Farmers' Guest House blog
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!


July 24th, 2013

Deconstructed Muffin with Apple Brandy Sauce

Sometimes our best recipes are the product of necessity.  I recently made a batch of amazing Morning Glory Muffins; however, I left too much pineapple juice in the pineapple and the muffins fell apart!  I put the muffin pieces in bowls, created a lovely apple brandy sauce for the top and, voila! a fabulous breakfast treat.

June 30th, 2013

Farmers Guest House Sets Breakfast Record

romantic bed and breakfasts in GalenaWe set a record this weekend! Farmers Guest House not only is the best bed and breakfast in Galena, we’re now also known as the premier Galena inn that served 44 for breakfast. As part of a special partnership with our friends across the street, The Greenbriar Country Inn & Suites, we hosted a wedding party weekend on June 29-30, 2013.

As part of the destination wedding in Galena, Susan was charged with making a personal record-setting breakfast for 44. As always, Susan planned her menu, hand-selected the ingredients and turned out the best breakfast in Galena.

Guests dined on Fresh Peach Shortcake w/bourbon sauce, Banana Walnut Bread, Florentine Egg & Bacon Strata.

Don’t wait for your wedding to plan a getaway to Galena. You can choose from a variety of midweek and weekend getaway packages at Farmers Guest House and experience the best bed and breakfast in Galena.

June 14th, 2013

Pineapple Breakfast Bread

This not-too-sweet breakfast bread is just right with a dollop of pineapple cream cheese spread.


2 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c butter 
1 c crushed pineapple – fresh or canned
1/4 c buttermilk
In a mixing bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Add pineapple and buttermilk and mix just until the dough holds together.  Shape into a circle and transfer to an  8″ greased round cake pan.  Score the top in portions with a sharp knife.  Bake at 375 for 30 – 35 minutes and serve warm with pineapple cream cheese if desired.  Serves 6 – 8.
June 10th, 2013

Birth Announcement

The momma bird who just wouldn’t give up has been rewarded with three babies.  Much to the dismay of our housekeeper, Charles, this bird kept up her nest building efforts right over the door to the cottage!  She rebuilt her nest day after day until, finally, I told Charles to “throw in the towel” and let her have her way.  Yesterday her three eggs hatched and we snapped a picture from a healthy distance.  Check back for updates on the progress of our sweet trio.

1 day old!


June 4th, 2013

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake

Rhubarb facts:

Rhubarb is actually a vegetable

The darker red stalks are more tart than the green ones

Rhubarb leaves are toxic

Farmers Guest House Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake is one of the best uses for this varietal ingredient!  (I made this one up, but it is still fact!)

1/2 c milk
1/4 c butter, softened 
2 eggs
1/4 c sugar + 1 Tablespoon
1 1/2 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 t dried orange peel
3/4 c fresh strawberries, sliced
3/4 c fresh rhubarb, chopped
Topping -
1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, combine strawberries and rhubarb, stir with a tablespoon of sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, softened butter and sugar.  Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange peel.  Stir until just combined.  Pour into a greased 9″ square baking dish.  Cover with sliced strawberry & rhubarb mixture.  In a separate bowl, mix topping ingredients together until crumbly and sprinkle over top of strawberry/rhubarb mixture.  Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 30 minutes before serving. 9 generous servings.
May 30th, 2013

Garden Oven Omelet

Garden Oven Omelet Recipe

published on by Michael Franco

bed and breakfasts galena ilAt the Farmers Guest House, Susan Steffan uses farm fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Her Garden Oven Omelet is a perfect springtime example of this, and a big favorite with guests. Served with fresh fruit, muffins and farm fresh meats, this is a meal that keeps guests walking the historic streets of Galena, IL for hours!


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 ½ c flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 21 fresh eggs
  • 3¾ cup cottage cheese or whipped ricotta
  • 3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped green/red pepper
  • 2 cup chopped asparagus


Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt. Whisk in flour, salt & pepper until smooth. Add eggs 2-4 at a time whisking until mixture is smooth and all eggs are incorporated. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into 18 individual ramekins and bake at 350 for 45 – 55 minutes, until top is lightly beginning to brown and center is set.Farmer’s Guesthouse
334 Spring Street Galena, IL 61036
May 30th, 2013

It’s All About the Passion

We are very appreciative off all our guests who take time to write reviews about their stay with us. 2 recent guests have recognized the passion we have for the bed and breakfast industry and our own Farmers Guest House. If you have stayed with us at Farmers Guest House, we hope that you agree with our guests and that we provide you with a private escape from your daily routine. We aim to provide you with a country elegant escape at Farmers Guest House and hope that your getaway remains with you long after you leave.

“Recent Stay”

bed and breakfasts galena il“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Passion is something that people just have, and that emotion is very difficult to teach. People show their passion in many different ways, but those with passion are so easy to spot, and usually their passion motivates all they come in contact with. The one quality those folks have is their passion for life, family, and career. Both Susan and Don represented their establishment as the B&B that all should recognize as the Innkeepers deserving utmost praise and respect. My wife and I thank them for their passion. Their love for what they do is obvious to all. – TripAdvisor Review, May 2013

May 21st, 2013 Recognizes Our Summer Specials

Reprinted from

galena il resortsNo more students, no more books . . . just lots of discounts for teachers at bed and breakfasts across the country this summer, thanks to a new program from

Often overworked and most definitely underpaid, many teachers are lucky enough to have the summer months off, but the summer is the most expensive time of year to take a vacation. Participating bed and breakfasts in the Travel for Teachers program are offering a range of getaway specials starting at 25 percent off. Some B&Bs offer free nights while others offer teacher appreciation packages that include free massages, wine and other amenities.

More than 100 B&Bs are participating. Click here for all offers.

“We are honored to organize and offer this special promotion for teachers who give so much commitment and hard-earned time to our nation’s youth,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of “We can’t think of anyone better who deserves a weekend of rest and rejuvenation than teachers, and we hope they will enjoy these special travel offers.”

A sampling of what’s available through the Travel for Teachers program at Farmers Guest House in Galena, Ill.: $100 off a two-night stay and a gift certificate for a wine tasting for two (a $300 value for only $188+ tax).