Meet Your Innkeepers
We have celebrated our 10th Anniversary at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast and we’re well into our 11th year as Jacksonville’s only full-service Bed & Breakfast. Glenn, Valerie and I are delighted to share our historic home and gardens with our B&B guests. Jacksonville is a wonderful community, welcoming us when we arrived 12 years ago after more than 25 years in the Alton area, and welcoming our guests as they mix and mingle, shop and dine. We love to hear our guests share their stories of chatting with their friends about their stay with us, sometimes old friends they’ve come to town to visit and sometimes new friends they’ve met while out shopping or dining! We are very much at home in Jacksonville, and love welcoming guests to the Bed & Breakfast and guiding them as they explore the Jacksonville area. We are very active in our community and are familiar with the local historic sites, shops, and restaurants. We are happy to use our expertise to provide recommendations and help develop travel itineraries.
Whether you are planning a night on the town, a romantic getaway, a business trip, or a family reunion, Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast is the premier choice for lodging in the Jacksonville and Springfield Illinois area. Experience the charm and ambiance of an intimate getaway for two, use it as a quiet workplace, or join friends and family for a week-long reunion at Blessings on State.
Glenn is a very hard worker who doesn’t ever sit still for long. His expertise in lawn care and landscaping is a real asset to the Bed & Breakfast. He’s been known to prepares terrific Chicago Style Waffles for guest breakfasts, too! From waffles to landscaping, home repairs and maintenance, he does it all! Though innkeeping might not be his first choice for a vocation, he lovingly supports Gwenn as she makes her dream come true as
“We believe it is the Lord’s blessing that has allowed us to have this opportunity, and we want to be a blessing to others.”
Gwenn loves welcoming guests into her home and community. A published author and public speaker, she is passionate about entertaining, cooking, decorating, and gardening. Well, Gwenn plans the gardens… Glenn plants them! Involved in the community, Gwenn is a terrific Concierge, sharing her recommendations for places to visit, special events and dinner reservations. By the grace of God, she’s overcome a number of challenges in life, and lives each day to the fullest. She continually looks for ways to make Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast “just a little bit better than it was yesterday,” and she looks forward to welcoming you as her guest.
“Come as visitors, leave as friends.”
“The Tranquility sitting room has an extra day bed if you like to stay up and read at night. Or if one of you snores.”
We’re Thankful for “Good Help!”
We have a great team backing us up at Blessings!
Mary is our terrific Associate Innkeeper / Inn-sitter. Her hospitality background, along with her community connections, make her a great asset to Blessings on State! She has promoted growth in our Fourth of July Lawn and Porch Party on an annual basis. Mary’s very warm and welcoming and is a terrific cook. Our guests love her!