Ellis Sanders House

April 26, 2009

The Ellis Sander House is run by Dave and Diane Owen. They require payment of $149 in advance by check or money order. No credit cards.
The Temple is not open to the public, but pictures are plentiful.

The House is one of the 350 built by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young when they lived in Nauvoo in the 1840’s. The feauture of the town is the large temple on the hill. The house is a three story Bed and Breakfast with guest quarters of two bedrooms on the second floor. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom but they are detached from the bedrooms.

There was a lovely cherry cheesecake waiting at 7 pm on the first night. It was delicious. Breakfast is a gourmet four course using organically grown veggies. We had fruit, Eggs Benedict, Homemade bread, and Juice.

The Owen’s recommended going to the visitor center and the wagon ride. Both are 5 star visits places to see. The Center and the Wagon rides are free. The wagon ride is an hour and the guides explain Nauvoo history along with the movie at the Visitor Center. The Hotel Nauvoo has an excellent buffet to eat at though no sneeze guards.

The robes at the B&B are excellent and nice to wear. The pillows are large and might be uncomfortable if used to a smaller one. Dave keeps the place spotless. The Garden room has no individual thermostat or ceiling fan. We opened the screenless windows to cool down. Check in is at four pm.


The Garden Room

The Garden Room

The wagon ride

The wagon ride






Top O’ The Morning Bed & Breakfast Inn, Rock Island, Illinois

March 17, 2009

The view is Stunning over the City of Rock Island. Sam and Peg have lived in the place for 40 years are nice hosts with much knowledge of the houses and history of the area. The house is on a gated 3 acre lot.
The house is decorated with an Irish theme that makes you smile.

(309) 786-3513
1505 19th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
The maps are essential as Rock Island is filled with ravines and the numbered streets and avenues can be confusing.
They do not take credit cards so plan with cash or a check in advance. We stayed in the Ethan Allen room.
The towels were soft and fluffy. The step in the shower/tub is high so be careful. It has a whirlpool made for one. There is no TV, but we didn’t need one anyway. The bed has long pillows which are more difficult to move around than the standard pillows. The bed is generally quiet and comfortable with four posts.
We ate at Johnny’s Italian Restaurant in the heart of the Downtown. The seafood dishes are excellent and recommended. The chocolate cake dessert was an excellent choice.
Breakfast was Breaded bacon, Baked apple, Cheese grits, Soda bread, Chocolate waffle. Peg makes a a different breakfast every week so request in advance.


glass door knobs
glass door knobs


View from the deck
View from the deck


Lord Stockings Mendota

February 16, 2009

803 3rd Ave
Mendota, IL 61342
(815) 539-7905

Cash or check. Advance required to hold the room.


Lee and Pat have run this for 21 years. They know the local history and other bed and breakfasts. They will even pick you up from the Amtrak station.

We ate Primo’s and got 10% for staying at the B&B. The salmon is excellent. The bread pudding is divine.

The Lunch was the Chinese buffet on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota. The Wild Bill Hickok statue is close by. He was from the area before heading out west to make a name for himself.

Breakfast was banana-strawberry medley, coffee cake, pancakes or omelet, sausage and orange juice.

We stayed in the suite upstairs on the third floor. It is large. There is a large circular couch as shown. It comes with a shower and private balcony. The bed sheets were a little stiff and could use some softening.

The house is over 100 years old and has original woodwork.





Goldmoor Inn, Galena IL

January 4, 2009

At $238 for the First Lady’s suite, it was all that would be expected in a deluxe B&B getaway. The Room came with huge jacuzzi, his and her bathroom mirrors, and lovely gas fireplace. The breakfast was a little disappointing in the canned tropical fruit cocktail to start. The Raspberry pancakes and ham with apple rings were delicious. The Inn built in 1993 overlooks the Mississippi River and provides a great sunset setting. The city of Galena is the reason many come to the area. It offers blocks of specialized shopping. We loved the Galena Canning with all the tasting of its many jams, sauces, salsas, and salad dressings.

The dinner at the Inn is a Prix fixe $65 and features cuisine by Master Chef Dion Block. His seven course meals are some of the best in the State. Website is http://www.goldmoor.com/Inn/
Appetizer was Bacon wrapped date with chorizo and agave nectar.
We had a cheese plate with 3 artisan cheese and fig chutney. The Mobay cheese was our favorite.
Soup was a celeriac with red cabbage micro and chive oil.
Sorbet was next. It was lemon drop with orange.
We both loved the salmon entree. Salad was avacado with pink grapefruit and micro veggies.
The dessert was a smooth almond mousse, with chocolate and cherry mousse.
The dinner took 2 1/2 hours and the portions are smaller, but they introduced us to tastes not elsewhere experienced.
Check in is a late 3pm. The room comes with a DVD/VHS player and Satellite TV. Heated towel rack and soft towels and robes are available.




Victoria Inn Rock Island IL

December 15, 2008

20 rooms in a 100+ year old Victorian mansion greets you as you arrive. Parking is plentiful in the back. David and Barbara Parker have run the B&B for over 18 years. The house has been in their family since the 1940’s. The ornate stairs and the period furniture transcend you back to a bygone era.

Address: 702 20th Street, Rock Island IL 61201

(309) 788-7086


We went there to see the Transiberian Orchestra. Two other couples and the B&B owners also had the same idea.

We ate lunch at the Blue Cat Brew Pub at 113 18th St in Rock Island. The Reuben is lovely. The pumpkin, wheat , and pale ale are worthwhile.

Dinner was at the French restaurant “Le Figaro” in Rock Island. It is at 1708 2nd Ave. We had the house salad and a superb Salmon and the lemon caper Chicken.  The chocolate mousse and the torte are recommended for dessert. Dinner was $60 for two.

Transiberian Orchestra is a visual and auditory experience.  A fusion of jazz, rock and classical music in a unique Christmas form. Many people see it every year. One visit and you can see why.

The morning breakfast was served at 8:30.  We dined on fruit yogurt parfait, streusel, cinnamon muffins, stuffed french toast, mini sausage with bacon, and hash browns. Fresh orange juice and coffee was provided.

Jumer’s Rock Island Casino just opened in their new location the first of the month and we headed there for a relaxed nonsmoking gaming experience. The Buffet is $30 for two. It is smaller then some but the oriental section is very good.

We stayed in Elizabeth’s room and the bed was a might softer than I liked. The towels at the inn were soft and robes were available. Complimentary beverages available. The bathroom has the original large porcelain pedestal tub and tile. The shower does take a while to warm up and is soft on the pressure. Cable TV is provided in the room.  The house was decorated for the Christmas holiday throughout including a small table top tree in the room.

If you are lucky, you can spot the black squirrels running around.



Inn at 835 Haunted?

November 24, 2008

http://www.innat835.com/ is the website

It is at 835 S Second downtown Springfield.

This Bed and Breakfast is on the Historic landmark places. It was an old apartment restored to a Bed And Breakfast. There is plenty of parking as the site has a banquet room in the back.

We ate at Suputos in Springfield. http://www.saputos.com/ Reservations are highly recommended for the weekends as we saw many walk-ins turned away in a full place. We recommend the pasta and it is well known for its pizza.

We stayed in the Hyacinth room. The the brass bed is quite comfortable with plenty of pillows. There is a natural gas fireplace that is lovely to sleep to.  The bathroom comes with a jacuzzi. It is with relaxing with the bath salts provided. There is a DVD/TV with only one remote which makes it easy. The bed is great to sleep on and quiet. The robes were a little rough and could use a softening touch. The towels were nice and soft.

We had a perfect Eggs Benedict and potatoes for breakfast. The juice was a blend of cranberry and orange. There is soda and beer for nominal cost in the third floor.

Check in was at 3pm so we went to the Lincoln Museum for $10 each and had a good afternoon.



Lions at the entrance

Lions at the entrance


Is the inn haunted? If you google “inn at 835” you will see references to a prior tenant ghost that is rumored to exist. While we did not hear the sounds depicted in the websites, we did hear a mysterious rocking chair above us though no footsteps. The lights and fan in the bathroom went on and off independently even though one switch controlled both. This happened randomly a few times throughout the evening. Twice while occupying the bathroom and with the switch in the off position. At least the ghost was in a good mood.


Cornerstone Inn Washington IL

October 5, 2008

Judy Gross runs this Bed and Breakfast. Her and her husband converted an old bank building into a pub, bakery/restaurant and a bed and breakfast. This is located in the Heart of Washington IL and on the town sqare. Shopping on the square is picking picking and a treasure for those that like to cook or shop for antiquities.

We ate in the dining room of the bakery and we must recommend the grilled salmon. At $12.95, it is delicious and saved room for tasty bread pudding.An appetizer that is recommnded is the fried green beans.


We stayed in God’s room #5. The quilt is beautiful and the room comes with a huge jaczzi. There is a dvd/tv with only one remote which makes it easy.The bed is soft, but we found the sheets clingly maybe due a plastic liner? The towels were alittle rough and could use a new set. The bath robes were soft and luxurious.

With a bakery in the bulding the breakfast showcases their fine foods.

We had scrumpticious Pumpkin pancake. Fruit cup. Homemade pastry twists with bacon and sausage.

Their is a complimentary soda and water in the laundry room.

Parking is reserved on the side for guests, but plently also is available 100 yards away.

We appreciated the ability to check in at 12:30 and everything was prompt and efficient.

the exterior of the B&B

the exterior of the B&B

This quilt is superb!

This quilt is superb!

the large jacuzzi

the large jacuzzi

Diamond House, Arcola IL

September 14, 2008

Lynne and Bill Harshbargerand their son Dave and daughter Tammy run the B & B. There are two houses right next to each other. We stayed in the Diamond House. Parking is in the drive on the house side of the street.  The Emerald room was our choice. Many pillows ardorn the olive bed spread.  A shower is provided.

Check in is an unusually late 4:30 so we went to the Rockome Gardens about 4 miles west. Lunch at the place is an Amish fare with delicious homemade chicken noodles. Downtown Arcola is smaller than the smaller Amish town of Arthur 9 miles to the west. The Amish stores closed early at 4pm on Saturday and are not open on Sunday.

Dinner was north at a good Italian Restaurant 9 miles north in Tuscola . It is very inexpensive and delicious. We almost could leave the B & B because of the stubbornness of the key in the lock.

The B & B is famous for their 7 course breakfast. Quite the presentation with china and silver. We had Dutch sausage. Potato. Brussel spout. Tomato. Fruit cup. Kashi. Muffin. Angel biscuit. Waffle. Broccoli. Mushroom. Juice. Guest are expected to give self introductions and this opens the ice for a 90 minute meal.

The Flagg Farmstead B&B

August 25, 2008

500 Old Tipton Road, Sherman IL 62648


toll free  888-611-FLAG

What a beautiful old house! The owners Doug and Rosalie have done a great job in keeping the place up as it is listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The house will surprise on the number of doors that it had. Apparently someone likes multiple doors in a room. We stayed in the Flagg room which looks exactly like the one in the website. The curved stair case make you look unto the stained glass skylight. The brass lighting fixture extends all the way down from the 3rd floor ceiling. The history of the house is fascinating. Did he build with gambling money?

The room has no TV, but we were free to view the one in the front parlor. We were there to enjoy Springfield’s annual BBQ and blues fest which is a great time for $5. The jacuzzi fits one. We bring many toiletries and there was not much room in the bathroom to spread them out. The room does not have an individual thermostat so that many be a problem if the other three rooms are full. There is wireless internet available. The bed was sturdy and comfortable with four pillows. The towels were quite soft.

Breakfast was fruit w homemade granola, orange juice, waffle w blueberries, and 2 bacon strips. Extra waffles were available.

We ate at Muldaner’s in Springfield upon the host’s recommendation. Excellent food. We loved the beet salad and corn pancakes.

Blessings On State Jacksonville IL

July 13, 2008

1109 West State St, Jacksonville, IL, 62650
Toll-Free: 888-952-9262


We stayed at the Tranquility suite. Huge bed and bathroom. The suite comes with a sitting room too.

They recommended a local Italian place for dinner called  Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant. The grilled salmon is excellent! The area is in the historic district and the walking tours are good if you want to see some older houses.

The inn just started in May 2008, but is complete. The toiletries were nice, but we noticed some were from the hotels. Bath Salts were a nice touch. The king size bed was soundproof, but you can hear voices from the hallway.

A family emergency did not us allow to sample breakfast.