Great Galena Peddlery (2 reviews)
When in Galena, I make certain to stop by this shop. This is not a tea room, but a tea and spice shop. Although they do not offer tea service, they have among the finest quality teas I have ever had. Unfortunately for Galena visitors, there are no tea rooms in the town any longer. My suggestion is to visit the Great Galena Peddlery, choose a few different varieties of tea, and enjoy them at one of the many great B&Bs or resorts in the area.
This is not a tea room, so there is not an afternoon tea to be served (at least not the last time I was there). I was very saddened by the fact that Bernadine's at the Stillman Inn had closed, the first and best of the tea rooms I've visited. Fortunately, just a few blocks away is one of the best tea merchants I've ever visited. The shop is very quaint and aromatic, brimming with high quality teas, spices, and fragrant herbs. In fact, the tea is among the finest I've ever tasted. My advice is to settle down in one of the many historic B&Bs Galena has to offer, and have your hosts brew a pot of tea using the loose leaves you brought from the Peddlery. There are local bakeries that make scones, and certainly a half pint of lemon curd and cream could be scavanged somewhere. Then enjoy a truly grand experience in the palor from which the same pleasure was probably experienced when the house was built. Bret Bolingbrook, IL