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Main Street Galena
Galena's historic Main Street -- named "Best Main Street in the Midwest" by Midwest Living magazine and one of America's Best Main Streets by Fodor's -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Ski along scenic slopes at Galena's Chestnut Mountain Resort, perched high above the Mississippi River. Rated by Ski Magazine as one of the top ski resorts in the Midwest, Chestnut Mountain goes all out with a snowboarding park and night skiing. Stay at the rustic 120-room lodge, which has three restaurants, including the fine-dining Sunset Grille. There are fun non-skiing activities in the summer as well, including boat cruises on the Mississippi Explorer and the exhilarating Alpine Slide, which speeds 2,000 feet down a hillside. Or try the new Segway Mountain Adventure Tours, a three-mile guided ride through rolling terrain.
Annie Wiggins Ghost Tours
Join us for the original ghost tour of Galena's sites, cemeteries and famous ghostly tales. Costumed guide. Reservations recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Galena Carriage Co.
Historic carriage rides, dinner rides, "romance and roses" rides. Friday-Saturday evenings, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Seasonal sleigh rides. 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.
Fever River Outfitters
From kayaking and biking to scooter rentals, Fever River Outfitters has everything you need to add a little adventure to your Galena getaway. The staff here knows the area well and offers excursions that take care of every detail—whether you’re kayaking to an island picnic or taking a scooter to a vineyard for an afternoon wine tasting. Want to explore on your own? Simply rent or purchase outdoor gear and set off on your own adventure along the many biking paths, waterways and winding roads of this scenic part of northwest Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
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 five beautifully decorated guest rooms, several with fireplaces and views of our garden.
Galena Trolley Tours
City tours of Galena, tour of homes and nightly ghost tour. Group services and charters. Original tour company since 1988.
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.
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.
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park
This beautiful 715-acre state park with a 40-acre lake derives its name from a combination of the town of Lena and the Latin work for water, aqua. Lake Le-Aqua-Na offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities including more than 10 miles of mult-use trails. The large tracts of wooded land include oak, hickory, walnut and pine trees. Woodland flowers are on display, especially in the spring and early summer, and wildlife is abundant. There is boating, fishing, a children's fishing pond, swimming, picnic and playground areas, shelters, trails for mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing, equestrian trails, sledding, hunting and camping.
Galena River Trail
Scenic biking and hiking along a six-mile trail featuring views of the Galena River and towering bluffs.
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.
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.
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.
Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Fun for all ages. Ride your own sled down 2,050 feet of terrain-tailored track to the banks of the Mississippi.
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.
The Galena Antique Mall
More than 55 dealers: antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, old toys. Two miles east of 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.
One Eleven Main
Great chefs working with local producers to provide the flavor of Galena's culinary past, present and future. Local flavor cuisine.
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.
Bald Eagle Bus Tour
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.
A Taste of Christmas Progressive Dinner
You will enjoy an evening of appetizers, salad, main entree, and dessert at various Best of Galena Innkeepers homes. Enjoy the festive Christmas decorations of each innkeeper as they have decorated their homes for the Holiday Season. This popular dinner is limited to 50 participants, so if interested you will need to make reservations early.
Adventure Creek Alpaca & Goldendoodle Farm
Come and visit the Netzel's prized alpaca farm! The 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.
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.
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.
Lena Lions Park
Lions Park, at over 20 acres, features Splash Land Family Aquatic Center with a 180' waterslide, zero depth entry, many shade shelters, wet sand play area, water features and drop slide. The Splash Land Mini-Golf offers one of the nicest 18 hole miniature golf courses in the Midwest. It has over 275 plant varieties, 4000+ square feet of water areas, three waterfalls and challenges that the entire family will enjoy. The course is ADA compliant. Quench your thirst and your appetite at the Splash Land Food Court. Full restaurant offering sandwiches to soft serve and smoothies to salads - a true family food court. The park also offers picnic and playground areas, flower gardens, shelter house, a concession stand, volleyball and basketball courts, lighted ball diamond, batting cages and restrooms. A 110x110' ice rink is available in season.
Best Western Designer Inn and Suites
Standard rooms have spacious living areas, microwaves and refrigerators. Most rooms have private balconies or patios, some have fireplaces. Whirlpool and theme rooms available. Indoor/year-round outdoor pool and hot tub.
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.
See the beauty of the Mississippi from the deck of a real, old-time riverboat. Relax, unwind and recharge!
CITY: Scales Mound
Aalto's Station House Cottages at Irish Hollow
Delivered gourmet breakfast by a wood burning fireplace, hiking trails, relaxing massage, seasonal packages, beautiful gardens, seven-course candlelight dinners, lush furnishings and amenities, all nestled in a gorgeous countryside setting.
The Galena Lake House
A spectacular 6-bedroom/6-bath lakeside home in Galena Territory. Spacious and private. Sound systems, 28-by-30 conference room, ping-pong, two stone fireplaces. Enjoy Eagle Ridge Resort amenities. See our Web site photos to appreciate.
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.'
Alice T. Virtue Water Park
Beautiful family water park with waterslide, drop slide, diving board, and full menu concession stand adjacent to full-service park.
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.
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.
Antiques furniture, glassware, lamps, advertising signs, and collectibles. Open: Spring and Summer: Daily: 8 am - Dusk; Fall and Winter: Daily: 8 am - 5:30 pm.
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.
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.
Allen's Log Cabin Guest House
Boyhood estate of Civil War General Augustus Chetlain. Five 1800s original log cabins boast rustic charm, double whirlpools, wood burning fireplaces, full baths, satellite TV/DVD, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers. Pets welcome!
Beautiful 3-bedroom/3-bath townhome within walking distance of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Two family rooms, each with a fireplace; two decks; fully-equipped kitchen; access to pool. Two-night minimum.
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.
Apple River Canyon State Park
Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River. The park offers hiking, day use, camping and fishing, plus Millville, a National Historic Register site.
CITY: Apple River
Bobber's River Tap
Bobber's is an open, outdoor, deck bar and picnic area, along the banks of the Pecatonica River. A relaxing stop for travelers by road or river. Bobber's is a converted 95 year old lumberyard. Bring your own pole and boat, or just sit and relax with a cold drink and watch the river flow by. Open: May thru October: Sunday: Noon - 10 pm; Thursday thru Saturday: 11 am - 1 am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Brixen Ivy's Victorian Mansion
An authentic Victorian mansion estate, no highway noise, walk to downtown. Quiet, peaceful, luxurious accommodations. Four large parlors, tastefully furnished, comfortable beds, wonderful breakfast. Outdoor hot tub spa, spectacular gardens.
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.
Stoney Creek Inn
Come and experience the Great Outdoors...indoors. Stoney Creek Inn's unique Northwoods décor, atmosphere and incredible service create a truly enjoyable lodging experience! Guests love our extended continental breakfast and our 'Wilderness Park.'
All About A Ghost Tour
Walking tour with researched, authentic stories about Galena's ghostly past & present. Mix of history and mystery.
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.
Centrally located in The Galena Territory, this vacation home sleeps eight: one king, two queens and two twins. TVs in all rooms. Enjoy the huge in-home Jacuzzi and our new upgrades.
West Street Sculpture Park, LLC
Wander through this outdoor gallery of large steel sculptures by award-winning local artist John Martinson. On-site metal studio. Open daily.
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.
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.
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.
Cloran Mansion & Antonio's Cottage
Named the 3rd most romantic bed and breakfast in the country, the Cloran Mansion blends modern comfort with historic charm. Five distinctive rooms and a secluded cottage. Fireplaces, private bath with luxury double whirlpool tubs, CD, videos, stocked complimentary mini-fridge, TV/DVDs, A/C. Full country-style breakfast. DSL wireless.
Three Sisters Guest House and Sweet Shoppe
Three Sisters Guest House is located just minutes from Galena in historic Elizabeth. The guestrooms are elegantly decorated and each features a private bath and Wi-Fi internet at reasonable rates.
Historic pub with family atmosphere for 26 years. Kids’ menu. Private banquet room for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, small weddings.
The Old Blacksmith Shop
Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges. Original tools/equipment and an on-site historian. Gift shop: Galena-forged items.
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.
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.
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Unique guest rooms featuring upgraded room amenities, Irish themed artwork, complimentary breakfast, day spa, pool, Wi-Fi and live entertainment in Frank O'Dowd's Pub. Suites w/whirlpools and valley views.
The Palace Campground is the oldest campground in the state of Illinois. Located just 2 miles west of Galena in 50 quiet, wooded acres. Sixteen full hookups, 46 water/electric, 30 electric, seven cabins. Heated pool, outdoor movies, hay rides. Thirty acres for tent camping.
Renaissance Riverboat Suites and Rooms
Two beautifully restored brick buildings (c. 1850) with three guest rooms, one superior grade room. Six romantic suites featuring fireplaces, double whirlpools, stained glass windows and skylights. Walk to downtown.
1876 Banwarth House and Museum
A fascinating, hands-on experience awaits! Join period interpreters on a journey through the fine Victorian home of Charles Banwarth.
Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street
Used as a refuge for women and children of the 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!
Field of Dreams - DeSoto House Hotel
An Iowa farmer is inspired to build a baseball field on his farm after he hears a voice that tells him, "If you build it, he will come." Once built, the field is visited by the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and other Chicago Black Sox players who were banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series. A nighttime street scene was filmed in Illinois in front of the historic DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, which dates back to 1855 and served as the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant.
Galena Artisan Center
Mix of jewelry, photography, pottery, stained glass and items made by 60+ local/Midwest artists. Tapestry and table runners too.
Galena's only ADA-compliant and climate-controlled trolley service! Daily narrated tours, May-October. Unique group tours, wedding transportation offered year-round.
Blanding Landing Recreation Area
Located on Mississippi River. Camping, fishing/boating accessibility, playground, potable water, showers, flush toilets. Class A campground, 50-amp electric. Reservations accepted.
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.
The Milagro Studio
Contemporary gold/silver jewelry, precious/semi-precious stones, hand wrought on premises.
65 artists selling and demonstrating artwork. Jewelry, pottery, stained glass, paintings, photography, wooden toys/pens, purses, more! Events, demonstrations & classes.
Affordable Fine Art of Galena
An artist studio and gallery exhibiting more than 80 contemporary original paintings. Artists were "Chicago Artists of the Year" 2009-2011.
Apple River Canyon Photography
Photographer Larry Backe specializes in families, pets and seniors. Commercial also available. Visit his studio and gallery. Portraits by appointment.
CITY: Apple River
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.
Paisanos at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Serving piping hot pizza, Italian sandwiches and salads. Italian style cafe - eat in or carry out.
A charming cottage 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
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.
Artesian Well at Paradise Cove
Nestled along Indian Creek is a natural artesian well where thousands of gallons of pure water flow each day - as it has since 1927. A ten foot water wheel is turned continually by the flowing water. The site, which is accessed by Stephenson County's only covered bridge, includes a waterfall, large flower beds and gazebo to enjoy while sipping the bubbling water. Open: 7 am - 8 pm.