Farmers' Guest House
August 11th, 2014

Improving the guest experience every square foot of the way

Best Galena Bed & Breakfast
When Don & Susan Steffan purchased the Farmers Guest House in Galena, Illinois, they knew the large common rooms were the reason for so many group reservations, but it didn’t take long to realize that the cluttered upstairs library was wasted space.  Guests were using their tablets and iPads for reading and were sitting in the larger, brighter living room or the terraced grounds while the library took time to clean and maintain only to sit empty. As the changes to the inn made by the new owners began attracting younger guests, the need for the library was non-existent. Other services, however, were becoming more popular, including massage services.
Spa Services at Farmers Guest House Galena
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August 5th, 2014

Fall in Love with Autumn

Fall Getaway Galena
It’s easy to fall in love with autumn when you book your Galena getaway at Farmers Guest House. While fall is the busiest season of the year in Galena, you can still enjoy everything that is Galena regardless if you choose to book a weekend or weekday getaway. By booking a midweek getaway, you will have the opportunity to enjoy special savings and avoid some of the largest crowds at our award-winning restaurants and attractions.
Midweek Getaway Packages
There’s no better way to kick off the fall season than a country elegant room for free. Farmers Guest House offers Tuesdays for free in September when you book a three night stay that includes Tuesday night. Can’t stay for three nights? [...]

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August 3rd, 2014

Breakfast with the President

September 13th we will have a very special guest at breakfast – the 18th President of the United States, General U.S. Grant.  Hailed for his military genius, General Grant served two terms as President from 1869 – 1877.

Now, in 2014, General Grant and Julia Grant, for whom the term “First Lady” was first used, will walk the floors of Farmers Guest House once again.  Make your reservations for the weekend now, for this event will only be open to guests of the inn.  Reservations
Born and raised here in Galena, Illinois, Bob Buman and his wife represent General and Julia Grant, bringing these historic figures to life for visitors to this Diamond of the Midwest, historic Galena, Illinois.  Saturday, September 13th, [...]

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July 29th, 2014

Galena Food & Wine Festival

Galena Food and Wine Festival
Now is the time to plan your Galena getaway for the Second Annual Galena Food & Wine Festival on Friday, September 5, 2014.
Galena Ladies’ Getaway Weekend
The Galena Food & Wine Festival kicks off the always-popular Galena Ladies’ Getaway Weekend, widely regarded as the best girlfriends’ getaway event weekend in the Midwest.
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Committee members of the Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend and ARC Taste of Galena have come together to plan the second annual Galena Food & Wine Festival, slated for Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Drive.
The Galena Food and Wine Festival aspires to be a culinary dream featuring the [...]

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July 27th, 2014

50 Shades of Green Getaway Package

Escape to Farmers Guest House and indulge in 50 Shades of Green as you explore the lush vistas surrounding Galena, the diamond of the Midwest.

We promise you a visit to delight the senses and awaken your hidden sense of adventure.  Our 50 Shades of Green package includes ~

~Two nights in a luxurious suite with whirlpool tub, king size bed, fireplace and all the privacy you need,
~A bottle of champagne and box of chocolates to melt in your mouth,
~A couples massage in our Studio,
~Award winning, gourmet breakfast in your Suite,
~And all the elegant amenities accompanying every stay at Farmers Guest House.

~$699 plus tax~
No exclusions. No blackout dates.  Subject to availability so call to book your 50 Shades of Green getaway.  (815) [...]

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July 25th, 2014

The Perfect Bed and Breakfast Experience

At Farmers Guest House we aim to provide each guest with an unforgettable Galena bed and breakfast experience; really, we want to give our guest the perfect bed and breakfast experience.
We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the “guest experience” and tirelessly look for new amenities that our guests will appreciate.
What our guest say about us is very important. Below is a recent review about the Farmers Guest House experience and why we strive to be your reason to visit Galena.
“Stellar Experience! Superior Bed and Breakfast!”
Don and Sue have perfected the B&B experience. I would recommend every B&B owner stay a night at Farmers’ Guest House and see professionalism with the personal touch at its finest. We were [...]

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July 22nd, 2014

Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend

Join us at Farmers Guest House in Galena for a very exciting girlfriend’s getaway weekend, September 5-7, 2014!
In addition to our regular country elegant accommodations, including our award-winning breakfast and WineTime each evening, you can experience great events planned throughout Galena just for you and your girlfriends.
Farmers Guest House is also the home of The Studio at Farmers Guest House; the only full-service bed and breakfast spa in downtown Galena.

Friday, Sept. 5 Galena Food & Wine Festival, featuring the talents of Galena area restaurants and a wine tasting event.

Businesses throughout Galena have special events, parties, specials and more planned throughout the weekend as part of Ladies Getaway Weekend.
Farmers Guest House is your reason to visit Galena. There’s so much to [...]

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July 19th, 2014

Galena Hotels: The Perfect Alternative

What makes Galena special? Sure, there is a case to be made for the historic significance and scenic beauty of the area, but it is really the experience that makes Galena special. As you search for Galena hotels, the perfect alternative is Farmers Guest House.
Farmers Guest House is to the Galena hotel what the smart phone is to the phone booth. We offer country elegant accommodations in our beautifully restored historic inn. Our breakfast was awarded first runner-up in the 2014 BedandBreakfast.com Best Breakfast in North America competition and our Annie’s Galena Cottage is the only private cottage in Galena within walking distance to downtown Galena.
Farmers Guest House is a short walk to Main Street Galena, where you will discover [...]

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July 7th, 2014

Apple River Fort Historic Site

Apple River Fort Historic Site
Here at Farmers Guest House in historic Galena, our many repeat guests occasionally ask for something to do during the week in the Galena area that is different than what they have done on a previous visit.  Recently a guest reminded me of the Apple River Fort Historic Site just up the road about 20 minutes from downtown Galena.
The Apple River Fort was the site of an important battle during the Black Hawk War during the summer of 1832.  On June 24th, of that summer, the settlers at the fort turned back an attack by some 200 warriors led by Black Hawk.  The war, which lasted only 16 weeks, ended the threat of Indian attacks in [...]

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June 29th, 2014

Enjoy a Honey Flan at Farmers Guest House

What a lovely way to start the day!  Honey flan, Petite Pancakes and Country Ham – a recipe for a great day.  This is my version of the recipe from the March, 2014 edition of Southern Living Magazine.
Honey Flan, modified from a recipe in the March 2014 edition of Southern Living
Serves 18
1 cup sugar
1 cups honey, divided
2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
2 cups whole milk
6 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 350.  In a large saucepan heat sugar just until melted, add 1/3 cup of honey and remove from heat. (Do not overcook or the sugar will turn to candy)  Immediately pour hot sauce into 12 ramekins.
2. In a large bowl process condensed milk, whole milk, eggs, egg yolks and salt until smooth.  Pour evenly [...]

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