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How to have a green vacation in Galena

Jail Hill Inn

Book your stay at one of Galena’s green lodging properties.
Eight lodging properties in Galena have taken measures to ensure that they are operating in the green. To be recognized as a green leader, each property must fulfill the required green lodging criteria, as determined by the Galena Area Green Designation Committee. The Committee is one of several entities that aims to develop green initiatives throughout Galena, Illinois, and Jo Daviess County.

Galena’s designated green lodging properties:
Aldrich Guest House
Alice’s Snyder House Bed & Breakfast
Augustus Chetlain Home & Log Cabin Guest House
Belle Aire Mansion Guest House
Country Inn & Suites
Farmers Guest House
Jail Hill Inn
Ramada Galena

Galena River view of downtown

Park your car and pedal around town.
Bike from shop-to-shop on the Helluva Half Mile, pedal across the pedestrian bridge to Ulysses Grant’s home, reconnect with nature on a ride along the Galena River Trail, journey to an award-winning vineyard or cruise through a historic cemetery. Fever River Outfitters makes it easy to explore Galena by bicycle with regular and electric bike rentals- perfect for conquering hills and long distances.

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co

Enjoy a meal and spirits made from local ingredients.
Located on the Helluva Half Mile, One Eleven Main is dedicated to supporting local farmers, artisans and food purveyors. Their mouthwatering menu includes locally-sourced ingredients and specialty items recommended by their food partners. After a delicious meal, get to Blaum Bros. Distillery for some tasty drinks. The two fun-loving brothers at Blaum Bros. source nearly all their grain from Illinois and their tasty spirits are made on-site. What little grain they use beyond Illinois happens to be sourced from the neighboring farms in Wisconsin.

my green galena

Bag up your retail finds in an eco-friendly bag.
Ditch the plastic shopping bags and purchase a My Green Galena reusable bag at the Galena Welcome Center or City Hall. These bad boys are quite large and are perfect for carrying all those Helluva Half Mile gifts and goodies. Plastic bag pollution is environmentally damaging and completely avoidable. Shopping with a reusable bag is the way to go. The best part? My Green Galena bags are recyclable!

Galena solar treatment plant

Extra, extra… Galena is committed to sustainability.
In 2014, the City of Galena was recognized as a leader in sustainability when it received the Governor’s Sustainability Award from the Office of the Governor and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center of the University of Illinois. The award recognized the city for its demonstrated commitment to the economy, society and environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. In other words, it’s greena in Galena!