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

**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.

The romantic Goldmoor Inn was once a privately owned estate perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Three decades ago, it was transformed into an elegant country inn that offers gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations for overnight guests, and beautifully maintained gardens and grounds that offer the perfect location for a romantic getaway or destination wedding. The Goldmoor Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast that you need to visit! After a night in one of our plush cabins, suites or cottages, you can look forward to a private gourmet breakfast prepared by our chef and delivered directly to your room courtesy of our attentive innkeepers. Spend the day in historic downtown Galena, enjoy a massage in our spa, or simply stroll the grounds hand in hand with your special someone. If you enjoy fine dining, you won’t want to miss dinner in our restaurant, which features our signature dish: Beef Wellington, as well as an ever-changing seasonal menu..

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.

The Steamboat House Bed and Breakfast offers exceptional lodging and first-class service in Galena, Illinois. Our home is just a short walk to town with its wineries and charming shops & restaurants. Rediscover peace and serenity in one of our 5 luxurious rooms, each of which has a fireplace, private bath, flat-screen TV & DVD player, and beautiful antiques. Enjoy a delicious three-course breakfast each morning and a wine & cheese hour each evening.

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Galena River from the veranda of the Annie Wiggins Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. Bountiful full breakfast, Queen-size pillow top beds, The finest 400+ thread count Egyptian cotton linens and Private baths and showers.

Farmer's Guest House would like to invite you to our inn after a day enjoying Galena, Illinois. Come home to a glass of wine during WineTime, and a splendid room with private bath and all the amenities you expect from luxury accommodations. Wake up to a delicious, locally sourced breakfast made special each day. We offer 8 beautiful rooms & suites, some with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, as well as a separate private cottage.

The Queen Anne Guest House is an elegant bed & breakfast in beautiful Galena, Illinois. We offer 4 romantic guestrooms with private baths (3 have Victorian claw-foot tubs, 1 has a Jacuzzi), fireplaces, satellite TV, and WiFi. Guests also enjoy relaxing in our library, parlors, porches, and garden. A bountiful breakfast is served each morning, and we host a Parlor Party featuring beverages and treats daily at 5 in the afternoon.

Spectacular accommodations, gorgeous meals, magnificent countryside setting, world-class service, and detailed amenities make the Inn at Irish Hollow the premier Romantic Getaway in Galena, Illinois! The inn features miles of hiking trails, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, picnic hikes and bicycling all available onsite, with the Downhill Ski Resort nearby.

This Galena, IL bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Illinois. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next getaway in Galena, IL"

This Galena, IL bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Illinois.. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next getaway in Galena, Illinois.

The Abe's Spring Street Guest House, situated in Galena's historic district is a unique Bed & Breakfast that blends art and history. Snuggle in the one-of-a-kind king size bed with bedposts sculpted by the owner himself or relax or read in front of the gas fireplace banked by handcrafted canine relief tiles.

An elegantly restored 1856 Mansion where Ulysses S. Grant held staff meetings in the library.

This Galena, IL bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Illinois. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next getaway in Galena, Illinois.

Pine Hollow Inn Bed & Breakfast is secluded and yet only a scant mile from downtown Galena, Illinois. Located only a few hours or less from Chicago, Madison, and the Quad Cities, this picturesque community is known for historic architecture, galleries, river museums, unique shops and restaurants, golf courses, scenic vistas and charming country inns.

At Hawk Valley Retreat you have the luxury of choosing from three rooms and four cottages, each with its own distinctive charm and personality, while visiting Galena, Illinois. Sit on the porch, watch the birds and the sunsets, stroll our 10 acres. Wendy and Hal, your hosts, invite you to make it your own private haven.

The Cloran Mansion is ideal for a romantic getaway. The setting is in an 1880 Italianate Victorian Mansion in historic Galena, Illinois where you’ll experience the luxury of fireplaces and whirlpools for two.

This Galena, IL bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Illinois. bed and breakfast style offering a charming and exciting blend of antique and modern. Our bnb in Galena provides whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and flat screen TVs without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today!Click our link above to Book Direct for your next romantic escape in Galena, Illinois.

Nearby Properties

We invite you to Thornton House Bed & Breakfast in Lansing, Iowa. Experience upscale accommodations in a historic home within walking distance to downtown shops and the Mississippi River.

The Victorian Dreams Bed & Breakfast is nestled in Lodi, WI and surrounded by beautiful bluffs and farmland. With curvy roads, it is a motorcyclist's dream ride. Our B&B is the perfect place for those guests who are looking for a quiet, romantic getaway. The large wrap around porch and gathering spaces are also the ideal setting for girlfriend getaways, family reunions and couples wanting to connect with friends.

Offering service and style, The Buckingham Inn is a comfortable and charming Madison, WI bed and breakfast at the edge of the vibrant University of Wisconsin campus near Camp Randall Stadium. Luxury guest suites offer a refuge to relax and get away. Enjoy a fabulous homemade breakfast created fresh for you using local ingredients. Modern comforts combine with original Arts and Crafts-style in each suite. Features include spacious spa-style bath with jetted tub and multi-head shower; sitting area; table and chair workspace; high-speed WiFi; HDTV with free Netflix and Pandora music; free bottled water, wine, snacks and local chocolates. Madison is teeming with varied experiences, activities and restaurants. Whether traveling for business or leisure, book your stay today at The Buckingham Inn. Discover all of the touches that will make your escape to Madison, Wisconsin extra memorable! Click our link above to Book Direct.

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For a rural, romantic getaway in Soldier's Grove, Wisconsin in a country inn with deluxe accommodations and quiet peaceful surroundings visit the Inn at Lonesome Hollow. We are situated in the heart of the picturesque Kickapoo Valley and the famed Driftless area in Southwest Wisconsin.

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From the moment you walk through the door, Mont Rest Bed & Breakfast transports you back to a lost era of grace and beauty. This historic Inn is Iowa's most luxurious bed and breakfast. Built in 1893, Mont Rest is nestled halfway up a 9 acre wooded bluff overlooking one of the most panoramic views of the mighty Mississippi River.

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.


  • 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.