I am woefully overdue in publishing this post … perhaps it is because, subconsciously, I don’t want to share this delightful retreat in Galena, Illinois, for fear its two rooms will both be occupied the next time we return to the area! Abe’s Spring Street Guest House is special lodging located just a few blocks from the historic district. While we found Abe’s to be the perfect spot for an overnight visit, we left wishing we could stay the entire weekend.
We stayed in “Albert’s Glen” — the room named after the owners’ St. Bernard, whose likeness graces the spacious bathroom.
The unique, artistic touches throughout the large apartment-like suite create an ambience unlike any bed and breakfast we have stayed in.
Each post of the king-sized bed in the bedroom area of Albert’s Glen provides a base for elegant sculptures made by the owner, whose studio is located next door.
While you may think of exploring a historic city like Galena only in the warmer months of the year, the gas fireplace in Albert’s Glen would make for a cozy retreat.
Not only are the tiles surrounding the fireplace a feast for the eyes, but as you sit next to the warmth, looking up you appreciate the hand-made metal light shades hanging from the ceiling.
No detail is overlooked — from the local candies at the bedside, to the exquisite door handles and bathroom fixtures.
A clawfoot soaking tub, tiled walk-in shower, and more of the owner’s imaginative accents greet you as you enter the brightly-lit bathroom.
The other room offered at the Guest House is just as inspired and full of creative energy. Since we were traveling through Galena with our college-aged son, he enjoyed the other private suite — “Rudolph’s Retreat” — and then joined us for breakfast the following morning.
Walking up the hill behind Abe’s, guests are welcomed into the owners’ kitchen where hot coffee, juice, and a gourmet breakfast is served — along with friendly conversation as the aromas of the day’s morning menu fills the room.
Abe’s Spring Street Guest House has all the desirable features of a bed and breakfast, with the added bonus of spacious, private accommodations (even a spa hot tub and sauna for use by guests in the building next door). Hoping to return again soon!
For more on Galena, Illinois, revisit my post from a few year’s back, Charming Old Galena.
Ciao! ~ Kat
6 responses to “A Guest House of Artistic Inspiration”
How charming! Everything looks so cozy and exquisite at the same time. I love the sculptures and all the little details. No wonder you didn’t want to share 😉
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We used to live in the Chicago burbs. I can’t believe we never made it to Galena… tried numerous times, but life seemed to always get in the way having us cancel a visit. The B & B looks perfect.
Galena is such an interesting city — with such a high percentage of historically intact homes and structures. You really do feel as if you’re walking back in time as you wander the streets.
Wow! What a fabulous find for lodging. Isn’t it great to find these unexpected gems?
These little gems are often what makes a trip memorable!
This place!! We stayed for 2 nights in the Albert’s Glen Suite. Being a “dog person” I was so taken with the sculptures, tiles, and stories about how they came to be. The bathroom was amazing. The suite was so comfortable and quiet. Walkable to downtown Galena.
Breakfast both mornings was delicious. Thank you for a wonderful time:)
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