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The Innkeepers


My wife and I “purchased” The Beall Mansion (i.e. became the indentured servants to the bank) in November of 1996. The following month we took possession and began a massive restoration project. Upon completion of the first phase of that project we opened to the public in June 1998.

Sandy Belote
Sandy, is nothing less than a superwoman overseeing restoration and staff, decorating, and working hard to make sure that everything will be perfect during your stay.

Always up to a challenge, as a young home maker she built her own furniture (we still use it in our private quarters on the third floor.) today she makes the Lavender Scented Bath Salts provided for each guest bath and whirlpool. Martha Stewart look out!

Sandy’s loves include a good morning cup of coffee, entertaining, dancing, rich, dark chocolate (and me. hopefully me—well at least most of the time).

She is also an avid gardener—and in the spring of 2001 successfully completed a Master Gardener course from the University of Illinois Extension Service. (I regularly have to pull her out of the gardens and back inside by her hair. Ouch!)

James Belote
Formerly an executive of a family business in St. Louis, I am in charge of special events and marketing for The Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn. I also help out by giving tours and playing the role of butler. My loves history, floating, hiking, bicycling and satisfying my creative yearnings as a freelance writer.

Sandy and I share a common passion for fine wine, gourmet food, classic architecture, art, good music, children, animals, travel, anything of beauty and quality. . . and of course, for pampering you—our special guests—in turn of the century elegance.

Whether traveling on business or pleasure, please come and visit us soon.

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