Meet the Innkeepers

Meet Carol & Katie Gebelt

How many years have you been an innkeeper?
I wanted to own a bed and breakfast since my first stay at the Windward House in Cape May, New Jersey many years ago. I promised myself that when I retired from United Airlines I would buy a bed and breakfast. My Daughter, Katie, quit her job in medical billing to come to Galena to help with the inn. i am grateful that she and her family are close. We celebrated 3 years as innkeepers in May, 2017.
What is your favorite part about our community/Galena? 
The history here is impressive. I appreciate that historical buildings are valued and restored. There is something for everyone, from shopping to sports, historical tours, wineries, and more. Everyone is helpful and supportive and has made us feel welcome and a part of the community.
Favorite event in Galena or way to participate and give back?
We love the holidays and the many events Best of Galena sponsors. Our favorites are the Progressive Dinner and Mistletoe Stroll, where we get to share our baked goods with guests. We meet many wonderful people and the money raised goes back to deserving community organizations. Best of Galena innkeepers support each other and are always ready to volunteer their time and talents for various events. We are proud to be a part of this group!
What fun things can your guests expect when they stay at Steamboat?
Here at the Steamboat House we have a billiard room where guests can indulge in a friendly game of pool. There is a library filled with books, magazines and movies. guests are free to borrow a book to read in their room, on the spacious wrap around front porch or gazebo. You might see a deer or two wander through the woods behind the inn, the parking lot or even the front garden. We serve wine and cheese in the large foyer every afternoon and hot beverages and cookies outside the guest rooms in the evening. This house is full of history and has been a dream come true to own!