My husband and I go to Galena at least once a year and ALWAYS stay at Abe's Spring Street Guest House. We love to take weekend trips and usually don't stay at the same place more than once, but when it comes to Galena, this B&B is so perfect for us that we just can't bear the thought of going anywhere else.
To begin with, the whole ambience of the B&B is the best. The couple who owns the B&B (Sandy, a retired teacher and Charles, an artist) live in the main house, which is actually an old brewery. Breakfast is served each morning in their kitchen, and I have to say that Sandy's breakfasts are amazing! This past time we had French toast one day, Belgium waffles the next and omelettes on our last morning. Each breakfast is served with coffee (regular, strong or extra strong) or tea, fresh-squeezed orange juice, artfully designed fruit, hearty sausages, warm syrup and more all served on plates and mugs handcrafted by Charles. These breakfasts are made even better due to Sandy's kind, warm, knowledgable nature. She listens with interest to our daily adventures and shares local tips and insights with us.
The guest house has two rooms and is separate from the main house (which is one reason we really enjoy staying there). As the guest house is actually the old icehouse, the walls are 27 inches thick, so we feel like we can laugh, watch TV and talk without tiptoeing around. Our favorite room is "Rudolph's Retreat", as it has everything we need and we really feel at home there. The original wood floors, peaceful sitting room (with a mini-fridge, a flatscreen TV and a faux fireplace that gives off heat!) and handmade touches (the bed, artwork, benches and shower tiles were all made by Charles) give this room an elegant yet truly homey feel. The King-size bed is extremely comfortable, and we tend to spend at least a few hours a day just relaxing in the room. The windows are also unique, with deep window seats and shutters. The other room, "Albert's Glen" has a kitchen, a beautiful bathtub and more space. We've toured it, but tend to stick to "Rudolph's Retreat", as when we go to Galena, we'd rather eat out than cook!
In addition, there is a separate building that houses Charles' pottery studio on the ground floor and a separate hot tub and sauna room upstairs. What's the best about that is that you get to use it privately. It has the feel of a grotto, with cathedral ceilings, a 6-person hot tub and a barrel sauna. It truly makes for the most relaxing winter evening.
Abe's Spring Street Guest House is very close to downtown Galena, yet far enough away that you're away from the hubbub, is impeccably clean and well-taken-care-of and run by the most delightful couple. My only worry in sharing my feelings about this "best kept secret" is that there won't be any days available for us to stay there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique B&B rich in history and artistry. Built originally in 1876 as an ice house, this B&B has been lovingly rehabbed into two of the most comfortable and spacious suites each with a private entrance, private bath, king bed, sitting room with TV, VCR & DVD and fireplace. Separate spa room available with six person hot tub and six person sauna. Gourmet breakfast served each morning. ... more less