New Year’s Resolution – Strengthen Relationships

As we close out 2019, many of us are reviewing our goals and achievements and identifying areas that still need work, i.e. weight loss, financial freedom, etc. I read an article in a Focus on the Family bulletin that suggested that one goal that is often overlooked is relationships. Jim Daly said, “This year, how about resolving to make every moment with your spouse and your children as meaningful as possible? Engaging with your family lets them know, ‘You matter to me.'”

couple pose in front of grand pianoAs innkeepers, we often invest in building, and sometimes restoring, relationships. Relationships between spouses and family members, relationships with extended family, and relationships between friends. Guests may not consciously be aware that’s what we’re doing, but it often is what’s accomplished during their stay.

Some of our guests come to town from miles away to get away from their day to day responsibilities and stresses. Some drive across town to stay with us to spend quiet time alone together. Some guests come to town to visit extended family and some to spend time with college friends. They come to celebrate special occasions and to attend special events. Their visits often demonstrate the commitment to building and maintaining relationships.

Staying at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast offers the perfect opportunity to focus on strengthening your relationship.  older couple stand in front of patriotic gazebo

Get away and spend time focusing on one another. Between the privacy of your luxurious three-room suite, the front parlor, front porch and our extensive lawn and gardens, there are several places for you to spend quality time together. Leave the phone, TV and internet behind and take a long walk through our historic neighborhood. Spend time in our private backyard gazebo looking at the stars. We’ll even serve our Suite Retreat breakfast to your door to offer you even more time alone together.

Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast is family friendly. Bring your family and spend time hiking and biking and exploring history. We’ll tailor our breakfast menu to the kids and they typically love to make S’mores at the fire pit. Your whole family may enjoy our fresh baked cookies and milk at bedtime. Stay up late watching a movie, then spend time talking about which parts made you laugh the hardest. Make eye contact and listen to one another. Take time for genuine, honest, full-minute hugs.

two girls with facials posing in front of mirrorWhen my buddies and I get together there’s often a lot of talking, a lot of laughing, and a lot of chocolate. We often share “Remember when” stories and reminisce about times past, good and bad. In many cases, those times have strongly influenced the women we are today. Revisiting those memories strengthens our relationships.

Although the guest suites on the second floor are private, we welcome our Blessings guests to invite their friends and family to join them in the common areas – the front porch, the front parlor, dining room, and the gazebo. We’ll even provide beverages and snacks, with advance notice! Gather here. Enjoy your time together.

Build and strengthen those relationships!



Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast ~ Jacksonville, Illinois
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 Bed & Breakfast lodging accommodations. Book direct for the best rates.

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