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Vacationing with your dog in Galena Country

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Kirsten Bell

Are you looking to plan a pet-centric holiday in Galena Country? Don’t know where to start?… no worries, we’ve sniffed out pet-friendly spots for you. Fur’real! 


First… you need to find a place to rest Fido’s furry head. Here’s a list of pet-friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels and vacation homes where he’ll feel like the top dog.

A Great Escape Grant Hills Motel
Augustus Chetlain Home and Log Cabins Le Fevre Inn & Resort
Belle Aire Mansion Guest House Marcotte's Family Motel
Cat House Suites  Peaceful Pines
Cloran Mansion & Antonio's Cottage The Nook on Third 
Country Inn & Suites, Stockton  Quality Inn East Dubuque
Galena Escapes Rosebud Rentals
Galena Reservations Stoney Creek Inn
Goldmoor Inn  

Outdoor Fun

With its scenic surroundings and spectacular views, many pet-parents flock to Galena Country with their four-legged sidekicks for a much-needed getaway to nature! If your pooch likes to ruff it, he’ll love the nature preserve hiking trails where he can climb, scamper and in some cases, even swim. If he’s more of an ambler, pick up a picnic basket from Galena River Wine and Cheese for yourself and some treats from New Earth Animals for Fido… then head to one of the parks for a leisurely stroll. Don’t forget to check the leash laws.

Apple River Canyon State Park Gramercy Park
Buehler Preserve Grant Park
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve Horseshoe Mound Preserve
Chestnut Mountain Resort Trails Schurmeier Teaching Forest
Galena Gateway Park Wapello Land & Water Preserve
Galena River Trail Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

Pet-Friendly Stores

Shopping with your pup, how doggone fun does that sound?! Throw a leash on Fido, remind him to put on his best behaviour and hit Galena’s Main Street. This historic main street, boasts more than 125 independently-owned storefronts. Many welcome pets, which we’ve listed below…

At Home in Galena Honest John’s Trading Post 
Beyond the Horizon  La Vie en Rose 
Carlotta’s Studio  New Earth Animals 
Country Crafts & Sports  Peace of the Past 
Dream Catcher  Petals & Primitives 
Dreams Boutique  Poopsie’s  
Earth’s Treasures  Red’s Iron Yard & Wholesale Barn 
Ethyl’s Rustic River Finds 
Eureka Simply Elegant Boutique
Fever River Outfitters Serendipity of Galena 
For Bare Feet Something Special
From Head to Toe Sportswear  Strawberry Lane 
Galena Cellars Wine Tasting Room   Union Leather 
Gabby’s Gifts   Vignettes of Galena 
Galena Garlic Company The Feathered Nest 
Galena Tees  Wooden Wardrobe 
Gustafson & Grey Ltd. You Gotta Be Kidding 
Honest John’s Emporium   

Treat your best friend to a yummy treat from New Earth Animals for his pawsome behaviour on your shopping trip. Bon A-pet-treat Fido! Maybe you can pick out a new outfit for him at the same time?

Art Galleries/Studios

Does Fido have an artistic streak? Okay, maybe you do? Fur-tunately, these galleries and studios on Main Street welcome pets:

Outside the Lines Art Gallery
Pinder Pottery
Skidmore Art Gallery  

Skidmore Art Gallery offers thirsty four-legged travelers a refreshing drink just outside the gallery. Speaking of drinks… by this time the thirsty human should need one after a long day of exploring. Stop in at Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape for a specialty martini, glass of wine or a beer with Fido at your side. If you’re hungry, they serve appetizers, sandwiches and more. Tip: The local VFW in Hanover will allow your pooch to sit at the bar with you too!

Spa Day

It’s time to pamper your pooch with a rub down, a paw-dicure or a full makeover! Doggie Do’s & New Earth Animals Grooming will take great care of your furry friend. While you wait, why not treat yourself to a spa treatment of your own at one of Galena Country’s full-service spa’s. If you absolutely MUST visit a few places that do not allow pets, Doggie Do’s also offers a daycare service where Fido can meet other four-legged travelers and exchange travel stories.

Vineyard Outing

Award-winning wineries that welcome pets? Hot diggety dog – let’s go! Enjoy a delicious glass of wine with a scenic view. A great time for you and Fido to paws and reflect!

Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery Massbach Ridge Winery
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery 

Book your stay and start planning your paw-fect getaway to #GalenaCountry!

Shopping for Foodies in Galena Country

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Kirsten Bell

Credit: @adventurebrent Everyone has a few foodies in their lives and Galena Country is just the place to find them that perfect Christmas gift… from treats and gourmet foods to the best kitchen accessories and gadgets, guaranteed to inspire anyone to get into the kitchen.

Here’s a guide on where to find your foodie gifts:

Chocolat’ 229 Find the ideal gift of sweet indulgence right here. Featuring an exceptional collection of European chocolates imported from Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Galena Canning Co. Choose from award-winning Chef Ivo’s locally made old-fashioned jams, jellies, salsa, BBQ sauces, Hot Sauce Emporium and more! There are samples galore for you to test, gift baskets to choose from and custom gift crates. Galena Garlic What foodie doesn’t love garlic! Naturally grown gourmet garlic, gourmet chef blends, rubs, aged balsamic, and the world's freshest olive oil. Create your own gift basket to suit any need or taste. Galena’s Kandy Kitchen Here you’ll find a wide variety of homemade confections made the old-fashioned way on site. You’ll find every kind of candy you can think of. Galena River Wine & Cheese Give the gift of gourmet foods from this extensive selection of wines, beers, cheeses, sausages, pates, coffees, specialty foods. Free olive oil/balsamic vinegar tasting. Galena Roasters Offering signature blend, limited release, and single-origin coffee beans. Available to purchase at The Grateful Gourmet or online. Grateful Gourmet A cook’s paradise! This specialty food & kitchenware store features bakeware, cookware, specialty foods, and locally roasted coffee. All kinds of kitchen gadgets, some necessary, some just fun! Great American Popcorn Co. Your foodie will love you for this! More than 50 gourmet popcorn flavors made on premises. You will also find a variety of homemade gourmet popcorn flavors, fudge, ice cream, chocolates & candies! Mean Bean Coffee Roasters Get them a caffeine fix and customize it too! This in-house coffee roaster creates custom blends and allows you to name it. How cool! Pasta Perfetta Oodles of noodles! Find loads of different flavors and shapes of pasta from around the world in this store. A wide variety of shapes and many specialty noodles. Several gluten-free and vegan options too. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Sweeten your foodie up with a wide variety of fudge and chocolate made on site! Watch delicious treats being made on the spot. Famous for giant chocolate chip cookies dipped in chocolate. Yum! Root Beer Revelry Grab a selection of imported root beer from all over the nation. This old-fashioned root beer shop serves this historic beverage in bottles and on tap, so treat yourself at the same time! Spice & Tea Merchants Spice up their lives with this great variety of quality herbs and spices! Spice merchants comb the world for the freshest and highest quality spices available. A bonus is a large selection of delicious teas. Sweet Alice’s Grab a bag of gummy candies, licorice, wax bottles and more at this delightful candy store with an Alice in Wonderland theme to it. The professionally made and designed chocolates from their kitchen is sure to be a hit! For the ultimate foodie experience, give the gift of a delicious meal with a gift certificate from one of Galena Country's dining establishments. From cozy bistros to fine dining restaurants, you are sure to find just the right fit. Find some great ideas on places to see and things to do in Galena County by browsing the official travel guide. To book your accommodation, choose from a wide variety here.

Gifts for Men from Galena Country

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Fallon Oldenburg

Image credit: Nine Generals Cigar Company

Men can be the hardest people to shop for, especially when it feels like you’re gifting the same thing year after year. Luckily, Galena Country makes finding unique holiday gifts a breeze! From one-of-a-kind treasures to unique experiences, you’re bound to find the perfect gift! 

Antiques and Awesome Finds

Rich in history and vintage treasures, Galena Country is loaded with antiques and collectibles awaiting a new home! History buffs will love the experience at U.S. Grant State Historic Site, The Old Blacksmith Shop, The Dowling House, and more! Explore yesteryear at the following establishments:

Antiques Etc Peace of the Past
Common Cents Resale Peace of the Past II
Dusty’s Closet Antiques Red’s Iron Wholesale Barn
Elizabeth’s Grand Antique Co. Sullivan’s Antiques
EZ Sell USA The Galena Antique Mall
Grammy’s Attic The Shop on the Hill Tin-Pan Alley
Gustafson and Grey, Ltd.  

For the Foodie

Salsa, hot sauce, dips, jams, and jellies make for tasty stocking stuffers! Don’t stop there, explore all of the foodie-lover boutiques featuring culinary treasures.

Galena Canning Company Grateful Gourmet
Galena Garlic Company Pasta Perfetta
Galena River Wine and Cheese Spice and Tea Merchants

Quench his Thirst

Stock his bar with locally made wine, beer, and spirits! Purchase tickets or book a tour at a vineyard, brewery, or the distillery. Have you considered booking a tour to explore the ‘other’ kind of spirits? Start shopping here:

Blaum Bros Distilling Co. Highway 20 Brewing Co.
Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery Jamie’s Wine Studio of Galena
Galena Brewing Co. Massbach Ridge Vineyard and Winery
Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House
Galena River Wine and Cheese Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery

Adventure Enthusiast

Experiences are always a memorable gift idea, especially if you join in! Glide through the air at speeds of up to 40 mph on a zip line, paddle down the Galena River or speed down the Alpine Slide overlooking the mighty Mississippi. Home to twenty parks and trails, it’s easy to unplug and reconnect with nature. Make a weekend of it, filled with unforgettable memories! Start with these adventure-focused locations:

Chestnut Mountain Resort Hoof It Goat Treks
Fever River Outfitters Long Hollow Canopy Tours
Golf Courses Nuts Outdoors

Spruce up his wardrobe

Everyone deserves to feel great! Keep him looking sharp with new apparel and man-scaping products from these awesome boutiques:

Cotton Club Gabby’s Gifts
Elements Galena Apothecary
For Bare Feet Union Leather
From Head to Toe Sportswear  

Made in Galena Country

Surrounded in such beauty, it’s no wonder that the area is loaded with talented artists. Start with these talented makers to find the perfect gift for your art-lover:

Eshelman Pottery Marie’s Woodcarving
Galena Clay Works Outside the Lines Art Gallery
Galena Spoon Co. River Bend Gallery
Hello Galena!  

The fun never ends!

Looking for something for the pet lover? The prankster? Yummy treats? Have fun treasure-hunting at these unique boutiques:

Beyond the Horizon Poopsie's
Chocolat’ 229 Nine Generals Cigar Company
Country Crafts & Sports Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Galena’s Kandy Kitchen Root Beer Revelry
Great American Popcorn Company Serendipity
Honest John's Emporium The Feathered Nest
Honest John’s Trading Post You Gotta Be Kidding
New Earth Animals  

Plan a shopping trip or surprise getaway by booking your stay and exploring via the digital visitor's guide. Throughout our history, we've proudly never been like anywhere else, come and see for yourself!