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Galena Shuttle Is Here!

August 31, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

Starting Labor Day weekend, guests can take advantage of the Galena Free Ride transit service every Saturday in September and October, from 11am–7pm

Avoid the congestion of trying to park on Main Street. Instead, park in the Depot Park remote lot, hop on the transit and be dropped off just steps away from Main Street.

Service runs in a continuous loop, loading every 20 minutes from 11am–7pm. Transit stops are located at Depot Park and Green Street/City Hall. Depot Park is located along the Galena River by the old train station.

Golden Day

August 5, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

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.

Corkless, 2021

July 11, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

AFter a Covid-induced dry spell, Galena looks forward to the return of this great event!

Tower Room Updates

May 12, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

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.”

Renovations to Alice’s Room

May 11, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

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.

Celebrate!

May 4, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Candace and Derrick pose for wedding photo in front of Cloran Mansion.

Look, up in the sky…!

April 16, 2021 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Cloran Gift Certificates

December 17, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Wednesday Wedding in Our Dining Room!

December 3, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Be a Christmas Angel: Buy a Gift Certificate for Time Away!

November 30, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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.

Fried Green Delivers!

November 19, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

Spirit Tour

October 14, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

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!

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.

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! https://abc7chicago.com/travel/galena-ill-is-the-perfect-summer-destination-for-families/5971517/

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 www.wineloversweekend.com.

Why Book Direct?

January 29, 2020 by Paul Kolimas

Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) come with many names:  Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, 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, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Trivago, Orbitz, and others!  Priceline owns Booking.com, 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.
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