Bed and Breakfast Dubuque Iowa

America’s heartland is rich in history and hometown appeal. Dubuque, Iowa stands out as a charming hub of history.

Bed and Breakfast Dubuque Iowa
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Jail Hill Inn offers gracious lodging for a perfect getaway. A true gem, the inn delivers the ultimate in relaxation, luxury accommodations, and location. Tucked away, yet close enough to walk to Galena’s historic Main Street, the 135-year-old, 4-story brick building (which served as the county jail for nearly 100 years) has been lovingly transformed into Galena’s premier bed and breakfast inn by innkeeper Matthew Carroll. Each of the inn’s six uniquely appointed, luxurious three-room suites is an impressive 800-square feet and offers the finest of amenities. Every detail is attended to with genuine care ensuring Jail Hill Inn guests experience a getaway that exceeds expectations. Guests looking for ultimate pampering should consider scheduling a fully-customized, in-room massage. In an instant, your suite will transform into a tranquil spa escape. Every Jail Hill Inn guest has access to enjoy the inn’s first-floor lounge area, a ground level courtyard, and an expansive third level deck, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped yard. All common areas are ideal for sipping a glass of wine, gathering with friends, enjoying a morning coffee and relaxing during the nightly wine and cheese reception. In 2019, Jail Hill Inn was recognized as the #1 B&B/Inn in the USA (and #2 in the World) with a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® award! This incredible distinction reflects the impeccable hospitality and attention to detail every guest experiences at Jail Hill Inn.

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**Just a quick note regarding Covid-19. Being immaculately clean is nothing new to us. We continue to do so with even more focus on common touch points so you'll probably see us disinfecting railings, doorknobs, light switches, etc. more than normal. Additionally, being such a large house, we're able to accommodate social distancing when necessary. For meals and evening drinks, we'll be able to space people throughout the parlor, the dining room, the library, the screened in porch, and we're even happy to offer in-room breakfast if that makes you feel more comfortable! Lastly, out of consideration for our guests, you'll see us wearing masks while preparing/serving food and drinks, as well as when interactions prohibit us from maintaining the recommended personal distance. Being a big house in a small town surrounded by loads of outdoor activities and no crowds, Aldrich Guest House and Galena are a perfect pairing for you to relax and take a breath of fresh air. Let us be your happy place!** So you’ve been searching around for some lodging in Galena.  You’ve checked out hotels, motels, AirBNBs, and traditional B&Bs.  You’ve looked at websites and photos, you’ve read reviews, and compared prices.   Here you are.  On our listing, thinking about making us part of your visit to Galena.  Well, we’re flattered and thrilled to have you here! Allow us to introduce ourselves. Aldrich Guest House was built in 1845 and has been a bed and breakfast since 1984.  Abraham Lincoln hung out here in 1856. Ulysses Grant came to dinner quite often in the late 1800s. Between the two of us, we’ve been in hospitality for over half a century.  We’ve won awards for our home cooked breakfasts, our gardens, and our service. You work hard in real life.  Work, family, volunteering. Come stay with us and relax in an unpretentious, laid-back environment.  Be yourself and let your guard down. Enjoy tasty food that you don’t have to make yourself. Have drinks on us every evening.  Make us your homebase for exploring outdoor activities, shopping, or the history Galena is so well-known for. Let us take care of you. We could tell you that Aldrich Guest House is the best place to stay in Galena.  We could use all the typical worn out and empty words and phrases that you see on every B&B website…”we’re luxurious”, “we’re elegant”, “we’re the best”, “cozy”, “charming”.  Instead, we think you should just come and experience us yourself. Afterall - if you have to say that you’re cool, you probably aren’t.   Come relax with us.

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The ultimate B & B for foodies, the Chestnut Street Inn is a historic 1854 bed & breakfast in lovely Sheffield, Illinois. We have 4 charming guestrooms, all with private baths and satellite TV. Each day certified culinary professional Chef Monika serves up a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast to match your dietary needs. Please inquire about special prix-fixe dinners and cooking classes. Local activities include historical sites, wineries, and fishing. We are within two hours of downtown Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, and Rockford. COVID-19 Update- We wanted to keep you all posted as to the state of our business as of now. It is our intention to reopen as a bed and breakfast serving dinners to inn guests only first before we reopen to outside reservations. We are following both the CDC guidelines, local and state public health guidelines and the information coming out daily from the governor regarding current infection rates and projections. Our primary focus is to insure that we can provide the same high quality personalized hospitality in the safest environment possible. While we cannot give an exact date for reopening, here are some things we are implementing for guest safety: 1) 2 night minimum stays with 48 hours between overnights so that each room can be thoroughly sanitized. 2) Masks must be worn in public areas where guests cannot maintain a 6 foot distance to other guests. 3) Breakfasts/dinners will be served to guests at staggered tables that are more that 6 feet apart. 4) Innkeepers will wear masks and gloves when serving guests and preparing food. 5) Innkeepers will wear masks and gloves when cleaning rooms. 6) Common areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected. 7) Automatic hand sanitizer stations will be installed on both floors. 8)Baked goods will be individually wrapped and served to each room. 9) We will bring back individual single use bottled water. 10) Coffee will be offered per room rather than communally. 11) Decorative pillows will be removed from rooms. 12) Amenities will be limited to 1 per room, additional can be requested as needed. Examples: Soap, shampoos, toilet paper. 13) Additional towels and robes will be available by request. 14) No room service during your stay. 15) Innkeepers will be available via text for any needs throughout your stay. As more information becomes available we will update these guidelines and our projected reopen date. In the meantime, you can continue supporting us by Subscribing to our You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/jandminnkeepers, sharing our videos with friends, purchasing retail items like mugs and water bottles, purchasing gift certificates and purchasing cookbooks which are available via our website https://www.chestnut-inn.com. Thank you all for your patience during this crazy time. We know everyone is getting antsy to get back to some semblance of normalcy. So are we. But not at the expense of anyone’s health and safety. Sending you all our love and encouragement. We will see you all as soon as possible.

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The Mason House Bed & Breakfast Inn in historic Bentonsport, Iowa, is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Des Moines River. (Bentonsport is one of the Van Buren County villages that were among Iowa’s very first settlements.) The Mason House Inn is a fine bed and breakfast in the heart of the Midwest. Today, the tradition continues with your hosts, the Hansons. The Mason House was built in 1846 to serve steamboat travelers going from St. Louis to Des Moines. It was constructed by Mormon craftsmen who stayed in Bentonsport three years while making their famous trek to Utah. Travelers received quality hosting then, and that tradition continues today. In 1989 the inn underwent extensive refurbishing. This included remodeling an old railroad station and connecting it to the Mason House, providing for ground level accommodations with separate entrances, king size beds, and private baths. Guests are invited to use every room ~ and enjoy! In 2006, a caboose was added to the property and is now a Cottage. It has a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, a queen bed, a TV in the bedroom, and a private porch facing the river. Perfect for a romantic getaway! There’s a cookie jar in every room. Each of the nine guestrooms has a private bath with shower. Full Country Breakfast at the hour of your choice is served in the Main House dining room. Private Romantic Cottage Available. Murder Mystery Weekends. Ghost hunting classes. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Owners have cats on the premises. Special dietary concerns can be accommodated, please mention at the time you make your reservation. There are many antique and craft shops near the inn. The village has a variety of both, including a pottery and blacksmith shop. Shops in Bentonsport are open April through November. Chuck and Joy will be glad to direct you to other activities within an hour’s drive. The wild night-life in Bentonsport consists mainly of owls, bald eagles, and frogs, along the lazy Des Moines River. However, the Hansons would be happy to recommend several nice restaurants within a few miles. The Mason House is excellent for small retreats, family reunions and business seminars (24 maximum). Come see us at the Mason House Inn, the oldest steamboat hotel on the Des Moines River.

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Explore Bed and Breakfasts in Dubuque Iowa

Imagine, following in the steps of the early settlers as you explore  the area. You can even take a daredevil ride on the world’s steepest and  shortest railway. This city might seem small but it’s ripe with  old-fashioned adventure.

Dubuque was once the hub of the warehouse industry. Many consider it the  cornerstone of the state and where it all started in the region. Today,  the town’s historic charm, impressive architecture, and prime river  location are just three of the main tourist attractions. It is also home  to the five institutions of higher learning in the region so it's a  place to expand your mind and soul.

Staying at a bed and breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa harkens back to a simpler time. It’s a true escape from the modern world. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a classic family holiday, or just a few days of ‘me’ time, you are sure to find it at a Dubuque bed and breakfast.

    Food and Drink

  • You might mistakenly believe that the food and drink available in Dubuque is limited but you could not be more wrong. Downtown Dubuque is home to a wide array of diners and restaurants. You’ll find  something to tantalize even the pickiest person. Choose from American  classics or opt for more exotic choices. You can have a hearty meal at a  small cafe or enjoy a night out on the town at an upscale restaurant.

  • Activities

  • Dubuque’s connection with the Mississippi is longstanding. Tourists who opt to stay at a bed and breakfast in the region. They are attracted to the town due to their love of local history. Many people plan to tour the National Mississippi River Museum while staying at a historic Victorian B&B. Tourists also opt to stay in riverfront lodging to enjoy the peaceful meander of the body of water.

    If you pick lodging close to downtown Dubuque, you can enjoy biking or visit the local waterpark. Take time to explore the Julien Dubuque Monument. Catch a show at the Five Flags Center.  If you are a baseball fan, head to the site of the Field of Dreams.

  • Natural Features

  • The mighty Mississippi River dominates the landscape around Dubuque,  but another aspect of the city’s fame is the abundant lead mines around  the area. The area became one of the most prosperous lead mining  regions in the nation. Nowadays, the cylindrical columns seem almost  medieval that marks the entrance to the mines. They overlook the Mississippi River. Undoubtedly it was the river and the lead abundance that spurred the town’s success.

  • Things to do

  • The tranquil beauty of the Mississippi River makes Dubuque a great getaway for romance or respite. You can enjoy the lovely scenery. Tour historic  sites such as the local lead mine locations. You can even try your hand  at lady luck at the Diamond Jo Casino. Try biking the area. You can even ride to downtown Dubuque for dining and shopping opportunities. Why not stay in a Victorian B&B? You can then catch a show at the Five Flags Center or explore the Field of Dreams.

  • History

  • As the area’s oldest city, Dubuque is a French-Canadian settlement located west of Mississippi in modern day Iowa. It’s main claim to fame was that it was the first French Canadian fur trading settlement. Founded by Julien Dubuque,  the French fur trader first arrived in the area during 1785. Prior to  his arrival, the Mesquakie (Fox) Indians resided in the area. Julien  soon learned about widespread lead deposits in the region which spurred  mining. He was given control of the mines which paved the way for the  city’s establishment. As the town grew, it quickly became the hub of  manufacturing.

  • Weather

  • The lovely weather in Dubuque kicks off during the summer months. Summers are often long and even  wet. The average temperature hovers at 89 F. During the winter, the wind  starts to kick up, and the mercury dips to freezing. The weather turns  partly cloudy and snow is not uncommon. In the winter, the temperature  hovers at 14 degrees F. and can go below -6 degrees F. Most tourists  come to the town from June to September.

Bed and Breakfast Dubuque Iowa FAQ

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  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking a Bed and Breakfast Dubuque Iowa?

    When picking lodging in Dubuque, Iowa, you’ll want to find out if they have free Wi-Fi, private baths, whirlpool bath, hot tub, or air conditioning in guest rooms. When you check-in, ask about a full breakfast in the dining room and other amenities. Your getaway at a historic bed and breakfast can be perfect if you book lodging with the right establishment.

  • What Are the Different Types of B&Bs in Dubuque Iowa?

    If you are looking for a Victorian beauty, then check out Richard’s House Bed & Breakfast. The bed and breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa is elegant with its original woodwork.  It was constructed in 1883 using true craftsmanship. The b&b is in  the heart of the town. And is one of the original homes in the town. It  was once owned by the financier and manufacturer B.B. Richards.

    The Solon Langworthy House was constructed in 1848. The Greek Revivalist is an unusual rear-facing house that adds to its charm. The inn is surrounded by large trees, raspberry bushes, a lovely flagstone patio, and a pergola.

    The Hancock House is a traditional Victorian constructed in 1891. They have antiques within the home and an  award-winning fireplace. You’ll also see many gifts and mementos from  the Hancock & Sons company.

    Stay near the Mississippi River in the Redstone Inn. With private baths and a full breakfast, you will enjoy all the comforts of home.

    Whether you are seeking a pet-friendly bed and breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa, or a romantic bed and breakfast in Dubuque Iowa, you are sure to find the perfect establishment.

  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Dubuque Iowa?

    Are you planning a romantic getaway or a historic quest? Check out a bed and breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa, or look over vacation rentals. You can stay in a lovely Victorian B&B or pick something more contemporary. Look for lodging that is located close to downtown Dubuque or within walking distance to the Mississippi River. When you check-in ask for a local map so you can start to plan your itinerary as you explore the thriving town.

  • How can I get around Dubuque Iowa?

    When visiting Dubuque,  you can pick lodging within walking distance of all the main sites or  you can opt to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the outlying areas,  then you might want to use an automobile. In town, you can always opt to  rent a bicycle to genuinely enjoy the small town’s attractions.