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11 Hidden Gems of Galena Country

West Street Sculpture Park, Galena

Tucked away on two acres of woods and paths, you will find more than a dozen large, welded steel sculptures created by award-winning local artist John Martinson. Sculptures include two 40-foot towers, contemplative artworks, a giant Tinker Toy, unique signs and humorous assemblages. Relax in the park as you enjoy the interplay of art and nature.

Nora Bar, Nora

Your exploration of Galena Country should include the village of Nora, the farthest east extent of the county and a great place to stop for a break. Most likely, that will mean the Nora Bar, the very epitome of a small-town friendly watering hole including late-night dining and take-out.

Gramercy Park, East Dubuque

This 10-acre city park situated on the bluff in East Dubuque overlooks the Mighty Mississippi River. As an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark, this site is home to 26 ceremonial burial mounds from the Hopewell Native American culture. Enjoy the walking trails, scenic picnic sites, playgrounds and overlook pavilion, where many stunny sunsets are witnessed.

Nature's Treasures, Woodbine

Climb the wooden steps to this enchanted little store conveniently situated on Highway 20. Find yourself immersed in a delightful wonderland bursting with beautiful offerings such as gems, artfully crafted wind chimes, birdhouses, garden decor, crystals and seasonal items.

Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery, Hanover

This family-owned winery, situated in the rolling hills of Galena Country, overlooks the village of Hanover and offers expansive views of the Mississippi River Valley. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the beautiful deck while sipping superb wines from the 25-acre vineyard.

Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, Stockton

This 409-acre preserve run by Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation offers over 6 miles of trails to explore. There have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species that call the sanctuary home. In the winter, groomed cross-country ski trails are available.

Oak Hill Farm, Apple River

Imagine a wedding ceremony in an adorable white chapel, along a path of twinkling pine trees, or framed by two majestic oak trees. This authentic and memorable 170-acre historic estate oozes vintage elegance and is what a bride dreams of!

JM's Tap, Menominee

Test your limits with their all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry or dig into a specialty, homemade pizza! Try the house signature, the Menominee MaiTai, and munch on fried pickles, mac and cheese bites, cheese curds, or one of the other many appetizers they serve. All while enjoying the game on their flat-screen TVs with the locals.

Terrapin Orchards, Elizabeth

Make a family-fun stop at Terrapin Orchards. Enjoy strawberry picking in the month of June and apple picking in the fall. Located on historic Highway 20, this orchard is the perfect location for visitors heading west from Chicago.

Pecatonica Tap House, Warren

The founders have adopted the origins of the Pecatonica River's name – meaning "slow water" and use the same patient nature to perfect their brews. Its mission is to impress the enthusiast with well-balanced full-bodied beers and celebrate the rich history of Wisconsin brewing.

Council Hill Station, Scales Mound

A unique and historic 1850's general store/railway station with a silo, ruin of a woolen mill, and barn on the east fork of the Galena River is now a watering hole and music venue. It features food, 90-plus beers, & live music year-round, country breakfast on Saturdays, summer barn dances on Saturdays & Sundays, and historical tours are available on request.

Nowhere packs as much fun and adventure into the year as Galena Country, where memories are waiting to be made! Find some great ideas on places to see and things to do in Galena County by browsing the official travel guide.

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