Thanks for the blessings of 2017!
With each passing year we ring in the New Year with dreams and goals for the year to come as we celebrate and commiserate the year we leave behind. 2017 has left us many beautiful memories as we watched couples begin their lives together making marriage vows here at the Mansion, couples come for one last getaway before they welcomed the birth of a child, and people celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and just taking time to getaway. We have had the amazing opportunity to listen to your stories and share in your joy. For that we Thank you all!
Over the years we have built relationships with our guests that will last a lifetime. Some guests come so frequently to stay with us; they are like family by now. We are very grateful for your friendships. We look forward to your visits very much, we are so glad our home feels like home to you as well.
2018 will bring so many more happy occasions and there are so many glorious things we have to look forward to. The winter chill and snow will bring our snow bunnies out to the slopes at Chestnut Mountain. As the frost melts and the spring air returns we look forward to all the exciting activities our perfect little town has to offer. This March we will bee bopping at our 6th Annual Galena Goes 50’s Weekend. The summer heat brings golf outings, shopping trips, Hot Air Balloons, and plenty of great festivals. As we cool down for fall and the colors change we have our Annual Ladies Getaway Weekend, Oktoberfest, and our Halloween Parade and Festival. Then we are back to the Winter Holidays and all the warm fireplace snuggles and the spirit of the season fills the streets.
We look forward to it all and we hope to see you this year. Come visit us and experience an event in Galena you haven’t had the chance to before.
Happy New Year to you and yours. Cheers to 2018!!
Carmine and Cheryl
Holiday Cheer is All Around Galena
The Holiday season brings such beautiful and festive events to Galena and our nearby small towns. There is nothing quite like a stroll down Main Street to enjoy the spirit of the season. December starts off with on Friday December 1st with “Catch the Train in Galena” where train enthusiasts can take part in an extraordinary presentation of model trains for the enjoyment of train lovers of all ages.
Friday and Saturday Dec 1-2
Start the festivities at the Stockton Christmas Walk. A holiday tradition with a Friday tree lighting on Hwy U.S. 20. Revel in the crowning of our royalty, caroling and cookies for all. Saturday Meet Santa and enjoy special events at businesses special events throughout town.
Saturday December 2nd
Christmas in Elizabeth with an old-fashioned Christmas Take a tour of the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum decorated for the season, check out the caboose and ten operating model trains at the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum, and visit Santa. Enjoy the living history demonstration at the Apple River Fort and more. There will be a Christmas concert, craft show, soup & bake sale, Christmas Tree decorating contest, Santa Dash – 1-mile fun run and many stores open late with Christmas bargains and discounts.
The Cloran Mansion is also one of the hosting Bed and Breakfasts in our annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. Call us to reserve your ticket for a tasty treat and a joyous experience.
Galena hosts Fire in the Sky where the evening sky comes alive with fireworks to kick off the holiday season in downtown Galena. Live Carolers, hot cocoa and a festive bonfire will take over the Galena River levee during this holiday celebration.
Saturday December 9th
Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows. One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. Stroll down Main Street and watch more than 30 windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation. From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena will be glowing. Enter a land of enchantment on this magical night with more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries on streets, steps and sidewalks. Drive, walk, take a trolley or enjoy a carriage ride and be amazed at the sight.
Friday December 15th
Holiday Nights at Galena Wine Cellars brings in the holidays at Galena Cellars as they embrace the spirit of the season. Professional Pianist and Soloist, Lannette Calhoun will lead the fun with Christmas carols, group sing-alongs, jingle bells and lots of wine! Join the fun on the second floor at the downtown winery location in the Nouveau Room!
Kick off the New Year in Galena at New Year’s Eve… DeSoto style! Ring in the new year with Travis Hosette and the music of “Sinatra.” Dance and party all the way to 2018! Enjoy a cash bar, array of appetizers and desserts, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Seating is limited so purchase tickets early. Reservations are highly recommended.
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:
To view places to please you palate and refresh your soul visit:
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.
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!!