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Thanksgiving 2011

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Fresh Baked Apple Pie

served this weekend at
Bernadine's Stillman Inn!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was GREAT!

A special Thanks to all of you who have stayed with us! We look forward to seeing you next year!


We are especially thankful this year for our two granddaughters, Cara and Liliana!
They keep us moving and laughing all the time!

Stop in and see us this winter. Returning guests receive a 10% discount and we always have great midweek deals during this time!

Blog Special
Mention you read this blog and receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with your two night midweek stay!

Bernadine and her Mom are back from their "Tampa Tour of Tea Rooms" vacation!
They had a great time and brought home lots of ideas!

2012
We will be adding:
Wine in the Parlor (every evening)
Afternoon Teas on Saturdays and by special request from our guests during your stay
(24 hour notice needed)

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There is just no denying it, we are into Fall and it is beautiful here! Fall Festivals are beginning, we just had a civil war encampment event here down our hill and I'm taking what will most likely be the last pictures of this years gardens. All that work....!

We've just spotted our second set of baby squirrels for the Spring/Summer. They are just too cute and cause quite a bit of mischief around...not as bad as racoons though. We've taken the bird feeders down and set them on the ground since the squirrels end up getting everything anyway. Fun to watch our granddaughter try to say squirrel at 2 years old!

We'll start making pumpkin and apple pies, cheesecake, hot apple cider and by the way, a lot more people are have a smores fire these days here at the inn! Yummy!

I love the random sunflowers that come up around the garden, particularly under the bird feeder. It's just a pleasant surprise that I didn't have to plant!

Once the sedum blooms you know it's time to get your warm clothes out!

Galena IL has two to three civil war encampments a year. There was one this weekend across from Grant's home. You can see it from the Inn. As a matter of fact, I can hear the cannons going off right now.

Civil war encampments are a great thing for families to do. We used to go to them and was I happy when the guys told my son he couldn't use his phone or any other electronics while there. He loved it. He was usually a water boy during battle.

They regularly go through formations that were typical in the civil war encampments. Guests love to go down and ask questions, see how they make their food, look at antique artifacts from the time like uniforms, guns, old kettles, saddles, etc.

This is always my favorite. When they set up the little log cabin as it would have been in the 1800's. This particular weekend it was Set up especially nice with lots of knitting, quilts and sewing gadgets. I love the simpler arts. I won't say simpler life because it most certainly was not simple or air conditioned for that matter! There are a lot of artists in Galena that like to work with their hands especially in the area of fibers, mending and sewing, knitting, rug making...When I work on my projects I like to think what it would have been like for women in those days. It's kind of a touch stone for me like doing a family tree is to others.


By brother-in-law Donn is going to like this pic!

I had the rare opportunity of being able to leave the inn for a walk Saturday. I sat in Grant Park trying to finish up a knitted scarf when the train came by. Next to the train tack is a bike path. Lots of people riding bikes! And next to that is the Galena River. I was able to watch several canoes and kayaks go by. What a perfect day!

Then I walked to the farmers market. Tried to find "Pink Lady" apples. I've been trying to find them for pies because the description of them is so luscious. I understand they are an Heirloom apple and hard to come by. If you see any, send one this way!

Have a great Fall and stop on in! The colors are going to be spectacular in the next couple of weeks. Next weekend is Oktoberfest complete with wiener dog races and then the following weekend is our busiest weekend - Country Fair Weekend.

Mention this Fall 2011 blog and receive a complimentary bottle of wine with your two night stay!

-Bernadine & Dave

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times in Galena and we are just waiting for the leaves to change and for things to cool down! Perfect time to fall in love with that significant other all over again! Or come by yourself and fall in love with Fall and Galena.

It was a busy summer here at the Stillman Inn. With all the heavy rains we had to re-design some of our garden walls. Sorry to guests who had to witness this mess! But the gardens are back up and running. Can't wait to see how the new plantings look next summer! We're shooting for bigger and better.

Holidays - just around the corner. The only thing better than Fall in Galena is winter. To see the hills covered in white is just breathtaking. The downtown sparkles with excitement when it is draped in snow. Don't worry about driving, they keep Route 20 nice and clean! So sneak away and come join us and receive our lowest rates of the year!

Don't forget to plan for the Spring Daffodil festival. Lats year, the first year, was one weekend oo late as most of the daffodils were already spent. But the City keeps adding more and more daffodils and the event will keep growing and turn into a real car stopper!

Blog Special: November 2010 through February 2011 (not including New Years and Holidays). Stay 3 nights and get the third night at 20% off and a compimentary bottle of house Chardonnay or Merlot! Just mention you saw this Blog!

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