Farmers' Guest House blog
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 Americana.

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 Galena. 

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 Mashed Bananas (2 -3 very ripe)

 

Don’t over mix.

 

Bake 350 degrees for 1hour and 5 minutes in a greased

and floured bread pan.

 

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 River

April 11th, 2014

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

best breakfast in north americaGalena, 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 BedandBreakfast.com and follow what happens on their site. It’s a fantastic organization.”

First Runner-Up status gives us the opportunity to be represented as Illinois and Galena lodging elite in the eyes of the bed and breakfast traveler. There’s nothing better out there,” concludes Steffan.

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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

 

Best Breakfast 2014AUSTIN, 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 natural centerpiece for our sumptuous breakfast.  Return guests ask for it when making their reservation; maybe it is because Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast is something we always wanted when growing up; dessert with our breakfast!” says Don Steffan, who owns the Farmers Guest House with his wife and chef, Susan Steffan.  Regarding the origin of the recipe Susan explains, “Before we bought the inn two years ago, I would practice potential breakfast dishes on Don, who claims, ‘It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!’ I would think about breakfast all the time, even in my sleep.  After we were innkeepers for a few months I dreamed this up.  I woke up one morning inspired, went in to the kitchen, and made this for a houseful of guests – It has been on the menu ever since.”

BedandBreakfast.com’s Best B&B Breakfast Tournament contest works in brackets, much like the NCAA Basketball®’s March Madness®, with BedandBreakfast.com’s Facebook® fans voting on their favorites.  The recipes in each bracket winning the most votes move on to the next round of eight, four, and the final two, which will battle it out in a “sweets to beat” showdown on April 10.  The winner will be announced April 11.

Click here for a list of the Sweet 16 finalists.

The Sweet 16 were chosen based on recipe creativity, uniqueness and appeal by guest judges including Anne Banas, SmarterTravel.com;  Genevieve Shaw Brown, ABC News; Adrien Glover, Travel + Leisure;  and Larry Olmsted,  USAToday.com Great American Bites columnist.

In the past two years, sweet beat out savory.  In 2013, the winning recipe was the Lemon Soufflé Pancakes with Blueberry Compote from the 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast in Springfield, Kentucky.  In 2012 (the inaugural year), the Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles Topped with Mint Butter Cream and Strawberry Sauce from the Lyttleton Inn in Littleton, Mass. won first place.

Go to BedandBreakfast.com’s Facebook page from March 27 to April 10 to vote for the best B&B breakfasts.

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About BedandBreakfast.com

BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 75,000 rooms. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 300,000 consumer reviews.  BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals.

CONTACTS:

Don & Susan Steffan, Farmers Guest House, 815.777.3456, stay@farmersguesthouse.com

Denise Clarke, for BedandBreakfast.com, 512.899.0004, denise@deniseclarkePR.com

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

bedandbreakfast com diamondGalena, 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 offer a professional reservation experience, including extensive property photos and online reservations.  Additionally, Diamond Collection members provide the amenities that today’s travelers require, including private baths, free Internet service, luxury appointments and amenities, professional staffing, and flexible check-in/out times.

“Farmers Guest House is THE reason people visit Galena”, say Jim Miller of InnConcierge nationwide inspection services, the group that inspected Farmers Guest House for BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection.

“Vacation time is a valuable commodity these days” explained Gregory Sion, General Manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “When planning a getaway, travelers want the assurance of knowing that they’ll be staying at a B&B or inn that meets the highest standards. Farmers Guest House is a perfect addition to this group of premier inns,” finished Sion.

bedandbreakfast com diamondAbout Farmers Guest House:

Farmers Guest House is recognized as the Standard for Relaxed Elegance in Galena, Illinois.

Situated in downtown historic, Galena, Illinois; Farmers Guest House is a unique country inn with relaxed elegance featuring 9 tastefully decorated guest rooms & suites. At Farmers Guest House you will find an intimate setting and exceptional service; all wrapped in the ambiance of Midwest hospitality at its best.

About BedandBreakfast.com:

Founded in 1995, BedandBreakfast.com is highly recommended by The New York Times, Real Simple, Forbes, Travel & Leisure, USA TODAY and many others. To learn about over 10,000 other perfect choices for your next B&B getaway, visit BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from BedandBreakfast.com, welcomed at over 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, read up-to-date trip reports on The BedandBreakfast.com Blog, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.

 

For more information on Farmers Guest House, visit www.FarmersGuestHouse.com  or call 815.777.3456 for reservations.

March 8th, 2014

Welcome to Galena

Farmers Guest House Galena welcomes your wedding

welcome to galenaLove 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.

welcome to galenaCelebrate 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 celebrate. Make sure to reserve a group of rooms for all of your family and friends, or better yet, book our entire property so that you have the run of the house for your celebration. Learn more about our wedding and event resources in Galena by calling Susan at 815.777.3456, or check out VisitGalena.

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 Galena.

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 House.