Farmers' Guest House
March 31st, 2013

Every Day is Special, but March 30 has Special Meaning at Farmers

Couple who met on March 30 plan to marry that day at Farmers Guest House, where March 30 holds special meaning for innkeepers.
By Hillary Dickerson, Galena Gazette
March 30 isn’t just another day of the week at Farmers Guest House bed and breakfast in Galena.
A year ago in 2012 on March 30, Don and Susan Steffan, owners and innkeepers of the popular inn on Spring Street, officially took the reins from the previous owners, Jess & Kathie Farlow, who purchased Farmers 11 years earlier, also on March 30.
It seems no better way to celebrate one year in business for the Steffans than by hosting a wedding and celebrating with a couple for whom March 30 also holds special meaning.
When Ian Courtney, [...]

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March 30th, 2013

Stuffed Blueberry French Toast

I served this at our last quilt retreat and just received a request for the recipe.
 
Ingredients:
12 eggs
2 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
1 Tablespoon vanilla
12 slices Texas Toast or one loaf of French bread sliced in 3/4″ slices
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
8 oz cream cheese
 
Wisk together the first 7 ingredients.  Place a layer of bread in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish (six slices of Texas Toast or 1/2 loaf of French bread).  Sprinkle the blueberries over the top of the bread.  Cut the cream cheese in small pieces and distribute over the top of the berries.  Dip the remaining bread in the egg batter, fully saturating the [...]

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March 25th, 2013

Galena: A Fodor’s Best Small Town in America

Stay at the best bed and breakfast in Galena when visiting Northwest Illinois. Galena is a Fodor’s Top 10 Small Town and Farmers Guest House is widely recognized as the best and most romantic bed and breakfast in Galena. At Farmers Guest House we are the definition of country elegance. From the moment you walk through our red door, you will experience a getaway like no other. Only at Farmers Guest House can you completely relax and leave the real world behind. From our full new country breakfasts each morning to our WineTime™ at 5:30pm each evening, we make your escape restful and rejuvenating. Dive into our exclusive mattresses and you’ll know immediately why our guests come back time and [...]

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March 23rd, 2013

Spring Oven Omelette

1 stick of butter or margarine, melted
1 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
16 eggs
2 1/2 c cottage cheese or ricotta
2 c shredded cheese
1/2 c chopped onions
1/2 c chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped asparagus
2 cups chopped, fresh spinach
 
Heat oven to 350.  Mix first four ingredients together in a bowl.  Add each additional ingredient individually until blended.  Pour into a deep 9×13 casserole and bake for 45 – 55 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Or, this can be cooked in individual ramekins.  Serves 10 – 12.  Optional – add chopped, cooked bacon or sausage, or change up the veggies as [...]

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March 13th, 2013

Quilt & Fiber Show Weekend

The dates are set and the plan is ready for the 2013 Galena Jo Daviess Quilt & Fiber Show. Join us November 8-10, 2013 for one of the most creative weekends in Galena all year long. Farmers Guest House, the best bed and breakfast in Galena, has some very special value-added opportunities for getaway guests that weekend. We have created special packages and opportunities for quilters to enjoy the weekend and return rejuvenated with  new creative spirit. Check out our Quilt and Fiber Show packages here. You’ll want to make your reservations early as the weekend is sure to sell out in Galena.
Farmers Guest House is your country elegant choice for lodging in Galena. We offer superb accommodations, a full [...]

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March 11th, 2013

Hashbrown Casseroles

There’s nothing like comfort food to warm you up on a cool almost Spring day.  Served in individual ramekins, each guest enjoys their own portion of heaven!
Hashbrown Casserole
2 lbs frozen hash browns
½ cup melted butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 pint (2 cups) sour cream
½ cup chopped onion, or 3 Tablespoons of dried onion
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of pepper
 
The night before, remove the hashbrowns from the freezer and place in fridge to thaw.
Preheat the oven to 350˚.  If using dried onion, rehydrate in 4 Tablespoons of warm water.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the hashbrowns until smooth.  Add hashbrowns.  Pour into a greased  11 x 14 or individual ramekins.  The number will depend [...]

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March 7th, 2013

It’s Not Too Late

We received another 7″ of fresh powder in Galena, Illinois this week and skiing in Galena at Chestnut Mountain is in top of season shape. It’s not too late to make your plans for a late winter ski getaway to Galena and Farmers Guest House. 
Chestnut Mountain Galena is only 10 minutes from Farmers Guest House. Our country elegant inn is the perfect Galena lodging option for your Illinois ski getaway. We are conveniently located within walking distance to Galena’s historic Main Street where you will find over 80 local shops and numerous Galena restaurants. Your lodging package at Farmers Guest House includes a full new country breakfast each morning and our WineTime™ each night at 5:30 pm. Let us know [...]

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March 3rd, 2013

501 Excellent Reviews Can’t Be Wrong

Farmers Guest House is proud to say that we just received our TripAdvisor Excellent Review number 501. Without a doubt, Farmers Guest House is the best bed and breakfast in Galena.
“Historic Feel, Great Home Away From Home”
Reviewed March 1, 2013 NEW

Great stay for a weekend getaway! Susan and Don were awesome and the room “Jennie” was comfortable in all aspects including the bed and temperature. Everything was very clean and it was fun to look around the house at all the history and architecture. Very close to downtown Galena.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a [...]

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March 3rd, 2013

Bed and Breakfasts for Business

When you’re thinking about lodging for you next business trip, you might not immediately think a bed and breakfast stay, but why not? When business brings you to Galena, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa you should consider Farmers Guest House, the best bed and breakfast in Galena, for your business trip to Dubuque. Farmers Guest House offers so much more than Galena hotels, or lodging in Dubuque, Iowa. Check out this great TripAdvisor review from a recent Farmers Guest House guest:
Top Notch Bed & Breakfast
I’ve stayed in B & B’s in Europe, but Susan and Don have outdone all of them with their hospitality. Bed was COMFORTABLE, Breakfast WONDERFUL. I’m a business traveler and usually stay in the big box hotels — [...]

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