One thing about all this rain…the flowers at Cloran Mansion are sure enjoying it! Here are some shots of the ongoing color display happening on the 1.5 acres of grounds here at the B&B.
You choose the amount. They choose when they want to get away and what room they want to stay in.
Parents. A dear friend. A brother or sister. A boss or co-worker. Anyone will appreciate this sign of your gratitude for them.
These gift certificates can be emailed to you. We can also mail a gift card if you prefer.
Gift certificates can be easily ordered on the phone by calling Paul at 815-777-0583. You can also purchase online by clicking on this link: Gift Certificates. Any questions? Just give us a call!
We hope this holiday season is a joyous one for you and your family!
Congratulations to Shelby and Diego! They officially became Mr. and Mrs. Gandara at the Cloran Mansion on Sunday in a ceremony in front of friends and family. Shelby’s parents Jill and Kevin have been great and longtime guests at the Cloran Mansion, so it was wonderful to be able to play host on such a joyful family occasion. All the best to Shelby and Diego as they begin a new journey together!
Taking a weekday break in the middle of winter can be just what the doctor ordered! Let us help you do that: Stay any night Sunday through Wednesday at the regular weekday rate and get a second night free! January 5th to March 31st, 2020. (Free night CAN be applied to a Thursday) When making online reservations please click on “Concierge” to view and reserve. If you have any questions, please just give Paul a call at 815-777-0583. It is always best to book direct with us, either at our website or over the phone.
The big Galena Halloween parade is in two days! In the spirit of the season, here is a glimpse of October at and around Cloran Mansion.
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 9 for a progressive (and fabulous) dinner. The dinner is sponsored by Best of Galena, an association of bed and breakfasts in town. You will visit three inns in Galena as the evening unfolds — enjoying appetizers, the main course, and dessert. The first course begins at 6 p.m.
What a great way to see Galena, take in a few of its most historic inns, and meet some new people! Plus, at the main course a mystery, historic guest will join your table to add to the fun.
Besides the Cloran Mansion, participating inns are the Abe’s Spring Street Guest House, Annie Wiggins Guest House, Belle Aire Mansion, the Goldmoor Inn, Hellman Guest House, Jail Hill Inn, the Lamberson Guest House, and the Steamboat House.
The cost is $60 per person ($55 if you are staying at one of the participating inns).
Reservations are required, so to claim your place at the table(s), please call 815-777-4100. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Michelle Jordan! They were married here at the Cloran Mansion on Tuesday, Sept. 10th. Some pretty heavy thunderstorms rolled through the area early that morning, but by the time of the wedding, beautiful rays of sun were shining through. All the best to Dennis and Michelle as they begin a wonderful journey together!
Mike and Jill Holm celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in style. They renewed their vows on the grounds of the Cloran Mansion in a heart-felt ceremony on Saturday. Family and friends gathered from many places to be there, and Mike and Jill generously rented the whole house for the weekend so that everyone could relax and enjoy. Mike and Jill have a wonderful family, and it was great to be a small part of this special occasion! Continued success to both of them!
One of the easiest places to miss when visiting Galena is Linmar Gardens. It is tucked away at the end of Prospect Street, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. But the traveler who takes time to find this hidden gem near the old high school will be richly rewarded.
Linmar Gardens has been a labor of love for owner Hal Martin since the 1980s. His home, built in 1853, sits on 3.5 acres of challenging terrain. Out of that terrain, Hal has created terraces that are now adorned with annuals, perennials, conifers and cascading waterfalls, including one that drops twenty feet. It also features a sunken garden built in the ruins of one of the first African-American churches in Illinois. A special treat is the view from the porch of the home — the kind of view it is hard to find in Illinois except in Galena. Out in the distance is the Galena River and the stately train depot, now recently refurbished.
Pieces of art made of recycled metal by local artist John Martison dot the landscape. This attention to man-made objects amidst all the natural wonders of the gardens is not surprising given Hal’s own background as an artist. He graduated from the Chicago Art Institute and had a career in advertising before giving that up for the beauty of Galena. He has now added to that beauty considerably by making these gardens his passion for over thirty years.
Tours are given from mid-May through October, Monday through Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A tour is given on Sunday at 2 p.m. only. The cost is $10. Because the property is private, visitors are not allowed to stroll the grounds except as part of a tour. Visitors should also be aware that they will encounter stairs and some difficult terrain.
Elijah Ross and Farrah Olson were married in a lovely outdoor ceremony on Monday, July 8th at the Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Congratulations to this great couple as they begin a new journey together!
From Chile to Galena
It’s always great to have visitors from abroad. Recently we were delighted to add to our list of foreign visitors by welcoming Gabriel Castellanos and Liliana Castro. They are a delightful couple and visited us all the way from Santiago, Chile. They were escaping the winter south of the equator, though as you can tell from Gabriel’s jacket, they weren’t able to escape it quite enough! People enjoy visiting Galena from other countries partly to get a taste of a wonderful community away from the hustle and bustle of major cities, and partly to get a chance to visit the Mississippi River.
John Bonner and his wife Sandra have a lot of experience with hot air balloons. In John’s case, though, it was not as a passenger but as a pilot. For a long time, John flew his own hot air balloon. Meanwhile, Sandra would track the flight with her truck back on the ground That was quite some time ago, though.
This week John and Sandra stayed at the Cloran Mansion. John took advantage of the opportunity to take to the skies one more time, courtesy of Galena on the Fly at Eagle Ridge. It was his first flight since 1980. True to her old form, Sandra rode with the trackers back on earth, but she still managed to take plenty of great photos.
John was amazed at how far technology had come as he made his way a mile into the air, and he described a fantastic one-hour flight. Apparently the hot air balloon bug has never completely left John, as he recommends this unique way to see the beauty of the Galena area to anyone who visits!
For those of you who prefer to watch the skies rather than head into them in a wicker basket, this is a reminder that next weekend is the Great Galena Balloon Race, June 21-23. Come on out and enjoy the sights!
It has been a passionate Memorial Day Weekend at Cloran Mansion. On Saturday two couples were married here. At 1 p.m., officiant Jess Farlow married Nancy Zaremba and Mike Seifert of Bloomingdale, Illinois. Then Jess returned for a 4 p.m. ceremony, marrying Brooke Jensen and A.J. Lenzie of Manhattan, Illinois. The weather was beautiful, as were the ceremonies. Thank you to both couples for making it a memorable day and for honoring us by allowing us to host their weddings.
The day wasn’t over yet, though. Marco Rodrigues chose the Cloran that evening to “pop the question” to Andressa Prado. She said Yes! Marco and Andressa hail from Brazil but now live in the Chicago area. Congratulations to this wonderful couple as they begin making their wedding plans!
Please contact us if you are interested in holding a wedding here, renewing vows, or celebrating some other special event.
We are pleased to announce that the Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast is now offering two new packages in cooperation with Chestnut Mountain.
The “Mississippi River Cruise” will allow our guests to take a 1.5 hours adventure along the Mississippi. The cost is $40 per couple, a $20 savings from the normal rate! River cruise times are 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are available on Saturday and Sunday only beginning Memorial Day Weekend. All cruises include Alpine Slide and Scenic Chair Ride to and from departure area at Chestnut Mountain.
The “Adventure Package Chestnut Mountain” also gives a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A ticket gives guests admission to three activities: Take a ride on the Soaring Eagle and get a bird’s-eye view of the Mississippi River. Race down 2,050 feet of tailored track on a sled to the banks of the Mississippi, followed by a scenic ride back up top on a lift (unlimited rides). Play a round of miniature golf or disc golf. The package is $50, a $30 savings from the normal rate! Available Saturday and Sunday only, beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
Note: riders of the Soaring Eagle must be at least 42 inches tall to ride, and rides (single or combined) must not exceed 450 pounds. The Soaring Eagle is not recommended for expectant mothers, persons with neck or back problems, persons with fear of heights, persons with heart problems or high blood pressure, persons who have had recent surgery, and persons with any impairment that would prevent normal seating or use of safety restraints as provided.
Chestnut Mountain is approximately a 20-minute drive from Cloran Mansion.
We hope that both of these options will give our guests a greater opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Galena area. On top of that, it will allow our guests to save some money as well. We hope to see you at the Cloran Mansion soon! If you have any questions, or you want to take advantage of either of the new packages, please give us a call at 815-777-0583. You can also purchase packages online at this website. Simply click on “Concierge” when reserving your room.
We were honored to host the Driscoll family the past two days in Antonio’s Cottage. They surely will take the award this week for longest distance traveled to stay here. Stephen, Karen, and their son Alex visited us from London, England. They started by visiting Chicago, then came out to Galena for all that it offers for scenery and family fun. I give Stephen and Karen credit for remembering what side of the road to stay on!
A special thank you goes out to Alex, who, as the picture shows, proved quite adept at keeping the koi happy with some fish food! Thank you to all three for visiting — not only were they a pleasure to host, but nothing classes up breakfast like a British accent!
It was 70, sunny and spectacular as Kurt & Kelsey were married in a wedding at the Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast on Saturday, May 4th. Family and friends gathered for what turned out to be a wonderful day to help Kurt & Kelsey celebrate their new lives together. No signs of Luke Skywalker or Chewbacca, but the forces of Mother Nature were definitely with them on their wedding day!
If you are interested in getting married in Galena, as an elopement with just the two of you, or with close friends and family gathered, just give Paul a call at 815-777-0583.
Elizabeth and Barrett Stillings held a beautiful wedding on Saturday, April 27 at the Cloran Mansion. They were joined by family to celebrate the special occasion (as well as by their loyal companion, Kal!). They were also treated to a special surprise by Mother Nature, who dropped snow all day long on the unsuspecting spring flowers. It didn’t dampen spirits, though, nor the memorable karaoke singing! Thank you to Elizabeth and Barrett for rolling with Mother Nature’s punches and making it a great day! As I told them, this was one day I am unlikely to forget.
PBS station Channel 11 WTTW in Chicago has just aired a new special by Geoffrey Baer called “Chicago on Vacation.” To launch the new show and website, the station and Cloran Mansion are offering a drawing for two free nights! The deadline to enter is April 5. You do not need to be a PBS member to win. To enter, simply visit this site:https://interactive.wttw.com/su…/chicago-on-vacation-contest We are proud to be partnering with WTTW Channel 11 on this show! Good luck!
- Ride the Ups and Downs (May 4, 7am – 3pm)
- Galena River Trail Run (May 18, 8am – 11am)
- Galena Sky Trail Race (May 18, 8am – 4pm)
We have been busy in January making updates to upstairs rooms at Cloran Mansion. Tower, Ann’s, John’s, and Alice’s rooms all received new carpeting. New tiles were added to the bathroom floors of Ann’s, John’s and Alice’s rooms. Renovations were made to the bathroom wall tiles in Ann’s and John’s rooms as well as to the tiles surrounding the fireplaces in those two rooms.
A new 40-inch TV replaced the previous one in Tower, and new wall-mounted 32-inch TV’s replaced the previous ones in Ann’s and John’s rooms, providing more space as well as a bigger screen.
The common space was also renovated, including a new floor. Don’t worry, though, the DVD library is still there and full as ever.
We hope the renovations will add to the comfort of our guests. We also hope that they are well in keeping with Cloran Mansion’s theme: “Modern Comforts, Historic Charm.”
We look forward to continuing to serve our guests and making them feel at home in the Cloran Mansion. We hope that you will make reservations in 2019 to celebrate both the old and the new here with your loved one.
You should look for room photos on our web site to be updated in February after professional photographers have come out. The photos you see here are Paul’s and hopefully give you a glimpse into updates we have been making.
This is also a good time to remind you of deals that are going on. If you stay for three nights in any rooms Sunday though Thursday, you pay for only two! Through March 15, if you book a room for two nights on a Sunday through Thursday, the second night is 30% off. We are also offering discounted rates on all dates and rooms through February 8th. If you want to see the beauty of Galena in the winter, now is a great chance!
Enjoy the Holidays at the Cloran Mansion in Galena with someone you love! A romantic getaway can be just what you need during this busy season. Watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpgzJKiMNX0
Give a Gift They Will Treasure!
What a better way to show your love at the holiday season than by purchasing a gift certificate for some time away at the Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast! As an added bonus, for every $200 gift certificate you buy, we will also provide a $25 gift certificate to either Fried Green Tomatoes or Fritz & Frites restaurants when the guests check in.
Finally, we would like to thank YOU during this holiday season. With the purchase of any gift certificate $200 or above, we will provide a discount of 25% off any couples or single massage when YOU make a reservation at the Cloran Mansion in 2019.
These holiday gift certificates can be e-mailed to you. We can also mail you a Cloran Mansion gift card. Either way, you will be saying to your loved one how much you care.
Gift certificates can be ordered on the phone by calling Paul at 815-777-0583. You can also purchase online by clicking on “Check Availability,” and then hitting the tab for Gift Certificates.
Any questions? — please call!
Ghouls, goblins, and an occasional Elvis flocked to Galena’s 40th Annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27. It was a great event for the young and the young-at-heart as thousands hit Main Street to enjoy the music, tasty treats, parade floats, marching bands, and, of course, the costumes. A shuttle ran regularly from the Walmart parking lot to ease transportation. Here are some photos from one of Galena’s most treasured traditions!