Farmers' Guest House
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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June 7th, 2014

Tour of Galena – Winner Stays with Farmers Guest House!

Farmers Guest House is proud to be hosting Ben, the winner of the Masters Category 4/5 race from this afternoon.  The Tour of Galena is in its 4th year and is determined to be the best omnium stage race in Illinois if not the entire country.  This afternoon’s Road Race was two laps of  a  22-mile course including several steep and long climbs and was held under USA Cycling event permit.  45 miles of Galena hills!   No, not everyone can roll their bicycle in through the front door, but we made an exception for today’s winner! (There is secure bike parking around back for the rest of us regular riders.)  Book your reservation in one of our winning rooms or suites [...]

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May 22nd, 2014

A Treasured Guest

Farmers Guest House recently hosted the popular radio personality, Steve Summers, from Q98.5 out of Rockford.  Here is what Steve had to say about Galena -
The City of Galena is a Northern Illinois Treasure to Experience
 By Steve Summers May 21, 2014 3:06 PM
 

Steve Summers, Townsquare Media

 
This past weekend, my lovely wife and I celebrated 29 years of “bliss” with a weekend get-a-way to nearby Galena, Illinois. What an incredible town that is so rich in history, and only a little more than an hour away. Galena, Illinois welcomes you with a Main Street right out of 1860′s mixed with the convenience of today. The movie “Field of Dreams” used Galena’s Main Street as the backdrop for ”Old Doc’s” Office. You instantly feel as if you’ll see [...]

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May 20th, 2014

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Once again Farmers Guest House has been awarded the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Each year that Susan and Don Steffan have owned Farmers Guest House they have earned this award.

FARMERS GUEST HOUSE ADDS TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE TO LIST OF 2014 AWARDS
 
Recognized as a Top Performing Bed and Breakfast as Reviewed by Travelers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site
 
Galena, IL – May 20, 2014 – Farmers Guest House, Galena’s premier bed and breakfast today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located [...]

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May 17th, 2014

Galena Excursions

Guests ask us about attractions “off the beaten path” that we recommend.  Council Hill Station is one of those destinations.  This old train station has been saved by a lovely and ambitious couple – Diane and Jamie.  It’s a rustic tour that includes an old barn, a new barn for music and a  riverwalk.  Make you reservation with us this summer and we can give you a map to this out of the way backwoods slice of [...]

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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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