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Cloran Mansion Earns TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Again!

June 27, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Cloran Mansion Certificate Excellence 2014We’re very proud to have, once again, won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence!

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, awards these certificates annually but only to the top 10 percent of businesses that receive a high volume of consistently outstanding reviews from their customers through the TripAdvisor site.

We work very hard to make sure our guests leave with their expectations not just met but exceeded – but we couldn’t have won this honor if it hadn’t been for you, our guests, taking the time to leave reviews on TripAdvisor’s site like the following:

I can not tell you how amazing The Cloran is! My fiance and I wanted a very small wedding … Cheryl helped arrange everything from the flowers, to the cake, to making sure we had extra Coke on hand for my hubby. Our family was so impressed with the location, and the day was perfect. … The food is excellent, the hosts are down to earth and accommodating, and the house is simply amazing. Can’t wait to book our anniversary weekend!

Save your time & energy looking for THE place to just more than stay while in Galena! … You arrive as an acquaintance and leave as if you are a dear, chosen friend.

Carmine and Cheryl served us absolutely wonderful breakfasts and Carmine offered many helpful tips on places to see and visit during the three days and four night visit. We will not hesitate to stay here again if the opportunity arises!

… we were thrilled to spend our 25th wedding anniversary with Carmine and Cheryl at the Cloran Mansion. Carmine and Cheryl helped my husband plan every single detail … we did not plan for problems with our vehicle … Carmine drove my husband to the parts store in Iowa … then they took the time to call us to make sure we arrived home without any trouble… we call Cloran Mansion our home away from home.

This is just a sampling from the first page of reviews for Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast on the TripAdvisor site – we could go on but we’re blushing!

Come stay at the Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast the next time you’re in the Galena, IL area and see why we earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

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.

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

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

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

Calling all Wine Lovers

February 19, 2010 by Cheryl Farruggia

Galena, Illinois Wine Lover’s Weekend March 26-28, 2010

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a city-wide celebration of good wine, good food and good friends. Wine lovers of all sorts are invited to enjoy fine wine, culinary delight, celebrity chefs, pampering packages and all of the stops Galena can possibly pull out.

Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a spirited way to warm the winter and add romance—whether it be for vino, gourmet cuisine or the love for a town with history and charm all its own. Wine-inspired dinners, spirit tastings, spa experiences, history tours, cooking demonstrations and shopping welcome and enchant visitors.

Kicking off the weekend is the Grand Tasting and Wine Auction—which has grown to be the one of the largest indoor wine tasting event in the state of Illinois. This year at the Grand Tasting, sample from 300 varieties of hand-picked wines and spirits. Cost is $30 in advance (online) or $35 at the door (while supplies last).

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