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.
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.
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.
We have a few new packages to consider during your stay with us at the Cloran Mansion. We are proud of our history and encourage you to discover the natural wonders and fascinating historical sites in beautiful Galena. The packages include: Tickets for Galena’s History Museum, one hour Galena trolley tour and tickets for Ulysses S. Grants House Tour.
Experience Galena’s wonderful history firsthand. Galena’s History Museum is home of a wonderful collection of artifacts that tell the rich story of Galena: General/President U.S. Grant, Civil War, lead mining, steam boating, and so much more! Open daily 9-4:30. Please visit http://www.galenahistorymuseum.org for more details.
Galena Trolley Tour
Galena Trolley Tours offers historically and architecturally narrated tours. Relax as you listen to Galena’s history of a town nestled in the hills and valleys of a once thriving lead mining community, and major river port stop. Enjoy beautiful views as well as wonderful photo opportunities. The vehicles are open-air replicas of the original Cable Car as well as an air-conditioned executive coach. Please visit http://www.galenatrolleys.com for more details.
Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historical Site
In 1904 Grant’s children gave the house to the City of Galena “with the understanding that this property is to be kept as a memorial to the late General Ulysses S. Grant, and for no other purpose.” However, maintaining the Grant’s home proved too costly for the city and the Grant Home Association, so in 1931 the city deeded the house to the State of Illinois. A thorough restoration project was undertaken in 1955. Considerable research was undertaken as the house was returned to its 1868 appearance. Fortunately, much of the furniture used by Grant and his family remained in the house. Please visit http://www.granthome.com for more details.
We hope that you will take advantage of these amazing historical packages we have to offer. Please call for pricing and details. At the end of the day, enjoy a bit of alone time in our well-appointed, romantic rooms. Relax by our beautiful pond, enjoy our cozy gazebo, or cuddle close together around our fire pit. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. That can only mean one thing – spring is here! We’re already busy preparing the garden for our wonderful guests to enjoy.
Enjoy the tranquility of our pond. Let the sound of the waterfall soothe you while you gaze at our many Koi fish as they elegantly drift back and fourth.
Relax in our screened-in gazebo with views of our beautiful garden. This is a popular site of many engagements and weddings we’ve been honored to host.
Take in the smells and admire the beauty of a variety of flowers that grow in our garden.
When the sun sets, pop open a bottle of wine and savor the warmth of our fire pit. Cozy and romantic!
We’re excited to share the beauty of our garden and hope you visit soon!
Cloran Mansion was selected as one of 14 inns in the United States for the “Travelers Choice for Romance” award by American Historic Inns and iLoveinns.com What we love about this award is that it stems from the hearts of our guests. They recommended us for this award by the rave reviews they posted. They shared their romantic experience they had with us. The award represents the highest standard of bed and breakfast hosting. We are very pleased and honored to receive this award. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests!