Farmers Guest House

334 Spring Street , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)
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Wake up each morning to the smell of your gourmet breakfast being prepared by our owner/chef Susan Steffan, the “The Breakfast Diva” and winner of an episode on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship! She’ll gladly accommodate special dietary requests, including gluten free and vegetarian options. If you want to ask Susan about her life in reality TV, join her and husband, Don for a glass of vino during daily WineTime™. At 5 p.m., we’ll uncork a bottle of white or red, and you can take your glass to your room, to our courtyard, or stay in our spacious dining room. Farmers Guest House is a historic treasure in the heart of downtown Galena, and we invite you for a relaxing experience. Our comfortable bed and breakfast offers nine accommodations. Each of our rooms feature vintage pieces and original hardwood floors combined with today’s luxuries - we're sure you’ll feel relaxed in our whirlpool tubs and large showers. We are here to provide you with the best possible Galena experience.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining5.0

Lovely Getaway

5 on January 05, 2018

We had a lovely stay with scrumptious breakfasts. We also received wonderful care with our dinner reservations both a cancellation and a new booking at a different restaurant. Highly recommend this B&B

Last minute stop

4.8 on October 16, 2017

A last minute stop in Galena and first B&B we walked into. The owners were wonderful and easy to talk to from the get go. Had a wonderful stay and a beautiful and cozy B&B. The much needed stay was worth every penny. Wonderful breakfast each morning and better than most 5 star hotels. Will stay there again!

Weekend getaway with friends

5 on October 04, 2017

Our favorite place to stay in Galena and our whole group already booked for next year. Owners are wonderful and very accommodating! Wine time at 5:00 is a lot of fun. Would definitely recommend this B&B.

A Short Getaway

5 on September 25, 2017

My husband and I decided to take a short getaway and I've been wanting to visit Galena for several years now. The Farmers Guest House was by far our favorite B&B that we've stayed at. Susan and Don are wonderful hosts and their B&B is extremely warm and cozy and beautifully decorated. The breakfast that is served is beyond amazing....we will come back and stay for more than one night!


4.6 on September 14, 2017

Farmers Guest house is a wonderful B&B that we enjoy every visit to Galena! Don and Susan are amazing hosts that are so friendly and very helpful in every way. Susan's breakfast is fabulous...I ate every bite both mornings :) We'll be back again!!!

Beyond Wonderful!

5 on September 12, 2017

We loved staying at this historic bed and breakfast! The room was cozy and clean, and the food was second to none! Susan goes out of her way to make guests feel like friends. We will stay here again!

Fabulous Experience!

5 on September 08, 2017

We had a fabulous experience at FGH leaving us wanting to return soon. The amenities of FGH make it a destination instead of just a place to stay. We will return to Galena to visit FGH--the shops in town are nice but my breakfast at this inn is well worth the drive. Don and Susan welcome you, check on your special dietary needs, provide a 5-star breakfast and make you eager to return. Love this place!

Great visit!

4.8 on September 01, 2017

We had a lovely, well cared for room in the guest house. The house is beautifully updated and Susan and Don are wonderful hosts. I notified Susan that I am gluten free due to celiac disease and she went out of her way to prepare me special gluten free french toast, a special gluten free scone and gluten free chocolate chip cookies, all of which were outstanding. I have never been treated so well anywhere else. Susan (the breakfast DIVA), is a wonderful cook and the non-gluten-free breakfast was also excellent. Many thanks to Susan and Don for a wonderful visit.

A Very Pleasant Surprise!

5 on August 24, 2017

Tagged along with hubby on an out of town business trip hoping for little together time...He surprised me with a three night stay in the Charlotte Suite at this wonderful bed and breakfast. The accommodations were great and the hosts, Susan and Don, and the staff, Charles and Lisa were an absolute delight. Breakfast every morning was a culinary treat and service was exemplary. Within walking distance of everything in town. Great recommendations for shopping, antiquing, food were spot on. President Grant's Home and museum, Field of Dreams movie location and the magic show were amazing! Galena exceeded all expectations. A beautiful town, a great B&B, and very welcoming people! I look forward to visiting again! Even with so many B& B's in Galena, I would still stay at the Farmer's Guest House!

Birthday Stay

5 on August 16, 2017

My wife & I have stayed here twice. Back in Nov. of 2013 for thanksgiving we were actually engaged here and this past week it was for my wife's birthday. Both times have been so wonderful. Can't beat the hospitality. Susan and Don made us feel like family. You will never regret making your stay here!

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Rooms & Rates


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


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

Annie's Galena Cottage Suite

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


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


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


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

Julia Suite

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

Charlotte Suite

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


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

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Location Type

Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 23 miles

Directions to property:

Located on Route 20 (Spring Street) in Galena's Historical District - one block west of the Galena River Bridge.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Spa, Telephone , WineTime, Snacks, Beverages, Ice Machine, in-room thermostats, gardens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Massage Studio

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only only smoking in the backyard - inn totally non smoking
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: except on weekends two nights
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card required to hold room.
  • Cancellations: 10 day cancellation policy. If cancelled prior to the 10 days a fee of $50 will be charged.
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Susan and Don Steffan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Susan loves to decorate guest rooms, create fabulous new breakfast treats for her guests and share stories about her experiences on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship. Don enjoys keeping the 1867 historic property in tip-top shape and riding his Harley. Don and Susan both enjoy exploring the sites and attractions of Galena so they can share their experiences with their guests.

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Signature Dish

Farmers Guest House Oven Omelet
In addition to fresh fruit, home made granola, fresh baked breads and pastries, our signature egg dish is made with the finest, fresh local ingredients that changes with the seasons and needs of our guests. Whether made with bacon, ham or sausage, fresh spinach, a blend of real cheeses and fresh eggs, or a vegetarian mix of seasonal favorites, our Farmers Oven Omelet is sure to please. Also a favorite is our Caramel Pecan French Toast - fluffy and browned thick sliced bread with just the right amount of pecan sweetness to start your day.

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