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Top reasons to host your company retreat in Galena Country

Image: Hoof It Goat Treks

Hardworking teams need some time out together to refocus and reenergize. What better place to increase team collaboration than in historic, scenic, and fun-loving Galena Country! From gliding through treetops on a zipline tour to watching spark fly at an old blacksmith shop demo, there's something for every interest and personality on your team. We have highlighted some ideas to choose from when planning the perfect retreat.  

Group Accommodation 

Whether you have three or twenty team members, Galena Country has everything from cozy B&B's, to large resorts to accommdate everyone. Some ideas include the following: 

Brixen Ivy Ranch Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Chestnut Mountain Resort Inn at Irish Hollow 
DeSoto House Hotel  Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Eagles Nest  Le Fevere Inn & Resort
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa  Ramada Hotel & Day Spa
Goldmoor Inn Stoney Creek Inn 

Experiential Activities

Experience authentic offerings perfect for groups. Take a peek behind the scenes on a tour of a brewery or distillery, create your own scented candles, be entertained at a magic show or go on a ghost hunt in haunted Galena.  

Amelia's Under the Lamplight Dinner Theatre Galena on the Fly
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.Tours Haunted Tours in Galena
Forever Original Experiences Marie's Wood Carving
Galena Brewing Co.Tours P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre
Galena Country Wineries  Scent Workshop Galena
Galena Goat Yoga  

Outdoor Adventure 

Galena Country's rolling terrain creates a natural playground for unique outdoor activities! Feed your hunger for adventure with these fun team-building experiences: 

Chestnut Mountain Resort activities  Nuts Outdoors
Golfing  Parks and Trails
Hoof It Goat Treks Shenandoah Riding Center
Long Hollow Canopy Tours  

History Explored 

Learn about the history of Galena Country together! Gain an insight into the 1832 Black Hawk War with a visit to the Apple River Fort or follow in Ulysses S. Grant's footsteps with a visit to his home, frozen in time!

Apple River Fort State Site Galena History Museum Step-On Tours 
Galena Trolley Tours The Old Blacksmith Shop 
Grant Home State Historic Site  


One-of-a-kind shopping in Galena Country means that the name of the game is boutique! From leather apparel, cigars, locally roasted coffee, and sportswear to delicious food items, everyone in your group will find something on Galena's Historic Main Street. This charming half-mile is lined with morre than 125 shops and restaurants! 

Group Dining 

Break from chain dining with singular eateries offering artisan-inspired dishes from around the world at every corner! Some group-friendly restaurants include the following:

Cajun Jack's Bar & Grill Sunset Grille at Chestnut Mountain Resort 
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa The Generals at DeSoto House Hotel
Fried Green Tomatoes The Summit at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Galena Brewing Co. Timmerman's Supper Club
Green Street Tavern at DeSoto House Hotel  Woodbine Bend Golf Course & Restaurant
Log Cabin Steakhouse  

Take the guesswork out of your next Group Tour with a message to the Group Experience Director and a browse through the digital visitors guide.  In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will.