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Main Street Galena
Galena's historic Main Street, named "Best Main Street in the Midwest" by Midwest Living magazine, curves past nearly 100 19th-century storefronts. Galena looks much as it did during the time of the Civil War, although now the historic red brick buildings are home to charming boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Galena is also known for its cozy lodgings, with quaint bed and breakfasts dotting the picturesque hillsides surrounding the town.
Galena Cellars Vineyard
The Lawlor family proudly offers tours and tastings of more than 40 award-winning wines at its Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery. Take a vineyard tour, then kick back with a glass of wine on the veranda. Galena Cellars also has a tasting room on Main Street in Galena, housed in a beautiful brick 1840s grain storehouse with a shaded wine patio.
Route 75 Garage Sale
Travel Highway 75 for great garage sales, yard sales, and rummage sales along the highway and in each of the villages. Plus shop at local stores including Rock Run Peddler, The Empty Attic, and Country Cheese. 40 miles along Route 75 in the villages of Dakota, Rock City, Davis, Durand, and Rockton. Maps available.
Apple River Fort State Historic Site
Apple River Fort State Historic Site, located in Elizabeth, Illinois, is the site of one of the battles fought during the Black Hawk War. Black Hawk and his 200 warriors attacked the hastily erected fort on June 24, 1832. His story and that of the early settlers are told.
Galena Girlfriends' Getaway
Get your best girlfriends together for a weekend in Galena they will never forget. Start planning your itinerary now for this fun-filled weekend with amazing food, lodging specials, spa pampering, wine tastings, pub crawl and more. Pre-register for a Girlfriends goody bag and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $200 Galena shopping spree! Pre-registration saves your spot for the weekend and includes Quartermania, belly dancing classes, a slipper party and Sunday brunch.
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Full-service, 120-unit resort 8 miles southeast of Galena on a wooded palisade overlooking the Mississippi. One of the Midwest's top-rated ski/snowboard resorts: 19 trails, 475-foot vertical drop, half-mile runs, nine lifts, seven-acre terrain park. Indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, miniature golf, Alpine slide, Mississippi cruises, skiing/snowboard programs, on-site restaurants, lounge.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Enjoy a dinner of rustic Italian dishes (and be sure to try the signature tomatoes) at Fried Green Tomatoes, a romantic restaurant housed in a historic downtown Galena building. The restaurant features an award-winning wine list recognized by Wine Spectator. Reservations recommended.
DeSoto House Hotel
Stay the night at the DeSoto House Hotel on Galena’s Main Street, which dates back to 1855 and is Illinois’ oldest operating hotel. The DeSoto has hosted such notable guests as Abraham Lincoln (who spoke from a hotel balcony to the assembled crowd below) and served as the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant. The hotel features 55 Victorian-style guest rooms, three restaurants and boutiques.
The Inn at Irish Hollow
Called “deliciously rustic” by the New York Times, Irish Hollow is located on 500 rolling acres in the Galena countryside on the site of a former whistle stop. The accommodations include rooms at the historic inn, as well as private English-style cottages with beautiful gardens. Indulge in a massage or hike the miles of trails that pass by a 1,300-acre nature preserve. Irish Hollow is known for its gourmet country breakfasts and dinners made with seasonal ingredients from its own organic gardens.
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
At Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa go golfing on one of four championship courses, horseback riding along hilly wooded trails, boating on the sapphire waters of Lake Galena, or soaring over the countryside in a hot air balloon with Galena on the Fly. Relax in the luxury of the resort’s Stonedrift Spa with a pampering massage. Eagle Ridge offers a wide variety of lodging that ranges from traditional inn rooms to golf villas and distinctive homes.
Annie Wiggins Ghost Tours
Join us for the original ghost tour of Galena's sites, cemeteries and famous ghostly tales. Costumed guide. Reservations recommended.
Timber Lake Resort
Seven cabins open year round. Relax at the cabin, or enjoy the views of scenic Northwestern Illinois. New one and two bedroom cabins, sleep six, full bath, kitchenette, AC, TV, porches.
CITY: Mount Carroll
Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
This Italianate home was presented to U.S. Grant in 1865 and opened to the public in 1904. Furnishings original.
Mississippi Explorer Cruises at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Jump aboard Mississippi Explorer's latest 1.5-hour cruise. Experience the magical splendor of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge.
Great Galena Balloon Race
A spectacular three-day event with more than 20 hot air balloons. Observe the balloons taking flight in two balloon races and lighting up the night with glow extravaganzas. Stroll through a car show, enjoy live music, and participate in activities for the whole family. The Friday night Alefest boasts more than two hundred varieties of Ales and spirits.
Galena Carriage Co.
Take in the charm of Galena's 19th-century architecture while relaxing in a horse drawn carriage. Historic carriage rides, dinner rides, romance and roses rides. Seasonal sleigh rides. Reservations recommended.
Galena Nouveau Wine Festival
Downtown Galena comes alive with the release of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery's Nouveau Wine. A traditional French stew, paired with Nouveau wine is served at most local restaurants, followed by horse-drawn wagon deliveries down Main Street. Take your choice of various downtown locations for one of the afternoon wine and cheese parties or plan to celebrate with all of them.
Seven Eagles Cabins
Both cabins have air & heat and each has its own private shower and rest room. Each cabin has a picnic table and fire pit, and best of all - firewood. Linen and towels are included with the rental. One cabin has a Queen Size bed and loft area with table and chairs. The other cabin has a full size and a single bed with a loft area. Our log cabins are nested next to The Great River Bike Path and hundreds of acres of Illinois Fish and Wildlife Reserve that offers excellent fishing, bird watching, hunting, biking, hiking, and wildlife enjoyment.
Galena Trolley Tours
City tours of Galena, tour of homes and nightly ghost tour. Group services and charters. Original tour company since 1988.
Night of the Luminaria
Be a part of one of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. The streets, steps and sidewalks of Galena come alive with nearly 5,000 candle-lit luminaries at dusk. Take a special luminaria trolley ride, be a part of a pub crawl, or just stroll through the streets for this enchanted view.
Aldrich Guest House
Walk the floors shared by Lincoln and Grant in this 1845 home. Stroll the gardens where Grant trained his troops. Relax in the screened porch or in the cozy parlor. Walking distance to Main Street, our inn has 5 beautifully decorated guest rooms, several with fireplaces and views of our garden.
Galena River Trail
Scenic biking and hiking along a six-mile trail featuring beautiful views of the Galena River and towering bluffs.
Music Under the Stars
Enjoy music under the stars while the Freeport Concert Band performs at the Koenig Outdoor Performance Amphitheater in lovely Krape Park. Sunday nights: June 16, 23, 30,July: 7, 14, and 21.
Route 75 Garage Sales
Travel Highway 75 for great garage sales, yard sales and rummage sales along the highway and in each of the villages. Plus, shop at local stores including Rock Run Peddler, The Empty Attic and County Cheese. Maps are available. See our website for more information.
Aaron's Cottages & Cabins at the Goldmoor
Luxurious cottages and cabins on the magnificent Goldmoor estate overlooking the Mississippi River and featuring elite amenities, dining, spa services and beautiful gardens.
One Eleven Main
Great chefs working with local producers to provide the flavor of Galena's culinary past, present and future. Local flavor cuisine.
The Nest at Palisades Cabins
The Nest at Palisades Cabins offer secluded luxury cabins designed to provide charm, quiet luxury and romance. We’re located on a wooded acreage high above the Mississippi River minutes from Savanna, the Palisades State Park and an easy 20 minute drive to Galena.
Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum
Experience railroading during its glory days at a former link for the Chicago Great Western Railway from Chicago, Illinois to Oelwein, Iowa by taking a tour through our extensive collection of railway memorabilia. See a full-size caboose, both G-scale and HO-scale operating model railroads and artifacts of northwestern Illinois railroads.
The Cottage On Lake Galena
A spectacular 2-bedroom/2.5-bath lakeside cottage in Galena Territory. Private, romantic, pristine and upscale. Hot tubs, sound systems, three stone fireplaces. Enjoy Eagle Ridge Resort amenities. See our website photos to appreciate.
Galena On The Fly, Inc.
Hot air balloon rides sunrise and sunset daily. Reservations required. Gift certificates available. Groups welcome. Call for pricing and information.
Mt. Carroll Mayfest
Held on the campus of Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. Continuous headline music on the main stage, juried art show, classic car show, unique art vendors, antique appraisal fair, kids activities & more!
CITY: Mount Carroll
The Country English Cottages
Cottage gardens, hiking trails, lavish candlelight dinners, delivered gourmet breakfast, all-natural farm, gorgeously English countryside surroundings, hot stone therapy massage and exquisite amenities create the perfect pampered experience.
Italianate 1857 mansion. Victorian furnishings, Liberace's estate items, 'Gone With the Wind' green drapes. Guided tours. Dowling House combo available.
Galena's Secret Getaway
Galena's Secret Getaway offers top-of-the-line accommodations with a feeling that's just like home. Beautiful 4-bedroom/3.5-bath home, nestled in the woods near The General golf course. Great for retreats, girls' weekends, family gatherings.
Shenandoah Riding Center
Experience the beautiful, scenic Galena outdoors atop a horse! Our center offers knowledgeable staff, well-trained horses in a lovely setting.
Miss Kitty's Grape Escape
Located in the heart of downtown Galena, this is a great place to relax and unwind. Enjoy wine, specialty martinis and craft beers. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays, Bloody Mary bar Saturdays and Quiz Show Sundays. Gourmet apps until 1 a.m.
The Galena Farmhouse
Experience country life in this large, updated country farmhouse on 8 acres; six bedrooms, three baths. Perfect for family gatherings or a romantic weekend getaway. All bedding, towels, dishes provided. Weber grill. Big screen/HD satellite TVs. Internet access. Minutes from Galena.
Galena Brewing Company
Bringing back Galena's historic brewing history, the Galena Brewing Company is serving up several standard brews as well as seasonal varieties. The restaurant focuses on their beer tastings, tapas dishes, soups and sandwiches. Before, or after, you dine participate in a brewery tour or stick around for live music at night.
High on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, these uniquely built log cabins can sleep six and are situated right next to the Mississippi Palisades State Park with nature trails connecting the two. Cabins have 1 or 2 lofts and are open year round.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson - Galena
Stay at one of Galena's finest hotels, offering 75 rooms including specialty suites. Complimentary continental-plus breakfast. Indoor waterpark featuring 72-foot waterslide, whirlpool, wading pool/frog waterslide. Free Wi-Fi.
Pinder Pottery Inc.
Unique hand-thrown stoneware pottery. See website for class schedule and show listings. Open by appointment.
Black Hawk Lodge
A beautiful vacation home located on a wooded lot with great views in the Galena Territory. Sleeps 10 (one king, four queens, one queen sofa sleeper, two twin futons), satellite TV, game room with electronic darts, foosball, arcade video game.
Galena Main Street Walking Tours with General Grant
Partake in an one-hour tour with one of Galena's most notable citizens, General Ulysses S. Grant, and explore the historic highlights of this award-winning Main Street. The tour also features the 'Field of Dreams' movie locations that were captured in downtown Galena. Reservations are not required to join in the tour.
Walnut Hill House
Beautiful 3-bedroom/3-bath home on the North Course at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Gorgeous views, huge deck, screened porch, four TVs, access to semi-private Walnut Hill pool.
Mississippi Palisades State Park
Untouched by glaciers that left their mark elsewhere in the state, this park is rich with rock formations carved by erosion. The park features pileated woodpeckers, migratory waterfowl and other wildlife species.
Enchanting Linmar Gardens is nestled in a hillside overlooking the historic town of Galena. The secluded 3.5-acre garden is situated on natural outcroppings which have been enhanced with hand-built terraces. Meander on a guided tour along paths through a collection vibrant annual and perennial flowers including hostas, viburnums, conifers, grasses and daylilies.
The Birds Nest
The Birds Nest is a newer vacation home in The Galena Territory; three bedrooms/three bathrooms, pull-out couch and futon. Stargazing area, two decks, screened porch, washer/dryer. Multi-night discounts.
The Galena Antique Mall
More than 55 dealers: antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, old toys. Two miles east of Galena.
The Twilight River Cruises
See the beauty of the Mississippi from the deck of a real, old-time riverboat. Relax, unwind and recharge!
CITY: Scales Mound
Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site
Washburne was a popular congressman/friend of Lincoln and Grant. Grant's election news was received in the library via telegraph.
The Old Blacksmith Shop
Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges. Original tools/equipment and an on-site historian. Gift shop: Galena-forged items.
Long Hollow Scenic Overlook
This scenic overlook, located along the Great River Road on U.S. Hwy. 20, includes picnic tables, shelters and restrooms. Perfect place for photos to be taken as you can see a spectacular view of Jo Daviess County's rolling countryside.
This beautiful Freeport park offers an antique carousel, waterfall, seasonal duck pond, miniature golf course, 18-hole disc golf course, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a quarter mile nature trail, paddle boats, canoes, fishing, hiking, biking, a performance amphitheater, gardens, picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds including "Kid's Kastle", and sledding in the winter. The Yellow Creek Adventure Golf Course (miniature golf) is open daily from Memorial Day thru Labor Day from Noon to Dusk. The Disc Golf Course is open during regular park hours and is free to play. The carousel is open prior to Memorial Day on weekends from Noon to Dusk and from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it is open daily from Noon to Dusk. Yellow Creek boat rentals, including the duck paddle boats or the larger swan boat, are available daily from Memorial Day thru Labor Day weekend from Noon to Dusk. Park attractions are open seasonally; call ahead to confirm availability of specific attractions.
Magnificent full-service inn celebrating more than 30 years of hospitality. Featuring elite amenities, dining and spa services in a romantic setting overlooking the Mississippi River.
7th Annual Galena Oktoberfest
Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverage.
Galena Cellars Vineyard Lodging
Galena Cellars offers a one-bedroom suite and a two-bedroom house overlooking their vineyard. Come visit this unique country setting in 'The Napa Valley of the Midwest.'
Galena Clay Works
You'll find handmade functional wares and sculptural forms at Galena Clay Works. Pottery is made and sold at this funky two-story studio - from Cups to crazyware, sculpture and Galena pottery.
Adventure Creek Alpaca & Goldendoodle Farm
The Netzel's will show you their prized alpaca farm. Their alpacas are quiet, stately, regal animals that are friendly to people - especially to smaller children. While there, make sure to meet Quincy, a TV star. Take one of the alpacas for a walk or learn about their lives. Or come down to the farm just to say hello to the alpacas and goldendoodles.
Avery Guest House
Enjoy lodging in our 1848 bed-and-breakfast. Park your vehicle and stroll the two blocks to shopping, sites and restaurants. Full breakfast and a home-baked dessert in the evening. Reduced rates Sunday-Thursday.
Annie Wiggins Guest House
This romantic 1846 mansion welcomes you to its whispers of the past and its unique historical experience. Beautiful new luxurious bathrooms, finest linens and antiques, yet casual and comfortable.
Visit the beautifully designed annual & perennial gardens at the Goldmoor Estates. Self-guided tours may be taken of the constantly blooming gardens and the meandering grounds are perfect for walking or lounging in our comfortable Adirondack chairs, sipping wine and admiring the sunset over the grand Mississippi River.
Main Street Inn
Located in the original Standard Cigar Company building (ca.1850), the family-operated Main Street Inn has six luxurious rooms that provide an ambiance of 1850’s Galena’s historic Main Street.
Join birding trips that travel to the banks of the Mississippi River, and through mature woodlands and open meadows. Tours last approximately 2-1/2 hours, and depart on selected Saturdays from the Old Train Depot.
Fever River Outfitters
Fever River rents canoes, kayaks, bicycles, scooters, snowshoes, cross-country skis, stand up paddle boards and sells boats, sports gear and apparel.
Aalto's Station House Cottages at Irish Hollow
Delivered gourmet breakfast by a wood burning fireplace, hiking trails, a relaxing massage, seasonal packages, beautiful gardens, seven-course candlelight dinners, lush furnishings and amenities, all nestled in a gorgeous countryside setting.
Gallery Guest Suite
Private 3-room suite in the heart of Galena's historic district. Private parking. Living room, private bath, one bedroom, kitchenette and deck. Period furnishings. Elevator to Main Street. Central A/C.
Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street
Used as a refuge for women and children of Galena area during the Blackhawk War of 1832, the Old Stockade brings Galena's earliest history to life in this 1820's log building. Come, share!
Meadows Mall Farmers Market
Enjoy this extensive farmers market offering a wide variety of vegtables, baked goods and more. Located in the Meadows Mall parking lot.
Galena Country Fair
With more than 150 vendors selling original, handmade arts, crafts, and fine arts there is something for everyone. Choose from a variety of fair food, enjoy live entertainment, and fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farmers’ markets. Children will enjoy the many games and contests provided to keep them entertained throughout the day.
Mt. Carroll Garden Walk
Stroll the brick streets and enjoy unique historic architecture while viewing beautiful flower, perennial and water gardens. Garden vendors and a farmer's market will be stationed in the Courthouse Square.
CITY: Mount Carroll
A charming cottage on situated on 19 acres, adjacent to Apple River Canyon State Park. Fishing, golf, shopping at your fingertips. Paradise for the birder, artist or author. Full kitchen, pet-friendly and quiet.
CITY: Apple River
This park features a pavilion with tables, a gazebo, fountain, a play lot, basketball court, historic cannons and monuments, and a walk bridge across the Galena River to Galena's downtown historic shopping district.
All About A Ghost Tour
Walking tour with researched, authentic stories about Galena's ghostly past & present. Mix of history and mystery.
Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Open Table's Diner's Choice 2012 Winner, Woodlands features Midwestern regional favorites in a comfortable room with spectacular lake views. Enjoy fresh seafood, aged steaks, pastas.
65 artists selling and demonstrating artwork. Jewelry, pottery, stained glass, paintings, photography, wooden toys/pens, purses, more! Events, demonstrations & classes.
Longhollow Point Condominiums
Fully furnished studio and one-bedroom condos featured at a private vacation resort equipped with an indoor pool, spa/hot tub, exercise facility, game room.
Historic pub with family atmosphere for 26 years. Kids’ menu. Private banquet room for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, small weddings.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson - Stockton
Gateway to scenic Jo Daviess County. Affordable, clean, friendly and convenient. Complete breakfast, limited pet friendly. Near historic downtown Galena and Chestnut Mountain skiing. Nearby snowmobile trails, state parks, hunting/fishing.
Brixen Ivy's Victorian Mansion
An authentic Victorian mansion estate, no highway noise, and a short walk to downtown. Quiet, peaceful, luxurious accommodations. Four large parlors, tastefully furnished, comfortable beds, wonderful breakfast. Outdoor hot tub spa, spectacular gardens.
Located in a beautiful wooded area, this vacation home sleeps eight with three full baths. Hot tub, billiards, stone fireplace. Satellite TV/VCR/DVD, deck, gas grill and screened room. Access to pool, trails, golf, stable, lake and skiing.
Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery
Sample fine red, white, rose and fruit wines as you enjoy the view of the vineyard from the deck or tasting room. Enjoy the delicious cheeses, snacks, and other local products which are featured. The Sweet and Savory Plates with the best local cheeses, meats, fruits, veggies and sweets are available every day. During the summer, you can "Get Out and Game" with yard darts, croquet, bocce ball or indoor games such as Wineopoly, Foodie Fight, Brain Tease, cribbage and more. Visit their website to learn about their many events or to schedule a party, meeting or wedding party.
'Resort Homes without Resort Prices' Galena Territory condos and homes. Family-owned. Wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens, decks, grills, free laundry. Swimming pools. Pet friendly.
Blues, Beer and BBQ Festival
Annual Blues, Beer, and BDQ event at Freeport Art Museum. Sample a fine selecion of beer, live blues music and BBQ. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Members: $20; Non Members: $23; At Door: $25.
Stoney Creek Inn
Come and experience the Great Outdoors...indoors. Our unique Northwoods décor, atmosphere and incredible service create a truly enjoyable lodging experience! Guests love our extended continental breakfast and our 'Wilderness Park.'
Stone House Pottery & Gallery
Stone House Pottery & Gallery has much to offer visitors. Gallery openings, demonstrations and 2-day Glaze & Graze classes are bound to keep participants entertained. Functional and decorative pottery, tiles, figurative bronzes, featuring area artists work, as well.
2013 Bald Eagle Bus Tours
Guided, four-hour tours of bald eagle, wintering communities. View and learn about the bald eagle's habits, life history, preservation efforts and threats to its future. Reservations required. Bus departs from Stoney Creek Inn.
Canyon Log Enterprises/Carriage House
Experience log home living at Apple Canyon Lake. Great couple's getaway, one bedroom suite, full kitchen, all linens provided. Access to amenities, lake, golf, restaurant. Call for extended stay rates.
CITY: Apple River
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Steam Train Rides
All aboard as a 36-ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, and three passenger flatcars for a four-mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House Gift Shop. Visit the Silvercreek Museum filled with early Americana and featuring the 130-ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine and its over 25-foot fly wheel. An ice cream social with sandwiches, chips, pie, cake and ice cream will be available at the museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3, Children under 12: Free. 11 am - 4 pm.
Galena Log Cabin Getaway
Situated on 45 secluded and wooded acres, experience authentic log cabins, working farm, wetlands, creek, nature trails, alpacas and goldendoodles. View the awesome dark, night sky. One mile from Casper Bluff/Mississippi River.
West Street Sculpture Park
Wander through this outdoor gallery of large steel sculptures by award-winning local artist John Martinson. On-site metal studio.
The Milagro Studio
Contemporary gold/silver jewelry, precious/semi-precious stones, hand wrought on premises.
Images of Nature
Located on Galena's historic Main Street, this gallery features the award-winning nature photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen, limited edition photographs, posters, books, art cards, puzzles and calendars.
Blackhawk War Monument
This monument is located on the site of Kellogg's Grove, an early settlement established in 1827 on a mail route between Peoria and Galena, and now on the National Register of Historic Places. It honors those killed in the Blackhawk War, including in the final Illinois Battle which occurred at this grove in June, 1832. Abraham Lincoln, a member of the Illinois militia, helped bury five of the slain men. The remaining soldiers were originally buried throughout the area at the spots at which they fell. Fifty years after the war, local farmers collected the remains and buried them in one enclosure on top of this hill overlooking the Yellow Creek Valley. The 34-foot high monument was dedicated in 1886.
Cogan's Valley Ridge
Seven acres of peace and privacy, long valley views, affordable for up to eight people, near Territory homeowners' club, new pool and fitness center; new furniture, TV and gas barbecue.
Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society
A qualified museum guide will board your group's motorcoach and take you through Galena, with stops that can include the Galena/Jo Daviess History Museum, Ulysses S. Grant Home and Old Market House.
Carl Johnson's Gallery
I paint on-site...and travel. Come see my original watercolors and etchings. Galena, Chicago...wherever. Ballparks, flowers, reproductions...commissions, too.