Pet Friendly Lodging in Galena, Illinois

by Joy Uyeno

Galena, Illinois, attracts travelers who want to enjoy the old-town charm of the town's main street, the area's skiing and snowboarding attractions or the three local wineries. While many house rentals are pet-friendly in Galena, just a handful of smaller-scale lodging exists; however, each is inspired by the area's natural beauty and laid-back appeal.

Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort

Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort is on the 6,800 acres of land that comprise the Galena Territory. The inn offers 80 guest rooms and more than 300 one- to eight-bedroom villas and houses. According to the pet travel website Bring Fido, the resort has a limited number of pet-friendly guest accommodations, with dogs up to 25 lbs. allowed at the main lodge and dogs up to 50 lbs. allowed in the rental homes for a one-time fee of $75. Guests may also take advantage of the resort's four championship golf courses, Stonedrift Spa, indoor pool with retractable roof, hot air balloon rides, horse stables, hiking and biking trails, and boating and fishing on Lake Galena. Eagle Ridge was recognized as one of the top 100 resort golf courses by Golfweek.

Allen's Log Cabin Guest House

Allen's Log Cabin Guest House is made up of five log cabins originally constructed in the 1800s. Each has been updated with hot tubs, functional fireplaces and flat screen TVs. According to Bring Fido, up to three dogs of any size are allowed for $25 per stay. Guests are greeted with a continental breakfast upon arrival. Allen's Log Cabin Guest House uses eco-friendly practices with the ultimate goal of implementing renewable resources for all their energy needs.

Tierra Linda

Tierra Linda is a farmhouse bed and breakfast five miles from Galena's center. Two guest rooms are dressed in traditional farmhouse style with wooden floors and quilt covered beds. One of the rooms, La Luna, features an antique clawfoot tub. Friendly dogs are allowed at a rate of $20 per dog, per night. Male dogs must be neutered. The bed and breakfast offers dog sitting services.

Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast is comprised of a Victorian mansion, a cottage and a studio condominium. The rooms in the main house each take on their own personality with classic Victorian decor including lace curtains and floral curtains. All but one of the rooms has a double whirlpool tub, and they all feature working fireplaces. The 570-square-foot cottage includes a galley kitchen, fireplace and heated bathroom floors. The condo includes a kitchen and whirlpool for two. All guests are welcome to the six-course country breakfast each morning. Two dogs of any size are welcome for a one-time $25 fee.

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.