Farmers' Guest House
November 29th, 2012

Slopes Open Today

How often can you experience the feeling of skiing on opening day? Well this year you can, and also stay the night in one of our luxurious country elegant rooms or suites.
Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, IL will open today and you can enjoy a special gift from Farmers Guest House when you book your reservation with us for tonight. Book your stay for tonight with Farmers Guest House and receive a complimentary wine tasting at Massbach Ridge Winery and Vineyard – the closest winery to Chestnut Mountain Galena.
At Farmers Guest House we are so excited that Chestnut is opening today,  at least one week earlier than we anticipated.  With 70 snowmaking guns, Chestnut Mountain does an excellent job of [...]

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November 28th, 2012

Best Pizza in Galena…

Before 11am anyway!  Yes, this isn’t the pizza you have for breakfast as a college student.  Loaded with bacon, sauteed veggies, fluffy eggs and 3 cheeses this is a breakfast made to give you the energy you need for a day of shopping in Galena or visiting our rich historical sites.
Best Pizza in [...]

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November 27th, 2012

Butternut Squash-Cranberry Wild Rice

We served this at Thanksgiving and it was wonderful!  It also works well to make ahead – but reheat it covered so it doesn’t dry out.
¼ c wild rice
1 ¼  c chicken or vegetable broth
 
½  brown
1  c chicken or vegetable broth
 
1 c roasted ½ inch butternut squash cubes **
 
1 small onion, chopped fine, about a ½ cup
½ c  dried cranberries
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
 
In separate sauce pans, prepare wild rice and brown rice.  Bring broth and rice to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 – 50 minutes for brown and 55 – 65 for wild.  Do not add salt or butter.   About 40 minutes into cooking time be [...]

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November 27th, 2012

Book Now…Snowmaking Underway

The recent overnight cold weather in Galena has let Chestnut Mountain bring out the big guns and start making snow on the mountain. The resort expects to be open daily by December 3. It’s time to start thinking about your ski getaway to Galena and make your reservations at Farmers Guest House. New this year at Farmers Guest House, we will have a special storage area for your skis and snowboards, as well as drying locations and dryer service for your ski apparel.
There is no better choice than Farmers Guest House for your ski trip to Galena. We are located close to all of the Galena restaurants on Main Street, and only 10 minutes to Chestnut Mountain for skiing. When [...]

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November 26th, 2012

Skiing in Galena IL

Chestnut Mountain in Galena Illinois is one of THE best places in the Midwest to ski and snowboard. With several snowboard and ski runs choose from there really is something for everyone. Chestnut Galena has terrain for beginners, intermediate, experts, alpine skiers and snowboarders too. The view over the Mississippi River from the top of Chestnut Mountain is breathtaking, and creates the best skiing in Illinois.  Locals and experts swear by the challenging terrain at Chestnut Mountain.  Plus you can use your lift ticket to receive discounts at several shops and restaurants in Galena.
If you’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding, fear not because Chestnut Galena is also known for its ski and snowboard instruction. Farmers Guest House and Galena Illinois [...]

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November 26th, 2012

Galena Bed and Breakfast Review

“First Rate Service and a Relaxing Atmosphere”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed in the Camelot Suite and it was wonderful. It was nice, cozy and comfortable. Susan, Don and Charles were wonderful and did everything possible to make us feel at home. The breakfasts were out of this world. Our favorite was the Eggs Benedict  It was delicious! Our trip to Galena and stay at The Farmer’s Guest House was a wonderful getaway and helped us reconnect before the busy holiday season. We will definitely be back.
Check out more reviews from Farmers Guest House, widely recognized as the best bed and breakfast in Galena, IL, on our TripAdvisor [...]

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November 20th, 2012

From the Cover of Better Homes and Gardens

I’m loving every minute in the kitchen today and tomorrow, preparing tasty treats and family favorites for our Classic Thanksgiving Celebration.  This is the Caramel Apple-Cherry Pie from this month’s issue of Better Homes and Gardens that I made today.  For the first time in a long time Farmers Guest House is open for guests on Thanksgiving, and we are pulling out all the stops to make it a special day for our guests.  Thanksgiving in Galena is looking [...]

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November 19th, 2012

Skiing in IL begins with us

Galena is an historic community located close to Chicago and high above the Mississippi River. The scenic community boasts numerous attractions such as nature trails, parks and close-by casino gambling. If you’re planning a winter trip to the Galena area, you can also find outdoor family activities such as skiing and snowboarding at Chestnut Galena. Although there are limited rooms at this best Illinois ski resort, you will want to plan to stay at the best bed & breakfast in Galena, Farmers Guest House.
Farmers Guest House is the perfect alternative to staying at the large resorts in Galena. Our best Galena inn will exceed your expectations with our country elegant rooms and suites.  Farmers Guest House offers several advantages over [...]

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November 14th, 2012

AWESOME

Thank you to our guests Josh and Ruth for sharing his review of Farmers Guest House on TripAdvisor.
What a great getaway! Don and Susan were so gracious and tried to meet our every need. They make you feel so welcomed, not like you are a guest, more like family. The Guest House rooms are outstanding, clean, comfortable, cozy, relaxing, quite, romantic and each uniquely decorated. The location couldn’t be any better, just right off the main shopping area, close enough to walk! Great breakfast! Outstanding cookies! I look forward to returning to Galena just to stay here again. OH, did I say pampered, that is really what happens here, you feel pampered. I would recommend this place to anyone who seriously enjoys [...]

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November 12th, 2012

Ski at Chestnut Mountain Galena

When planning your winter getaway to Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL, you’ll want to make your reservations at Farmers Guest House, the best bed and breakfast in Galena.
Chestnut Mountain Galena is nestled in the bluffs above the Mississippi River. Chestnut Galena is a spot where winter looks just about perfect. There is no better place to enjoy a weekend of skiing in IL than at Chestnut Mountain Galena.
Farmers Guest House is the perfect alternative to the hotels in Galena for your ski getaway. Widely recognized as the best bed and breakfast in Galena IL, Farmers Guest House provides guests with an experience of country elegance in a romantic bed and breakfast setting.
Farmers Guest House is walking distance to the historic [...]

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