect Mix of Past and Present"

    Located in the heart of the historic district in a magnificently restored 120-year-old mansion, we are just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf. The rich history is evident in the many pocket doors, the stunning carved Victorian staircase, the antique hardwood floors blanketing the common areas, and the magnificent woodwork adorning the five classic fireplaces casting their welcome warmth. Stylish finishes and antique chandeliers provide a timeless ambiance. Modern amenities are available throughout the inn, without intruding on our home's classic style.  Our beautiful common areas and our gracious guest suites are designed to welcome you to make yourself at home.


    Perfect details unique to each room include fine furnishings selected with your comfort in mind, as well as modern essentials:

    • Premier all-suite property
    • Full private baths
    • Private Sitting Rooms
    • Free high-speed secured Wi-Fi
    • Flat-screen digital satellite TV
    • DVD players and a movie library
    • All-Season Fireplaces
    • Lap Desks
    • Full Business Center



    Step away from the standard hotel stay to experience the pampering service, gourmet breakfasts, central location and historic ambiance of our Bed & Breakfast. Let us show you why it's the "better way to stay!"

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gwenn Eyer for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    I get all kinds of travelers and I love them all. This week: 1 corporate; 1 mid-20’s Babymoon; 1 (four-night) Artist’s Retreat and one single male visiting friends. I’d say most stay here because it’s a nice alternative to cookie-cutter hotels; upscale; in a historic home; good old Southern hospitality!

    What are you best known for?   

    High service standards; restored vintage mansion; great multi-course breakfasts.

    What makes your inn unique?

    Deaf-friendly. My recently adopted 9-year-old daughter is Deaf (functionally hard of hearing) and communicates fluently in American Sign Language.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    I love living in a big old house having guests come to visit on a regular basis. I like that guests become friends and some are like family after frequent visits.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Our small town has it all: history, theater, art galleries and exhibits, symphony, educational institutions, antiques, bass fishing, golf...

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    I really like it when guests say that we’ve been a blessing to them – that’s our goal!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There’s ALWAYS something to do – all ages.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Depends on the season and interests. Several great restaurant and many of the fast food restaurants. History – Lincoln sites, Underground Railroad sites, historic homes tours, Grierson Days (largest mounted Civil War re-enactment in the Midwest), Illinois School for the Deaf Museum, etc. Education: Illinois College and MacMurray College. Family: Big Eli Ferris Wheel, Doll collection at Strawn Art Gallery, Children’s concerts, Duncan Park, Nichols Park, Play-for-All Park, etc.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Illinois College, Illinois School for the Deaf, Downtown shops and eateries

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Lonzerotti’s Italian

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 2 suites with private baths and private sitting rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we accept Service Animals only. We’re happy to make local recommendations.


  • Trip Advisor Reviews

  • Breakfast

    Our bountiful multi-course breakfast is served at your convenience between 8 and 11 AM and can be enjoyed in our formal dining room, on the wraparound porch or in the garden gazebo. If you need to leave early, we can still provide a healthy "Breakfast to Go:.

    We also have a hot beverage buffet, snacks and guest refrigerator available 24 hours a day just outside your room's door.

    Please let us know during your reservation of any allergies or dietary restrictions you have and we will make every effort possible to honor them.

  • Local Attractions

    Our convenient location in teh historic district puts you within walking distance of the schools, restaurants, museums, antique shops and the revitalized downtown that make Jacksonville such a vibrant and quaint city. Whether you are planning a night on the town, a romantic getaway, a business trip, or a family reunion, Blessings on State is the premier choice for lodging in the Jacksonville area. Jacksonville offers special events year-round, and Blessings on State is in the perfect location to enjoy them all! 

    For more information about the local attractions our prestigious city offers, please visit our Attractions page.

  • Weddings and Events


    Consider Blessings on State for your family reunions, corporate meetings and wedding photographs. Our beautifully appointed common areas and grounds offer the perfect setting for an intimate wedding or elopement, a bridal shower, or a holiday party.

    From the breathtaking architecture and history of the interior, to the wonderfully landscaped gardens and gazebo, surrounded by a white picket fence, create a wonderful backdrop that will leave lasting impressions and memories for your event.