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galena Bernadine's Stillman InnAccommodations in Galena suit just about any taste: bed and breakfasts housed in fabulously refurbished mansions; small, quaint hotels and motels; contemporary vacation homes available to rent for a weekend or longer; and top-notch resorts ready to cater to your every whim. If you plan to spend most of your time strolling downtown, look for a property on or near Main Street -- you'll find a good selection of boutique hotels and some inexpensive chain options there.

But the bulk of the lodging options are spread out among the sprawling hills, so you'll need a car to get you from where you're staying to the places you'd like to see. Advance reservations are a good idea any time of year, but especially during summer and early fall, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and the annual Galena Triathlon and Duathlon each May. Expect higher rates and plan way ahead for these times -- the best places book up early.

BED AND BREAKFASTS
Bernadine's Stillman Inn
Address: 513 Bouthillier Street
Rates: $120 - $280
Word of Mouth: "The accomodations are charming and comfortable. The beautiful downstairs parlor has a piano, the outside porches are a great place to relax, and the extra bonuses of water bottles and cookies are so much fun. Of course, the breakfast was incredible. A home-cooked breakfast with great company starts the day off right." -- BedandBreakfast.com contributor

Cloran Mansion Inn
Address: 1237 Franklin Street
Rates: $99 - $225
Word of Mouth: "On the tour, we discovered that the mansion has all the character and charm of the original dwelling, yet has been completely updated. ... Our room had a huge jet whirlpool and a fireplace that we really enjoyed after a full day hiking nature trails and shopping on Main Street. Maybe the best part of our stay was the scrumptious breakfast: homemade pancakes, waffles, eggs, hash browns, bagels and more."
-- BedandBreakfast.com contributor

Queen Anne Guest House
Address: 200 Park Avenue
Rates: $80 - $135
Word of Mouth: "The home is beautifully furnished with antiques throughout. ... The home is located within easy walking distance from downtown Galena, and is situated in a neighborhood of lovely homes with many large trees, which made a leisurely walk very pleasant even on a very warm August day." -- BedandBreakfast.com contributor

Farmers Guest House
Address: 334 Spring Street
Rates: $119 - $250
Word of Mouth: "The hosts, Jess, Kathie and Charles, were extremely gracious and hospitable; they made us feel most welcome by offering delicious breakfasts, wonderful conversation and extra amenities (6 p.m. daily wine and cheese, freshly baked cookies, complimentary water, pop, coffee, and a willingness to recommend and make dining reservations) in a most comfortable, very clean guest quarters. The decor is unique and seasonal." -- BedandBreakfast.com contributor

Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages
Address: 2752 West Cording Road
Rates: $85 - $195
Word of Mouth: "The Retreat was only 10 minutes from Galena, in the country. It was so peaceful with only the sounds of cows and birds. ... The whirlpool tub was a great way to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. The view from cottage was breathtaking both day and night."
-- BedandBreakfast.com contributor

For more Galena B&B's, visit BedandBreakfast.com.

HOTELS
The Irish Cottage Hotel
Address: 9853 U.S. Route 20
Average Rate: $109
Word of Mouth: "We enjoyed a tasty Irish dinner in the Irish pub downstairs, followed by Irish step dancers, an Irish singer and a wonderful assortment of Irish draft ales as well as domestic and imported beers. ... (No cover charges for the entertainment, and the menu was reasonably priced.) ... After a good night's sleep, we had a very nice breakfast downstairs. We'll stay there again and we highly recommend it to other travelers." -- dingmn

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
Address: 444 Eagle Ridge Drive
Average Rate: $154
Word of Mouth: "When we arrived early, our room was ready for us with a charming fireplace and a very spacious room in the courtyard. We had a great view of the lake from our balcony. We loved the Woodlands Lounge with the live music on the weekends. ... We went for a hike one day on the grounds and took amazing pictures of the trees and lake -- it was beautiful! The golf is incredible too, with four courses to chose from." -- jjbil

Longhollow Point Inn
Address: 5129 Longhollow Road
Average Rate: $120
Word of Mouth: "There was a kitchenette ... in the living area there was a hidden queen-sized bed that pulled down and was covered in luxurious sheets. ... We had a private balcony with bistro set, as well as a TV, DVD/VCR combo and a stereo. The fireplace was a nice surprise -- it was placed in the wall beside the bed ... with the fireplace sitting next to the nice-sized Jacuzzi tub -- a great surprise! The Inn is seven miles outside of Galena, but it was definitely a nice room to retire to every night." -- julezmc

Stoney Creek Inn Galena
Address: 940 Galena Square Drive
Average Rate: $107
Word of Mouth: "The indoor pool was nice, and we really enjoyed the hot tub with the waterfall. It was only a five-minute drive into town, so it didn't feel like we were missing anything. Most impressive to us: We got back to the room around 1 a.m. one night, and for some reason our key wasn't working. The woman at the front desk was very pleasant in letting us back into our room, and she even asked us if we needed anything else!" -- TripAdvisor contributor

DeSoto House Hotel
Address: 230 South Main Street
Average Rate: $164
Word of Mouth: "The hotel has historical photos all over the place, and no wonder, as General Ulysses Grant was from Galena and he ran his presidential campaign from this hotel. Abraham Lincoln spoke from the hotel balcony. It is the oldest continually working hotel in Illinois. It was great." -- wearb

For more Galena hotels, visit TripAdvisor.com.

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