Farmers' Guest House
January 7th, 2014

Galena Bed and Breakfast: Creating Memories

Creating memories is the trademark of Galena, Illinois. It is an idyllic destination with unmatched charm and historic significance.
  
Within Galena you find Farmers Guest House, the premier boutique lodging option in this beautiful small town well-known as the Midwest’s best getaway destination.  Farmers Guest House is the perfect venue for your wedding, honeymoon, family gathering or company retreat. There’s no end to available options which includes reserving the entire Guest House for your exclusive use. From quiet time in front of your private fireplace and a couple’s massage in our one-of-a-kind Studio, to new country breakfasts, we will create a one of a kind experience for you.
Farmers Guest House offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites in a relaxed [...]

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January 6th, 2014

Resolve to eat better in 2014

Some of the most exciting adventures you want to enjoy while traveling are new culinary experiences. As you look forward to 2014 and planning your getaway to a Galena bed and breakfast, keep that in mind. Want to really be able to keep your New Year’s Resolution for 2014? It’s simple, just resolve to eat better in 2014.
At Farmers Guest House, guests receive a full new country breakfast each morning and also get to enjoy our renowned WineTime™ each evening.
Enjoy such specialties as… well, we’ve decided to let our images tell the story. Looking forward to welcoming you to Farmers Guest House [...]

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December 23rd, 2013

The Urbanologist: Q & A with Susan Steffan

In this exclusive interview about her journey to operate the best bed and breakfast in Galena, owner-operator-innkeeper, Susan Steffan took a look at the thrilling experience of the bed and breakfast world and how she has introduced a new country elegance to Farmers Guest House, while also maintaining their historic property in Galena; the second most friendly city in America.
This post originally appeared in The Urbanologist, by Max Grinnell on December 22, 2013.
In my line of work (urbanologist, traveler, college lecturer, etc) I spend a great deal of time on the road. It’s nice when I get to bunk down in a place as charming as Galena, Illinois with hosts as cordial and friendly as Susan and Don Steffan at [...]

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December 17th, 2013

Apple Crostada

This morning we had a new treat for our guests – Apple Crostada.  When Susan first created this and tried it out on her willing taste tester, Don, he said it was like eating your very own apple pie!  Home made apple pie filling wrapped in a warm biscuit, sprinkled with coarse sugar – the perfect starter on a chilly winter [...]

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December 9th, 2013

Can’t Book at Eagle Ridge?

So, we have been hearing from people that they have been unable to access the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa website today. We’re sorry to hear that, but our site is up and you can make your reservations at Farmers Guest House.
You can also purchase Farmers House gift cards for all of your special friends who want to visit Galena.
We’re happy to help you out and arrange a great getaway experience for you and everyone you know. We look forward to seeing you at Farmers Guest House in Galena [...]

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December 9th, 2013

Farmers Guest House Listens

The experts say five-star reviews are much harder to come across these days. Recent research shows double digit percentage declines in five-star reviews from a year ago. How can that be?
Farmers Guest House, however, is still managing to impress. Here are some examples of what we are up to and why we remain the premier lodging choice in Galena, Illinois.
Let’s start with engagement. The bed and breakfast guest is evolving. They are younger, more active and more connected than ever before. Farmers Guest House offers personal concierge services for our guests. Need to know snowboard conditions? No problem. Need a map for the Galena Bike Trail? We’ve got you covered. What to know where to snowshoe among the grape vines? We [...]

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November 19th, 2013

Weekend Getaway: Picturesque Galena, Ill., draws visitors in late fall…and all year long

Thank you to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer Brian E. Clark for the excellent coverage of Farmers Guest House in his article.
History, architecture, food, romance and scenery are just a few of the reasons Tedd Zebrowski and his wife, Bridget, return to Galena, Ill.
“We especially like visiting in the autumn around our anniversary each year,” said Zebrowski, a businessman from Hales Corners. “It’s a special place and we feel like we are stepping back in time 150 years or more when we go there. The overall setting is really picturesque, too.
“We like to stay in B&Bs that have some historic significance, which is the majority of them,” he said. “This October, we used the Farmers Guest House and last year, we chose [...]

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October 28th, 2013

Gourmet Breakfasts and so much more…

Staying at a bed and breakfast is a unique getaway experience. At Farmers Guest House we aim to provide guests with a country elegant experience where they are free to join in conversation with other guests, or make their experience private and personal.
If you are considering a bed and breakfast getaway to Galena, we invite you to review TripAdvisor review from our guests including one of our latest:
“Gourmet Breakfasts and a Great Wine Happy Hour Define Your Trip”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 NEW

We took off for Galena for a quick short getaway (October, 2013) hoping to get in some good hiking in fall colors. Horseshoe Bluffs was a great hike in the Mines of Spain just south of Dubuque, Iowa with a [...]

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October 23rd, 2013

Catch the Holiday Spirit in Galena at Farmers Guest House

Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Carolers singing a holiday tune. The romantic glow of a town illuminated with the gentle flicker of luminaria. And everyone is enjoying simple pleasures. Hot chocolate. Candy canes. Festively wrapped gifts.
Step back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays in Galena. Festivities begin just as soon as the ghosts and ghouls from the hallmarked Halloween Parade go back into hiding for another year. The temperature cools, often crystal-like snowflakes start to fall, and the charming shops transform into a magical wonderland.
Be sure to join the fun as Santa Claus comes to town—after Thanksgiving—on Saturday, November 30. During the celebrated tradition, Santa makes his way down Galena’s historic Main Street to the Old Market [...]

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October 13th, 2013

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

It’s that time of year!

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

 
 
 
 
Preheat conventional oven to 400˚ or convection oven to 375˚.
Cream together in a bowl:
3 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 ¾ cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
½ cup orange or apple juice
 
Add the following ingredients to the top of the mixture and blend just until moistened after all ingredients have been added to the bowl.
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon*
½ tsp nutmeg*
¼  tsp cloves*
 
Stir in
1 ½ cups raisins
1 cup pecan pieces
 
Fill greased muffin cups ½ full. Dust top with coarse sugar.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.  Serve warm.
* 1 ¾  tsp of pumpkin pie spice can be substituted for these seasonings.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 parts cinnamon
1 part nutmeg
½ part [...]

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