People often ask how we get all of our Christmas decorating done by ourselves. The answer is… we don’t! We have a great team of volunteers that come in to help us out. We’re excited to add more videos to our Be Innspired video series. We’ve been working with Steve Weber of Steve WebPhoto and he’s done some terrific work for us! See how our Christmas elves decorate our beautiful vintage mansion at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast as we celebrate Christmas in Jacksonville, Illinois.
The first year we were in operation was the first Christmas following the death of our young grandson. As much as I love Christmas, I was struggling to celebrate the season and we were scheduled to be on the Pilot Club Holiday Home Tour. Several of my friends came to the rescue and through their love and determination we were ready to open Blessings on State for the Christmas tour.
Those friends have continued to come in each year in what has become our annual Elves Weekend at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast. We now always begin with dinner at Lonzerotti’s, then come back and start decorating. In the early days, and sometimes even now, Glenn has stayed with family and friends and it’s been a girls getaway weekend. These days, in addition to those initial volunteers, others stop in each year to help us out.
It’s always an exciting time for me as our friends come in during Elves Weekend. It’s a time of fun and laughter and a lot of hard work. Take a look at the video and see how our Christmas elves decorate our beautiful vintage mansion. You’ll have a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make the Christmas magic happen at Blessings on State as we celebrate Christmas in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Many thanks to Steve at Steve WebPhoto for his collaboration on this project.
About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.