Farmers' Guest House
May 16th, 2014

Strawberry Pancake Points

It’s finally Spring and that means STRAWBERRIES!  These Strawberry Pancake Points are just one of many new items on our breakfast table this season.  Served with a fresh fruit bowl topped with pink grapefruit sorbet, warm apple pastries and fresh Iowa pork sausage, this is a great way to start a day of relaxation and fun here in [...]

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May 9th, 2014

Banana Nut Bread

Every few weeks someone asks me for my Banana Bread recipe and, even though it has been posted here before, here it is again.  This recipe is from my Grandma Rose to whom I owe my love of cooking.  I have such heartwarming memories of sitting in her kitchen as a child, listening to her sing along to the transistor radio as she created French Toast, Chicken Soup or Spaghetti and Meatballs.  She made Banana Nut Bread for us on special occasions.  Now I make it for my guests here.

 
Grandma Rose’s Banana Nut Bread
Mix
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
½ Cup Buttermilk
1Teaspoon Vanilla
 
 
Sift together and ad:
1 ½ Cups of Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
 
Add
1 Cup Chopped (Course) Walnuts
1 Cup of [...]

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April 26th, 2014

General Grant’s Home Front Civil War Encampment and Reenactment

General Grant signing autographs for the boy scouts downtown.
Coinciding with Boy Scout Weekend, this year’s Home Front Civil War Encampment brought sunny skies and big smiles to the banks of the Galena River. The generals were out signing autographs and the boy scouts enjoyed the reenactments.
Encampment along the Galena [...]

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April 11th, 2014

Farmers Guest House Named First Runner-Up in Best Breakfast in North America Competition

Galena, Illinois, April 11, 2014: BedandBreakfast.com has named Farmers Guest House’s Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast as First Runner-Up in their Best Breakfast in North America competition.
Open Gates Bed and Breakfast of Darien, Georgia won the competition with their Sweet Stuffed Crepe Cigars.
After making it through highly competitive early rounds, Farmers Guest House was the only bed and breakfast in Illinois to reach the top 16. Farmers Guest House is excited to be called First Runner-Up and will have the chance to compete for the ultimate prize next year.
“An inn like ours builds our business on our breakfasts,” Farmers Guest House innkeeper Susan Steffan said. “The BedandBreakfast.com Best Breakfast contest is the No. 1 competition for us. Our guests love [...]

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March 27th, 2014

Best Breakfast 2014

FARMERS GUEST HOUSE SELECTED AS ONE OF 16 FINALISTS
FOR BEST B&B BREAKFAST IN NORTH AMERICA
 
Breakfast Lovers and B&B Fans to Select Favorite Recipes in BedandBreakfast.com’s
Best B&B Breakfast Tournament
 
AUSTIN, TX, March 27, 2014 – Starting today, breakfast lovers and B&B fans are invited to help select the best B&B breakfast in North America during the BedandBreakfast.com® Best B&B Breakfast Tournament™.  Farmers Guest House in Galena, Illinois is one of 16 bed and breakfasts to make the cut for the two-week “sweets to beat” recipe battle for the best B&B breakfast.
Farmers Guest House was selected by guest judges for its Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast.
“Caramel Apples and Bacon are icons of the Midwest so this French Toast dish is a [...]

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March 23rd, 2014

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Steffan
Farmers Guest House
stay@farmersguesthouse.com
March 24, 2014
FARMERS GUEST HOUSE SELECTED FOR THE BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM DIAMOND COLLECTION
Galena, Illinois – Farmers Guest House has joined the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection, a distinction reserved for premier inns offering extensive amenities and top-rated guest reviews. Launched in October, 2009, the Diamond Collection was introduced to help travelers streamline their search for the country’s best inns. Farmers Guest House is the newest member of the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection.
To qualify and maintain membership in the Diamond Collection, bed and breakfasts and inns must pass a comprehensive professional inspection measuring the property’s quality, service, hospitality, accommodations, food, amenities, and more. To qualify for membership, Diamond Collection properties all maintain top guest ratings and reviews on BedandBreakfast.com and [...]

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March 8th, 2014

Welcome to Galena

Farmers Guest House Galena welcomes your wedding
Love is personal and so is the attention you will receive when you choose Farmers Guest House for your wedding. Our motto is Welcome to Galena, a place you’re free to be yourself.  Stay with us as you experience the rich history, culture and world-class dining found in Galena, Illinois. We are proud to present you with new ways to Go Out. Join us for someone’s special event or create your own memorable moments.
Celebrate the support for equality and inclusiveness that is now possible this spring in Galena, Illinois.  Start your planning for your special day with us at Farmers Guest House. We offer a variety of wedding and reception options for you to [...]

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March 4th, 2014

Egg Bake Redefined

The term “egg bake” may conjure up memories of grandma’s casserole with crushed cornflakes on top, but here at Farmers Guest House we have redefined the classic egg bake.  We’ve removed the unnecessary carbs and replaced them with farm fresh veggies like asparagus, spinach or broccoli, added protein rich, low-fat, ricotta and blended that with farm fresh eggs, homegrown herbs and a little breakfast magic for a great start to your day here in picturesque [...]

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March 2nd, 2014

Mardi Gras Snow & Ice Sculpture in Galena

 It was an exciting weekend filled with pub crawls and grub crawls and even a parade, but the visual highlight had to be the snow sculptures.
The entries were sponsored by some of the many restaurants, art galleries, wine tasting rooms and of course, the finest Bed and Breakfast – Farmers Guest [...]

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February 27th, 2014

Galena Weddings

  Repeat guest and professional photographer, Rick Jennisch, recently put two of his favorite things together – Farmers Guest House and photographing a wedding in Galena.  The entire wedding party stayed for the weekend and the wedding took place at the inn.  The bride and groom took a ride with Galena Carriage [...]

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