Galena Country Blog

Where to Find a Fish Fry in Jo Daviess County

It’s that time of year when we’re looking for a good Fish Fry or seafood option. Here are 8 in Jo Daviess County to try!

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Fried Shrimp from JJ & Freddies

JJ & Freddies – 211 W. North Ave. Stockton, IL (815) 947-2798
Olde Hotel/M&H BBQ – 108 S. Railroad St. Warren, IL (815) 745-9966 or (815) 297-2573
JM’s Tap – 7625 N. Menominee Rd. East Dubuque, IL (815) 747-7730
Southside Hornet Pub & Grill – 402 Franklin St. Scales Mound, IL (815) 845-2417

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Whole Catfish at Charlie’s Place

Charlie’s Place – 213 Jefferson St. Hanover, IL (815) 591-3501
Paradise Bar & Grill – 205 N. Main St. Galena, IL (815) 777-3245
Taste Country Roadhouse – 14877 US HWY 20 W, East Dubuque, IL (815) 747-6656
Shark’s Roadhouse – 1366 US HWY 20 W, Elizabeth, IL (815) 858-9898

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Celebrating Peace in Union

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We’re proud to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Peace in Union with Galena and the rest of the United States in April of this year. Our commemoration host, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, houses the famous painting “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast depicting General Ulysses S. Grant formally accepting the surrender of General Robert E. Lee in the Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia 1865. Galena, IL was home to nine Civil War generals, including Ulysses S. Grant and four are represented in the painting.

Head to the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum on April 17 at 10:15 am for a dedication of the commemorative stamps celebrating the sesquicentennial!

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We’re celebrating with a series of programs, exhibits and tours from April 9-19, 2015.
Download a schedule of events HERE!

The Elizabeth Historical Society will be hosting the following event:
Come meet Brad Albrecht, Kevin Ertmer, Corey Walters, Frank McCann, Caroline Sipiera, Martha Purchis, and Paul Sipiera as they put on a program that will take the format of the play, Soldier, Come Home, based upon the letters from family and loved ones. This program will take place on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Apple River Fort State Historic Site. This program is being sponsored by the Elizabeth Historical Society. For more information and to make reservations please contact Shelia at the fort at (815) 858-2028.. It is suggested that those in attendance consider making a $5 donation to help offset the royalty costs of staging the play. After the performance, light refreshments will be served.

View General Grant’s Recollections for more information!

Use galena.org for lodging, recreation and dining options!

Finding the Fairy Tale in Galena/Jo Daviess County!

We were honored to receive the award for Best Leisure Collateral Ad at the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism! The award winning ad was our insert in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue in The Knot, Chicago Magazine. We provided brides and grooms with a comprehensive list of wedding resources in Galena & Jo Daviess County, along with stunning photos from Primavera Studios!

 

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For more information visit our Weddings & Unions tab at galena.org, you can also use our Wedding Ideas Pinterest Board!

5 Tips to Navigating Chestnut Mountain Resort

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Skiing and Snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain Resort is one of the top Winter attractions in Illinois. We’ve put together 5 tips to help you enjoy every second!

1. Reserve the Jacuzzi King Suite so that you have your own private hot tub Après Ski!

2. Get a full snow report and watch the live cams for conditions!

3. Traveling with kids? Sign them up for a lesson in the Powder Pups and Rangers program. We’ve heard the hot chocolate is great & they love riding in the Powder Pups Express!

4. Meet your friends for a drink at the Boulder Terrace off to your right on Old Main or on the deck at The Summit & enjoy the views of the Mississippi River!

5. Don’t miss the sunset over the Mississippi River, either on the slopes or in the Sunset Grille!

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Follow Chestnut Mountain Resort on Instagram & Facebook!

 

The Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

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Enjoy ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa.

Fever River Outfitters has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors this winter, so don’t worry about packing the sleds and skates! Located on Eagle Ridge Drive at the South Course Clubhouse, you can gear up and head out to their 1.5 acre natural ice pond, featured as one of USA Today’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks (Midwest).

The Nordic Center is open from 9am-4pm and admission is $5 per person, for adults and children. Click HERE for the rental prices! (As of January 2015) All resort guests and members receive free access and a 20% discount on rentals. All visitors must register at the Nordic Center desk.

Reservations are recommended and call ahead to check the conditions, call: 815-776-5225

You can warm up in the clubhouse or by a crackling bonfire and spot some of the local wildlife in the surrounding woods. You’ll find plenty to do as you Enjoy Galena Country at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa!

Don’t miss the Winter Carnival February 13-14, where in addition to these fun winter activities they’ll have a Fire & Ice Hot Air Balloon Show by Galena on The Fly, dogsled rides and turkey bowling!

Find out information on these events and more in Jo Daviess County on our Events Calendar at galena.org!

 

 

 

 

A Winter Getaway with Friends

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“A good friend knows all your stories, a best friend helped you write them.” (via Pinterest)

A getaway with friends fuels your soul and brings the sparkle back to the daily grind back home. Blogger, Haverlee Colyer traveled to Galena, IL with three of her girlfriends where their priorities were “food, photography, laughing and food.” The results of their adventure are gorgeous!

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Main St. in Galena, IL

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The Old Train Depot, Galena, IL

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Megan at Thunder Bay Falls in the Galena Territory

Visit their blogs & websites and LIKE them on Instagram to learn more!
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Haverlee Colyer – True Boy Tales *** (@haverlee)

Katie Evans Photography*** (@katieevansphoto)

Megan Schaap Photography*** (@meganschaap)

The Bridge Builder’s Wife *** (@thebridgebuilderswife)

Enjoy Galena Country!

 

Top 10 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day!

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Galena, IL and Jo Daviess County make the perfect setting for a Winter Romantic Getaway for Valentine’s Day. The spectacular views of our Driftless Region and the charming, historical towns dotting the county set the scene for romance. ENTER our Romance Sweepstakes and see if one of our Romance Packages is the right fit for you at galena.org. Ask us on Facebook if you have any questions or would like more ideas. The following is our Top 10 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Galena, IL & Jo Daviess County!

1. Book the right room – See all of your options at galena.org on our Where to Stay page. Whether it’s a B&B, a cabin in the woods or a themed suite – Galena & Jo Daviess County has it all! Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Chestnut Mountain Resort, the Goldmoor Inn, The DeSoto House Hotel and Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel have restaurants on the property!

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The Goldmoor Inn

2. Book a Spa Treatment – Use our Salons & Spas page at galena.org and find more info on our blog. You could spend the afternoon in a spa getting the full treatment or have a private massage in your B&B, rental home or hotel.

3. Reserve a table at one of our fantastic restaurants – Perry St. Brasserie was just named by Open Table as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the United States! Log Cabin Steakhouse, Fritz & Frites and Vinny Vanucchi’s in Galena are excellent for a romantic dinner. Holy Mackeral in Elizabeth and Stella’s (BYOB) in Stockton are worth the trip! Use our Where to Dine page for details!

4. After Dinner Drinks &/or Dessert – Fried Green Tomatoes, Embe, Green St. Tavern and Jamie’s Wine Studio in Galena set the scene for a quiet conversation and meeting .

5. Dancing and Live Entertainment – On Valentine’s Day weekend, Galena has events celebrating Mardi Gras all day and into the night, including a parade! Check out the events at the Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape and The Corner Stone for live music and our Arts & Entertainments page has lots of options for fun, like the PT Murphy Magic Show and the Irish Dancing at Frank O’Dowd’s!

6. Shopping hand in hand – Pick up a game & unique jewelry at Poopsie’s or sample the treats as you make your way down Galena’s historic Main St. Take a romantic drive through the county to an antique shop or pottery studio, meeting the artists and local shopkeepers. Enjoy the Chocolate Binge at the Banwarth House in Elizabeth and Mardi Gras all day & into the night in Galena!

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Poopsie’s of Galena

7. Get your blood pumping outdoors – See our Events Calendar for many options for Snowshoe Hikes, Sleigh Rides, and Cross Country Skiing. You can also hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort overlooking the Mississippi River!

8. Enjoy Nature with Bald Eagle Tours – Our proximity to the Mississippi River gives our visitors an opportunity a chance to be up close to nature and it’s beauty. Visit the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation site and Eagle Nature Foundation for guided tours or set up a private tour with Galena Birding!

9. Wine Tasting and Distillery TourGalena Cellars and Massbach Winery have tasting rooms on Main St. in Galena or you can head out to the wineries for the complete experience, like Rocky Waters Vineyard in Hanover! Be sure to check our Events Calendar for Paint & Pour events, mixing art with a lovely glass of wine! Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. offers distillery tours and tastings, then stay to order a handcrafted cocktail in their cosmopolitan tasting room!

10. CHOCOLATE! – Indulge your sweet tooth at one of our confectioneries including, Chocolat, Chocolaterie Stam Galena, the Great American Popcorn Co., Galena Kandy Kitchen and Sweet Alice’s (Stockton). Chocolate covered bacon, delicious handmade turtles and exquisite delights will tantalize the taste buds of the one you love!

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Chocolat in Galena

Share pics of you and your honey enjoying Galena Country with us on Instagram!

(Valentine’s Day pic from @addbutter’s Instagram)

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