Wedding Season Has Begun.
The most popular time of year for weddings is Spring and Summer. The grounds are perfect for a beautiful outdoor ceremony as the flowers are blooming and the foliage enhances the mansion. The Cloran Mansion has had the pleasure of hosting over 200 weddings during the years. Two of our daughters have shared their I do’s at the front of the gazebo and it is a memory we will never forget. We have some wonderful wedding packages to choose from that suit a variety of budgets and needs.
Our Day Has Come” Elopement Package
An Elopement Wedding at the Cloran Mansion is sure to relieve the stress associated with planning a wedding. Let us make your wedding day beautiful and affordable. Package includes: officiant, witnesses, photos presented on DVD/CD, wedding bouquet, champagne, keepsake Cloran Mansion flutes and miniature wedding cake.
$600 added to any room rate.
A $200 charge will be made at booking and will be applied to the balance. This is a non-refundable fee if you should cancel.
“Just a Few of Our Closest” Wedding Package
This wedding package is for up to 12 people and includes:
Ceremony on our grounds or dining room. Officiate to perform the ceremony. Fresh flower bouquet for the bride, matching boutonniere for the groom, miniature wedding cake, champagne and, two signature Cloran Mansion flutes, wedding photos on a DVD/CD followed by a reception dinner for up to 12 in our formal dining room. Menus will be furnished at booking.
Add $995 to any room rate.
A $200 charge will be made at booking and will be applied to the balance. This is a non-refundable fee if you should cancel.
Free Anniversary cake when you return for your first Anniversary. Note to the groom – if you have not already purchased a gift for your bride, consider having your names etched in stone on our Memory Walk for an additional fee $125.
Let us make your special day one you will cherish for a lifetime. Book your wedding at The Cloran Mansion today or call for more detail.
We look forward to meeting all the happy couples.
Cheryl and Carmine
The Cloran Mansion
….After his stay at The Cloran Mansion!
We have the bests guests and Elvis the Gnome was just one of our many. Elvis and his friends Steve and Michelle spent a few days with us in Sara’s Suite and he sure did enjoy the place. He sent us a bunch of great pictures to show how much fun and relaxation he had.
We don’t normally approve of our guests standing on the fireplace but what can you say to the King of Rock n Roll.
Well Elvis didn’t just enjoy a dance on the fireplace, shaking those hips that made the girls go crazy because it’s “Now or Never”.
Then he decided to try to get the ladies in our Italian antique lamps to notice him but needless to say they were not into his style of music. They are a bit snobby to say the least and the one in pink is a “Hard Headed Woman”.
After all that dancing around the room he had to relax in the whirlpool tub before enjoying a cup of coffee from one of our Cloran Mansion mugs. Elvis said the King size bed in Sara’s Suite is one that he “Can’t help falling in love” with.
As he checked out he told us that this was no “Heartbreak Hotel” but a “Good Luck Charm” and he would be back soon.
…We changed our clocks and that means Spring is approaching.
No one enjoys the week of daylight savings, we all feel we have been robbed of that extra hour for at least a week or so. But once we adjust we remember that changing the clocks in March means one thing, SPRING!! It is that time of year when all the fragrant smells of tulips, lilacs, and daffodils fill the air. The trees begin to show the sprouting of new leaves, the grass grows greener, and the day light stays longer.
I love to wake up in the morning as I get ready to prepare breakfast for our guests and look on our grounds for what new life has sprouted since the day before. Our Koi pond comes to life more and more each day as the plants and lily pads welcome our fish. The cottage begins to be surrounded by the gorgeous gardens we have planted. And that smell that makes you feel like each day is perfumed with joy and happiness.
Each season has its special memories, it’s own promise of special times. The spring warmth and rebirth is so refreshing that it puts a smile on my face. As we change from season to season I enjoy taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that it brings and the gratefulness that we live in such a magnificent place to see the most amazing parts of all 4 seasons.
We hope you have an opportunity to come visit us this spring and experience the wonderful elegance that Galena has as the town comes to life with all the new baby animals and the blossoming of the trees and flowers.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Cheryl and Carmine
….At The Cloran Mansion means a refresh.
We have been spending the last few weeks doing some updating to the mansion and we can’t wait to share them with you. John’s room got a fresh coat of beautiful blue paint and some fancy new linens that make the room so relaxing. The Dining room was repainted and we took some time to update our wedding photo wall. It is so lovely to see all our wonderful weddings we have had over the years. It is hard to believe we have had the pleasure of witnessing over 200 weddings. Last but not least we lightened The Tower with a more soothing cream tone and added some luxuries to the cupola where are hot tub for two awaits.
We are so proud of our hard work and can’t wait for you to come see the changes we have made. We take such pride in keeping the Cloran a relaxing and refreshing place for our guests to come home to.
….Well Take the Ski Lift up to Chestnut Mountain.
Chicago and the Midwest have been hit will mountains of snow over the last few days. Kids have enjoyed a snow day or two and some sledding but most of the adults have spent their time digging out, salting, and battling the slick roads and weather stricken traffic conditions. Give yourself a break and head on over to Galena to warm up, relax, drink some wine, and go skiing.
Chestnut Mountain has something for everyone with 19 ski slopes, 3,500-ft run and 475-ft drop of Chestnut Mountain. For the beginner they have Old Main, Bunny, Acorn, and Rookie’s Ridge while you get your ski legs ready.
Intermediate, advanced, and freestyle terrains are also available for the more experienced skiers and snowboarders. From novice to black diamond, riding through 220 acres of Chestnut Mountain will leave you breathless and in love.
Chestnut Mountain’s Far Side Terrain is the Midwest’s largest snow-covered terrain park, and all seven acres of its vastness is accessible through a triple chairlift. Their 25 unique rails will have you entertained for hours. Then come back home to us at The Cloran Mansion for a soak in your hot tub and snuggle up to a warm fire in your room for a romantic evening or a go downtown and enjoy some of the nightlife of Galena.
We can help you set up reservations when you book your stay. We look forward to hearing all about your adventure.
March 2nd & 3rd 2018
Enjoy a fun filled 50s’ weekend in Galena!
Register for one of the dance workshops, learn a new step or perfect your style – and your
Sock Hop Ticket is FREE!
Dance Workshops all day Saturday March 3rd – more classes – including a class for kids!
2 dance instructing locations in downtown Galena
taught by Professional Dance Instructors
Jitterbug, Lindy, Charleston, Salsa, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Hustle, Waltz and more –
Beginners to Intermediate/Advanced
TWO NIGHTS OF DANCING
March 2nd – 7pm -Friday Night Meet & Greet
@ The Galena Brewery
Join us Friday night at the Galena Brewery for some delicious craft beer, cash bar,
food and atmosphere, and
get your feet moving to the beat of
March 3rd – 6 – 10pm – Saturday Night Sock Hop
@ Turner Hall
Slick back your hair and slip on your poodle skirt for the fast moving, upbeat hits of
‘Rosie & The Rivets’
Doors Open 6pm.
$10 per person.
We look forward to seeing some of our Fabulous guests getting their dance on. Book your room soon as we are sure to book up fast for this groovy weekend.
Thanks for the blessings of 2017!
With each passing year we ring in the New Year with dreams and goals for the year to come as we celebrate and commiserate the year we leave behind. 2017 has left us many beautiful memories as we watched couples begin their lives together making marriage vows here at the Mansion, couples come for one last getaway before they welcomed the birth of a child, and people celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and just taking time to getaway. We have had the amazing opportunity to listen to your stories and share in your joy. For that we Thank you all!
Over the years we have built relationships with our guests that will last a lifetime. Some guests come so frequently to stay with us; they are like family by now. We are very grateful for your friendships. We look forward to your visits very much, we are so glad our home feels like home to you as well.
2018 will bring so many more happy occasions and there are so many glorious things we have to look forward to. The winter chill and snow will bring our snow bunnies out to the slopes at Chestnut Mountain. As the frost melts and the spring air returns we look forward to all the exciting activities our perfect little town has to offer. This March we will bee bopping at our 6th Annual Galena Goes 50’s Weekend. The summer heat brings golf outings, shopping trips, Hot Air Balloons, and plenty of great festivals. As we cool down for fall and the colors change we have our Annual Ladies Getaway Weekend, Oktoberfest, and our Halloween Parade and Festival. Then we are back to the Winter Holidays and all the warm fireplace snuggles and the spirit of the season fills the streets.
We look forward to it all and we hope to see you this year. Come visit us and experience an event in Galena you haven’t had the chance to before.
Happy New Year to you and yours. Cheers to 2018!!
Carmine and Cheryl
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Holiday Cheer is All Around Galena
The Holiday season brings such beautiful and festive events to Galena and our nearby small towns. There is nothing quite like a stroll down Main Street to enjoy the spirit of the season. December starts off with on Friday December 1st with “Catch the Train in Galena” where train enthusiasts can take part in an extraordinary presentation of model trains for the enjoyment of train lovers of all ages.
Friday and Saturday Dec 1-2
Start the festivities at the Stockton Christmas Walk. A holiday tradition with a Friday tree lighting on Hwy U.S. 20. Revel in the crowning of our royalty, caroling and cookies for all. Saturday Meet Santa and enjoy special events at businesses special events throughout town.
Saturday December 2nd
Christmas in Elizabeth with an old-fashioned Christmas Take a tour of the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum decorated for the season, check out the caboose and ten operating model trains at the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum, and visit Santa. Enjoy the living history demonstration at the Apple River Fort and more. There will be a Christmas concert, craft show, soup & bake sale, Christmas Tree decorating contest, Santa Dash – 1-mile fun run and many stores open late with Christmas bargains and discounts.
The Cloran Mansion is also one of the hosting Bed and Breakfasts in our annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. Call us to reserve your ticket for a tasty treat and a joyous experience.
Galena hosts Fire in the Sky where the evening sky comes alive with fireworks to kick off the holiday season in downtown Galena. Live Carolers, hot cocoa and a festive bonfire will take over the Galena River levee during this holiday celebration.
Saturday December 9th
Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows. One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. Stroll down Main Street and watch more than 30 windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation. From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena will be glowing. Enter a land of enchantment on this magical night with more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries on streets, steps and sidewalks. Drive, walk, take a trolley or enjoy a carriage ride and be amazed at the sight.
Friday December 15th
Holiday Nights at Galena Wine Cellars brings in the holidays at Galena Cellars as they embrace the spirit of the season. Professional Pianist and Soloist, Lannette Calhoun will lead the fun with Christmas carols, group sing-alongs, jingle bells and lots of wine! Join the fun on the second floor at the downtown winery location in the Nouveau Room!
Kick off the New Year in Galena at New Year’s Eve… DeSoto style! Ring in the new year with Travis Hosette and the music of “Sinatra.” Dance and party all the way to 2018! Enjoy a cash bar, array of appetizers and desserts, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Seating is limited so purchase tickets early. Reservations are highly recommended.
A Tasty Treat Through Town
Many people wonder what a progressive dinner is. A progressive dinner is a meal that consists of different courses at different locations. Here in Galena the Bed and Breakfast Community has joined together to offer a unique dinner experience at several Inns. The Cloran Mansion has participated in progressive dinners for over 10 years and we love the opportunity to open our dining room to the guests for a tasty treat. One of the wonderful things about the December Dinner is that all of the Inns will be decorated for the holidays making it especially festive. This years Holiday Progressive Dinner will be on December 2nd from 5 pm to 8:15 pm.
While on the dinner tour the guests will travel to an Inn for a course of amazing appetizers, a mouth watering main course of a mixed green salad with diced pears and vinaigrette, Spinach and Red Pepper Pork Roulade with Herb Roasted Red Potatoes, Apple Sauce, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Rustic Bread, and a delicious holiday dessert. The Inns will not be serving alcohol but guests are welcome to BYO, just remember to select a designated driver! Tickets for the Progressive Dinner are available now for $60 a person with a $5 discount for Guests of a Best of Galena Property but will sell out quickly. Book your reservation at the Cloran Mansion to receive your discounted tickets and we can order your dinner tickets. If you are staying at another Inn or traveling in for the dinner call Lorraine at 815-777-0893 for tickets.
We look forward to dining with you!
Stroll Down Main Street and Shop Away
November marks that time of year when the holidays are approaching and shopping is at its peak. There are plenty of opportunities to go to the mall and grab some gifts. However, there is something special about a unique gift that comes with some thought and inspiration. The beautiful shops in Downtown Galena have some spectacular gift ideas that will be sure to show the special people on your list how much you care.
November is the perfect time to spend a weekend away from the busy holiday season. Take a stroll down the historic streets of Galena with a nice warm cup of coffee or hot cocoa all snuggled up in your favorite fall sweater. Once you have worked up your appetite head into one of the delicious restaurants along Main Street and satisfy your taste buds. Of course, for that extra special gift we have our holiday gift certificate specials that begin in November and are always cherished by their receiver.
Book your stay at The Cloran Mansion this November and enjoy a relaxing getaway while finding gifts that will have your loved ones in awe.
For a list of some of the shops downtown visit:
To view places to please you palate and refresh your soul visit:
UNLEASH YOUR WINE TASTING SENSES…..
Uncork your taste buds and indulge in the locally crafted wines that our charming Galena has to offer. White or Red, Dinner or Dessert, Silky or Oaked; how you like your wine is so personal. There is no need for a trip to Napa Valley to enjoy a decadent wine tasting. Galena has some of the best wines in the country and waiting to be uncorked and tasted. The Massbach Ridge Winery in Elizabeth is just a short drive from the mansion and offers an amazing walkthrough of the wine making process. Finish off your tour with some brilliant tastings of some of Illinois crafted wines. Galena Vineyard and Wine Cellars is just a few minutes from the mansion and their gorgeous view is the perfect location to end a tour of the vineyard as you taste their award-winning wines.
There are many spectacular wineries in town for your delight. Take a stroll through Jaime’s Wine Studio. Enjoy a bit of cheese with your wine while visiting Galena River Wine and Cheese. Massbach Ridge Winery Tasting Room in Galena and select one of this year’s brilliantly harvested wines. For a more retro and unique spin on things stop in The Grape Escape and enjoy the atmosphere. Galena Wine Cellars will amaze you with their abundant wine choices, their selection is fantastic and has the right pairing for an occasion.
117 N Main St, Galena, IL 61036
8837 S. Massbach Rd. Elizabeth, IL 61028
420 S Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
515 S Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
242 N Mains Street, Galena, IL 61036
4746 N Ford Rd, Galena, IL 61036
- Jamie’s Wine Studio
209 S. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
Fall in Love with Galena
As summer nights drift to the cool fall breeze there is nothing more beautiful than the scenic hills of the Galena countryside. The elaborate colors that paint their way over the trees is one of most amazing sights I have ever seen. I fell in love with the sights and the smells of Galena in Autumn. It almost begs for the warm arms of a loved one. The soft embrace of a well-worn sweater and the warm crackling of a fire at night to cozy up to. There is no more perfect time to visit Galena then during the changing of the leaves.
The weather is perfect for a trip downtown through the shops while enjoying a hot coffee at Kaladi’s Coffee bar, Devour Café, or Mean Bean Roaster’s. For the golfer, it is the perfect time to hit the tee as the last fleeting days of the season sprinkle away. The town is filled with activities to keep the fall spirit alive. If you feel adventurous and brave enough there are some haunting ghost tours to get the heart pumping. And what could be better after a day of shopping and spooking then to cozy on up to a fire-pit among friends with some libations and laughter to last the night long. Galena has endless opportunities for relaxation, romance, fun and adventure.
Amelia’s Ghost Tours
307 S Main St
The Haunted Galena Tour Company
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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!
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.