Dave and Bernadine Anderson
We have been the owners and operators of the Stillman Inn since May of 2000. Before we purchased the Inn, we lived in Gurnee, Illinois. Dave had been a Remodeling contractor for 26 years and during the last two years our business grew quicker than we could manage. We decided to hire business consultants to help manage the business.
One of the major decisions we faced was how long we wanted to be running the business and what we wanted to do with it. We decided that we would stay in the business for 10 more years and then purchase a bed and breakfast in Galena.
Two weeks later, while we were on a regular visit to Galena, we stopped in to see a friend and anxiously told him of our plans. He mentioned that the Stillman was for sale and that it would be perfect for us. The Inn needed a lot of work, which we knew we could do. That afternoon we stopped by the Inn and spoke with the owner. We closed three weeks later!
Despite what the kids tell you, they are happy we are here in Galena. We now have more time with them and our grandchildren!!!
"Thanks so much for making our stay at the Stillman Inn truly wonderful! It was nice being a part of your family this weekend and you part of ours. You've certainly made the Stillman Inn a very inviting place to stay and we'll definitely recommend it to our friends. Thanks again for everything."
- Lori & Devin Iowa City, IA
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