Years ago, my wife and I used to go to a bed & breakfast for our anniversary, but after it closed 4 years ago we have been a little lost without an annual destination. A friend recommended checking out the Galena area, and after checking out some of the Galena area B&B's I stub led across the Irish Hollow Inn. The amenities and photography of the property blew us away.
We were not disappointed! The setting is very beautiful and a true escape from the daily grind. It is located about 20 minutes from downtown Galena along one of the most fun roads to drive in Illinois. I own a two seater sports car and loved the opportunity to drive to and from town. The last mile or so, before the Inn is gravel, but dust washes off.
We were greeted by a cheerful and courteous Vincent, who got us checked in and settled. We decided to go with the Postmaster room at the Inn, and we were very pleased with the bed, seating, fireplace and private bath. This room was a little small but very comfortable and the Inn provides a delightful living room and porch for Inn guests to use.
The property is truly serene and we did get to explore the trails a little with amazing views of the "hollow" below. They took such care with the paths and creating small seating areas with fire pits. The views from up above were really amazing.
The one caution I would offer is this is located in the country. Literally. It is an environment I grew up around and enjoy but it may not be for everyone. There are cows, birds, narrow twisting roads and bugs out on the trails. If you are looking for the Bellagio and marble floors, this may not be for you. If you are looking for top rate service and food, memories to last a lifetime set in a unique environment, look no further.
We actually met a woman at a winery on our way to the Inn, and overheard her talking about it. I asked her about it and she just lit up. She had been 3 times before and said over and over how much her and her husband LOVED staying there. She went on to rave about the food and repeatedly said how jealous she was of us this weekend. She was not exaggerating at all.
The setting is amazing. The service from Vincent and Bill is passionate and top notch. The attention detail is unparalleled. But the food. The food was out of this world. The setting of this dining room set inside a quant former General Store and post office built in 1860 surrounds you with so much history. The front windows look out across the farm fields and hills opposite the Inn. The breakfasts were amazing, but the SEVEN course dinner on Saturday was out of this world. Really, truly exceptional. I would love to describe every course and ingredient but I know my words will not do it justice, other than to say you will not be dissapointed.
I have had he pleasure of traveling and staying in fine hotels and eating in fine restaurants literally all over the world. From New York to LA to Tokyo and Paris, I found our meals at the Irish Hollow Inn within this quant setting outside Galena, Il to be one of the finest I remember.
Our visit was really the complete package. Top to bottom. It wasn't just one thing it was all details moments and touches. I wish I could leave a negative review and keep this place undiscovered, but like the woman we met at the winery, we are now lifelong fans.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 500 acres of magnificent rolling hillsides and valleys, the Inn offers a perfect setting to reconnect with one another and to be pampered in the heart of Galena’s picture-perfect countryside. Guests enjoy personalized comfort, superb hospitality and the lush amenities designed to thrill sophisticated travelers. The 500 acre estate is cut with miles of hiking trails, streams, wooded ridges and connects to a 1300 acre nature preserve. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Irish Hollow Hotel Galena