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Sip & Savor Outdoors in Galena Country

Posted on May 20, 2022 by Kirsten Bell

Millennium Bar & Marina

A vacation really feels like a vacation when you can sit outside and relax with a cocktail, ice-cream or enjoy lunch in the shade while you take in beautiful scenery and fresh air. 

Spend your morning shopping and strolling the streets of Galena Country, before you soak up some rays with patio pancakes and mimosas. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor music and refreshing wine at an award-winning winery on the patio or a picnic blanket on the lawn. Make a toast to the beautiful summer evening with a cocktail and delicious meal on a deck!

From secret backyard gardens, to sunny sidewalk-seating, to large covered patios, we have created a list of great outdoor spots in Galena Country:

Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course, Apple River
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill, Elizabeth
Campeche Restaurant, Galena
Champagne on Main, Galena
Chestnut Mountain Resort - Sunset Grille, Galena 
Dillon's HM Pizza & Tavern, Galena
E-Town Coffee Co.,Elizabeth
Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery,Hanover
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill
Frentress Lake Bar & Grill, East Dubuque
Fried Green Tomatoes, Galena
Fritz and Frites Bistro, Galena
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, Galena
Gobbies Sports Pub & Eatery, Galena
Grape Escape, Galena
Green Street Tavern at the DeSoto House Hotel, Galena
Highway 20 Brewing Company, Elizabeth
Hilltop at Menominee 
Jimmy's Pub, East Dubuque
JJ & Freddie’s, Stockton
Jug's Main Street Tap, Elizabeth
Highlands Restaurant & Lounge 289, Galena
Lacoma Golf Course, East Dubuque
Massbach Ridge Winery, Elizabeth
Midtown Marina, East Dubuque
Millenium Bar & Marina, East Dubuque
Mud Run Beer Co.
Otto's Place, Galena
Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery, Hanover
Savory Kitchen, Galena
Small Town Saloon, Elizabeth
South Side Hornet Pub & Grillle, Scales Mound
Stella's Café, Stockton
Swiss Inn Motel & Lounge, East Dubuque
The Corner Tap, Stockton
The Cove Bar & Grill, Apple River
Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Elizabeth
Thriving Thistle Market & Bistro, Apple River
Trolley Depot Coffee & Tea Co.
Vinny Vanucchi’s “Little Italy”, Galena
Woodbine Bend Restaurant, Woodbine

In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will! Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today, by booking your stay and browsing the digital visitors guide.

Family Road Trip to Galena Country

Posted on May 6, 2022 by Kirsten Bell

Credit: @nholland_images

“Are we there yet?" The greatest part of a family road trip isn’t arriving at your destination, it’s the little memories made along the way! Gather the gang, get behind the wheel and get to Galena Country!

U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west highway that stretches from The Pacific Northwest all the way to New England, making it the longest highway in America. It also happens to travel through Galena Country… the best place to enjoy a family road trip.

But first, breakfast

Just off Highway 20, heading west towards Galena, is the charming town of Stockton! Enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast at Stella’s Café which is housed in the beautiful W.E. White Building. Listed on the National Historic Registry, the building is known for its beautiful original tin ceiling and artful ambiance, so don’t forget to look up!

Strike A Pose!

After breakfast, it’s time to strike a pose in front of Stockton’s beautiful murals found just steps away from Stella’s. These family shots are sure to receive loads of likes on Insta! Grab some homemade candy from Sweet Alice’s for the road and take note of the cute Alice in Wonderland themed store.

Take a piece of Galena Country home with you!

Once you’re back on Highway 20, heading west towards Galena, look out for Nature’s Treasures in Woodbine where you’ll find the most gorgeous items to remind you of your trip. Mom, you will love the organic gardening supplies, wind chimes, crystals and so much more!

Take your pick!

The kids are going to love this one! Stop at Terrapin Orchards, a U-pick strawberry and apple orchard offering a couple of hours of fun and loads of juicy and delicious fruit… mmmm!

History Lesson

Highway 20 takes you through the quaint village of Elizabeth. Time for a history lesson at the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum. Watch the numerous model trains and railroads operate around the museum and step inside a full-size Milwaukee Road caboose.

Ice Cream Stop

As you depart the town of Elizabeth, there’s an adorable little candy store called the Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe. Stop for some refreshing ice cream and jump onto the giant pink chair for a great photo together… yes, the whole family can fit!

A Welcome Sight

As you continue your road trip on Highway 20, notice the stunning views of wooded countryside interspersed with neat farmsteads and hilly terrain dotted with cows. This would be a good time to play “I spy”! You’ll soon reach the Long Hollow Scenic Overlook which offers breathtaking views of Galena Country’s rolling countryside… a sight for sore eyes! Don’t miss this opportunity for a great family photo!

Time Travel

Enter the town of Galena on highway 20 and take a turn onto the town’s Main Street. This street is frozen in time and steeped in history! It’s lined with beautifully restored 19th Century buildings which house art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and restaurants.

Wow the kids

Conveniently located at the beginning of Main Street is a kid’s happy place called Poopsie’s. This store is fun, funky and beyond the ordinary! The children can check out the toys, games, and books on one side of the store, while you explore the one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, home décor and other gifts on the other. Another fun toy store to explore is Galena Kids Store and Learning Center, an educational toy, game and puzzle store for both children and parents!

Watch Sparks Fly

Once you reach the end of Main Street, turn right and you will find the authentic 1897 Old Blacksmith Shop to your left. Treat the family to a live demo of a blacksmith forging metal the way they used to in the 1800s. The shop is also filled with original tools for you to inspect.

Say Cheese!

For rumbling bellies, there’s a delicious treat waiting for you at Galena River Wine & Cheese as you head out of Galena! Choose any type of cheese from their wide selection for a mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwich. Mom and Dad… pick out that bottle of wine to savor later on!

Has your family ever seen the Mighty Mississippi River? Hop back onto Highway 20 traveling west and it will lead you straight to it! Stop at Gramercy Park in East Dubuque, a 10-acre city park overlooking the river. It’s also a natural heritage landmark, home to 26 ceremonial and burial mounds. Watch the sun go down at this beautiful site.

Dine at the water's edge

A great way to end a fun day of family adventure is to head down to Millennium Bar & Marina, tucked away in a slough in East Dubuque. Here you can enjoy some home cooking at the water's edge while you share your favorite memories of your road trip.

For more fun ideas on ways to entertain the family, check out the Galena Country Visitors Guide. Explore scenic overlooks, picturesque trails and cultural sites… making family memories one road trip at a time.

Celebrate Pride Month in Galena Country

Posted on April 22, 2022 by Kirsten Bell

Galena Country has a strong history of inclusivity with many residents and businesses championing equality and diversity. To celebrate Pride Month in June, rainbow flags and rainbow stairs will once again take over the Galena Pedestrian Bridge linking downtown Galena to Grant Park.

This warm-hearted community welcomes everyone to visit with Pride and to experience the places and people that make it Amazing for All! Here are some of the ways to celebrate Pride Month this year: 

When searching for accommodation, consider Aldrich Guest House, owned by husbands Robert and Douglas Mahan. Guests can enjoy complimentary, color-changing pride cocktails each night of their stay during the month of June. Aldrich also happens to be the first and only cannabis-friendly lodging property in the area, featuring a separate 'Potting Shed', complete with snacks!

Galena is kicking off Pride Month with its second annual Pride Picnic! On Sat. June 11, pack a picnic basket filled with yummy Galena Country eats, gather your family and friends, including your fur babies, and head down to historic Grant Park. Enjoy listening to live music while taking in breathtaking views of the city of Galena. Check out the Ulysses. S Grant Statue and the historic cannons, all while relaxing to the soothing sounds of the bubbling fountain. 

Don't forget to take a selfie on the Pride Bridge and tag it with #AmazingForAll! Tip: Bread & Vine Bakery and Galena Bakehouse will be offering exclusive bakery items during the month of June - perfect packable snacks for the picnic!

While exploring more than 125 independently owned boutiques and restaurants on Galena's Historic Main Street, stop in at Galena Book & Paper, where you will find some impressive LGBTQ classics and new releases in stock. Visit Galena Apothecary where you'll find limited-edition Erin Keeffer Co. designed merchandise. The Neighborhood Trading Co., known for its vintage clothing, home decor and trendy gifts, will also offer exclusive merchandise celebrating PRIDE.

No living room is complete without the gorgeous aroma of the custom-made Amazing For All candles from The Scent Workshop and for the kitchen, take home a specially designed handcrafted cheese and charcueterie board from The Galena Spoon Co. Top off your newly purchased charcueterie board with special offerings from Galena River Wine & Cheese! Your kids and pups will love the exclusive products available at New Earth Animals and Galena Kids Store & Learning Center, available thru June. At the end of an eventful day, sip on a refreshing Pride Month drinks special at Galena Cellars Wine Tasting Room or stop by Embe for a delicious food special!

In Galena Country, we encourage people to follow their passions. To take a deep breath, relax and be themselves. Whether exploring the rolling hills of the driftless region, treasure-hunting along Galena's historic Main Street, or indulging in a savory farm-to-table meal, it's a great time to make your way to Galena Country!

Everyone loves a good story. And here, one story always leads to another. Make memories, celebrate each other, and tag your snaps with #AmazingForAll and #GalenaCountry when sharing your story.

Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today by booking your stay and browsing the latest digital visitors guide. Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center for a free mini pride flag and sticker! 

Thursday Night Live in Galena

Posted on April 8, 2022 by Emily Tepper

Stepping onto Galena’s Main Street is like something out of a movie. Looking much like it did when President Grant strolled the streets, the buildings are now home to more than 125 independently owned businesses.

June 2 through October 13 is the perfect time to explore Galena’s charming downtown! Feast your eyes and ears every Thursday night from 5-7 p.m. on historic Main Street, with live music and art from incredible local and regional performers. Situated right on Main Street, safely enjoy the unique talents of these artists while making your way in and out of exquisite boutique shops, galleries and eateries.

Additionally, a new celebration called Live at the Plaza will be held at Green Street Plaza every last Thursday of the month, starting on May 26, and ending September 29. This family-friendly, free-to-attend event will feature regional musicians, performers, food and drink.

June’s Live at the Plaza event will celebrate diversity and inclusion with special Amazing For All giveaways! September’s event will celebrate Hispanic Heritage, featuring local Latino musicians and businesses. Visit the Plaza to pick up a promotional Live at the Plaza Passport, including a list of open-late businesses with opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes!

In partnership with the Galena Downtown Business Association and the City of Galena, many Main Street businesses will stay open late each Thursday. Listed below are the businesses apart of the Plaza Passport Program:

At Home in Galena Galena Roasters Pinder Pottery
Champagne on Main Galena Spoon Company Poopsie's
Editrix Row Grateful Gourmet Co. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
For Bare Feet Great American Popcorn Compay Root Beer Revelry
Elle & Becks Honest John's Emporium River Bend Gallery
Galena Country Crafts Honest John's Trading Post Scent Workshop
Galena Cellars Jamie's Wine Studio Trolley Depot Coffee & Tea Co.
Galena Canning Company New Earth Animals Vignettes
Galena Garlic Nine Generals Cigar Company Wooden Wardrobe
Galena Kandy Kitchen Noty Kity Haunted Galena Tour Company 
Galena Kids Outside the Lines Art Gallery  

Galena Country transports people to another time and place to enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and adventures. Some historic, some timeless, some brand-new... but always original.

Field of Dreams walking tour in Downtown Galena

Posted on March 18, 2022 by Emily Tepper

Galena Field of Dreams walking tour map

It’s been more than 30 years since Field of Dreams first charmed viewers with its endearing narrative of how baseball helps an Iowa farmer reconnect with figures from the past, including his own father. In the film, downtown Galena pinch-hits for Chisholm, Minnesota. If you’re not one of the lucky spectators to attend the Cubs and Reds game at the original movie site on Aug. 11 this year, you can still be a part of the excitement by visiting Galena. Take a stroll and experience a walking tour along Galena’s Historic Main Street, showcasing a dozen key locations featured in the iconic movie.

Download a PDF map with this information here. 

  1. DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S Main St., Ray Kinsella and Terrence Mann search the local Chisholm phone book in an old phone booth, for Graham’s contact information. Also in this scene, you can see the Chisholm, Minnesota banner hanging across Main Street.
  2. Green Street Stairs, Bench St., Ray Kinsella and Moonlight Graham are spotted walking together in the evening hours to Graham’s office.
  3. Embe Eatery & Lounge, 233 S. Main St., Where Ray parks his VW Van while looking for Moonlight Graham in Chisholm, MN. Another scene where the Chisholm banner can be spotted hanging over Main Street.
  4. Klein's Market Bakery, 119 S. Main St., This building is predominately spotted in the background as Ray strolls the streets of Chisholm looking for Moonlight Graham. In the movie, you can recognize the building by the old vehicle parked in front of it.
  5. Champagne on Main, 116 S Main St., This scene features the third symbol of Ray’s apparent time-travel back to 1972. He spots an old car and rubs the dirt off of the license plate to reveal the 1972 sticker confirming the travel back in time.
  6. Country Crafts & Sports, 113 S Main St., This location is the movie theater where Ray smirks at the marquee advertising The Godfather movie title, stating “One of this year’s ten best”. It's the second moment of Ray’s realization that he has travelled back in time.
  7. La Michoacana Galena, 110 S. Main St., Ray spots the Re-Elect Nixon presidential campaign poster. The first sign of Ray’s apparent time-travel back to 1972.
  8. Petals and Primitives, 111 S. Main St., The first quick glimpse the viewers receive of Moonlight Graham, as he passes by in the background.
  9. Outside the Lines Art Gallery, 101 S. Main St., The iconic scene where Ray Kinsella meets Moonlight Graham for the first time.
  10. Big Bill's Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar, 301 N. Main St., This is the location featuring the bar scene where Terrence Mann interviews Chisholm locals about Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.
  11. Fritz & Frites Bistro, 317 N. Main St., The bar in this quaint restaurant is the bar used in the 'interview scene' mentioned above, with Terrance Mann and residents of Chisholm.
  12. Galena Chiropractic, 400 Broadway St., The location of Moonlight Graham’s Optometrist office. During this scene, Ray and Archibald chat about his one-game in the majors with no bat.

Explore and reminisce the amazing locations showcased in the movie, make a few stops along the way and discover even more eateries, galleries and boutique shopping! But first, book your stay and let the planning begin with the digital visitors guide. There's a lot of places out there, but there's nowhere like us!

Photo Credit: Internet Movie Cars Database