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605 S. Prospect, Galena, IL 61036, USA    
(815) 777-2317
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  1. Galena IL Bed and Breakfast, The Steamboat House...

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Book a Room $105 - $160

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Circa 1855. Truly elegant as well as historic, this brick Gothic Revival, pre-Civil War mansion was built for a renowned Mississippi River steamboat captain. The inn exudes luxury while imparting a welcome, friendly ambiance. Main-floor parlors include a library and billiards room. A central parlor on the second floor offers early-morning Gevalia coffee and tea. Enjoy midweek afternoon treats or wine and cheese on the weekends. Each guest bedroom features a fireplace, heirloom furniture, vintage photographs and original artwork. The formal dining room is set with antique china, crystal and silver for a breakfast that is sure to please. Relax on the front porch overlooking roses.

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$105 to $160

Off Season: $105 to $155

Payment Types Accepted Include Personal Checks, Travelers Checks, Master Card, Visa, Discover and Cash.

    • Breakfast
    • Wine Time


This property has 5 total guest accommodations with private bath, 5 with fireplaces, 1 suite. The types of beds available include Queen, Double and Twin.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Computers
  • DVD
  • Fireplace
  • Gift Shop
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet Access

Business Traveler Amenities

Continental breakfast available, special business rates, WI-FI connection
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • FAX On-site
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Flexible Check in/out Times
  • Continental Breakfast Available
  • Special Business Rates
  • Wi-fi Connection

Events Hosted

    • Meetings
    • Honeymoons
    • Romantic Getaways
    • Family Reunions
    • Seminars
    • Weddings

Inns Of Interest

    • Underground Railroad
    • Tunnels, Caves, Secret Passageways
    • National Historic Register
    • Cookbooks Written by Innkeepers
    • Civil War
    • Unusual Architecture
    • Who Slept/Visited Here

Pet Restrictions

  • Innkeepers pets on premises

Romantic Interest

Lovely antique decor, many parlors and private places for quiet moments

Innkeepers Association Memberships

Galena Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena affiliate

Describe Garden and Grounds

Parklike setting surrounded by trees and gardens.

Reservation/Cancellation Policies:

Minimum Stay Requirements

Saturday night reservation requires 2 night stay


14-day cancellation policy. See web site for complete policy


Smoke Free Property.

Other Activities

    • Wineries
    • Water Sports
    • Tennis
    • Sports Events, Major College
    • Skiing Downhill
    • Skiing Cross Country
    • Shopping (Local Crafts)
    • Parks
    • Museums
    • Live Theater
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hiking
    • Golf
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Bicycling
    • Art Galleries
    • Antiquing
    • Historic District
    • Trolley Tours
    • Ghost Tours
    • Historic Attractions
    • Riverboat Cruises

Historic Interest

One of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the Midwest. The 22-room mansion was built from an Andrew Jackson Downing plan for Daniel Harris, a legendary steamboat captain on the Mississippi River

Historic Awards:

  • State Historical Site (Granted)
  • National Register (Granted)
  • Local Register (Granted)
  • City Historical Site (Granted)

Historic Memberships:

  • National Trust
  • Local Historical Society
  • City Historical Society
  • State Historical Society

Historic sites nearby:

US Grant Home, America's River Center, Dubuque Historical Society Museum (15 miles), Apple River Fort

Other Awards:

Talk of the Town National "Excellence in Customer Satisfaction" winner 2011.

Recommended Restaurant(s)

Fried Green Tomatoes, Perry Street Brasserie.

Nearby College/University

Clarke College, University of Dubuque, Loras College

Get a Free Night at this inn

The dates this property will honor the certificate are Bess or Amanda Room, November-February, Monday-Thursday, subject to availability.

- One Night Free: This property is featured as participating in the iLoveinns.com Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free program.

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Publicity and Press Reviews

Country Magazine, Illinois Now Magazine, America's Best Bed & Breakfast Recipes, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (northwest Illinois suburbs), ABC and WGN TV in 2007.



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