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The village of Peoria Heights boasts quaint shops, miles of hiking trails, an observation tower and scenic Grandview Drive, dubbed by Teddy Roosevelt as the "World's Most Beautiful Drive."

But for many years something was missing from its lineup: lodging. The last hotel, Prospect Heights Hotel, a popular resort for many years, burned to the ground in 1899.

That has changed. A new bed and breakfast called Port Galena Inn, the village's first, opened Wednesday at 4406 Galena Road, right on the Illinois River's seawall to take advantage of the expansive river views.

"I definitely think this is a good addition to Peoria Heights; we have not had a hotel or motel for a long, long time," said Village Administrator Tom Horstmann.

Owners Skip and Judi Beck of Peoria had been kicking around the idea of opening a bed and breakfast in the Heights for years. They love the shops and the ambience the Heights has to offer and felt a bed and breakfast would fit in perfectly with the village's overall theme.

Their idea began to take shape when they found a house on Galena Road, that, built in 1936, sits right on the river, an ideal location for their type of business. But the owner wasn't in any hurry to part with it.

"It took me three years to get him to sell the house," Skip Beck said.

A considerable amount of sweat equity later, the Becks turned the aging home into a relaxing, romantic B&B, where area couples and out-of-town visitors can step away from their busy lives for a bit and experience the river views on private decks.

"Peoria Heights is actually going to have something a little different than just a hotel," Skip Beck said.

The bed and breakfast features four rooms including an executive suite, ranging from $59.90 a night to $200 a night for the suite. Each room has its own deck and lounge chairs and guests can literally hear the water lapping on the seawall.

Other available amenities include scented sheets, a private chef upon request, a fireplace, a wine package, fresh cut flowers and free fresh baked cookies. Guests also can gather in the kitchen for a cup of specialty coffee.

The rooms are Internet accessible and offer cable TV. Since parking is somewhat limited, a courtesy van - even a limo - is available to shuttle guests around the Heights to various eateries or the shops, Beck said.

For those who have gotten into some trouble with their significant others, there's even a "Get Out of the Dog House" package that is sure to win you back some points.

For more information or for a reservation call 966-4406. Corporate rates also are available.

Village Mayor Mark Allen welcomes the new business, and hopes its presence sparks the interest for a hotel to locate in the Heights, possibly in the vacant Cohen's furniture warehouse that the village is marketing.

"It's always neat to have something out of the ordinary that I believe is going to fill a need," Allen said of the bed and breakfast. "The view is excellent. This type of business will appeal to people from out of town or to those who just want to make a night or weekend out of it."

Some things to ask us about:
  • Scented Sheets
  • One of 3 Private Chefs Available Upon Request
  • Fresh Cut Flowers
  • Limo Service / Courtesy Van
  • Cable TV
  • Free Fresh Baked Cookies
  • Internet Accessible
  • Each room has a beautiful view and deck.
Please inform us of any food allergies.
Port Galena is a smoke free environment.