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Refresh, Renew, and Romance

March 4, 2014 by Cheryl Farruggia

Every year we take one of our rooms and we give it an update.  A fresh coat of paint, fresh new colors, cozy new bedspreads, and little loving touches to make our guests feel right at home.  This year Ann’s Room was on the list for a little bit of love.  After the busy holidays we got to work on her makeover.  We chose gorgeous shades of platinum, cream, and goldenrod to enhance the sensual mood that Ann’s Room inspires.  A freshly papered wall embraces the blonde hues throughout the wood of the fireplace and cathedral ceiling.  The bold slate draperies bring a touch of masculinity to the sweet softness of the pillowy bed below.  The double whirlpool tub draws the goldenrod and grey with an adorable shower curtain in the room’s private bath that is sure to soothe the soul and enhance the mood.  Ann’s Room is one of our guest favorites and we are sure it will be your favorite too.

 Book your romantic getaway soon and enjoy the sweet smells of spring.

We look forward to seeing you.

The Adelman’s

November 17, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

On a picture perfect fall afternoon David and Carol Adelman exchanged vows in front of both of their loving families.  The beautiful couple were married on November 10, 2012.  Both David and Carol come from families with memorable traditions and were able to melded both their family traditions into a unique and beautiful wedding.  The Rabi preformed the Jewish ceremony and incorporated Carol’s Philippine custom of the wrapping of the veil and cord of 8.  We were so touched by the love and admiration of this handsome couple and their families.

Best Wishes to The Adelman’s

Carmine & Cheryl


Our 100th Wedding…

October 31, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia


Robert and Theresa Tribble wed on October 28 marking our 100th wedding.  As a special gift for helping us reach our this momentous occasion their names have been added to the memory walk as the official 100th wedding.   Theresa is a lover of Halloween and wanted to include this special holiday into the motif of her wedding.  Rest in Peace gift bags were provided to each guests along with goolish cake pop sticks.    The high school sweet hearts added a sense of fun to their special day.

Thank you Tim Schye….

October 15, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

We love our Bed and Breakfast and it makes our day to hear kind words from our guests after they have had the opportunity to relax and unwind at our Inn.  We take great pride in making sure each one of our guests has a memorable stay away from home during their time with us.  Here is what one of our guests last week had to say about his visit:

 

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the Cloran Mansion in Galena Illinois this past week. What an awesome experience! The grounds surrounding the beautifully kept Italianate Mansion were pristine. The Inn itself was beautiful down to every detail. Our room had a fireplace, flat screen TV, DVD and its own bathroom. The bedding was superb. We were right next to the parlor that shelved hundreds of DVDs – a movie for anyone’s taste.
The breakfast was great in quantity and quality. The pumpkin pancakes were the best I ever tasted.
The friendliness and care provided by the Innkeepers, Cheryl and Carmen made this our best B&B experience ever!

Our 99th Newlyweds

October 1, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Mark Imerman and Patricia West could not have chosen a more perfect day.  The sky was clear and a beautiful shade of blue.   An autumn breeze was slow and gentle and Patricia made her way to the Heart Arbor to meet her soon to be husband.   Mark’s son Nick and Patricia’s daughter, Laura were present to witness the ceremony.  Couple #99 said their I do’s on September 26.   After the ceremony the new family had dinner together, toasted champagne and shared wedding cake.  We wish them our best today and always.

Cheryl and Carmine

Ryan and Dana are Engaged!

September 6, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Ryan Archer had great plans for this weekend. He must have been planning the special moment during his trip from Chicago to the Cloran Mansion. How would he surprise Dana Sunga during their romantic getaway to Galena and our Bed and Breakfast. He decided to ask Dana to be his wife while enjoying the sounds of the waterfall from the pond inside the gazebo. They announced their engagement to us just as they were leaving to head back to share the news with family and friends in and around Chicago. Thank you Ryan and Dana for allowing us to be a part of your engagement memories. You have been added to the list as couple #69 in our engagement photo album.

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

Summer Fun it Happened so Fast

July 27, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

It seems like only yesterday that summer was approaching. I can hardly believe that July is over in a few short days and August will be upon us.  Never fear Galena has so many wonderful things to do every month of the year.  Here are some fun and exciting things to see and do on your getaway this August.

Jo Daviess County Fair is this August 2-4th.  What a wonderful opportunity to go to the carnival, play games, listen to music, and eat some yummifications.  Bring the kids, have a girls or guys retreat, or stroll the park hand in hand with that special someone (maybe you can win them a prize).  To view all the activities go to: http://www.jodaviesscountyfair.org/

Quilt Lovers this August 10-12th is the annual Galena/Jo Daviess Quilt Fest.  You are sure to enjoy some quilt-tastic fun this year.   For more information visit their Facebook page.

August 11-12th is the 7th Annual Market House Square Festival.  Many talented Artists will be displaying their artwork for your enjoyment and purchases.  To view pictures from last years events visit: http://www.hellogalena.org/news/2011-04-04_market_photos.htm

You may also be interested in the Vineyard tours, Ghost tours, and Mississippi River tours while the weather is still warm.  Call and book your room with us and we can help you plan some amazing adventures while you are visiting our beautiful town.

Cheryl & Carmine

Cloran Mansion

 

She said YES!!

July 14, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

On Friday, July 13th 2012 Joe Deckovich proposed marriage to Lori in the Cloran Mansion Gazebo.

We are so very happy for the beautiful couple.

Lori’s beautiful engagement ring was almost as bright as her smile when she looked at Joe.

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Congratulations to our 67th Engagement Couple
Cheryl & Carmine

Meet The Robbins…Couple #97

July 7, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Some love stories as beautiful as they maybe follow a typical story line, boy meets girl, they fall in love…..

  Sean and Katie share a unique love story of their own, but the ending for this lovely couple will surely be happily ever after as well.  Together with their family and Kate’s Best Friend and Maid of Honor they shared their vows and joined as husband and wife.  After the ceremony the newlyweds enjoyed a dinner reception and a toast to their future.

Congratulations to The Robbins!

96th Wedding

June 16, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

After five years of dating, Paul and Vanessa decided that June 15, 2012 was the day to tie the knot

  Vanessa created the most unique and beautiful bridal bouquet.

She gathered brooches from family members and special moments to incorporate into her bouquet.

We are so very pleased that they choose the Cloran Mansion for their very special day.


The Cloran Mansion has had the honor of joining 96 couples as the beginning their lives together.

We are fast approaching our 100th couple.

Will it be you?

We have a very special surprise for our lucky 100.

11th Annual Galena Balloon Race

June 16, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

As the weather warms our memories bring us back to lazy summer days, cookouts, playing in pools and fishing trips. Galena has another wonderful tradition, the Annual Balloon Race. Each year in June the skies above Galena are filled with spectacular hot air balloons by day and in the evening the illumination as they glow in the night sky is breathtaking. The 3 daylong event features balloon rides, car shows, and live music. The Balloon Race is not only a wonderful experience for all; it also benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Lucas and Erika Hannibal

June 14, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia


The 95th wedding at The Cloran Mansion was a beautiful celebration.

Lucas and Erika exchanged vows to one another with both the Hannibal and Larson families by their side.

The happy family took pictures of the special occasion and then enjoyed a delicious dinner in the dining room.

To top off the evening the couple toasted the love they have for one another at dinner.

Congratulations to our 95th couple!

June 14, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Scott and Tina Lodor

June 11, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Scott and Tina Lodor were married on June 9. Tina looked lovely in her elegant wedding gown and Scott, who proudly serves in the Military, looked very handsome in his military dress. Sharing in their beautiful day were some of their children. Daughters Tori, Riana, Mandy and Kaylee painted their toes to match their flowers. A spectacular couple and family.

 

Congratulations to The Lodors!

 

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Explore the Mississippi River

June 11, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

things to do in GalenaTake an adventure down the Mississippi River this summer while on your Galena getaway to Cloran Mansion! Cruise up and down the beautiful and scenic Mississippi River while learning about the river’s ecosystem and wildlife aboard the Mississippi Explorer Cruises. Before you board, you’ll glide down Chestnut Mountain Alpine Slide, and take a scenic chair ride back to the top upon your return. Contact us at 815.777.0583 and we’ll discuss all of the great things to do in Galena this summer. Galena has great events all summer long and our attractions are open every day. Plan your getaway to Galena at: http://cloranmansion.com.s144048.gridserver.com

Take Flight in Galena, IL

June 6, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

The Great Galena Balloon Race returns to Galena, IL on June 15-17, 2012. Whether you can join us at Cloran Mansion that weekend, or not, we can get you aloft almost every morning and evening this summer while on your Galena getaway. The Great Galena Balloon Race features over 20 balloons and is just one of the spotlight weekends in Galena each summer and fall. All summer long – whether you choose a weekend getaway, or a midweek escape – Galena has an abundance of things to do. Each week guests reach out to us asking to spend an additional night, because they couldn’t get do it all in 3-days and 2-nights.

Galena Activities, hot air balloon rides in GalenaDuring your romantic getaway at Cloran Mansion, make sure you indulge in our full-gourmet breakfast each morning. You will be amazed at the award-winning culinary creations Carmine turns out each morning. Our close to town bed and breakfast overlooks the scenic beauty of Galena. This relaxing change from the ordinary will make you want to return time-after-time.

As you venture out into Galena from your suite at Cloran Mansion, not only will you  find great niche shopping, but our local dining helps rank Galena’s Main Street as one of the best in America. The Galena hospitality will make you feel at ease with all of the warmth you expect from a historic Midwest community. Our “Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena” offers spacious, luxurious suites and rooms, to assure that you’ll have the perfect getaway. Do not forget to try out a relaxing in-room spa treatment during your stay at Cloran Mansion. For booking information, click here.

Insider Tip: Visit Us Midweek

June 4, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

Did you know that Galena is lively and hopping all week long? You can also take advantage of great Midweek Specials at Cloran Mansion, the most romantic bed and breakfast in Galena. The arrival of summer brings increased activity to Galena, IL. We realize that sometimes you just want to get away without the crowds and spend time reconnecting with your partner. Midweek in Galena is a special time with plenty of things to do in Galena; from wine-tasting, to visiting all of the Galena historic attractions, to climbing aboard a Galena trolley tour – this small-town, getaway destination in Illinois has it all.

Shopping in Galena

Take a tour along our scenic drives and absorb the unmatched sightseeing available from our natural scenic vistas. Stagecoach Trail will take you out of town and up to the highest point in Illinois, Charles Mound. Along the way you can swing through Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery for tasting and looking out over the entire Tri-State region of Northwest Illinois, Northeast Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin.

There is so much to do in Galena, you’ll want to stay 3 nights and we give you every reason to do so. Our Somethin’ for Nothin’ package is one of our most popular midweek getaway packages; Stay any three days, mid-week, Sunday – Thursday and get one day for Nothin (Free). Sorry, we can’t offer this package on Holidays or stays in October. Check out all of our package and specials by clicking here

Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2010 by Cheryl Farruggia

We would like to wish all of the Mom’s a happy and healthy Mother’s Day.

Lets not forget the Mom’s to be.

Many first time parents are looking for romantic getaways before the baby arrives, some might call it a babymoon, to take a relaxing escape together. The Cloran Mansion has a fantastic special to take a break from all the planning, organizing and preparing.

With our Pampered Parents Package you arrive in your room to enjoy a lite appetizer and sparkling juice with two signature Cloran Mansion glasses. We will pamper the future parents with a side by side couples massage for two. A relaxing prenatal massage for mom to be will ease the aches of pregnancy and a relaxation massage for dad to be will surely rejuvenate him. Before you leave your stay with us we will send you off with a bottle of Galena Cellars Champagne and a gift for the new baby.

Our Newest Addition – The Cloran Condo

March 26, 2010 by Cheryl Farruggia

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have recently acquired a new condominium that will only enhance the perfect Galena experience. As the newest addition, the Cloran Condo at World Mark’s Longhollow Point Lodge offers all the amenities of a fine hotel and the unique pleasures of a Bed and Breakfast.

Enjoy a spacious studio condo with private balcony, a king size bed, comfortable queen size sofa sleeper, see-through fireplace which separates the bedroom and bathroom that hosts a whirlpool for two and free standing shower booth. A 32-inch flat screen TV/Blu-ray DVD player, and soothing spa alarm clock radio and I pod/MP3 player docking station are provided for your enjoyment.

As Cloran Mansion guests you are always welcome to join us at the Mansion just a short drive away, for our famous country style breakfast.

We’re already getting great response and space is filling up quick. Check our availability calendar now to book your relaxing, romantic getaway at the Cloran Condo.

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