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Holiday Progressive Dinner

November 9, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

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!

 

Downtown Delight

October 17, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

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:

http://www.visitgalena.org/things-to-do/shopping/.

To view places to please you palate and refresh your soul visit:

http://www.visitgalena.org/things-to-do/cuisine/

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting Galena Style

September 25, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

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 CheeseMassbach 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

815-291-6411

 

8837 S. Massbach Rd. Elizabeth, IL 61028

815-291-6700

 

420 S Main Street, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-9430

 

515 S Main Street, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-3330

 

242 N Mains Street, Galena, IL 61036

779-214-0003

 

 4746 N Ford Rd, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-3235

 

  • Jamie’s Wine Studio

209 S. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-0207

 

The Crisp Fall Air

September 5, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

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

Galena, Illinois

United States

http://www.ameliastours.com/

Phone: 815-994-2868

 

The Haunted Galena Tour Company

Phone: 815-990-7203

https://www.hauntedgalenatourcompany.com/

 

 

 

 

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.

engagement couplr 67
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: https://cloranmansion.com.s144048.gridserver.com

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