Congratulations to Karen and Charles Ginn, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend with a renewal ceremony here. All the best to a great couple and two very loyal guests! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in the moment with your family.
AFter a Covid-induced dry spell, Galena looks forward to the return of this great event!
In addition to Alice’s Room, we have also been doing some work on Tower Room to try to enhance the experience for guests.
A new king bed is in place, and by removing a dresser, we have made room for two comfortable chairs for relaxing. A bachelor’s chest and a glass table with lamp are on either side of the bed to provide a convenient place to place personal belongings at night.
A new chest for the TV is next to the gas fireplace, which can now be operated via a remote control that also acts as a thermostat. Along with some new wall decor is a “fandelier,” a ceiling light with a fan that retracts when off and that can also be operated via remote control.
No worries — up the stairs in the bathroom, in the old tower of the house, is still the double jetted tub that so many have relaxed in over the years.
Next to Tower Room, between Tower and John’s Room, is a grandfather clock that we located at a consignment shop in Galena. It was made by Ithaca Calendar Clock Company, which was creating these grandfather clocks at the time John Cloran was living in the house at the turn of the last century. The face is modern, but the wood case and brass finials appear to go back more than one hundred years. Don’t worry — the clock is not operating so as not to disturb any guests.
We do hope that the updates will help make the experience of guests in Tower Room more comfortable than ever. We thank all of you who have been coming out to get away for a bit — you help keep these vintage places going! Please know that we will continue to work to live up to our motto, “Modern Comforts, Historic Charm.”
We have been doing some work here over the past few months to enhance the experience of guests. One of our projects has been Alice’s Room.
Alice was the daughter of John and Ann Cloran, and she took care of her father after Ann passed away. Alice’s Room is our smallest, but we have been doing our best to make it feel open and warm. The pedestal sink that had been near the bed is now removed. A small vanity is now in the bathroom, and the bathtub there has been removed to make room for a shower stall.
A recessed electric fireplace (with all kinds of color options) now adorns one wall, whether you want some extra heat on a cold winter’s night or just some neat ambience without the heat on a warm summer’s evening. The closet door also got a bit of an upgrade, but the closet still has water and soda, along with a couple of comfortable bath robes.
So we couldn’t make Alice’s Room any bigger — but we do hope that people looking for a nice, cozy B&B room in a historic home, full breakfast included, will find a good deal of charm to enjoy there! Tomorrow, I will post an update on the work done in Tower Room.
Really wonderful to host Derrick and Candace as they visited Galena for the first time from downstate Illinois. On a beautiful spring day, they said “I do” here at the Cloran Mansion. We were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with them on their special day, and we wish them nothing but the best as they begin a new life together!
Congratulations to Alex and Maria, who had a super wedding ceremony here on Wednesday! The happy occasion included each taking a turn reading a letter to the other in their native language, Russian. Apparently, Alex waited until their wedding day to reveal his true identity. All the best to this fun couple from Janesville, Wisconsin!
|Give a Gift Certificate to the Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast|
in Galena!If you are still searching for a perfect gift for someone special, how about a gift certificate to the Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast?
Give the gift to get away from it all! The recipient can use it any time of year, weekday or weekend.
In these times so many of us are feeling cooped up, Your loved one, friend or boss will love the opportunity to unwind at one of Galena’s finest B&B’s and explore all the area has to offer!
You can purchase a gift certificate online at cloranmansion.com or by calling Paul at 815-777-0583. Give a gift that lets them know how much you care!
There is always a neat feel to a December wedding, and that was certainly the case yesterday as Nick & Jodi made their vows in our dining room just after sunset. It has been wonderful having both of them here, and we wish them all the best in their new journey together!
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. If you are like most people, you have at least one loved one who could really use a little time away.
We have a solution. This Christmas, give them a gift certificate to the Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Galena.
As we look to 2021 and beyond, and to better times ahead, your gift will be more than thoughtful. It will be positively heavenly!
Gift certificates can be used at any time of year. To purchase, simply call Paul at 815-777-0583. Or you can purchase online at www.cloranmansion.com.
We are happy to let guests know that Fried Green Tomatoes will be delivering dinners to the Cloran Mansion every Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. through December 2020.
Simply place your order either through us or directly with Fried Green Tomatoes by 3 p.m. the day of the meal. The cost is $50 per couple, delivery included. You will see on the menu that you can add extras. We also offer a bottle of wine here for $10.
You are free to use our plates, glasses and silverware during your stay.
We hope that this will provide a nice option for you during your getaway to Galena!
The spirit(s) of Halloween have hit the Cloran Mansion! We hope that you can stop by and see the ghouls and goblins that have temporarily invaded the grounds here as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit Tour in Galena. More information can be found at https://galenachamber.com/halloween-spirit-tour/ We hope you will have a frighteningly good time seeing Galena decked out for the holiday!
A special shout out is in order for Barb, Alex and Sam Kuebler for making so much of this display possible! Thank you, and Happy Halloween!
Congratulations to Lisa and Brian who not only celebrated their 24th anniversary but renewed their wedding vows here at the Cloran Mansion on Saturday! It was a beautiful September day to say “I do” once again. We wish you many more happy years together!
It was a privilege this weekend to host the wedding of Kyle and Amanda Douglas. Kyle and Amanda hail from the Quad Cities area and make a most kind and generous couple! We are grateful they chose the Cloran Mansion for their special day, and we look forward to many happy returns! All the best on your new journey together, Kyle and Amanda!
“The Women on Third Street, The Fight for Justice, Equality, and the Vote.”
Join Adele Gratiot Washburne, Susan B. Anthony, Clara McClellan and Jane Addams outside the historic homes and in the beautiful gardens of Third Street in historic Galena. Come hear their stories, learn their struggles, and witness their determination to fulfill the promises of democracy: justice and equality. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, their victory in the decades long battle for women’s right to vote.
Outdoor seating for socially distanced groups of ten, facial coverings, and extra cleaning measures will make the event safe for you, the performers, and event volunteers.
Advance reservations for the one hour program are required. Tours will be scheduled every 20 minutes from 1 PM for both Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23. Each tour will be limited to 10. The event will proceed rain or shine. Tickets are $20.
Can’t make it to the live event? Reserve your videotaped version to be made available online on Women’s Equality Day, August 26.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society at 815-777-9129.
Congratulations to Teresa and Josh, who were married here on Monday! They are a terrific couple from central Illinois, and we were honored to be part of their special day. We are wishing you many years of happiness, Teresa and Josh, as you begin a new journey together!
Just a note that President Grant’s House in Galena is now back open! Visitors are welcome Wednesday to Sunday each week. There are six tours per day, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. Tours are limited to 10 people. Masks and social distancing are required. Suggested donation is $5 per person. The address is 500 Bouthillier Street in Galena. The phone number is 815-777-3310. Enjoy the history of Galena!
There was a storm in the morning and a storm at night. But the in-between was perfect. It was great timing as Desiree and Paul became Mr. and Mrs. Berger on the grounds of the Cloran Mansion on Saturday. Thank you to the great couple on making it a wonderful day! Many happy years of happiness together!
Fireworks displays are hard to come by these days. Visitors to Galena Saturday night, though, were treated to a spectacular electrical storm courtesy of Mother Nature. Rain had been predicted, but what we got instead was a brilliantly lit-up sky. This picture was taken from right near the Cloran Mansion.
It was great to see Main Street in Galena operating more fully this weekend. Retail shops welcomed customers for the first time in weeks, and many restaurants set up outdoor eating areas. Restaurants also continued to do take-out and delivery.
It was kind of fun to see Main Street set up with a more “block party” feel to it. Vehicles are currently not allowed, so the streets and sidewalks had an open feel. Private parking behind Log Cabin is operating free of charge.We hope people looking for a break will find Galena as inviting and comfortable as ever!
On Friday, May 29th, stores on Main Street will again be open in accordance with guidelines provided by the state of Illinois. This will be a great day for Galena and for our guests!
Customers will be expected to wear masks inside stores and adhere to social distancing. These measures will help keep people safer while also allowing Galena’s businesses to get started again.
Some restaurants are also pursuing the possibility of serving customers outside. As more information becomes available, both on restaurants and on retail stores, we will certainly pass it along!
Restaurants will still not be able to serve customers inside, but a great many are doing take-out and free delivery. The official list is at https://www.diningatadistance.com/galena-il
This weekend we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country. The History Channel will mark Memorial Day in part by beginning a three-part series called simply “Grant,” about Galena’s favorite son and hero of the Civil War. For those of you with a history bent, here is the official trailer. All the best for a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day!
We have missed our guests this spring, but we hope that will make everything all the sweeter this summer! We remain open with modifications — for example, limiting to 50% capacity at least to the end of May. We hope everyone is staying healthy. More updates from Galena to follow soon…
We hope you are staying safe during this time to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus. Because people have asked, we also need to let everyone know that we have stayed open as an essential service.
We do not want people to travel unnecessarily, but we also know that emergencies and unusual circumstances arise, and sometimes people need to be somewhere other than home.
At least until April 30th, we guarantee anyone who needs to stay in the Galena/Dubuque area that we will allow only one room occupied at a time on the grounds of the Cloran Mansion. We especially encourage the use of the cottage for a reduced rate, as this is its own separate space.
We will provide delivery of breakfast to the cottage. At no extra charge will also deliver food to you from local Galena restaurants that are providing curbside service. Free wifi continues as normal. Of course we are being extra diligent about disinfecting the premises.
If you are in need of this kind of arrangement, please feel free to give Paul a call at 815-777-0583. Again, don’t travel if you don’t need to, and stay healthy everyone!
Galena was recently featured on ABC Chicago’s Windy City Live. Check it out here! https://abc7chicago.com/travel/galena-ill-is-the-perfect-summer-destination-for-families/5971517/
About 13 miles from Cloran Mansion is Gramercy Park. It is located in East Dubuque, Ilinois, a quick drive down Route 20.
In many ways it is like any other neighborhood park tucked away in a residential community. A playground offers a place for kids. Houses look out over open land
Two things make this park unique. One is the view that it has out toward the Mississippi River and the Julien Dubuque Bridge. Picnic tables dot the perimeter of the park in warmer weather, making for a scenic outlook some 500 feet above the river and a nice place to enjoy a meal or snack.
The other distinction is a series of Indian burial mounds that date back about 2,000 years. From about 100 BC to 500 AD, the land was occupied by Hopewell Indians. There they buried members of their society, along with cultural artifacts like animal carvings, masks, vessels and beads.
In the nineteenth century, archeologists explored the mounds. Today the mounds remain as a testament to the people who once called this beautiful area home. For visitors who like to explore a little off the beaten path, Gramercy Park is a nice spot to see what is and reflect upon what once was.