The Farmers Guest House in Galena, Illinois, was built in 1867 and operated as a bakery, store, and hotel. The handsome, Italianate Galena guest house became a favorite overnight stop for local farmers, who brought their goods to market, as well as a gathering place for Galena townsfolk. In keeping with the inns tradition of hospitality, we invite you to experience the delight, charm, romance and history of a bygone era along with the conveniences of today.

Farmers Guest House is conveniently located in the heart of Galena, making it the perfect location for your retreat.


$219.00* for Two Nights, Three Days, 3 meals and WineTime

$329.00* for Three Nights, Four Days, 4 meals and WineTime


From the minute you arrive it’s all about you and quilting or whatever craft you want to enjoy.  The work room is set up and ready, your breakfast and lunch are brought to you on your first full day, and WineTime comes just when you need a break from the sewing machine or scrapbook.  We’ll take care of every detail when planning your crafting retreat. We can also help you arrange Galena restaurants reservations, historic tours, on-premises massage services in the Studio and other activities for your quilting retreat.

*Queen rooms single occupancy; King rooms double occupancy.  Price does not include tax.

“My girlfriend and I have been to 3 quilting getaways at Farmer’s Guest House, and are already planning our 4th, 5th and 6th trips there! We love the adorable and very clean rooms, comfy surroundings, EXCELLENT food and treats prepared fresh every day by Susan and Don, and their hospitality is unsurpassed! I can’t think of any other place I’ve stayed where I’ve felt so comfortable and catered to. My husband and I will be visiting Galena this fall and you can bet we wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else. “
-Joan, Crystal Lake, Illinois

Farmers Guest House 2 night and 3 night Quilting & Crafting Retreats are available as a package on select dates throughout the year.  If you have a group looking for a quilt retreat, a package can be customized to meet your exact needs. Call Susan at 815.777.3456 and start planning your special quilting retreat in Galena now.   Each crafter is provided their own table, padded chair, lamp and electric.  Cutting stations and ironing stations are also provided.

2017 Dates:

February 26 – 28

March 12-14

November 5-7 two nights

November 12 – 15 three nights

2018 Dates:

February 18 – 21 three nights

March 4 – 7 three nights

March 11 – 13 two nights

November 4 – 6 two nights

November 11 – 14 three nights


We can’t wait for our next group of talented quilters to join us at the Farmers Guest House! Learn more about this fun event and let us help you plan a retreat of your own. Although our scheduled crafting retreats often sell out, we can work with groups of 6 or more to plan something special. Contact us to plan your getaway today!  Call Susan at 815-777-3456