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Cannabis Friendly Lodging in Galena, Illinois

**PLEASE NOTE: The Potting Shed will be available starting January 1, 2020 when recreational marijuana is officially legal in Illinois. Until then, the consumption of recreational cannabis remains illegal where we are. However, you are very much encouraged to make your reservations now for after January 1, 2020!**

Check back often as photos will be updated as the Potting Shed is constructed and finished!
First things first: THERE IS NO SMOKING INSIDE THE MAIN HOUSE!  Rooms won't smell like pot.  You won't get a contact high.  And you won't have to worry about failing a drug test since there's NO SMOKING IN THE MAIN HOUSE!  Now that that's out of the way, let's move on to the fun stuff!
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Galena's First and Only!

We are Galena's first and only cannabis friendly bed and breakfast! Between the two of us, we have 50 years of experience in the hospitality and service industry and we think we've done a pretty great job of making Aldrich Guest House a great place for you.

For our cannabis consumers, we have built a Potting Shed (see what we did there?) for you to enjoy your cannabis while you're here. This is separate from the house so that we don't bother guests who do not wish to be around it – there's room for everyone in the world!

And did we say ‘shed'?! Really, it should be called a tiny house since it's got some comfy furniture, a TV for streaming funny YouTube videos, heat/AC, and there's even a snack bar in it because we all know food is a completely different experience when high. We got your back!

And here's the nitty gritty that we have to put in so that we're all on the same page:

– Please only consume in the Potting Shed...afterall, no one wants to upset other guests.
– Due to State Law, smoking indoors is prohibited...but you can smoke outside of the potting shed and then chill inside!
– When you return to the main house and/or your room, please be respectful of other guests – if it's late, be quiet. If you're in the throes of a giggle fit, get your laughing self back out to the Potting Shed til you get yourself under control.
– We have awesome neighbors and we'd like to keep them awesome. No, this doesn't mean offer them some of your green goodies (save your sharing for each other and your innkeepers *wink* *wink*), but it does mean to respect them, their property, and their privacy.
– The Potting Shed is for Aldrich Guest House guests only. Galena is super friendly and you're bound to make friends while you're out and about, but if you want to burn one with them, unfortunately you'll have to either get them to stay with us or find another place to do it.
– And if we missed anything, this should cover it: be cool and have fun, but don't be a jerk.  Wondering if doing something would make you a jerk?  Err on the side of caution and don't do it.

Here are more answers to some FAQs

Q: What is ‘Cannabis Friendly Lodging'?
A: Cannabis Friendly Lodging allows those guests who wish to consume cannabis to do so. All cannabis friendly lodging facilities are not created equal, so read on to see why we're the top choice!

Q: Is Aldrich Guest House the only cannabis friendly lodging in Galena?
A: We are both the first and only cannabis friendly lodging in Galena. And with the introduction of The Potting Shed, we are certain that even if others copy us, we'll have the most comfortable set up both for those who do and do not wish to consume.

Q: What is The Potting Shed?
A: The Potting Shed makes Aldrich Guest House the first and only 420 friendly lodging in Galena and is the only place that cannabis consumption is allowed at Aldrich Guest House. It is more of a ‘tiny house' than a shed, but you have to admit, ‘The Potting Shed' is a pretty clever name, don't you think?

The Potting Shed is a separate building from the main house. It is fully climate controlled, has comfy furniture, free and fast WiFi, and a television so you can cast your favorite cat videos from YouTube because man those are way funnier when you're high! There is also a paid ‘honor bar' for snacks...chips, chocolate, peanuts, dried cranberries, and other things so you can make your own combination of yummy high food.

The goal with The Potting Shed is to be a cannabis friendly lodging option without disturbing those who don't wish to partake. Being physically separate from the house, it gives privacy in a legal, comfortable environment for those who want to enjoy cannabis while respecting the preference of guests who prefer to refrain.

Q: Why did you decide to be cannabis friendly?

A: We treat cannabis like alcohol. We have guests that enjoy alcohol and guests that don't. Those who don't, aren't required or pressured to imbibe. Same with cannabis. When it comes to alcohol, we provide wine glasses in the rooms, a corkscrew, wine for sale, and we even have drinks for our guests every day. Just like making it convenient for guests to enjoy alcohol responsibly, we make it easy, and comfortable for guests to consume cannabis responsibly and in a legal setting in The Potting Shed. Just one more fun amenity we can provide for our guests!
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Q: So are you just for stoners now?

A: No way - we're for everyone who wants an excellent place to stay in Galena!  Our priority is, always has been, and always will be making sure that first and foremost we're a great bed and breakfast - we just happen to be cannabis friendly. We have gone to great effort to construct The Potting Shed to make sure that there is room for everyone to enjoy their stay here. Plus, not too many stereotypical ‘stoners' are staying with us....although they are welcome too!
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Q: If they're not ‘stoners', then who are the guests consuming cannabis while staying with you?

A: There is a huge range, but most are probably much like yourself. Young, old, novice, experienced, medical users, recreational users, parents, grandparents, and the list goes on. Many have possibly utilized cannabis for some time but you never knew because they had to keep it on the down low. You might be surprised at who enjoys cannabis and hey, you may even learn something from someone different from you.
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Q: Can guests consume cannabis anywhere at Aldrich Guest House?

Q: Can guests consume cannabis anywhere at Aldrich Guest House?
A: No, The Potting Shed is the only designated area for cannabis consumption.

SMOKING AND VAPING OF ANY KIND IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN THE MAIN HOUSE INCLUDING GUESTROOMS, SCREENED-IN PORCH, AND COMMON AREAS!

Anyone found violating this rule will be removed from the property without a refund and will incur a $250 cleaning fee - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Q: What methods of consumption can I enjoy in The Potting Shed?
A: Guests are invited to enjoy edibles, dry herb vaping (our personal favorite method!), as well as vaping concentrates.  If you set it on fire, do that on the patio behind the Potting Shed then feel free to chill inside.

Q: Do you provide equipment for vaping/smoking?
A: Yes, we provide a selection of clean glass pipes, one-hitters, and wrapping papers. Additionally, dry herb vapes are available for rent.

Q: Can you smoke cannabis or tobacco in The Potting Shed?
A: The State of Illinois has stipulations on where tobacco smoking is allowed and smoking cannabis falls under those rules. As of right now, any method of consumption that requires combustion (ie. joints, bongs, pipes, etc.) must be outside on the patio behind The Potting Shed. Tobacco smoking is never allowed indoors anywhere at Aldrich Guest House.

Q: Can anyone use The Potting Shed?
A: Only guests of Aldrich Guest House are able to utilize The Potting Shed which will have its own key. If you make friends with anyone not staying here, tell them that next time they should stay with us.

Q: Do you sell cannabis to your guests?
A: No - we are a bed and breakfast that happens to be cannabis friendly, not a dispensary. But, we are more than happy to point you in the direction of the nearest dispensary.

Q: Why do you have to be 21 years or older to stay at Aldrich Guest House?
A: Illinois law makes it an offense to consume cannabis around anyone under the age of 21. To make sure that guests don't unintentionally break the law, all guests must be over the age of 21.


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Q: Aren't you worried about people being loud and rowdy or disrespectful?
A: No, not in the least. There is a joke: Five drunk people get into a bar fight. Five high people start a band!

Seriously though, alcohol has been around for a very long time and we've been serving it for almost as long as we've been owners of Aldrich Guest House and have yet to encounter a problem from guests being loud, rude, or disrespectful and we fully expect cannabis to follow suit.

Should any problems arise, they will be dealt with appropriately regardless if they are alcohol or cannabis related. Respect other guests, respect yourself, respect our neighbors, and please respect us and you'll see that the sandbox is big enough for everyone to play!

Q: Do you allow any drugs other than cannabis or alcohol?
A: Absolutely not. We have a zero tolerance policy for illicit drugs. Violation of this policy will result in your removal from the property by law enforcement without a refund.  

**If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or send us a message and we'll be happy to help out!

– Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers/Owners