Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially at Farmers Guest House. Today guests enjoyed warm papaya and kiwi muffins and puff pastry shells filled with a tasty garden scramble – all fresh baked and served with a side of fresh fruit, juice and locally roasted coffee. What a great start to a lovely day.
Couple who met on March 30 plan to marry that day at Farmers Guest House, where March 30 holds special meaning for innkeepers.
By Hillary Dickerson, Galena Gazette
March 30 isn’t just another day of the week at Farmers Guest House bed and breakfast in Galena.
A year ago in 2012 on March 30, Don and Susan Steffan, owners and innkeepers of the popular inn on Spring Street, officially took the reins from the previous owners, Jess & Kathie Farlow, who purchased Farmers 11 years earlier, also on March 30.
It seems no better way to celebrate one year in business for the Steffans than by hosting a wedding and celebrating with a couple for whom March 30 also holds special meaning.
When Ian Courtney, who is originally from Scotland, and his fiancée Peggy Preston came from LeRoy in January to find a place in Galena to exchange vows, all the pieces fell into place. The couple met on March 30, 2012, very close to 3:30 in the afternoon, at a pub in Bloomington. After becoming engaged in October, the couple planned to marry a year to the day after meeting.
In Farmers, Courtney and Preston found the perfect location.
“It’s just too much coincidence to overlook,” noted Peggy of the significance of March 30 at the inn. “I have always felt there is meaning in fateful coincidences, and the fact that Ian and I ever met in the first place, considering our very different and diverse geographical upbringing and the paths that our lives took prior to us meeting each other, is a testament to the fate that we believe brought us together.”
Farmers Guest House innkeeper, Susan Steffan agrees, “This is providential, not coincidental.”
With the significance of the date, it’s only fitting that Jess Farlow, who’s been performing wedding ceremonies for 12 years, will officiate at Preston and Courtney’s private ceremony, appropriately scheduled to take place at 3:30pm.
There have been many wedding ceremonies at Farmers’ through the years – in the dining room, backyard, living room, the Charlotte and Julia Suites and the Annie’s Cottage. (The best Galena cottage.) This particular wedding is certain to be memorable.
“It will be a wonderful way to celebrate the significance of the date for all of us,” noted Farlow.
How can Farmers Guest House help you start your perfect future together?
Stay at the best bed and breakfast in Galena when visiting Northwest Illinois. Galena is a Fodor’s Top 10 Small Town and Farmers Guest House is widely recognized as the best and most romantic bed and breakfast in Galena. At Farmers Guest House we are the definition of country elegance. From the moment you walk through our red door, you will experience a getaway like no other. Only at Farmers Guest House can you completely relax and leave the real world behind. From our full new country breakfasts each morning to our WineTime™ at 5:30pm each evening, we make your escape restful and rejuvenating. Dive into our exclusive mattresses and you’ll know immediately why our guests come back time and again.
Susan’s full, new country breakfasts are often imitated, but never duplicated. Susan puts her heart and soul into creating one-of-a-kind breakfast entrees that leave guests satisfied and ready to start the day’s adventures. Another Farmers Guest House exclusive is our numerous table seating options. Want to join other guests at our harvest table and share stories of your adventure, great. But, if you’re on a romantic getaway and want a quiet table to enjoy breakfast with that special someone, you’re in luck at Farmers Guest House.
When you’re planning your adventure to beautiful Galena, Illinois, a Fodor’s Best Small Town in America, don’t you want to stay in the best and most romantic bed and breakfast in Galena? Need help planning your trip? Just give us a call and we’ll help you out.
The dates are set and the plan is ready for the 2013 Galena Jo Daviess Quilt & Fiber Show. Join us November 8-10, 2013 for one of the most creative weekends in Galena all year long. Farmers Guest House, the best bed and breakfast in Galena, has some very special value-added opportunities for getaway guests that weekend. We have created special packages and opportunities for quilters to enjoy the weekend and return rejuvenated with new creative spirit. Check out our Quilt and Fiber Show packages here. You’ll want to make your reservations early as the weekend is sure to sell out in Galena.
Farmers Guest House is your country elegant choice for lodging in Galena. We offer superb accommodations, a full new-country breakfast each morning and our exclusive WineTime™ each evening at 5:30pm. Choose from one of nine rooms and suites at Farmers Guest House.
All year long Farmers Guest House is your quilting retreat headquarters. We offer several dedicated quilt retreat getaways throughout the year. Plan ahead and book early. Review all of our quilt retreat getaways by clicking here.
There’s nothing like comfort food to warm you up on a cool almost Spring day. Served in individual ramekins, each guest enjoys their own portion of heaven!
Hashbrown Casserole2 lbs frozen hash browns ½ cup melted butter 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1 pint (2 cups) sour cream ½ cup chopped onion, or 3 Tablespoons of dried onion 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon of salt ¼ teaspoon of pepper
The night before, remove the hashbrowns from the freezer and place in fridge to thaw.
Preheat the oven to 350˚. If using dried onion, rehydrate in 4 Tablespoons of warm water.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the hashbrowns until smooth. Add hashbrowns. Pour into a greased 11 x 14 or individual ramekins. The number will depend on the size of the ramekins; I can get 18 8oz ramekins out of one recipe.
Bake for 45 minutes or until brown on top and bubbly around the edges.
We received another 7″ of fresh powder in Galena, Illinois this week and skiing in Galena at Chestnut Mountain is in top of season shape. It’s not too late to make your plans for a late winter ski getaway to Galena and Farmers Guest House.
Chestnut Mountain Galena is only 10 minutes from Farmers Guest House. Our country elegant inn is the perfect Galena lodging option for your Illinois ski getaway. We are conveniently located within walking distance to Galena’s historic Main Street where you will find over 80 local shops and numerous Galena restaurants. Your lodging package at Farmers Guest House includes a full new country breakfast each morning and our WineTime™ each night at 5:30 pm. Let us know you’re coming to ski and we’ll have indoor storage ready for your equipment and will dry your garments before you head out the next morning.
Farmers Guest House is proud to say that we just received our TripAdvisor Excellent Review number 501. Without a doubt, Farmers Guest House is the best bed and breakfast in Galena.
Great stay for a weekend getaway! Susan and Don were awesome and the room “Jennie” was comfortable in all aspects including the bed and temperature. Everything was very clean and it was fun to look around the house at all the history and architecture. Very close to downtown Galena.
- Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple