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The Vintage Torquefest in Dubuque had something for everyone!


dave  truck


I have to admit right here and right now that I was not interested at all in going to this car show.  I could have been having some "me" time, quilting, painting, sitting and staring at the walls or any other number of fun things.  However, I adore my husband and I wanted to share this experience with him.  After all, he would go to a quilt show with me in a minute if I asked.  So, here we were.  It was a cool windy day and I brought a book and some knitting just in case I found a comfy spot to sit and enjoy some quiet time.


car model


Much to my surprise I was immediately taken in by the huge variety of vehicles.  Even more interesting were the outfits people had on.  Many of them dressed in the 50's.  But....a little bit grungier perhaps. And don't take that the wrong way.  I tend to like "grunge" painting and scrapbooking pages.  The women and girls had cute hairdoos and outfits with the addition of huge tatoos.  Interesting look.  This one particular model did not have large tatoos but I thought she was very authentic looking.  Quite frankly I was too frightened to ask the ones with large tatoos if I could photograph them.


truck with patina


There were loads of antique cars, some motorcycles, old bicycles, the scooters that I learned people used to ride around on, vendors, an auction, food, music.....  I was drawn to the trucks.  Love the trucks especially ones with patina.  You can't get that effect if you tried.  Gorgeous!


green tinted windows



Several of the cars had tinted windows.  Now I'm pretty sure this is not a "vintage" thing but they were cool looking.  This one had green tinted windows to match the car.  We also saw red and blue tinted windows.

station wagon



A Station Wagon?  How cool.  This brought back a lot of memories.  So you see, I was having a great time at the torqufest with my husband!


hood ornament


This was awesome.  I was surprised that there weren't many fance hood ornaments.  But this one caught my eye as being the best!  Maybe I missed the fact that there were more to look at just because there was soooo much to see!


pin stripping


Is it pin-stripping or pin-striping.  This was awesome too.  I thought this one was the best so here it is!  pretty awesome right?




I got a kick out of this one not as it relates to the cars but as it related to my body these days.  Isn't this great.  I want this on my car!  Honk if anything falls off.  Gotta love it!


quilts in car


And guess what I found?  Quilts, at a car show, go figure!  We saw this at the end of the show.  I think of it as a blessing for being so cooperative with this trip.  I love these old beat up quilts.  They made my day!  All in all I'd rate this a top of the line experience.




AND CHECK THIS OUT!  A Quilt show the following weekend!  THIS weekend!



 Think Dave will go with me? Of course he would.....if I asked!


31 days of devastation - I don't think so!


And congrats Amy & Gene wherever you are.  I'm sure your wedding at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds facility was wonderful! Great facility!














This is what happens when I leave for the Paducah Quilt Show


Dave Waiting


This is my darling Dave, voted "Best Innkeeper in the Midwest", owner/opeator of Bernadine's Stillman Inn.  This is what he does when I leave to go away for a few days.  How cute is he.  He sat by my car out in the driveway and said "I'll see you right here when you get back"!


Stalker: NO

Wonderful Husband: YES


Not only is Dave an excellent innkeeper providing the guests with the greatest concierege service in the world but he is also a wonderful husband, father, name it.  No one tries harder than Dave.


When we started dating he would drop in on me at work and just sit in a chair by my desk for a few moments just to "check in".  What a honey!  


Anyway, I was able to go on a five day trip with my friends to Paducah Kentucky for their annual quilt show.  Oh my gosh, this show is wonderful, big, tiring, exhausting, exilerating.  We had a blast.  It was six of us girlfriends and you can imagine the laughter!  We learnd so much about quilting and about each other, what fun.  


Unfortunately we won't be going back to Paducah next year.  We've decided to try another quilt show.  We've been going to Paducah show for about 6 years now.  Maybe 5.  It's an 8 hour drive for us.  We noticed the Quilt Show in Grand Rapids Michigan.  That would be a 5 hour drive so I believe next year we will be heading there.  One problem: It is in August and that is one of our busiest months here at the Inn.  I got it...I'll fly Dave's brother Tim in to help him!  BAM


Enjoy the pics!


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This Week In Galena IL

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is warmer, brighter, promising, beautiful...


Well not so beautiful right now.  

This is the time of year where the remaining snow is dirty and there is gravel everywhere BUT Spring is here and cleanup is beginning all over the town!


Saturday we had an amazing Wedding Ceremony here!  The couple and their guests couldn't have been nicer.

 What a pleasure to work with them!


guests outside


Congratulations!  And Thank You for the joy you brought to the Galena Wedding Chapel!


Blog Special for This Week!

Stay three midweek nights this week and get the third night FREE!

This weekend stay two nights in the Roylaty II or III at the regular room rate and get a $50 dinner coupon to a local Restaurant!






3 tier full tray


A Formal Afternoon Tea is available here at the Galena Wedding Chapel

We serve a minimum of 15 guests all the way to 65

Make your reservation today!


All home made pastries, finger sandwiches and scones with lemon curd and clotted cream!


Things To Do In Galena This Week

Help Bernadine Spring clean the grounds!

Help Dave visit with the guests!

Brand new Distillery open for tours and tastings!

Live Entertainment his weekend in several locations

Walk or Bike the 3 mile scenic path

Start canoeing, kayaking, riding scooters to Galena Cellars Winery

Take a Carriage ride

Visit the Galena Brewing Company and taste some local made brewskis

Complimentary Dessert Wine Tasting

Visit 4 very large Alaskan Malamuttes and visit with the Author of Max & I books

Bluebird Workshop

and more






Bernadine's Stillman Inn


Happy St. Patricks Day


You may be asking why we love St. Patricks Day so much

Well, because it is Dave's Birthday!

Our kids always thought the big parade in Chicago was just for Dave's Birthday, what memories!


Birthday cake


So, to all you St. Pattys Babies - Happy Birthday!



Recipe of the Month

Luck o' the Irish Layered Mint Brownies

You are going to love this sweet treat.

 Let's see, cake, brownies...let's get the party started!



1 (19.9 oz) pkg family-size brownie mix

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese at room temp

4 (1 oz) squares white chocolate for baking, melted

2 cups whipped topping

1/4 - 1/2 tsp peppermint extract Green liquid food coloring

1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter


Heat oven to 350F. using foil lined 9x13 baking pan coated with cooking spray, prepare brownie mix as package directs. Let cool.


Using mixer on medium speed, beat next 3 ingredients 2 minutes or until smooth. Sperad half of mixture over cooled brownies. Chill 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stir peppermint extract and enough food coloring into remaining mixture to create desired green color; spread in pan. Chill 20 minutes


In microwave safe bowl, microwave dark chocolate chips and butter for 30 seconds, or until melted. stirring until smooth. Let sit 5 minutes; spread over mint layer. Chill 30 minutes or until set.



March Blog Special

Stay with us 3 midweek nights at the regular rate, say "Happy Birthday" to Dave and receive

25% off your third night stay! Based on availability


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Things To Do In Galena

Traditional Irish Dancing - Irish Cottage Hotel

Live Entertainment - all over Galena

Feng Shui Class - Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Paint & Pour

All About Smudging Class

Miss Kitty Quiz Show

St. Patricks Day Parade

and so much


You're going to love it here in Galena!


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Say "I Do" in March

There are still openings for a Romantic March Wedding!

Call and say "I Do" and receive 15% off your ceremony 












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Weddings - 2014 - Can't Wait!


There are few things as nice as having a wedding ceremony here at the beautiful and historic Stillman Inn.  You may choose to get married in the Chapel (Galena Wedding Chapel), outside in the garden filled courtyards, or inside Bernadine's Stillman Inn (very small venues and mostly in winter).


We offer a full service of wedding coordination and will be there for you from the beginning of your planning to the end of the ceremony and/or reception!


Call today for a copy of our wedding planner and our dinner menu.  Ask for Dave at 815 777-0557.  He's a peach to talk to!


All meals are made fresh right here in our unique reception venue.  Servers are appropriately appointed and expertly trained in giving you the best in service.


Galena IL is the perfect setting for your special day!


You may also reserve a room at our Bed and Breakfast.  A place to return for anniversaries year after year.  We just love that!


Inside Chapel





Galena Wedding Chapel




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Our Bride Entering through the Reception Area



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