The Victorian Mansion is a special place both for its historical background as well as the Inn Keepers who treat this landmark like their own and their guests like family. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. We were greeted in the evening and shown our beautiful room which was clean and elegant. In the mornings we would have breakfast as a group (bed and breakfast style). The food was amazing. It was not your standard fair and everything was homemade and delicious. We lucked out with a great group of guests.
A highlight from our trip was learning about the history of the house and Galena. Charlie and Rita took the time to tell us everything they knew and we ended up spending 2 hours talking to this couple. They are so proud of the house, its history and the history of the town. They have such amazing backgrounds and they are ready and willing to open up their lives and their experiences to you. I know I have said this before but it really felt like we were visiting family without feeling obligated to do everything with them. There are not intrusive AT ALL and will give you as much or as little attention as you need.
We ended up getting engaged that weekend at the mansion and in the morning we were able to celebrate this life experience with Charlie, Rita and the other guests. It was hugs all around.
If you are looking at different bed and breakfasts I can tell you this has everything you need. It is beautiful, clean, historical, just a short walk to the main street, the food is amazing and the positive attitudes are infectious. I am so grateful to have stayed here. It shaped the memory of my engagement weekend and now I will always have this wonderful place to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the grandeur of a bygone era in a mansion set high on a hill in Galena, Illinois. The Victorian Mansion has over 1-½ acres of lawn and gardens, centurion trees and three porches. This Italianate Mansion has 8 guestrooms and 8 baths, 4 large parlors and a grand open foyer with a 3-story winding staircase. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Victorian Mansion Hotel Galena