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Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

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

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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 while enjoying a drink or some homemade chocolate chip cookies. Drinks await you at the 24/7 drink buffet in the upstairs hall.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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Best place to stay in Galena

5 on March 26, 2015

Brierwreath has always been the best place to stay in Galena. It is our home away from home!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you!!! Come back anytime. :)

Quick Weekend Away

5 on March 23, 2015

First, I apologize; I don't have the writing expertise to capture the beauty of Brierwreath nor the wonderful memories I have there. The innkeeper, Joe, was incredibly accommodating, prepared delicious meals, and gave us terrific advice for wandering the city. We booked on a Tuesday, showed up on the subsequent Friday, and haven't been able to get Galena or Brierwreath off our minds since. I loved the home, the location, and the people. Brierwreath is gorgeous and spacious. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to stay downtown Galena. As I told Joe as we departed, we will be returning as often as possible to Galena and there is only one place we'd trust handling our overnight stay: Brierwreath Manor B&B.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much!!! It is wonderful to have you here. :-) I look forward to your return so we can visit. Spring is coming and the front porch awaits your return.

Very Great Valentine's Day!!!

4.8 on February 18, 2015

Joe was a great host, excellent cook and a superior house keeper. He made sure we accommodated our late Friday arrival and he made a special breakfast for my wife without a fuss or whimper! Our stay was reasonably priced and very good value. The house is FILLED with charm and was within walking distance of all things Galena. This was a great Valentine's Day/weekend experience overall. Thank you Joe! Highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your very kind words. It was my pleasure having you both here, and hope you find time to return when you need some stress relief. :)

Wonderful weekend Stay in Galena

4.8 on November 26, 2014

We had a wonderful, romantic getaway this past weekend at Brierwreath Manor B&B in Galena, IL. We would definitely stay here again!!! Rooms were comfortable, quiet, and cozy and we had everything we needed and more! Joe was very helpful without being overbearing and made such a wonderful breakfast! He was readily available for directions, restaurant suggestions, and questions regarding Galena history. I am so excited for our next visit!!

Innkeeper Response
Happy Holidays to you!!! I am excited for your next visit too! Looking forward to your return. :)

Brierwreath Manor B&B

5 on November 07, 2014

Innkepper Joe was most hospitable and provided everything we could want to help us celebrate our 4oth wedding anniversary. His breakfast was delicious and he was very accomodating with great recommendatiosn for restaurants, shopping and touring local historical sites. I'm anxious to return some day soon to the Brierwreath Manor B&B to enjoy more time in Galena, IL.

Innkeeper Response
I am looking forward to your return. :) Wishing you and yours the best holiday season!!

Enjoyable stay

4.4 on October 21, 2014

A beautiful home in a quiet atmosphere near Main Street Galen.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you.

Galena B&B

3.6 on October 17, 2014

Our stay at Brierwreath Manor B&B was very pleasant and enjoyable. The location is so convenient to Main Street and the home itself is steeped in history and so lovely. The innkeeper, Joe, was very helpful and accommodating too. We will remember this stay and hope to repeat it in the future.

Innkeeper Response
Your welcome back anytime.

Great Location!

3.6 on September 10, 2014

My sister and I had a wonderful stay. The location couldn't be better! The room was nice and clean. My only suggestion would be to invest in a better mattress for the fold out sofa. Joe was a great resource and the fresh baked cookies were fantastic!

Best B&B!!

5 on August 27, 2014

Joe is a most welcoming host and his house is comfy, cozy and quiet. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts and great conversations with our fellow guests from St. Louis. The Brierwreath is located a block off of Main Street, so you're in the middle of all Main Street has to offer, but not subjected to all the noise and traffic. It has a lovely wrap around porch with comfy chairs and a porch swing; perfect for sitting out in the evening air enjoying some good wine. If you're heading to Galena, I highly recommend staying here.

Innkeeper Response
Wonderful to have you all in the house! We are looking forward to your return if you ever get back to the area.

Our B&B stay...

4.2 on July 28, 2014

...Joe has taken over his parents place very nicely, and has committed himself to the traditions and values his parents have set for this type of establishment. We had a GREAT stay and will be sharing this info with friends and family for there future visits. R&L...

Innkeeper Response
Thank you I greatly enjoyed talking with you during your stay.

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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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 25 miles

Directions to property:

Turn north onto Main Street off of US 20. Proceed on Main St. to the first stop sign. Franklin ST. Turn left, go 1 block, turn left, onto Bench ST. we are 4th building on right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, 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, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking, Telephone, 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, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Hiking trails, 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: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Not encouraged. teenagers ok
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No allergies
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night on weekends Fri/Sat Sat/ Sun
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • 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.



Joe Cook

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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 , No Lactose

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



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

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