Farmers' Guest House blog
October 1st, 2013

Baked Cinnamon Apples

With the crisp chill of autumn in the air there’s nothing like the warmth of Baked Cinnamon Apples first thing in the morning!

Baked Cinnamon-Apple Slices

4 firm Apples

2/3  cup brown sugar

½ cup raisins

2 Tablespoons melted butter

¼ cup orange juice


Core and slice the apples into 8 wedges each and place in an 8” x 8” baking dish.  Pour orange juice in the pan.  Sprinkle the top of the apples with the brown sugar and raisins.  Drizzle the butter over the top.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until apples are tender but not mushy.

Divide into 8 serving dishes, pour any liquid in the pan over the tops.  Serve warm.

September 16th, 2013

Guest Review: Max Grinnell

5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 NEW

best bed and breakfast GalenaWith antiques abounding and a cool collection of clocks, Farmer’s Guest House is THE place to stay in Galena. But this isn’t your grandmother’s B&B. You won’t find a doily or a stuffed animal in the place. Each room is tastefully decorated and comfortably outfitted for a cozy stay. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy an in-room jacuzi and skylights!

If this wasn’t enough, the best part of Farmer’s Guest House is the hosts. Susan and Don are warm and friendly. Welcoming, friendly, and eager to chat or share a glass of wine with you at their daily Wine Time. Breakfast is to die for: delicious and decadent. And if you have food allergies, sensitivities, or a restricted diet? No problem! Susan’s cunning culinary prowess will create a sumptuous smorgasbord that far exceeds your expectations.

Thanks for the warm welcome and we shall return!

Max Grinnell & Bethany Jorgensen

September 13th, 2013

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

What a great way to get a portion of your daily veggies!

3 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c canola oil
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
2/3 c ground oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 c chocolate chips

Beat eggs, sugar, oil & vanilla until well blended.  Add zucchini.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until blended.  Stir in choc. chips.  With an ice cream scoop measure batter into greased muffin pans.  Bake at 350 for 20 – 25 minutes or until done when tested with a toothpick.

Tip:  I shred a bunch of zucchini at once and bag in 2 cup portions for the freezer.  When the zucchini thaws, don’t discard the liquid that collects in the bag – put this in the recipe so the muffins will be moist.

September 9th, 2013

Bacon & Cheese Strata

This is a classic egg dish I have been making for over 25 years!  It is savory enough to serve for a lunch or dinner when paired with a salad and can easily be made as a vegetarian dish.

Bacon & Cheese Strata

Bacon & Cheese Strata

1 pound bacon cut in 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 c finely chopped onion
1 cup chopped red pepper
12 slices of day old bread cut in cubes (do not use sourdough, but any white bread works)
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 c fresh, snipped parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt (increase to 1 teaspoon if omitting bacon)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
16 eggs
4 cups milk
3/4 cup dry white wine
Place the bacon, onions and peppers in a skillet and saute until the bacon is done and the vegetables are soft.  Drain off excess bacon drippings. 
Grease a deep 9 x 13 pan and place bread cubes in the pan.  layer bacon & vegetable mixture on top.  Add cheese in an even layer.
In a large bowl add the remaining ingredients and beat with a whisk until well mixed.  Pour over all layers in pan.  With a fork, stir slightly to immerse all bread and move the ingredients around a bit.
Let set for an hour or overnight.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour until the top is puffed and lightly brown, and eggs are set in center.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Bacon can be omitted for vegetarians or chopped ham can be substituted for the bacon – Add butter to pan when sautéing veggies without bacon.
August 31st, 2013

National Bacon Day!

In honor of National Bacon Day, I submit to you a recipe that I shamelessly stole from a friend’s blog and then adjusted to my taste.

Summer sweet corn recipe

Ba-corn Salad

6 – 8 servings

8 ears of corn
1/2 lb bacon
3 T butter 
1/4 c fresh, chopped basil
1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper or to taste
2 – 3 plum tomatoes chopped

Place the bacon in a single layer on a jelly roll pan (a flat pan with 1″ sides) and bake in the oven at 375 for about 20 minutes or until crisp.  Drain off fat, reserving 3 tablespoons and the tasty bits from the pan.  Coarsely chop the bacon and set aside.

In a large pot of boiling water, cook sweet corn on the cob for 3 minutes.  Remove from pot and set in a colander to cool.  As soon as you can handle the corn, remove the corn from the cobs.

In a large frying pan on the stove heat the 3 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat & bits along with the butter. Add corn kernels and sauté for a couple of minutes.  Add the reserved bacon and pepper, stirring just until the bacon is warmed.  Remove from heat.

Toss in a bowl with the basil and tomatoes. You’ll never want to eat sweet corn any other way.

August 25th, 2013

What our guests are saying

hotels galena ilAt Farmers Guest House we love our WineTime™ with guests each evening. Here’s what Jessica from St. Louis recently let us know:  “I love it here…the décor hearkens back to an earlier time without feeling like being at Grandma’s.”

Farmers Guest House is the country elegant lodging option in Galena. We provide guests with luxurious accommodations in a relaxed environment and pair that with outstanding guest services like concierge services and a full new country breakfast each morning.

Looking for an alternative to old world bed and breakfasts? You’ve found it at Farmers Guest House. Don’t take our word for it. Check out what our guests say on TripAdvisor and you’ll see why we’re the number 1 bed and breakfast in Galena on TripAdvisor and in the minds of our guests.

August 15th, 2013

Golf Options in Galena

Here is a question we received from a guest of Farmers Guest House: My wife and I are staying at the Farmer’s Guest House …. We were thinking about going golfing one day. (and) would rather go to a more relaxed, simpler course that would not mind a slower pace, nothing fancy. We don’t mind driving a little bit either. Do you have any suggestions on a course?

Answer: We’re looking forward to your arrival in the next few weeks.

golf courses in GalenaThere are several golf courses in the area that fit your needs. The closest course is Galena Golf Club located only a 3 minute drive from Farmers Guest House. If you choose the Galena Golf Club, I would suggest an afternoon tee time when the pace of play and golfers are more relaxed. You can see more at



Eagle Ridge GalenaYou can choose the East Course at Eagle Ridge. The East Course is their 9-hole course and made for families and couples. The course has less play in the morning, as many golfers use the East Course to sneak in an extra 9 after playing 18 earlier in the day. You can research the options at



Golf courses in Galena ilLacoma Golf Club is about a 15-minute drive to East Dubuque, but the course is well-maintained, very scenic and relaxed. The course features 45-holes and their original nine-hole Red Course is a more forgiving test of golf and is perfect for families and those learning the game. An added bonus is that on Saturday, September 7 they are hosting a Couples 2-ball event which may be fun for you and your wife. Learn more about the club and the event at

golf in GalenaFinally, there is Woodbine Bend Golf Club which is located in the village of Woodbine in the town of Stockton, about 25 minutes away from Farmers Guest House. Woodbine is an open, fun, links-style course with rural views and great golf carts. Woodbine Bend also has a fun restaurant with specials on Friday and Saturday nights. You can research them online at

Wherever you choose to play, you will have a fun day. Let us know if you would like us to reserve your tee time or make any additional recommendations for you. Looking forward to seeing you this September.

July 31st, 2013

FGH Welcomes Author Max Grinnell

best bed and breakfast GalenaRecently, Farmers Guest House was privileged to welcome legendary author, travel-writer and urbanologist, Max Grinnell, for a two-night stay at our best-in-class Galena inn. We are delighted that Max chose to stay with us at Farmers Guest House, widely regarded as the best bed and breakfast in Galena. Max kicked back, relaxed, soaked-in everything Galena, and enjoyed the famous Farmers Guest House WineTime™ during his stay.

As all guests do, Max enjoyed the infamous Farmers Guest House new country breakfast each morning; set against our ever-evolving backdrop of new country elegance and always changing scenic beauty.

At Farmers Guest House, you won’t find the dusty, old, grandma décor so often found in bed and breakfast stays. Farmers Guest House offers each guest a relaxing retreat from the ordinary; an escape from the regular and a welcome respite from everyday stress. Farmers Guest House in Galena is the definition of relaxation.

Over the next few weeks we will post additional stories about Max’s stay with us. Before summer is over, why not book your stay with Farmers Guest House NOW and experience what everyone else is discovering? View our midweek specials and take advantage of our even better value.

July 29th, 2013

Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

bed and breakfasts galena ilStaying the night at a bed and breakfast and not sure what to expect? Well, at Farmers Guest House in Galena, you’ll find all of the hospitality and amenities you would expect at a first class hotel, inn or resort. Farmers Guest House always aims to create the best bed and breakfast experience for our guests whether you’re a first-timer at a bed and breakfast, or an experienced bed and breakfast traveler.

Here’s what two recent guests have to say about their bed and breakfast experience at Farmers Guest House.

“1st time B & B’ers”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 NEW

bed and breakfasts galena ilNot going to bore you with the same rhetoric from all the other reviews. Yes, Don and Susan are amazing, yes the Farmer’s is the place to stay in Galena and yes the food and hospitality are AMAZING. This review is for those out there afraid to try a B & B. We were those people….afraid of shared bathrooms and lack of “amenities”. Not at the Farmer’s. This is just a cozy hotel with private baths, amenities and people willing to wait on you hand and foot. Farmer’s is our new “home away from home”. If you trust TripAdvisor then all these reviews can’t be wrong.

If you have questions about staying at a bed and breakfast, use our Ask Susan program to get all of your questions answered. Just ask your question on our Facebook Page and owner/innkeeper Susan Steffan will answer your question on our blog.

Questions answered? Choose your accommodations and book your stay now at Farmers Guest House.

July 26th, 2013

November in Galena – So Many Things To Do!


November 2 & 3 – Murder Mystery at Galena Cellars –

With your weekend stay at Farmers Guest House purchase two tickets for the Galena Cellars Murder Mystery, (normally $99.90)

Murder Mystery 2012

for $79.90!  Join us at the Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery for dinner, catered by Fried Green Tomatoes, and watch as a murder mystery unfolds. You’ll step back in time to 1933 as a dinner guest of Tiffany ‘Gold’ Digman, who’s looking into the disappearance of her archeologist husband. We’ll introduce you to all of the local ‘characters’ as Inspector Seymore Clues returns to solve the mystery. You don’t have to do anything but have a good time at this heart-stopping Die-Laughing Murder Mystery.


November 8 – 10th Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival –

 With classes, guest speakers and a splendid exposition of handmade quilts this is an event for all artists and lovers of quality heirlooms.  The expo will be held in Turner Hall and a special quilt retreat will be held at Farmers Guest House with a focus class on English Paper Piecing.





November 22nd  – 23rd  Nouveau Wine Weekend -

The weekend officially kicks off Friday at 2:30 pm when the familiar “clip clop” of horse hooves will be heard throughout Galena’s downtown. On board the horse-drawn wagons sporting revelers is a celebrated guest that will have the entire town in merriment all weekend—Galena Cellars’ Nouveau wine.

Local restaurants embrace the celebration, offering traditional Nouveau-inspired luncheons and wine tastings, live music and receptions. Throughout the weekend, wine lovers can also enjoy vineyard tours (Galena boasts three area vineyards), winemaker dinners, wine-inspired pampering such as spa and shopping specials.  With nightly WineTime and only a short walk to all the festivities, Farmers Guest House is the place to stay!



November 27th & 28th Thanksgiving at the Inn –

Our second annual Thanksgiving dinner package will be just as big a hit as last year.  Enjoy two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, all the amenities you have come to expect from Farmers Guest House – WineTIme, fresh baked cookies, a fabulous breakfast and luxurious rooms – and add a classic Thanksgiving feast on Thursday at 4pm.   Dinner is $50.00 per person and includes a bountiful buffet including oven roasted turkey, sage & onion stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, wild rice & butternut squash pilaf, cranberry chutney, homemade breads & muffins,  complete dessert bar, and seasonal wine selections.  WineTime becomes TurkeyTime once a year!




November 29th & 30th – Old Fashioned Christmas In Galena

Enjoy a fun filled weekend and start your Christmas holiday season off with the big man himself – Santa Claus!

Check in any time after 3 p.m. and enjoy Christmas cookies and Farmers Guest House signature hot spiced cider.

At 5:30 Santa arrives at the Old Market House just a short walk from our front door.  Visit with Santa and sign his book.  Enjoy gift bags, hot cocoa, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and the sweet sound of Christmas music being sung by carolers.  Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. and the lighting of the tree is shortly after.

Book your Christmas visit now!