My husband and I do not get a chance to get away often and we wanted to do a close by (yet far enough away) romantic weekend getaway to celebrate our 17 wedding anniversary. I had never stayed in Galena before but knew that it would be a nice place to visit, so I ran a search for "romantic weekend in Galena" and the Goldmoor Inn popped up. I was impressed by their website and the history of their Inn (really it is a glamorous bed & breakfast). The prices for their suites are higher than other places in Galena (I compared it to other B&B suites in the area), but the views shown of their establishment on their website, kept bringing me back to wanting to reserve our weekend with them (they are located on a bluff overseeing the Mighty Mississppi River). I was NOT disappointed.
We reserved the French Cottage, which is actually away from the main Inn. When I made the reservation over the phone, the gentleman asked me if we were celebrating anything special. I confirmed that we were celebrating our 17 anniversary. He quickly offered specials that they were offering. As a surprise to my hubby, I added a bouquet of roses, wine and chocolate covered strawberries to our reservation.
In the French Cottage, we had our own private parking and and small porch as well as then best view from our cottage (the Mississippi River, green pastures with horses, and on the other side of the Mississippi, the state of Iowa). When we checked in, the staff was very polite and explained the establishment to us in detail and how each morning breakfast was served (included with your stay). When we opened the door, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the photos online did not do the cottage any justice. It was HUGE! It was also immaculately kept. The roses were there and the wine and chocolate covered strawberries with chilling in the refrigerator (did I mention there is a kitchenette, also!). They also have two just baked cookies for you every day you are there (yummy!).
Breakfast could be served in the main Inn or could be delivered to your room at no extra charge. We, of course requested delivery of our breakfast to the cottage. When the staff delivered it, they set the table up nicely (linens, forks, spoons, knives, etc) and set out our individual plates. Wait...did I mention that in our cottage we had the choice of having our meals served inside (each room has a two person table) or we could have it set up outside in an attached screened porch with a view of the Mississippi River!! The breakfasts were decadent and the servings were huge (I really liked that part)!
The first night we were there, we had dinner at the Inn. Their restaurant is spectacular (we both had the Beef Wellington and it was delicious). A wonderfully special touch to the dinner was when our server (thank you Linda for making our evening dinner just that more spectacular with your attentive service) brought a special package to us from the Chef!!!! It had two hand rolled chocolate truffles - pure decadence!! The chef had "heard" that we were there celebrating our 17th anniversary and sent us the special treat. How nice to have those special little touches!
All of the above is great, but what my husband and I loved the most was how romantic it all was. The scenery, benches and seating to see the sunset (which we could also see from our cottage). It is a romantic haven for couples! There is silence all around. It feels like it is just you and your loved one only. You can totally decompress from the fast paced world around and re-energize both yourself and your relationship with your loved one. We are definitely going back!
- Also Known As:
- Goldmoor Hotel Galena
- Goldmoor Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand deluxe suites, elegant cottages and cabins overlooking the Mississippi River just south of Galena. All accommodations have king beds, private two person whirlpool, fireplace, full private bath. Breakfast is included. ... more less