If you are headed to historic Galena, Ill., and appreciate well-run bed and breakfasts, consider a stay at the 1880 Italianate Victorian Cloran Mansion (cloranmansion.com). My wife and I stayed there one weeknight in July and were pleased with it.
Located just a 5-minute drive from the many downtown shops and restaurants, the Cloran is a beautiful brick house furnished with antiques.
Its operators, Cheryl and Carmine, are very cordial and have thought of everything, right down to bath salts for the two-person whirlpool and shower in our private bathroom.
We stayed in “John’s room” on the second floor. It is one of seven rooms and offers a beautiful view of the grounds and gardens. It was medium in size but offered a comfortable queen bed, two easy chairs, robes, a fireplace, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. The mini-refrigerator in our room was stocked with complimentary soda pop and water.
A library just down the hall has hundreds of complimentary DVD’s, books, games, magazines, popcorn, cookies, coffee and teas.
The Cloran has central air conditioning. But it was turned off and the windows were open during our visit because the area was experiencing an unusually cool July week. The total cost for our one night was right at $160.
Before settling in for the night, we shopped and ate dinner downtown, then enjoyed the Cloran’s nicely landscaped front yard. There is a fire pit surrounded by seating and with firewood ready to go for anyone who wants to use it. But we opted to spend time in a screened-in gazebo with comfortable seating. It was next to a pond stocked with coy.
Breakfast the morning of our departure included coffee, orange juice, Cheryl’s “jelly doughnut” pancakes (they were great!), hash brown potatoes, fruit, Carmine’s made-to-order eggs and large slabs of sausage (Carmine told us they buy part of a pig every few weeks at a butcher shop for sausage and bacon), all served family style between 9 and 1030 a.m.
We highly recommend this B&B.
Copyright 2014 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.