Galena Bed and Breakfast

Visitors to Galena, Illinois will find staying in a Galena bed and breakfast to be the best way to experience everything the area has to offer. There are a number of bed and breakfasts in Galena where you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay in a unique property. There are bed and breakfasts near Downtown Galena, however many of them are just outside town, occupying the former mansions of steamboat captains and mine owners who built gorgeous homes in the beautiful hills surrounding Galena.

Galena Bed and Breakfast
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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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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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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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Beauty & Comfort Abound! Relax in our famous & historic Victorian B&B where your enjoyment and comfort is always our priority. Home of The Groundhog Day Movie filming location. A NOTE on Covid 19 changes. We always upheld stringent cleaning practices. We have added sanitizing high touch surfaces on doorknobs, switches & railings several times each day. We have ample space to socially distance & make new friends. Please use hand sanitizer at the front door before entering. Mask when in halls if sharing space with other guests. Private whole house rentals can mask to your own comfort level. Breakfast trays available to take to your room, or breakfast is served throughout our spacious first floor rooms or wrap around porch, weather permitting. We do not enter your room during the stay. If you need linens, we will provide them or do a full cleaning upon request. Private bathrooms in each suite ensure your space is always as safe as when you arrived. You have access to over 5,000 sq ft of beautifully appointed rooms and wrap around porch. On the second floor we have 4 guest suites and an additional suite on the first floor with a private entrance. Grab a tea and relax in our lovely parlor in front of the fireplace with several seating areas and views to choose from. A full breakfast served at 9 am daily. We tie in locally sourced food from our weekly farmer's markets & vendors. Big delicious breakfasts are prepared by our tallented owners. The self-serve bistro has snacks, coffees and teas locally blended and available anytime you like. Wines, cocktails & charcuterie available to order. Small weddings and events up to 25 guests possible year round. Larger events are limited. Holiday whole house rentals preferred. Each beautifully appointed guest room has a private bathroom, Smart TV, Wifi, Alexa and DVD player with a copy of the movie of choice here; Groundhog Day. You may recognize this house from the iconic 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" where Bill Murray's character stayed. And before you ask... Yes, you always get a hot shower & no, we don't serve espresso or cappuccinos, but I can spell them! We have movie memorabilia on display in the parlor. The entire movie site is the town of Woodstock, IL where we are located just a few blocks from the square and plaques of the scene locations. A huge 4-day celebration happens here every February. We hold tours for charity. Although we enjoy the movie buffs, anytime of year is a great time to visit for countless events and activities in town or to simply rock away the day on our wrap-around porch. Many came because of the movie for their first visit, but return regularly for fabulous food and company.

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Explore Bed and Breakfasts in Galena

When you are ready to head out and start exploring, start at the Old Market House. This 1845 Greek Revival building is now being operated as the Galena Welcome Center. The helpful staff at the welcome center will be able to guide you as you set out to explore the museums, historic attractions, galleries, restaurants and natural attractions in the Galena area. Even though Galena is tiny, there are plenty of reasons to visit. The town has a number of well-preserved historic buildings right in downtown, and there are a variety of interesting historic sites in the area. Galena has a thriving arts scene. You can peruse locally crafted goods at several galleries and shops around town, and may even want to take a workshop at the Artists’ Annex while you are in town. Numerous shops offer one-of-a-kind goods that you won’t find elsewhere, perfect for those who like to bring home a special gift or souvenir from their travels.

    Activities

  • Visitors who are interested in the history of Galena might want to book a tour of historic Galena on Galena Trolley Tours. The tour will take you past Galena’s oldest house, the Dowling House, as well as the Ulysses S. Grant home, and the Belvedere Mansion. If you prefer to go it on your own you can visit each of these sites yourself.
    Galena’s historic main street looks much like it did years ago,  In fact, upwards of 75% of the town’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the historic buildings house more than 125 interesting, one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, local restaurants and bars. There’s enough shopping and dining to fill more than a few days during your visit. Main Street doesn't shut down at night either. You’ll find local breweries such as the Galena Brewing Company, hosting live music and serving up award-winning brews, giving you plenty to do into the wee hours if you’d like. If you are looking for even more fun activities while staying in Galena, the town of Dubuque is only 15 miles away.

  • Weather

  • Summer has the nicest weather and Galena sees the most visitors during the warmer months. July is the warmest month with highs averaging in the mid 80s . Fall is also a popular time to visit as the weather and temperatures are typically quite nice until Halloween. It’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities in the area if you don’t like the heat. Winter and early spring can see severe low temperatures and frequent snowstorms. If you aren’t looking to ski, it’s best to avoid visiting during these times as it’s one of the coldest areas in Illinois and temperatures can often reach single digits during January, Galena’s coldest month.

  • History

  • Galena is a town with an interesting past that draws those interested in history. The town is named for a rare mineral, a form of lead, that was found in the area. These lead mines and the town’s location right along the Mississippi caused Galena to be established as a significant trading stop between the metro areas of St. Paul and St. Louis. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas both stopped in the town when they were campaigning for political office. Perhaps most significantly, Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States lived in Galena for a short time, and often returned for visits. Visitors to Galena can tour his former home. The town was a booming mining town for several years. The historic downtown is largely intact, with some of the streets and sidewalks dating back to the mid 1800s.

  • Natural Features

  • Galena is set in an area of rolling hills along the Mississippi River. The natural beauty and terrain of the area lend itself to a number of outdoor activities and pursuits. 

    Casper Bluff is a nice place to go on a hike or bike ride and offers some of the best Mississippi River views in the Galena area. The paths wind through more than 50 burial mounds and cover approximately 85 acres. Just outside Galena, the 40-acre Horseshoe Mound Preserve is one of another one of the most scenic places in the area. You can see three different states on a clear day and enjoy panoramic views of the town of Galena.
    Both the Galena River and, of course, the MIssissippi offer plenty of activities for water lovers. Kayak, canoe, and stand up paddleboard rentals are available in town. Thunder Bay Falls is a gorgeous waterfall just 10 minutes from downtown, and no rigorous hike is required to enjoy it - you can see it from the parking lot!
    Bike rentals are also available, including e-bikes for easily traversing the hilly trails in the area. In the winter, you’ll have easy access to Chestnut Mountain Resort which offers skiing and other winter sports. In the summer, the resort offers bike riding, ziplining and even river cruises.

  • Things to do

  • In addition to enjoying nature in the gorgeous hills and the banks of the Mississippi River, and shopping your heart out along main street, Galena  has many other fun things to do. Linmar Gardens overlooks the historic downtown and consists of a 3.5 acre garden with guidee tours of the plants available twice daily. The West Street Sculpture Park is an outdoor sculpture park featuring an eclectic collection of steel sculptures  by artist John Martinson, spread over two acres.
    The Galena Winery is an award-winning, family-owned winery situated on the farmland outside of Galena. Visitors can take a vineyard tour and learn about how Galena Cellars wine is produced. There’s a Tasting Room in downtown Galena if you’d like to try the wine without devoting a day to touring the vineyards

  • Food and Drink

  • While a variety of cuisines are available in Galena, Midwestern comfort food is the star of the local restaurant scene. Try the Log Cabin Steakhouse, Galena’s oldest and longest running restaurant, for some of the best beef in town. Fried Green Tomatoes and Fritz & Frites are other popular local restaurants while Little Tokyo is the town’s first Japanese restaurant and is certainly worth trying, especially if you like sushi.
    While visiting Galena, make sure to try some of the locally produced alcohol.  Blaum Bros. Distilling Company is relatively new to the scene, and distills whiskey, vodka, gin, moonshine and more. Galena Cellars wine is available on menus around town as well, or in their tasting room on Main Street.

Galena Bed and Breakfast FAQ

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  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast Inn in Galena?

    When you are looking at vacation rentals for your Galena getaway, you may be overwhelmed by the choices. Booking a small, guest house or bed and breakfast truly is the best way to experience Galena like a local and enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay. From the friendly innkeeper who will greet you at check-in to unique, individually curated guest rooms and a gourmet breakfast spread crafted from local ingredients, there are numerous reasons to choose to stay at a local bed and breakfast. In Galena, many of them occupy Victorian mansions and expansive homes that once housed Galena’s most wealthy residents. You’ll start your day by mingling with other guests in the dining room, marvel at the home’s charming features and relaxing amenities throughout the day and tuck into a comfortable bed at night in your Galena Bed and Breakfast.

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

    While staying at a bed and breakfast in Galena, you can expect an indulgent, relaxing stay with numerous amenities to make your visit special. On site parking is standard, as is central heat and air conditioning. To help you stay connected, WiFi is available as a standard. Many of the area bed and breakfasts have oversized jetted tubs, or tubs for two, luxury linens, and fireplaces in guest rooms or common areas. In addition to a delicious breakfast, some Galena bed and breakfasts offer an additional snack hour in the afternoon. For example, the Jail Hill Inn hosts a daily Wine and Cheese reception for guests.

  • How can I get around Galena?

    Chicago O’Hare is the main arrival airport for the Galena area. Dubuque Regional Airport is approximately 23 miles away in Iowa and offers some regional connections through American Airlines as well as charter flights. There are no bus or train services to Galena, and taxi service isn’t common or affordable, so a car rental would be advised. Once you reach Galena, the downtown area is easy to explore on foot, but most of the bed and breakfasts in town are located on the outskirts. A few are situated within walking distance of downtown. Parking in downtown is typically free but can be a bit hard to come by in the high season.

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

    Whether you are looking for a galena bed and breakfast downtown, or one that offers the scenery of the outskirts, you’ll find a bed and breakfast to suit your needs.
    The Goldmoor Inn is consistently ranked as one of the best bed and breakfasts in Galena, IL. The home has the unique distinction of offering views out over the Mississippi River from the property. It’s also quite near Chestnut Mountain Resort, so it’s a nice place to stay if you are coming to ski. The Belle Aire Mansion Guest House is another property that, while still convenient, is a bit removed from downtown. The home is set on 8 acres and features only three rooms, so there’s plenty of privacy. The Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast offers year-round comfort in a beautiful historic home and is also not far from downtown.
    The Steamboat House occupies an 1855 home in a convenient location just one block away from Main Street. You’ll be walking distance from both the Ulysses S. Grant Home and the Chicago Athenaeum museum. Farmers Guest House is another fabulous Galena bed and breakfast, which is also in this area, a short walk away from main street’s shops and restaurants.

    Both Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant hung out at the Aldrich Guest House, and today the 1845 home lives on as one of the best places to stay in Galena.
    For nature lovers, Hawk Valley Retreat is one of the best bed and breakfasts you can choose in Galena. The property is just 8 miles away from downtown, and occupies 10 secluded acres with a pond, walking trail and fabulous panoramic views.