History buffs will love this small town tucked away in the northeastern corner of Illinois. Just a 3-hour drive from Chicago and 16 miles east of Dubuque, Iowa, Galena is known as “The City that Time Forgot”. A charming midwestern town with a lot to offer from the boutique shopping and dining to first-class accommodations. The Aldrich Guest House is a premier Galena bed and breakfast that brings classic elegance and impeccable service to visitors exploring this former home town of Ulysses S. Grant.

Voted one of the “Top Twelve Awesome Midwestern Spots in Summer” by Huffington Post, Galena stands out from other midwest towns. Cultural happenings, painstakingly cultivated galleries, and craft beers that are loved by locals and visitors alike make Galena, Illinois an up-and-coming small town.

Cannabis Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Aldrich Guest House is Galena’s first and only cannabis-friendly bed and breakfast. The cleverly named ‘Potting Shed’ at Aldrich Guest House is the perfect place for the guest who partakes whether it be for medicinal or recreational reasons. The Potting Shed is a brand new, comfortable and relaxing tiny house on the property and is separate from the main lodging building. Per Illinois state law, smoking is not permitted in the main house or the Potting Shed. However, guests should feel welcome to consume outside the shed and then step back inside to chill. The Potting Shed offers all the comforts of home, including comfy furniture, a fully stocked snack bar for those late-night munchies and high-speed internet for streaming funny videos on the flat-screen TV.

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Warm Hospitality & 5-Star Reviews

Guests of the Aldrich Guest House rave about the service, food, and warm hospitality. The owners, Robert and Douglas Mahan, are consummate professionals and have a combined 50+ years in the hospitality industry. Originally planning to open a bed and breakfast in Chicago they quickly changed their minds when they fell in love with Galena, a small town just a few hours from Chicago.

When Robert and Douglas aren’t taking exceptional care of their guests, you can find them kicking back with some of their favorite hobbies. Douglas can be found knitting when he has some downtime, while Robert prefers to sew or watch movies.  They’re both avid skiers as well oftentimes taking their own getaways in pursuit of great ski adventures.

When asked who inspires them, Douglas responded, “Robert! He is so in tune with everything and never settles for less than the best in everything he does!” Robert responded, “Douglas does. He’s one of the few people I admire, respect, and look up to.”

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