Farmers Guest House

334 Spring Street , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)

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About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Excellent Hosts

5 on August 04, 2017

Don and Susan were excellent hosts. My wife and I were celebrating our 21st Anniversary and this was our first time at a Bed and Breakfast. When we walked up I joked with my wife that the building didn't look too inviting and hopefully it was like a person, where it's what's on the inside that matters. WOW, that was an understatement. The facility is in excellent condition, the room was immaculate, there were so many things for the guests like cookies, movies, wine glasses, wine at 5pm. We got a late start in the morning and Susan kept our breakfast warm for us and boy am I glad she did. The food was amazing and it was all homemade. Unfortunately my wife and I only had one night to enjoy this treasure of place. We will definitely make our way back to the Farmers Guest house and will make sure we stay for a couple of days. Thank you Susan and Don for making our Anniversary something to remember.


Perfect!

4.8 on August 03, 2017

We stayed here for my husband and I's anniversary. It was a great stay with great food and a great atmosphere!


Wonderful! Just Wonderful!

5 on July 28, 2017

This was our first B&B experience and it was wonderful beyond our expectations! Susan & Don are the perfect hosts making each guest feel welcomed and comfortable. The Farmers Guest House is clean, comfy and has a never empty cookie jar!! Our room was immaculate. A guest couldn't have asked for more. Susan's breakfasts were out of this world delicious and generous! If you're looking for warm hospitality, great food and a comfortable room, look no further than The Farmers Guest House! As an added bonus downtown Galena shopping and restaurants are a short walk down the street! Book it now!!!


Just lovely

5 on July 26, 2017

We stayed here for a grown up weekend away. Susan and Don were great with suggestions for dining and fun. They made dinner reservations for us in advance at nearby restaurant. The homemade breakfasts were superb! The Charlotte suite was huge and right next to breakfast and the cookie jar!!


Highly recommended for a getaway!

5 on July 11, 2017

My wife and I stayed in the Julia suite and it was delightful. The room itself was very comfortable with couch and the separate sitting area. As my wife and I are often off schedule (I'm up at 5am and she's in bed at 1am), having a space with a door was perfect for us. Susan and Don were very welcoming and full of fun and interesting stories. The food was delicious and the Wine Time was fun. Highly recommended for a getaway!


The best B and B out there!

5 on July 01, 2017

Susan and Don will take care of your every need to make your trip memorable


Wonderful Time

5 on May 22, 2017

My wife and I decided to do a Spring getaway in Galena, IL. As we are both retired we are able to travel during the week. We reviewed many B&Bs in Galena online and decided on the Farmer's Guest House. We couldn't be more pleased with our choice! Susan and Don made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived until our departure three days later. The building has a long history in Galena as an Inn but has been updated with all modern amenities. We chose the Mary room for our stay. The decorating was period appropriate to Galena and was warm and comfortable. The private bathroom has a walk in shower which was great! I have to say that the best part of staying at the Farmer's Guest House is Susan's breakfasts! She is a wonderful chef who has competed on a Food Network show. Breakfast each morning was a truly delicious experience that got us ready for a day of touring and shopping! Susan and Don treat you like family. One night a storm rolled through Galena and Susan was waiting for us at the door when we arrived home after dinner to make sure that all was well! I cannot say enough good things about the Farmer's Guest House and highly recommend it! https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g36022-d284676-r486608663-Farmers_Guest_House-Galena_Illinois.html#


A Wonderful Weekend

5 on May 02, 2017

We just stayed over the weekend and had the "Julia" suite. Our stay was perfect. Very friendly owners and staff. Outstanding breakfast. Comfy/cozy bed. Would highly recommend!


Return visit

5 on April 24, 2017

We stayed here again last weekend, the 3rd time for my husband and I. I have also stayed here for three quilting retreats and am looking forward to the fourth in November. Every visit has been perfect - beautiful rooms (both bedrooms and common rooms), fabulous breakfasts, nice wine time in the evening, and good location to downtown Galena. The owners, Susan and Don, make you feel like old friends the minute you walk in the door. They are very helpful with anything you need or want, like reservations to restaurants or any other activity. Don carries your bags upstairs and Susan prepares those fabulous breakfasts. There is always coffee ready, a bottomless cookie jar, water in the fridge and much good, just plain old-fashioned, hospitality! It is the only B&B we'll stay at in Galena!


Perfect weekend getaway spot in Galena

5 on April 19, 2017

Everything about Farmers Guest House is outstanding. I can't say enough about what a good time we had. From the moment we arrived, everything was perfect. Susan and Don are wonderful, warm people. We were treated to a bottle of wine upon check-in and our room was spotless and so comfortable. Every detail was taken care of. Breakfast was delicious, as befitting an award-winner. As an added bonus, we got to attend one of Susan's last Breakfast Diva cooking classes, and it was huge fun. In fact, the only thing that was not absolutely perfect was that the top of the souvenir mug I bought at the B&B is too small to fit my pour-over filter! We will absolutely stay here again when we return to Galena.


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Rooms & Rates

Julia Suite

This dramatic luxury suite features a king size iron sleigh bed, fireplace, double whirlpool, sitting area and cable TV-DVD. Sunny parlor room has arm chairs and table with a Keurig coffee maker. Standard amenities include luxurious, high-quality linens, fluffy Turkish towels, exclusively made soaps, and a large private bathroom.

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

Nightly Rate: $270 - $290

Aimee

Decorated in a calm palette of yellow and sage, this queen size room with foyer features a brass bed, romantic gas fireplace, ceiling fan, high quality linens, hair dryer, fluffy Turkish towels, custom made soaps, flat screen TV-DVD and private bathroom with shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $215

Minnie

Newly remodeled with a new-country style, Minnie is comfortable and inviting with a queen size bed, ceiling fan, high quality linens, hair dryer, fluffy Turkish towels, custom made soaps, flat screen TV-DVD and private bathroom.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $185

Jennie

Recently redecorated in a new-country style, this room has a king size bed, ceiling fan, high quality linens, hair dryer, fluffy Turkish towels, custom made soaps, flat screen TV-DVD and private bathroom with both a tub and shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $215

Elizabeth

Light pastel shades of green brighten this room at the back of the house where the windows overlook the gardens. A queen size bed, ceiling fan, high quality linens, hair dryer, fluffy Turkish towels, custom made soaps, flat screen TV-DVD and private bathroom with tub and shower complete the setting.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $185

Malvina

Shades of blue and a view of the backyard make this room a favorite. A king size bed, two arm chairs, ceiling fan, high quality linens, hair dryer, fluffy Turkish towels, custom made soaps, flat screen TV-DVD and private bathroom with shower and tub complete the setting.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $215

Mary

A romantic motif characterizes this room featuring a queen size sleigh bed, ceiling fan, high quality linens, hair dryer, fluffy Turkish towels, custom made soaps, flat screen TV-DVD and private bathroom with shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $185

Charlotte Suite

A spacious first floor suite that includes a whirlpool Jacuzzi for two, fireplace, TV-DVD, private entrance, and a king size bed. Cozy sitting areas in both the bedroom and living room allow you to choose a place to read, relax or watch TV. A large full size private bathroom with shower completes this suite.

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

Nightly Rate: $270 - $290

Annie's Galena Cottage

With the feel of a country cottage and separated from the main building by lovely gardens, the cottage is a two story bath and a half king suite with jacuzzi for two, three porches, electric fire place and two TV_DVDs.

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

Nightly Rate: $290 - $315

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Location

Location Type

Small town

Airport

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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Policies

  • 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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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Susan and Don Steffan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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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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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • 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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