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Happy Anniversary!

September 20, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

August Wedding Bells

August 23, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

August 19, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

“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.

Photograph of women playing Adele Gratiot Washburne, Susan B. Anthony, Clara McClellan, and Jane Addams

Wedding Monday

July 28, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

U.S. Grant Home Open!

July 24, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Perfect Afternoon

July 12, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Sky Lights

June 21, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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.

Picture of lightening at night.

Main Street Coming Alive!

June 1, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Retail Stores to Open May 29th!

May 23, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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


May 22, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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 Remain Open!

May 21, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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…

Service during Coronavirus

April 10, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

ABC shines spotlight on Galena

March 1, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

Galena was recently featured on ABC Chicago’s Windy City Live. Check it out here!

Gramercy Park

February 26, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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.

13th Annual Wine Lovers’ Weekend 🍷

January 30, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

Make your plans now to join in on one of Illinois’ largest indoor wine tastings. This year’s event will take place at Turner Hall on March 27-28. More than 250 wines will be available for tasting! To learn more, visit

Why Book Direct?

January 29, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) come with many names:, Expedia,, Orbitz, etc. etc. etc.

Their million-dollar ads fill the airwaves, implying that if you book with one of these sites, you will get the lowest rate.

In fact, booking through one of these sites is not the best way to make a reservation.  Here is why:

  1. You will not be guaranteed the best rate by going to one of these sites. Dealing directly with the innkeeper will guarantee the best rate. The innkeeper is in control of all rates and all rooms.  He/she will not allow another party to have a lower rate. You also avoid any service fees.
  2. Each of these OTA’s takes a substantial cut for every reservation. The money is taken out of the inn and given to a large corporation.  This is money that cannot be used to maintain upkeep on an historical home. It cannot be used to improve amenities. It cannot be used to keep prices lower. 
  3. When you book direct, you develop a relationship with the innkeeper. You can get advice for your visit. You can learn about special or packages.  You can inform the innkeeper about food allergies. You can get to know someone who is going to be directly involved in making your stay as comfortable as possible.
  4. If an emergency arises and you must adjust plans, you do not have to experience the complications of having a third party involved. You deal directly with the inn and can explain your situation to someone who very much wants you to enjoy your stay.
  5. OTA’s imply on their ads that they are somehow competing with one another. They are not.  For example, Expedia owns Travelocity,, Hotwire, Trivago, Orbitz, and others!  Priceline owns, Kayak, and others.  Some competition!  These sites are simply advertising whatever price the innkeeper allows them to advertise, which is not going to be under the price the innkeeper sets on his/her website.  If you did see a lower price, you could simply tell the innkeeper and be assured of getting that price.

Galena Visitors Guide

January 25, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

The 2020 official Galena Country Visitors Guide has just been published. It has information on special events, attractions, dining options, and a whole lot more. You can check out an electronic version by clicking on . You can also order a hard copy by going to Happy planning — we hope to see you at the Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast this year!

December Wedding!

December 17, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

Amanda and Brian kiss under the heart outside the Cloran Mansion Amanda and Brian exchange rings in front of the Christmas tree in the dining room

Congratulations to Amanda and Brian on their recent wedding at the Cloran Mansion! The festive atmosphere of a December ceremony added beautifully to the festive colors of the holidays! Merry Christmas to Amanda and Brian and all the best for a Happy and Healthy 2020!






Give the Gift of Time Together!

November 22, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

Time is the most precious gift of all. This holiday season, give someone special a gift they will treasure: time away with a loved one at the Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Galena.
Angel next to a present

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!

A Family Affair

November 19, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Shelby and Diego stand in front of bay window in dining room

Shelby smiles during ceremonytwo candles burn in bay window during ceremonycake and flowers decorate tableDiego and Shelby pour sand into glass bowl during sand ceremony

Take a Winter Weekday Holiday!

November 7, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

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.

Two small snowmen stand side-by-side

Autumn Colors

October 24, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

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.

Progressive Dinner

October 15, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

JPhotograph of a dinner setting from aboveoin 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!

Reason to Celebrate!

September 29, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

Thank you to Stoney and Pamela Hileman of Omaha, Nebraska, for allowing us to host their wedding this week. Despite all the recent rain, we had a beautiful day and a great ceremony performed by Jess Farlow. All the best to Stoney and Pamela as they begin a new journey together!

Pamela and Stoney pose with their dog outside Antonio's CottageStoney and Pamela pose outside after the wedding ceremony Jess Farlow marries Pamela and Stoney in an outdoor ceremony

Sun Shines on Mr. and Mrs. Jordan!

September 11, 2019 by Paul Kolimas

Michelle Jordan with bouquet stands with new husband Dennis in front of the Cloran Mansion and a bicycle planter Michelle and Dennis Jordan sit on white bench together on front lawn of Cloran Mansion Close-up picture of the bouquet and wedding rings of Michelle and Dennis Jordan

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!

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