Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast (Galena, Illinois)

Monthly Archives: August 2012

Galena is waiting…..

August 27, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Leave your worries behind, drop your cares at the door and just drive.  Come to Galena!  For our guests from Madison a short 2 hour drive to getaway at our relaxing Bed and Breakfast, our visitors from Iowa experience the amazing Mississippi River, and our guests from Chicago have a beautiful drive with rolling hills and views of the changing colors of fall.  Galena has wonderful restaurants, excellent shopping, golfing, skiing, and adventure trips.  Call us and we will be glad to help you plan a Galena Getaway perfect for you.

Deadly Dinner

August 25, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Galena Cellars Murder Mystery

Are you looking for something exciting to do that is near Chicago?  Come to the Deadly Dinner at the Vineyard and experience a Murder Mystery dinner.  Guests from Chicago, Guests from Madison, and Iowa Visitors are sure to find the entertainment and delicious Fried Green Tomatoes food amazing.  Book your reservation today for the Murder Mystery and your Galena Getaway at the Cloran Mansion.

Galena Annual Girlfriends Getaway Weekend

August 24, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Ladies are you looking for a great Fall Getaway with the girls?  Come to Galena and celebrate with us at Girlfriends Getaway weekend.  We have wonderful activities and sales going on all weekend long.  Here are a few of the fun things to do with the ladies while you are here:

Belly Dancing – Saturday, September 8 (2:00 & 3:00pm)
Quartermania – Saturday, September 8 (6:00 – 9:00pm)
Slipper Party – Saturday, September 8 (9:30pm)
Girlfriends Brunch – Sunday, September 9 (8:00am – Noon)

 

Many of the shops downtown are offering discounts to good to pass up, not like you need an excuse to go shopping.

Pre-Registration  is $50.00 per person
*Receive a Girlfriends Goodie Bag and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $200 Galena Shopping Spree! Pre-Registration saves your spot for the weekend and includes Quartermania, Belly Dancing, Slipper Party and Sunday Brunch.

 

We have some rooms still available but they will go fast so call today!!

Mr & Mrs Corrigan

August 12, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

The sun was shining, the sky cloudless in a perfect shade of blue as Ryan awaited his bride.

 His contagious smile could not conceal his excitement as family and friends

witnessed the stunning bride emerge to greet her husband.

Trisha and Ryan exchanged their vows and pledged their love of one another in a beautiful ceremony.

 Afterwards the Newlyweds and their party celebrated with a delicious wedding cake and champagne toast.

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Corrigan,

May your future be as bright as today.

Cheryl & Carmine

The Cloran Mansion

An Engagement Recipe

August 8, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

A bit of perfection is all that you need to begin the proposal of your dreams.  William added a dash of the perfect place, a sprinkle of a perfect moment, a pinch of the perfect time mixed with the woman he loves.  William asked the magic question “Will you marry me” and Robbie said YES.  William and Roberta are our 68th engaged couple to be added to our Dining Room engagement book.

Thank you for choosing The Cloran Mansion as your perfect place!

 

 

11th Anniversary

August 6, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Innkeepers

It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago we bought The Cloran Mansion.

If I had to describe our first month it would be very simple, Scared, Broke, Amazed and today I would just say Still Amazed and absolutely no regrets.

It’s been an incredible 11 years.  We were married only 2 weeks before we opened, moved from a major city to a minor city and into a business that I knew absolutely nothing about.  To this day I have never spent the night at any other Bed and Breakfast, but I didn’t need to, my guests have taught me everything.

So many guests have touched our lives and I hope that we have touched theirs as well.  So many people have arrived here as guests and left as friends, many are almost like family.

We have had thousands of guests in our 11 years and although I cannot remember all of them, many of them will always be in our hearts.

We have had all kinds of people here from school bus drivers, teachers, technical people, factory workers, politicians, producers,and Secret Service, but they have all had one common element, a mini break. They are all just normal people looking for a small break from everyday.

We have had 97 weddings to date, 66 engagements on the property and 5 renewal of vows and a commitment ceremony. Each one has brought us wonderful memories.

We have had guests who arrived while dating, returned as an engaged couple, returned again as a married couple and returned again to show us their new baby.  We love the Christmas cards and baby picture that we receive each year.

We have made some incredible friends here, lifelong friends.  You cannot put a price on that.

We have had the opportunity in the past 11 years to become part of the community.  Cheryl has been the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers ofGalena, a Director on the Hospital Board and advisor on various committees.  I have been the President of the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena, Co-Chairman and Director of The Visitors Center and on various committees as well.  Galena is a wonderful town to call home.

If I had to choose some memorable moments – probably first time guests ever to a Bed and Breakfast, nervous and worried about the “rules” of staying at a Bed and Breakfast and then turning around and becoming returning guests on multiple occasions.

The term “labor of love” is all I can think of.  I had (and still do have) the perfect partner who had some wonderful ideas and dreams.

It would take too long to go into every memorable moment, but let me assure you we have a lifetime of memories that have made us very happy and proud to own The Cloran Mansion.

Carmine

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