Tucked into the Northwest corner of Illinois, Galena was named one of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit” by Smithsonian Magazine. There’s a room waiting just for you at one of the Top Five selections below in this charming, architecturally rich town, where more than 80% of the buildings are on the historic register!
Galena, Il. (Photo: Michael Miley via Flickr)
When coming up with our list, we looked closely at a diverse range of inns to satisfy a range of travelers and traveling styles. We compared over 30 bed and breakfasts in Galena on location, amenities and, in particular, on the evaluations received from guests on various review sites.
It’s hard to beat the Main Street location of 305 North! Housed in a historic 1845 building, this newly-renovated bed and breakfast features 7 all-suite rooms, including three 2-bedroom suites. Fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, flat screen TVs and private decks make this a magical urban escape, just steps away from Galena’s restaurants, shops and historic sites. After a delightful day exploring, you’ll get a great night’s sleep and awake feeling extra good knowing that 25% of the proceeds from your stay go toward Arena of Dreams, a local therapy center for special-needs individuals.
Set on 10 secluded acres yet just minutes from downtown Galena, this “Nature Lover’s Bed & Breakfast” gives you a choice of three rooms in the main house or one of four private cottages. Most rooms have king beds and there’s a wrap-around deck and private porches for birdwatching, unwinding and enjoying the sights and scents of your abundant natural surroundings. Rooms in the main house all have private entrances and include a hearty full breakfast. Pamper yourself with in-room massages, dessert delivered to your room or rent the on-site barn for a party you’ll never forget!
A charming,1845 Greek Revival home which has hosted Abraham Lincoln, General Grant, Mark Twain and countless historical figures, the Aldrich Guest House awaits your arrival! All five guest rooms have queen beds and period antiques, four rooms have fireplaces, plus there’s a screened porch in an enchanted garden setting for relaxing, card playing and planning your next adventure. Every corner of the house speaks to its place in history. Did you know nine Civil War Generals came from the small but important town of Galena? A night spent slumbering in history this authentic is hard to come by.
Few can resist the charms of a wrap-around porch on a classic Queen Anne Victorian house. Brierwreath Manor is one short block from all the excitement and activity of Galena’s historic Main Street, yet you’ll feel worlds away while cradled in a rocking chair enjoying the ever-present homemade chocolate chip cookies. All three suites feature queen-size beds and private baths. Two of the rooms can easily accommodate three persons. Coffee is served early, every day at 7:00 am, so guests can enjoy peaceful mornings on the picturesque porch.
There’s only one way to describe the feeling you get at Goldmoor Inn — you’ve arrived! Luxuriously-appointed suites with amenities catering to your every need await, from Euro-style heated towel bars and robes, whirlpools and fireplaces in every room to the complimentary bicycles, on-site spa and the chance to dine at the Chef’s table in the gourmet kitchen. Six miles South of Galena, on scenic bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Goldmoor Inn’s accommodation choices include three private cottages, two pet-friendly log cabins and 13 purpose-built guest suites. Peace and indulgence are yours for the taking.