A picture is worth a thousand words. Our breakfast this morning for our Galena bed and breakfast guests, was Bacon Caramel Apple Pancakes with fresh fruit smoothie and some blueberry pastries, this was a meal to remember.
When you want to escape it all and take a much deserved break there is no need to settle for dusty old inns and ho-hum breakfasts. At Farmers Guest House, recognized as the best of the bed and breakfasts in Galena Illinois, you’ll stay in a country elegant atmosphere and indulge on exquisitely prepared, new country breakfast cuisine such as Susan’s famous Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes.
Check out this recipe, and settle for nothing but the best when you plan your Galena getaway.
Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Crepes with Blueberry Sauce
2 c flour
¼ c sugar
½ t salt
2 c whole milk
2 large eggs
2 T butter melted
1 t pure vanilla extract
Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Blend the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and stir by hand until batter is smooth. Let batter rest in the fridge at least one hour.
Heat a crepe pan or shallow 10” frying pan and brush with a small amount of butter just to keep crepe from sticking. Pour ¼ c batter into the pan, and immediately swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Cook until slightly browned, flip and cook about one minute more.
1 ½ c whipped ricotta cheese
1 large egg, beaten
½ c powdered sugar
Grated zest of one lemon
¾ c fresh blueberries (we use fresh Galena blueberries whenever possible)
In a bowl, whisk ricotta with beaten egg, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Fold in blueberries. Spoon a tablespoon of the cheese mixture on the crepe and roll up like a burrito to keep ends from leaking. Lay crepes in a buttered 9×13 dish, brush with 1 T melted butter and sprinkle with 1 T sugar with ½ t cinnamon. Bake for 20 minutes at 350˚. Serve with blueberry sauce.
2 c fresh blueberries (we use fresh Galena blueberries whenever possible)
1 ¼ c orange juice
¾ c sugar
3 T cornstarch
¼ c cold water
In a saucepan over medium heat, add blueberries, orange juice and sugar. Stir gently and bring to a boil. In a small cup, mix the cornstarch and cold water. Add to boiling sauce, simmering until a thick sauce is formed. Remove from heat and serve warm.
Galena is known for its many wonderfully scenic walks, and right now the walk to town right from outside the front door of Farmers Guest House is one of the most is most beautiful. Soak in the floral explosion you’ll see on the short walk to Galena’s historic Main Street. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see our streets and historic homes lined with daffodils, tulips and hyacinth, making for a beautiful 5 minute stroll on to Main Street – a top 10 historic Main Street in America.
Farmers Guest House is the “no-brainer” Galena lodging choice. From our country elegant decor, to our one-of-a-kind new country breakfasts, it’s easy to see why Farmers Guest House is continually recognized as the best and most romantic bed and breakfast in Galena. Let us help you create the perfect midweek or weekend getaway in Galena. Innkeepers Susan and Don Steffan are expert at introducing you to all of the things to do in Galena. Farmers Guest House offers plenty of free parking, numerous luxurious amenities and our signature WineTime™ each evening at 5:30 pm.
With all Farmers Guest House has to offer our guests, choosing from all of the places to stay in Galena has never been easier. Start planning your adventure with us.
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.