Tierra Linda Bed and Breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tierra Linda Bed and Breakfast Galena
Friendly and inviting atmosphere to cozy in to.
My husband and I were looking for a unique place, in the Galena area, to stay for our honeymoon in October and we thought at first to stay at TierraLinda, but chose the historic log cabins instead. It was the biggest mistake we ever made and RUINED the first two days of our honeymoon due to the fact that we had to find alternative accommodations because of a GROSSLY incosiderate owner; that experience was a HORROR story. After my husband returned home from being over seas in March, we decided to try a "second honeymoon"/ vacation to make up for our past ordeal...this time we chose TierraLinda. Not only was the owner INCREDIBLY personable, but he offered us COMPLETE privacy for the weekend we had booked. We didn't accept this generous offer, but were grateful for that opportunity. Arriving at TierraLinda, we immediately were drawn to the beautiful views and with a warm greeting we received from the owner, we went to unpack our things. The room was FANTASTIC! Real hard wood floors, the most comfortable bed and bedding we've ever slept on, and a deep victorian style tub. The room was cozy and romantic, but primarily comfortable...no problems falling asleep here. Although we had our daily excursions to the Galena shops and Dubuque River Museum, we truly couldn't wait to get back and sit in front of the fire or cuddle outside looking at the views or soaking in the tub reading a book. The owner was very considerate of our privacy, but we found ourselves looking forward to his company....every now and then. We can't wait to go back! Not only did we FINALLY have the ultimate romantic and spicy honeymoon we dreamed of, but we also had the best salsa ever....made fresh by the owner. :)
A serene escape for nature lovers--excellent!
Actually, we've been to Tierra Linda (Beautiful Earth in Spanish) seven times. We keep going back because it's the loveliest, most serene place we've ever found in Illinois to escape from routine, relax and surround ourselves with glorious nature. The Victorian farmhouse's guestrooms are comfortable and cozy and the breakfasts yummy (sometimes eaten al fresco) and lovingly prepared by host Armando Villa, but the real reasons we to go to Tierra Linda are the tranquility and beauty of the land, gorgeous any time of year. What's to do? Mostly nothing. That's the beauty of this place. Swing in a hammock, hike the surrounding woods, build a bonfire, enjoy the birds and butterflies, read a book, ride a bike, swim, kayak, fish and spot frogs and turtles in the nearby pond, listen to the waterfall, let your dog run free (it's dog-friendly) and soak up the splendor of the cedars and cottonwoods, prairie grasses, wildflowers, sunrises, sunsets, planets and stars. The shops, galleries and restaurants of downtown Galena are a few miles away by winding country road, so the "action" is not too far if you want some of that. But Tierra Linda is secluded. And it's definitely not a lace doilies and tea cozies B & B. No chintz love seats and flower arrangements in crystal vases at Beautiful Earth. Just peace, comfort, relaxation, clean air, open vistas, good food, good conversation with Armando and a place to refresh your soul.
Wedding Anniversary Weekend Getaway
This is my first review, so I apoligize if I start rambling on....My wife and I spent a wonderful weekend at Tierra Linda celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary. I did alot of searching on BnB in the Galena area and as a result of my procrastination, a few of my top choices were completely booked...however I was forwarded a website from my brother's neighbor about a BnB in Galena that is just inside town but off the main path. As soon as I saw the main page, I knew that this would be perfect for us. Armando, the owner, was there to great us upon our arrival (Very Important to follow his directions on the website and not Yahoo or MapQuest). Armando is great to talk with and his hospitality is top notch. Make sure that he makes his salsa for you down by the beach. When we saw the house for the first time, I was not sure what to expect, it was not exactly what I pictured a BnB home to look like but the inside and everything else about Tierra Linda overwelms that first impression. Inside the house is great wood floors, a sitting area to read, and excellent photo's that Armand has taken. Our room (El SOL) was great, it was a very, very comfortable queen bed and also had a private bath and shower...plus a fan that kept us very cool. The only time that we spent in the house was to either sleep or enjoy the great breakfast that Armando cooked (save some bacon for the puppies). The majority of our time at Tierra Linda was spent on the beach around the fire pit. Armando has done a remarkable job with the property...his love for nature and the work that he has done to preserve the area is phenominal. The sand on the beach is magnificant and the water in the lake is the cleanist. Make sure that you walk on the bridge over to the small island...very intersting walk. Watching the huge catfish eat is quite a sight. Once you walk thru the woods on the many trails you truly feel like you are lost in another world...I can not wait to see the amphitheater when its done. The best part of the trip though has to be sitting at night next to the fire pit on the beach and looking up at the stars. It is so clear that you can watch satelites and also see a shooting star or two (don't mistake the fireflies for shooting stars). The bull frogs will sing along with the other creatures around the pond. We also had a great time in town doing shopping and eating at a few resturants (Benjamins, Fried Green Tomatoe, and another small Vodka bar). The popcorn store was alos great...alot of samples and unique combinations of spices. Overall we had a wonderful time. I can not give the beauty of Tierra Linda enough justice... If you are looking for a fancy, extravegaent meals, type of BnB...Tierra Linda is not for you....but if you have dogs, love nature, and want to experince a relaxing, peaceful time, then give Tierra Linda a chance.
Great country spot for city families
Confession: I've known TierraLinda's owner Armando for many years since we were colleagues in a previous professional life. So I was delighted but not surprised to discover what a lovely spot he has carved out of the Galena countryside.
Armando took an old dairy farm and turned it into an slightly ramshackle but wonderful oasis. You'll find a comfy house with two or three clean, airy guest rooms. Even though they lacked the firetruck sirens, traffic noise, and bus fumes of our city home, we somehow slept great! (My daughter took about five baths a day in the clawfoot tub.) Woke up to Armando's fine breakfast and considered the day's options: Hike the woods and creeks and prairies of TierraLinda and adjacent lands? Swim, fish, boat, sunbathe in the sublime pond Armando created complete with island and footbridge and frogs and turtles? Loaf in a hammock, nap, read? Listen to and look for the amazing diversity of bird life at TL? I did it all. I even caught a half-dozen fish, proving to doubters that I really AM smarter than a bluegill.
As a dad, I think TL is a great place to bring young kids. You can just open the door and let the kids run! They won't get lost and they won't get hit by a bus. They can explore the grounds and woods and pond and cozy little beach. My kid was so happy to just explore on her own. Armando has his dogs---I'm NOT a dog person---but they minded their own business. Armando takes care of everything. You can make a wood fire and have a BBQ--we did. Afterward as it got dark, the fireflies lit up the land, and the stars filled the night sky.
My trip advise? Spend some time at Tierra Linda.
My wife and I wanted to take an island vacation similar to our honeymoon in Cozumel. The problems were several: 1) we only had 10 days, 2) it was Summer and weather can be big problem in Island country, and 3) we are insanely in love with our 75 lb dog and feel sick whenever we are forced to leave her.
I stumbled on Tierra Linda's website (a must see if you are considering a stay). The price was so reasonable that we boooked both rooms for the entire 10 days (to assure complete privacy) and the 3 of us made the short drive.
The water was pristine. My wife caught a 5lb largemouth in her bikini....I kid you not, you could fit your fist in its mouth. But the fishing was just an extra. This place is all about floating on the floaties and sitting by the fires. I mean do the math... sun, water, a great beach (it is true), your dog, Armando's salsas and a constant fire burning day and night....did I say a fridge is three steps away....oh yeah you also have Galena....personally we never made it to town but I hear it has nice restaurants and such...
Not to get to strange on you, but watching our dog run and swim and just be a dog was an great experience...not that you need a dog to love this place, but if you have one it is that much better.
It really is hard to believe this place is in Illinois. We invited friends to come out and visit and several came...some for the day and others camped, i.e., they fell asleep on the beach. Armando was cool with visitors after all, "you paid for Tierra Linda to do as you choose."
Armando is very cool and a bit eccentric. But he will spend as much or as little time around as you want him to. Make sure he makes the salsas. But this place isn't about the service, it is about the place....oh yeah, Armando feeds the catfish at dusk and you will never forget it...25-50 big cats (3 albinos) splashing around in the water...unreal.
Anyway, if you are in driving distance and are looking for an easy getaway this is a no brainer...and the beauty of it is very few people have discovered it....
Finally, to put it in perspective...we just got back from a week in Negril at BeachHouse Villas and it was absolutely perfect - the sunsets and waterfalls and a place directly on the beach to ourselves - you have to go...all that being the truth, Tierra Linda was better...it wasn't even close.
Most fantastical, whimsical, beautiful place, owner and puppies
My husband and I needed a weekend away from our hectic schedules, so we chose Galena. He wanted to go to a B&B downtown, but as soon as I found TierraLinda on the internet, I knew that was where we needed to be. Just 5 miles from downtown, but it's such an escape from all the commercial kitsch. The owner, Armando, is so interesting and such a warm and inviting host. He has the cutest airdale puppies, not to mention the chickens, who provide the most delicious breakfast eggs. The grounds surrounding the house are incredibly peaceful and gorgeous, with a pond, a bridge to a tiny island, the woods, filled with morels at the time we were there, a sandy beach, great places for kids of any age to play, and much, much more natural beauty. It inspired me to draw the many trees, the waterfalls tucked away in the woods, and the beautiful pond and bridge. My husband totally agreed -- he tired quickly of all the shopping downtown, and was so happy to have this wonderful space to relax in. The rooms were adorable -- La Luna y El Sol. The decor was fantastic and eclectic. I appreciated all the original art on the walls, including some really cool photographs of Chicago, some by our host, Armando, who is a professional photographer, but very humble about it. Having never been to Galena before, I was so captured by it, I can't wait till our next opportunity to return.
Peaceful & Relaxing!
This is where you want to stay if you need to get away for the weekend! Very relaxing and full of wonderful sounds of nature. Don't waste your time if you only need a bed for the night, you will want to enjoy all Tierra Linda has to offer; swimming, fishing or just reading abook in a hammock listening to the orchesta of bullfrogs or the trickle of water from the springs. You can even hit the shops in Galena for a few hours and come back and grill over an open fire on the beach. I have even thought of staying in the winter since it is so close to Chestnut mountain Ski Resort but a a more reasonable rate to spend the night.
If you need a weekend away from trafic, the stress of the work week, I highly reccomend!
Tierra Linda - Relaxation!
Great place to take your dog! Our dog was able to run around the grounds off leash and stay with us.
The property is beautiful with private walking trails and private pond. A great place to go and relax.
Armondo is a great host. He had a bonfire waiting for us when we got there along with the other guests. His homemade salsa is excellent!
TierraLinda is pure magic
My wife and I have been to TierraLinda (TL) several times now. We are from Chicago and things get pretty hectic and stressful in our daily lives. There is no better retreat from the mechanics and electronics of a city than TL. It is pure nature.
TierraLinda has been the perfect escape for me, Nancy and Archie, our dog. TL is not your typical Bed and Breakfast. It is much better.
It is 12 acres (or is it 11) of pure bliss. Armando, the owner has built so much character into TL. From the natural Spring Filled pond (1 Acre and a great swim) to the mowed paths through the hilly woodside, TL takes all of your worries away.
Owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. Archie had the time of his life running around for three days and eating Armando's signature Chicken Soup for "Da Puppies".
No words can really even do TL justice. It is simply a place to let yourself "BE".
The rooms and house are clean and Armando cooks an excellent breakfast.
I made a video of TierraLinda after my first stay several years ago. The link is below if you want to see it.
TL is truly one of those places that when you discover it, it becomes a part of you forever. We will be coming back for year and years to come.
Tranquility, beauty, quiet
Tierra Linda is aptly named -- Beautiful Earth. My children and I love it there, and adore the proprietor. With only two rooms (very comfortable beds and private bathrooms) in a charming old farmhouse, an idyllic pond that is perfect for swimming, fishing, or enjoying a bonfire on the beach, and trails through the woods next to a meandering stream, it is a perfect get-away for anyone who wants a break in the country. Once you're there it hardly seems worth the effort to go to the shops in Galena. It is much more fun to buy some steaks or catch some bluegills and cook there. No TV is heaven for me -- it's much nicer to listen to the bullfrogs and birds, or chat with the owner about the meaning of life. Winter is lovely, too, with a fire in the gorgeous potbelly stove in the living room, skating on the pond, and a short trip to an excellent ski hill.
Thankfully, this place is not for everyone. If you want to watch HBO at night and go shopping during the day, there are motels in town. If you want to experience nature and totally relax, actually spending time with your loved ones, then Tierra Linda is probably the nicest option in the county.
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