I had read about Bishop Hill about 30 years ago in a weekend getaway guide but we never visited when our children were young. My wife and I stayed a couple of nights on what turned out to be the chilliest July weekend for decades. The location of the inn is ideal, just off the main road and within a short distance of all the shops and restaurants. The entire second floor of the 1856 building is dedicated to the accommodations which include a kitchen area and a pleasant sitting-room. Downstairs is the shop and check-in - Marti stays around until 4 PM and then goes home; her husband Jim arrives later at night and stays on site until morning. The "Yellow" room we chose was very nicely decorated and very clean and is the only room facing the front and the village green. The only drawbacks were loud noise from the nearby tavern on the Saturday night and the stinky tap water - the latter probably due to sulfur in the water supply. Since this is just a B(ed) and not a B & B, we ate one breakfast at the bakery and the second at one of the local restaurants. The day we left, an antique car show was taking place on the main green so the village was much busier than normal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peace, comfort and serenity await you at The Gallery Inn. Overlooking the village park from the second floor of the historic 1856 Colony Administration Building, immaculate guest rooms feature a private en suite bath, queen bed with pillow-top mattress, complimentary in-room coffee and snacks, satellite TV, heating and air-conditioning with individual climate controls, and abundant amenities. All of Bishop Hill's shops, restaurants and museums are within easy walking distance of The Gallery Inn. ... more less