Turning fortunes
Galena, Illinois, USA


The inside track

Husbands and business partners Robert and Douglas Mahan are the sixth owners of the Aldrich Guest House, a charming heritage bed and breakfast property in Galena.  By mixing modern conveniences, great homemade food, refined decor and service that is intuitive and professional yet unobtrusive, they’ve been able to become the leaders in the next generation of bed and breakfasts.


Take a trolley-car tour of the town’s architecture; it’s a great way to familiarise yourself with the lay of the land and get some great insights into the place’s rich and fascinating history.


Take a tour of Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. They’ll give you a comprehensive look at how they turn locally sourced grains into high-quality spirits using their custom, hand made copper still. Then sample the results in the bar.


Explore Galena’s history deeper at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum which is housed in an Italianate mansion, holding numerous artefacts from the country’s bloody history.