Great Galena Balloon Race

April 26, 2018 by Cheryl Farruggia

Spring has finally sprung and we couldn’t be more excited.  With the warmer air comes plenty of wonderful events in Galena.  One of the most beautiful events we have the pleasure of experiencing is the Great Galena Balloon Race.  The event is only $5 for the weekend and proceeds go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and  Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes.  This year the race takes place on June 15-17th.  The 16th Annual Great Galena Balloon Race begins Friday evening at 5pm.  At 6:oo pm the race starts and at 8:30 there is an illuminating night glow show of balloons that light up the night sky.  If you are interested in a balloon ride of your own there are some great opportunities, go to

Activities on Friday are:

  • 5-10pm – Live Music by  The Wundo Band
  • 5-9pm – Inflatables for the kids
  • 5-9pm – Food /Beverages
  • 7-9pm – Tethered Balloon Rides

Saturday is full of fun for the whole family.

5:15am – Crack of Dawn Race

6pm – Galena on the Fly Race

8:30pm – Night Glow

(times flex based on weather conditions)

5-10pm – Live Music by Momma Bird

5-9pm – Inflatables for the kids

5-9pm – Food /Beverages

6-8pm – Classic Car Show

7-9pm – Tethered Balloon Rides

(times flex based on weather conditions)

Sunday there is a final Crack of the Dawn race at 5:15 am (weather permitting).

Admission is only $5 at the gate, Free Parking and shuttles.  Bring a blanket and enjoy the weekends activities and give to a great cause.  The Balloon Race raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and  Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes.

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK, NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS!!  For more information on the food available and other questions go to–info

We look forward to seeing you all!

Spring Forward….

March 15, 2018 by Cheryl Farruggia

…We changed our clocks and that means Spring is approaching.

No one enjoys the week of daylight savings, we all feel we have been robbed of that extra hour for at least a week or so.  But once we adjust we remember that changing the clocks in March means one thing, SPRING!!  It is that time of year when all the fragrant smells of tulips, lilacs, and daffodils fill the air.  The trees begin to show the sprouting of new leaves, the grass grows greener, and the day light stays longer.

I love to wake up in the morning as I get ready to prepare breakfast for our guests and look on our grounds for what new life has sprouted since the day before.  Our Koi pond comes to life more and more each day as the plants and lily pads welcome our fish.  The cottage begins to be surrounded by the gorgeous gardens we have planted.  And that smell that makes you feel like each day is perfumed with joy and happiness.

Each season has its special memories, it’s own promise of special times.  The spring warmth and rebirth is so refreshing that it puts a smile on my face.  As we change from season to season I enjoy taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that it brings and the gratefulness that we live in such a magnificent place to see the most amazing parts of all 4 seasons.

We hope you have an opportunity to come visit us this spring and experience the wonderful elegance that Galena has as the town comes to life with all the new baby animals and the blossoming of the trees and flowers.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Cheryl and Carmine

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.