Meet the Innkeepers

Meet Mark, Luke,& Elaine

How many years have you been innkeepers?

All three of us became innkeepers in 2019.

What is your favorite part about our community/Galena?

Mark: Educated as a historian, Galena’s place in US history draws my attention. This town is such a time-capsule, with many unusual topographically-inspired distinctive architectural characteristics. In addition, the strong Civil War connection is of interest. How many towns produced nine generals during the Civil War? I know of one: Galena! In terms of US history, Galena is a truly extraordinary destination.

Luke:  It’s beautiful here.  Its natural beauty, the topography, the river, the walking trails, the views of the hills are unique and provide perfect opportunities for people to explore the area.  Just wandering Main Street delivers a half-mile of excellent food, eclectic shops, local products and live music with its own culture of entertainment that envelopes a wide variety of interests. 

Elaine: The Galena community truly knows how to provide its visitors with a memorable experience and folks here take great pride in working together to do so. The people here are friendly, supportive, generous and always willing to help.  It is this spirit of cooperation that makes the countless events every season possible. Our guests not only enjoy the non-stop activities, but also the sense of community that Galena has to offer.

Favorite event in Galena or way to participate and give back?

Galena is a treasure trove of special events and themed weekends.  Among them, Luminaria, in December, is an especially beautiful annual Holiday Season event.  The community puts forth an astounding level of cooperation and effort in order to “light up the town” with more than 5,000 candles for this event.  It is truly impressive. Luminaria is an enjoyable way to kick-off holiday festivities, warming everyone up to the season!

What fun things can your guests expect when they stay at Farmers?

Located just a short walk from Galena’s historic Main Street, the varieties of “fun” to be had in Galena are right at your fingertips when you stay at Farmers Guest House.  Our guests also love hearing about the history of the inn, which opened to the public in 1867. We take pride in the long tradition of hospitality at FGH. One example of this is the multi-course, homemade breakfast served each morning, complete with a variety of juices, makings for Mimosas, and locally roasted, freshly brewed coffee.  WineTime from 5-6pm each evening is a great opportunity to mingle with other guests, as well as meet the innkeepers and learn about some of the many exceptional local restaurants and attractions. Our guests also love our bottomless cookie jar and round-the-clock access to bottled water, coffee and tea.