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5 ways to experience winter in Galena Country

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Fallon Oldenburg

5 ways to experience winter in Galena Country

History, outdoor adventure, shopping, and magical holiday events await! Whether you want to zoom across the landscape on a pair of skis or cozy up by the fireplace with a glass of locally-made wine, Galena Country is loaded with a wonderland of happenings.

Cozy Lodging
Named as the B&B Capital of the Midwest by Chicago Tribune, Galena Country offers a variety of warm and intimate places to stay. Check in to a storied bed & breakfast such as Abe’s Spring Street Guesthouse, or the conveniently located Main Street Inn. The Inn at Felt Manor is perched on the hillside, offering a bird’s eye view of the city. Discover more than 30 B&Bs and Inns that showcase their own style of historic charm, indulgent breakfast, and personalized experience.

A Warm Drink in One Hand, A Shopping Bag in the Other
Galena’s Historic Main Street is the place to find unique items while savoring a hot cuppa joe. Taste the delicious flavors of cocoa and coffee drinks from Kaladi’s Coffee Bar, or try Big Bill’s Sandwich and Coffee Shop and Mean Bean Roasters for something locally roasted. Stroll the historic district and explore a plethora of local boutiques, eateries, galleries, and attractions. With more than 125 independently owned businesses to choose from, you’re sure to find a must-have, one-of-a-kind treasure!

Outdoor Adventures
Whether Mother Nature sprinkles the landscape with snow or showcases it’s natural form, there’s plenty of adventure to be had! With 20 unique parks and trails, it’s easy to unplug and reconnect with nature! Plan a snow day and take the whole family to the Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa for cross country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, check out Chestnut Mountain Resort, featuring a 475-foot vertical drop, delectable dining, and priceless views.

Tastings and Toastings
Regardless of the weather, wine and spirits are always tasty! Massbach Ridge Winery and Galena Cellars both have tasting rooms conveniently located on Main Street and are open year-round. Check out Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. where you can take a tour of the distillery, enjoy a cocktail and re-stock the liquor cabinet, all in one location! Craft beer lovers, you’ll be happy to know that Galena Country is home to two breweries, Galena Brewing Co. and Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House. Cheers!

Special Events and Activities
Turn experiences into traditions with the magic and wonder of wintertime in Galena Country. One of the most romantic times of the year, December is home to, holiday concerts, fireworks, enchanting celebrations, luminaria, and more! Return after the hustle and bustle of the holidays to relax and recharge on a romantic getaway! Take the first step by booking your stay and browsing the visitor's guide.


8 Luxury Stays in Galena Country

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Kirsten Bell

Whether it’s a luxurious spa, high-end furniture, or a private campfire… we all love a little opulence every now and then. We have compiled a list of 8 accommodation properties in Galena Country that offer luxury in their own unique ways. 8 Luxury Stays in Galena Country Credit: Jail Hill Inn

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Eagle Ridge is set on 6,800 acres of pristine woodlands and open countryside in The Galena Territory. It boasts 4 award-winning championship golf courses, a luxurious spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center with pool, sauna and steam room. That’s not all, you will find miles of biking, hiking and horseback trails as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena and four distinctive restaurants to choose from.

Elle & Becks Loft Suite

This enormous 2,500+ sq. ft, four-bedroom loft suite overlooks downtown Galena just steps away from main street shopping and dining. The living room, featuring a wet bar, is ideal for hosting party events. An on-site massage therapist is available by appointment and Elle & Becks Lifestyle Boutique is right downstairs for the latest in fashion, homeware, gelato, and coffee!

Galena Chalet

Designed with European influence of the charming Chalets of the Swiss Alps and wall to wall elegance, this five-bedroom chalet offers 360 degrees breathtaking views of nature and wildlife. Enjoy the 2000 sq. ft wrap-around deck that overlooks Lake Galena or cozy up on the couch beside the stone wood-burning fireplace.

Goldmoor Inn

High above the banks of the Mississippi River, Goldmoor Inn boasts stunning views of the Mississippi. Whirlpool suites, spa treatments, private fireplaces, and private in-room gourmet dining experiences make this the perfect romantic getaway. To top it off, it features a fine dining restaurant offering warm and attentive service.

Inn at Irish Hollow

Nestled in the countryside surrounded by nature, this Inn offers luxury cottages, elegant amenities and spectacular meals on a 500-acre working farm. Organic beds, massage therapy treatments, and four-course picnics are just some of the delights on offer. Enjoy Wine & Cheese in your suite, a private campfire or table for two.

Jail Hill Inn

Voted #1 B&B/Inn in the USA and #2 in the World by TripAdvisor in 2019, this 135-year-old, 4-story brick building served as the county jail for nearly 100 years and has been lovingly transformed into a premier inn. The unique luxurious three-room suites offer the finest of amenities and guests can enjoy an in-room massage on request. Arrive to chilled champagne, a nightly wine and cheese reception, and a daily three-course gourmet breakfast.

Vignettes Modern Luxury

Professionally decorated by Vignettes of Galena, this two-bedroom vacation rental overlooks Galena’s  Main Street. Each well-appointed, superbly decorated bedroom has a flat-screen tv, plush mattress, high-quality sheets, and private access bathrooms. The apartment features a large living area, beautiful kitchen with granite countertops and all new appliances. Conveniently situated just steps from shops, restaurants, and nightlife on Main Street.

The Owl House

This circa 1880 house has been renovated with a meticulous approach to every detail of the home and has been furnished with luxury high-end furniture. It features a fully equipped kitchen and the house is wired for Sonos so guests can enjoy music through the audio system or listen to the nostalgic vinyl collection on the record player. For more accommodation options and for ideas on things to do and see during your stay, browse the Galena Country Visitors Guide.


The magic and wonder of Galena's Living Windows

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Fallon Oldenburg

The magic and wonder of Galena's Living Windows The merriment of the holidays is just around the corner! While there are many events to experience in Galena Country, there's nothing more magical than the Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows. A family-friendly, yet romantic evening in the heart of Galena's historic district. Showcasing a captivating glow of the candle-lit town and the magic of the holidays, with a touch of shopping - this enchanting weekend has something for everyone! Be sure to check out these businesses who's windows come to life with wintery-holiday revelry.  

Book your stay today! Click here to vote on your favorite storefront and be sure to #GalenaCountry!


Stargazing in Galena Country

Posted on November 8, 2019 by Fallon Oldenburg

Stargazing in Galena Country Escape to the countryside to experience the night sky as you’ve never seen it before — it’s nature’s free light show! Explore all of the awesome stargazing opportunities in Galena Country from watching meteors on the Mound to sleeping under the stars. 

Picture Perfect Parks
A stroll under the night sky is one of the best shows that nature has to offer. Plan a romantic walk through Grant Park or watch the sunset while perched along the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi at Gramercy Park. One thing about Galena Country, is that you're never too far from one of twenty parks and trails that offer an incredible opportunity for a snuggle and a sunset. 

Nighttime Events and Programs
Interested in learning more about astronomy or having a unique and fun experience under the stars? The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation hosts annual events for all ages of night sky enthusiasts. While Galena Country hosts many not-to-miss events, these are recommended for those who may want to experience the warm glow of a sunset, followed by a gorgeous night sky: Meteors on the Mound, Bonfire on the Bluff, Great Galena Balloon Race, Galena's Halloween Parade & Festival, Holiday Fire in the Sky, and Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows.

Celestial Camping Experiences
Sleeping beneath the night sky offers a memory-making experience for the whole family! There's nothing like the crisp evening air filled with laughter paired with marshmallows around a cozy campfire. Pitch a tent at one of Galena Country’s campgrounds for a starry getaway just minutes from downtown! Travel tip: pack a star chart to assist in finding constellations, star, and moon phases. 

Rural Lodging
Want to sleep under the stars in the comfort of the indoors? Galena Country is loaded with lodging options that showcase amazing astronomical views. Consider booking a stay at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Chestnut Mountain Resort, Inn at Irish Hollow, Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, or a vacation rental amidst a wooded wonderland. 

Scenic Drive Ideas
Take a romantic scenic drive to one of four vineyards, soak up the views at the scenic overlook, or take a leisurely walk along Galena's Historic Main Street after a savory meal. One thing is for sure, no matter the time of day - there's no shortage of beautiful views in #GalenaCountry! Book your stay and let the exploring begin with a browse through the digital visitor's guide.