The Steamboat House

605 South Prospect, Galena, Illinois 61036
Innkeeper(s): Carol Gebelt

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    The Steamboat House Bed & Breakfast - Galena, IllinoisGuests at The Steamboat House in Galena, Illinois enjoy elegant accommodations in a pre-Civil War mansion.

    This beautifully maintained home was built in 1855 by steamboat captain and mining entrepreneur Daniel Harris.

    Rediscover Relaxation

    Walk to downtown shops and dining from this luxurious Galena inn.

    Enjoy a glass of wine and fine cheeses each night at 5:00, spend time in the garden gazebo, play a game of pool in the billiard room, and savor the 3-course breakfasts.

    The Steamboat House Bed and Breakfast View of InnFive guest suites are available, each featuring a private bath and fireplace. The mansion showcases many antiques and heirloom pieces, but maintains a casual, friendly atmosphere. The meticulous nature of the innkeepers is evident in the spotless rooms and lovely decor. Details such as fresh coffee and tea in the upper main parlor for early morning risers reflect a genuine concern for guest comfort.

    The Steamboat House is open year-round, and is centrally heated and air conditioned. With private off-street guest parking at the mansion, the historic town of Galena is only a short walk away.

    The Steamboat House Bed & Breakfast breakfast tableNowhere is the scenery more inviting than in Galena, where golf courses, shopping, antiques, hiking and biking are only a few of the leisure activities, and where special events are highlighted during each season of the year. Less than 15 minutes from Galena, Mississippi riverboat cruises, and the Diamond Jo Casino are popular attractions.

    Join innkeepers Glen and Char Carlson for a day, a weekend, or a week.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Glen and Char Carlson for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Many reasons, but guests seem to love our location (only 1 1/2 blocks from downtown Galena), the decor, the history of this amazing building, the absolute cleanliness, and the grounds.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for hospitality. Having served over 12,000 guests over the last 14 years, our commitment to our guests’ satisfaction is our first priority. The inn is unique for its wine time (we have a liquor license), and its high style and luxury. What we love about the inn is its history. Susan B Anthony and President US Grant were friends of the owners, and it is one of architect Andrew Jackson Downing’s most well-known designs.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Hard to narrow it down to one, but the main reason has to be the gorgeous scenery and the fact that we have the longest intact historic Main Street in the country.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    One of our guests told me that this is the only place that she could walk around in bare feet and feel really clean; That she felt absolutely at home here.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The topography, the incredible variety of activities and the NINE wineries.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Take a trolley tour, visit any or all of the wineries and breweries, check out the museums, take a riverboat sight-seeing or dinner cruise, ski, golf, horseback ride, hike, bike, shop, antique, tour historic sites and enjoy fine dining!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    All the shops, most restaurants, museums, and historic sites are within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Perry Street Brasserie.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? or

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 rooms. (It is a 7,000 sq ft mansion, but we only rent 5 guestrooms) Guests have lots of rooms, parlors, etc. to enjoy.

    Do you accept pets?

    While we do not accept pets at the inn, Elite Pet Sitting in the area has an amazing facility for visiting pets. No cages -- each pet receives individual attention and lives in her home with the family. She has 3 fenced acres and is very careful of the pets she allows to stay (shot records & vet statement are required; no aggressive or sick dogs).