Aaron's Cottages and Goldmoor Inn

9001 Sand Hill Road , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)

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The Goldmoor, high atop the bluffs overlooking the majestic Mississippi River Valley, fantastic views and sensational sunsets. Our luxurious guest accommodations in a beautiful setting and the very finest in hospitality create the essence of The Goldmoor. We invite you to relax and enjoy the best The Goldmoor has to offer in any season. Your needs have been thoughtfully anticipated, beginning with our freshly prepared full gourmet breakfast. You will enjoy the pleasures that make us the top-rated Inn in the state of Illinois since 1993 and one of the top 12 most romantic inns in North America 2003 by bedandbreakfast. We're proud of our "finishing touches" that set us apart from many other properties in the Midwest. We offer a complete host of room amenities including French terry robes heated towel bars, hair dryers, iron and ironing board. Whether you're visiting Galena, Illinois for a brief getaway or a longer vacation, The Goldmoor staff is here to serve your every need. Solitude, fresh air, and magnificent scenery await you when visiting "Galena's Premier Country Inn".

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Reviews

Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Romantic & Enchanting ... the place of your dreams for the perfect weekend getaway!

5 on August 17, 2015

The Goldmoor Inn was absolutely wonderful! While beautiful in the pictures, it is even more stunning in person! Everything from the room to the gardens & landscaping was immaculately kept with attention to detail and so many special touches. We stayed in the Turret Suite which is amazing! The staff members were all friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and they were very accommodating (I have dietary restrictions). Looking forward to visiting again!

Innkeeper Response
Dear Guest we are delighted that you enjoyed the Goldmoor experience and that we were able to contribute to an enjoyable stay. We are very fond of our surroundings and want to make sure that we share with all our guests the beauty of nature, the comfort of the Inn and ensure a great experience.


Wonderful getaway

4.4 on August 08, 2015

We stayed in the English Cottage and were blown away by the size and comfort of the rooms. The restaurant served me the best steak I've ever had.


Amazing!

4.8 on February 26, 2015

What a beautiful private place! A great romantic get away weekend with my husband! Cottages are amazing. Scenery beautiful! Food and staff wonderful! We will do this every year!


Great weekend getaway from Chicago

5 on May 11, 2014

Made a last minute decision to get out of Chicago and go to Galena for the weekend. Know B&Bs aren't crazy about Saturday night stays only, when ideally they'd like you to stay Friday and Saturday if during the weekend, but they accommodated us since it's right before the busy season really kicks in and they weren't completely full. Recommend the Goldmoor experience package. It includes couples massage, champagne and keepsake glasses and a $50 dinner voucher. It was worth it. Our two massage therapists were top-notch! I would come back just for the massage, but there are plenty of other reasons to come back. We stayed in the First Lady Suite which was wonderful with plenty of comforts. The property sits sort of on a bluff with a view of the Mississippi River (it's not right at the river's edge but overlooks it). There are bicycles for anyone to use and some lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the views. The restaurant is open to the public for dinner besides guests. We had lovely riverside views in a booth. There was a good selection of entrees. Our dinner and wine were pleasurable as was the service. Breakfast was also tasty and filling, they don't skimp! We ordered breakfast in so we could stay in the big fluffy Goldmoor robes and continue lounging. There is also a little room off of the lobby that sells some retail items, wine, bottled water and has a drawer of I-forgot-to-bring toiletries. It is a great place to get away and relax. The main street of Galena isn't too far away if you want to shop or stroll. We recommend and will come back.

Innkeeper Response
So glad that you enjoyed yourself! Thanks for leaving a review, we love to hear how we are doing from our guests. We'll definitely be keeping the Goldmoor Experience Package. Have a wonderful day!


A slice of peace and heaven!

4.8 on September 18, 2013

We are repeat customers and we come to stay in the cabin every year with our dog. We look so forward to this getaway every year. The cabins are so fun and comfy and the property around them is so well groomed and beautiful. There is nothing like waking up early in the morning and sitting on the cabin front porch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and having deer (and sometimes their off spring) run through the front yard. It's so amazing. We also enjoy our Saturday night dinner at the Goldmoor Inn in their awesome Gazebo being waited on by Sue who is just a wonderful addition to the Goldmoor Inn. She makes our dinner very special. Our experience at the Goldmoor Inn is nothing short of outstanding. Thank you! Randy & Mary Hutton


Nice place to relax

3.8 on August 23, 2013

My wife and I visited for our anniversay and found the Goldmoor to be very relaxing and peaceful. There are some newer rooms and some older rooms so be careful which ones you choose. The food was a bit pricey but well worth it.


Fantastic Getaway

4.2 on August 07, 2013

My husband and I went to the Goldmoore at the recommendation of some friends and we were pleasantly surprised. The view is gorgeous and the food was spectacular! We were hesitant at first, as our room had been recently deep cleaned and felt damp. They immediately let us choose another room and gave us a voucher for a free meal that valued $100! The new room was beautiful and the staff was so friendly and serving. The 20% off of your second stay is pretty good motivation for us to return someday.


The Goldmoor was glorious!

4.8 on July 01, 2013

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at the Goldmoor Inn and everything exceeded our expectations. The charm of this place is hard to describe; modern elegance with just the right balance of seclusion and exposure to nature. It's also only approximately a 20 minute car ride to the quaint shops and dining establishments in Galena. We might have to think of another special occasion to celebrate and return there soon!


A wonderful experience.

5 on June 09, 2013

A truly wonderful experience. The food is great, the view is serene. The rooms are a incredible experience unto themselves.


awesome

4.6 on June 02, 2013

We had a family emergency and had to cut our stay short. The staff was very helpful and refunded us by giving us a gift certificate for another stay. We will definitely be making the trip up their again!!


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Rooms & Rates

French Country Cottage

Enjoy a weekend in the charming French Country Cottage while you’re visiting Galena, Illinois. This cottage is a light and airy space that evokes the elegant lines and luxurious comfort of a French chateau. Whether you’re relaxing in your in-suite whirlpool tub or enjoying a glass of wine on the private porch, you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the Mississippi River and surrounding Galena countryside from every angle. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $345 - $365

Mississippi Suite

We reserved the name “Mississippi Suite” for our very finest river views. From this second-floor suite, you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets, a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, and the majestic river valley. Perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon, the suite’s oversized windows offer unparalleled views of the river whether you’re enjoying breakfast in your room or relaxing in the whirlpool tub. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $365 - $385

Covington Suite

Our regal Covington Suite is the perfect setting for a romantic in-room dinner, a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, or a relaxing bath overlooking the picturesque Mississippi River. Featuring paneled walls, dimmable wall sconces, King bed and a whirlpool tub set in a bay window, the Covington Suite offers the elegance of an English Country Manor for an experience that is unlike a typical bed and breakfast.

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

Nightly Rate: $345 - $365

First Lady's Suite

As the first master suite of the original manor, the First Lady Suite offers a classic country inn experience with all the luxurious touches you expect from the Goldmoor Inn. Immerse yourself in one of the cozy wingback chairs positioned in front of the fireplace of this elegant suite. The warm and sophisticated décor features a four-poster King bed, cozy oak-mantled fireplace, and a canopied whirlpool tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $305 - $325

English Garden Suite

The English Garden Suite allows you to enjoy the setting of a rose garden year round with the unique décor of garden tapestries, fine china, and ivy walls. The décor reflects the warm and inviting colors of the garden, making for a unique and tranquil setting for your stay. The private garden entrance allows guests to come and go as they please without having to walk through the rest of the inn, and the private patio is the perfect setting for an afternoon English tea. Room has a King size bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $305 - $325

Veranda Suite

The Veranda Suite has wraparound windows that frame a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River. Decorated with the warmth and elegance of an English country manor, the Veranda Suite offers the luxury of a fine hotel with the attentive personal service of a bed and breakfast. Enjoy a quiet get-together in front of the fire with friends and family, or an intimate private dinner with that special someone. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $345 - $365

Chef's Quarters

For the culinary enthusiast, our Chef’s Quarters offers a unique glimpse into the world of our accredited Executive Chef and the talented Sous Chef who prepare the Goldmoor Inn’s mouthwatering seasonal menu. Room accommodations include a King bed, 2 person whirlpool tub and a kitchen galley with fridge. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine inside the kitchen at our Chef’s Table and observe the effortless choreography of the evening’s dinner service.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $365 - $385

Timberland Log Cabin

This is not your typical rental cabin—and you definitely won’t be “roughing it.” With the feel of a north woods lodge, the Timberland Log Cabin features a solid hickory bed and rustic log furniture with the amenities of a luxury hotel, including a whirlpool tub. Your pets are also welcome—they’ll enjoy the quiet and solitude, as well as acres of beautifully landscaped grounds to explore on walks. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $335 - $355

Leafland Log Cabin

Do you dream of curling up next to a cast-iron woodstove with a cup of hot coffee or cocoa and enjoying the sounds of the night woods? As a guest in our Leafland Log Cabin, you’ll enjoy all the amenities of the Goldmoor Inn with the privacy of a rental cabin. The Leafland Log Cabin is pet-friendly, with convenient access to the beautiful Goldmoor grounds, plus a quiet and calm atmosphere that will leave you relaxed. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $335 - $355

Victoria Suite

The Victoria Suite is one of our most spacious units—in addition to the elegant king-sized bed, guests can convert the comfortable, overstuffed sofa sleeper into a queen-sized bed to comfortably sleep extra guests. Extra seating provides plenty of space for in-room entertaining, yet the room feels airy and spacious. If you’re planning a girls’ weekend gateway, bridal hospitality suite, or family trip to Galena, the Victoria Suite dramatically expands your options in style.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $345

Turret Suite

Live out your royal fantasies in the romantic and unique Turret Suite fit for a king and queen. This two-story tower with a romantic drawbridge entrance features a bedroom loft with a supple and soft leather-upholstered king-sized bed, tapestry-like curtains, and an amazing panoramic view of river, forestry, and gardens. Perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, you won’t find another space like this anywhere else in Jo Daviess County.

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

Nightly Rate: $365 - $385

Irish Country Cottage

Innkeeper Patricia Smith drew upon her Irish heritage to create the Goldmoor Inn’s Irish Cottage. Featuring a fireplace framed in stones quarried from the river below and a walk-in waterfall shower, this spacious yet intimate cottage features a private porch overlooking the Mississippi River, rough-hewn furnishings featuring beautiful natural wood finishes, and plush, elegant fabrics that add to the luxurious setting. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $345 - $365

Elizabeth Suite

Featuring an elegant Queen Anne dining area and warm, rich tones throughout, the Elizabeth Suite is the perfect setting for a couple’s getaway, wedding night or honeymoon. The centerpiece of this truly regal suite is an intricately carved mahogany King canopy bed that will make any guest feel like royalty.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $345

Gwenivere Suite

The unabashed romanticism of the warm and inviting décor sets the Gwenivere suite apart from the others. Featuring an elegant King sleigh bed, intricate woodcarving, and a private balcony, this room offers Old World glamor with modern touches including a whirlpool tub and a huge television discreetly tucked within the mahogany wardrobe.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $345

Arthur Suite

One of the newest suites at the Goldmoor Inn, the Arthur Suite features a majestic King four-poster bed, Mississippi River views, and access to outdoor space with beautiful views. Photos can’t do justice to the regal headboard, decorated with intricate carvings of flowing vines, tropical grapes, and intricate scrollwork.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $345

Lancelot Suite

The rich, refined styling of the Lancelot Suite calls to mind an English dining club combined with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Private access leads to an open balcony where you can sip cognac as you enjoy a view of the expansive woods surrounding the main inn. Relax in your leather wing chair in front of the fire or enjoy the bubbles in your in-suite whirlpool tub. This room has a King bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $345

Winston Suite

The regal Winston Suite is one of the most spacious accommodations at the Goldmoor. The suite is appointed with inviting, plush furniture including a King bed and a queen-sized sofa sleeper for extra guests. If you’re planning a family reunion in Galena, groomsmen’s hospitality suite, or family vacation, you can maximize your accommodations in this versatile yet elegant space.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $345

English Country Cottage

If you are looking for luxury, the English Country Cottage is for you. As the first cottage built on the property, the English Country Cottage pays special attention to details such as rich fabrics, warm tones, and stately furniture, and it strikes the perfect balance of elegance and comfort. You can enjoy a glass of wine and gourmet dinner in front of your stone-faced fireplace or take in the stunning views while relaxing in your oversized luxury bath. Room has a King size bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $365 - $385

Location

Location Type

Rural location, Countryside

Airport

Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 20 miles

Directions to property:

Off Rt 20, take Blackjack Rd. six miles to West Sand Hill Road (right turn off only). Make right turn onto Sand Hill and go less than 1 mile to entrance.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Spa, Boutique Hotel, Cabin

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Wedding Facilities , Fully stocked kitchen, Whirlpools, Hair dryers, Complimentary refreshments and fresh cookies, Complete entertainment systems with DVD, Complimentary bicycles

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Massage services available, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only OUTSIDE ONLY
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small animal - Please call for specific accommodations.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required at time of reservation. Card is charged 14 days in advance of stay. Payment by check must arrive 14 days prior to stay. Please call for other arrangements.
  • Cancellations: Unless a 14-days notice of room cancellation is given, room payment will be charged. If cancelled in the 14 days, we must ask you to take full responsibility for the charges. When reserving three or more rooms, a 60 day notice of cancellation is required.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Birgit and Slobo Radin

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We have been in the Hospitality Industry all our lives and enjoy providing outstanding service in an outstanding surrounding.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:30 to 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Potato & Ham Supreme Breakfast
Mouth watering blend of diced seasoned potatoes, eggs and chopped ham with cheese all baked with a finely browned top served with a first course fruit and garnish. Homemade as are all of our breakfast items.


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