We could not have been more pleased with our stay in Galena at Abbey's High Street. We planned a trip for my wife's birthday and picked Abbey's from choices on the Galena/Joe Daviess County website. My wife and I were intrigued by the history of the home, liked the location and really wanted to see the gardens and gazebo.
When we arrived in Galena, we took a trolley tour to get our bearings. Johnny, our tour guide asked where we were staying and said wonderful things about Abbey's. "The people who run Abbey's are some of the nicest people", he said. And he was right.
Checking in, we were instantly charmed by the home itself and Kathleen. After welcoming us she gave us a tour and some of the history, showed us to our room and left us on our own saying, "I always tell guests to enjoy it as if it's your home too".
We put our bags away and had some delicious lemonade in one of the parlors then strolled through the beautiful and well manicured English gardens. During our stay, we spent a lot of time enjoying a spectacular view of Galena and Grant Park from the porch swing in the gazebo. U.S. Grant and the doctor that originally owned the home were friends and used to sit in the same spot enjoying the same view.
The 1850's home is so delightful. Our room had a Jacuzzi, private bath, fireplace and antique canopy bed. The home and gardens are immaculately clean and tidy. The breakfast was phenomenal with items fresh from the kitchen garden.
Abbey's is located just a few blocks from Main Street so it was very convenient to pop into town and do touristy stuff then return to the quiet privacy of the house and gardens. That is exactly what we did for our entire stay. We would get up early and go canoeing or shopping then come back "home" and relax enjoying some of the wine we bought on the gazebo or in the Jacuzzi.
Our hosts were so welcoming and we really did feel very much at home. One of the nights we stayed there was a full house and yet we still felt as though we had the whole house and gardens to ourselves. There are many different areas of the garden to enjoy and several different porches and sitting areas so you can mingle with other guests or enjoy your privacy.
We have been telling all our friends what a great trip to Galena we had and staying at Abbey's High Street is truly what made our getaway so special. Thank you Kathleen, Tom (and Queenie)!
- Also Known As:
- Abbey`s High Street Hotel Galena
- Abbey`s High Street b&b