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Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

216 N Bench St , Galena, IL 61036-2239 USA (Show map)
82 Reviews
$100 - $120
per night

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Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast is a regal Queen Anne,located one short block off Galena's historic Main St. With 19th Century splendor and 21st Century comfort, it is popular for its warmth and hospitality. The classic wrap-around porch invites you to relax in the rocking chairs, or glide on the porch swing.

Rooms & Rates

Mayor's Room

This room use to be the bedroom of Galena's Mayor. Frank Einswieler. He was mayor of Galena for about 15 yrs from the early 70s to the mid/late 80s.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Country Charms

This room will sleep 3 with a queen and a twin sleeper/sofa, decorated in American country.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Heirloom Suite

Queen size bed with a twin day bed. Huge private bath with walkin shower,and antique clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Services4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.5

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First Class B&B

4.8 on July 16, 2014

Absolutely wonderful and exceeded all expectations!

A wonderful place only a block from main street

4.2 on July 14, 2014

My husband and I stay at Briarwreath every time we vacation in Galena. The owner is always hospitable, helpful, and a pleasure to chat with over the yummy breakfast he prepares. The prices are very reasonable (which is a big plus) and the B&B is located only 1 block from Main Street. Highly recommended!

Very happy with Brierwreath Manor

5 on June 30, 2014

Brierwreath Manor was a perfect choice for our first visit to Galena. The off street parking and convenient location (only a block from the main area) made our stay more pleasant. The innkeeper, Joe Cook, was hospitable as well as helpful. The breakfasts were delicious (we had 5 of them!) as were the chocolate chip cookies. The accommodations are suites so there is more space than in a room only. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Brierwreath Manor and would stay there again.

weekend trip

3.8 on June 18, 2014

First time b/b gusts. It was very relaxing and Joe exceeded our expectations as a host. He was there if needed and not obtrusive if we didn't need him. Home made breakfast from scratch was a treat along with lite conversation to get the day going. Great time.

great location

4.2 on June 17, 2014

Stayed at Mayor's room and it was really close to the Main street and parking is no problem. There is a street light that was a bit bright and would be nice there is a heavier shade for the window. But overall, nice experience.

Brierwreath B&B review

5 on June 06, 2014

Very relaxing time and close to downtown. We will go back again to Brierwreath.

Weekend Getaway!

5 on April 23, 2014

We have stayed in Galena many times over the past 17 years and this was our 1st stay at Brierwreath and couldn't have been more pleases. The Inn was very comfortable and quiet and the location very convenient to food, shopping and entertainment. I am sure we will be back soon.

I will come again

5 on January 03, 2014

Lovely old home furnished with period pieces. Only 1 block from main street and could walk everywhere. The price was right, the meals were delicious and the home is exquisite. I will stay there again next time i visit Galena.

Great stay on a very cold night

5 on January 03, 2014

Enjoyed having a sitting room available to stay in from the cold. The hostess was very welcoming. We would stay here again.

Great Experience !!

4.0 on October 21, 2013

Our stay far exceeded my expectations for our first time staying in a B & B. Host and Hostess were friendly and helpful but not in your space at all and definitely have the gift of hospitality. The breakfast table was set beautifully taking full advantage of fine china and silver service. The food was tasty and nicely presented. Our room was clean and provided all of the comforts needed to relax after a day of shopping or scouting around Galena. We would definitely stay there again.

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 25 miles

Directions to property:

Go north on 151 hwy to route US20. Turn onto US20 and go east, approx 15 miles to Galena's Main St. Take Main North untill you come to the first stop sign. Turn left onto Franklin ST. Go one short block up the hill to Bench ST. Turn left onto Bench, we are the 4th building on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Boutique Shopping, State Historic Sites, Scenic Views Mississippi Valley, Hiking and Biking, Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Ghost tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Clothes dryer, Conference Rooms, Copier, In-room internet, Library, Parking, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer , Home made chocolate chip cookies, Garage / Motorcycle parking, Off street parking, 5 Golf courses within 10 miles, Porch, Rocking Chairs, and Swing, Mississippi River within 5 miles

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Historic walking tours, Grants Home, History/civil war era, 19th Century Architecture, Scenic Views, National Mississippi River Museum/Aquarium, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4-9 PM
  • Check Out:: 10 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Not encouraged. teenagers ok
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No allergies

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night on weekends Fri/Sat Sat/ Sun
  • Cancellations: We require a 7 day notice. If we do not receive notice before that time your credit card will be changed for one night stay.



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  • Time Served: 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten/sugar free, Vegan

Signature Dish

Apple Blueberry Pancake
An oven baked pancake with apples, blueberries & walnuts covered by an apple cidar sauce & served with fresh fruit and breakfast meat. Ham,sausage,bacon. Coffee and juice


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216 N Bench St , Galena, IL 61036-2239 USA (Show map)

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