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Guys Getaway: Top Must-Do Experiences in Galena Country

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Fallon Oldenburg

Relax and recharge with the guys.

Whether you’re prepping for a guy’s trip, bachelor party, solo getaway, or a father-son vacation, here are a few experiences you don't want to skip on your trip to Galena Country.

Outdoor Adventure

Home to twenty parks and trails, Galena Country offers hiking, biking, and cross country skiing opportunities for all levels of skill. For those interested in cycling, the Galena River Trail is 8.8 miles (one way) of hard-surfaced trail showcasing views of the Galena and Mississippi Rivers. Beginning in downtown Galena, the trail officially ends at the intersection with South River Road at Aiken. Users may continue on lightly traveled South River Road to reach the base of Chestnut Mountain Resort. The resort offers free chair lift rides for cyclists wishing to visit the resort restaurants or amenities at the top of the slope. Bird enthusiasts will want to check out the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary in Stockon. Featuring more than 100 bird species and 6.6 miles of mowed trails, you'll get exercise and birding all in one! Photography aficionados, journey to Horseshoe Mound Preserve in Galena and Gramercy Park in East Dubuque, both starring incredible views of Galena Country. Long Hollow Canopy Tours is a thrilling group experience, zip lining through the trees at speeds up to 40 mph! This 2 1/2 hour tour begins with a UTV ride through the woods and finishes with a rappel or quick jump from the trees! Take your adventures to the water with a canoe or kayak and voyage down the Galena River. Paddleboards, bicycles, and e-bikes are also available to rent at Fever River Outfitters.

On the hunt

Spend the day hunting pheasant with experienced guides at River Valley Hunting in Scales Mound. Choose from one of five courses or a tower shoot! Fine-tune your fishing skills with a guided fly fishing experience through Galena Fly Fishing Outfitters. While in Scales Mound, grab a cold one and bite to eat at the South Side Hornet Pub & Grille or head over to Warren and check out Pecatonica Beer Company Tap House or Hixters Bar and Grill.

Hit the greens

Nine amazing courses to choose from, not sure where to start out? Try warming up on one of two 9-hole courses at Lacoma Golf Course (feel free to complete the full 45 while you’re there). Work up to the world-championship level courses and take on The General at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. Quench your thirst in East Dubuque at Millennium Bar & Marina or dine with a view at Timmerman's Supper Club.

Order a round

Tour the Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and kick back in the leather tasting room - it's pretty incredible! Craft beer lovers, check out Galena Brewing Co. for a flight, bite and tour. You'll likely leave both places with new bar stock, apparel and great memories!

Hit the town

Main Street Galena is loaded with remarkable shops, restaurants, and nightlife. From haunted pub crawls and tours to a magic theater and live music, everyone is sure to have a great time!

Stay a while

Whether you're interested in a Resort with amenities or lodging in the heart of town, Galena Country has something to accommodate a couple of guys or your whole clan. Start planning the 2019 guys getaway today!

Eat like a local: Top places to enjoy a Friday Fish Fry in Galena Country

Posted on February 14, 2019 by Kirsten Bell

A mouth-watering tradition.

The classic fish fry usually includes several pieces of fried fish, paired with some type of potato and salad or coleslaw. There’s nothing better to wash down fried fish than an ice-cold, locally brewed beer. Check out these Friday fish fries, just a sampling of the many great places to eat in Galena Country. Galena Paradise Bar & Grill - 205 N Main Street (815) 777-3245 Emmy Lou's - 11347 Oldenburg Lane (815) 777-4732 Stockton JJ & Freddies - 211 W North Avenue (815) 947-2798 Stella's Cafe & Catering - 100 N Main Street (815) 947-2080 Elizabeth Jug's Main Street Tap - 200 N Main Street (815) 858-3333 Small Town Saloon - 111 N Main Street (815) 858-9111 East Dubuque JM's Tap - 7625 N Menominee Road (815) 747-7730 Apple River Sidetrack Inn -102 W Railroad Street (815)-594-2278 Hanover Charlie's Place - 213 Jefferson Street (815) 591-3501 Be sure to call ahead, the Friday Fish Fry is often a special that restaurants offer for a limited time, typically March-April.

Enjoy delicious fried fish year-round at the following restaurants:

Galena Green Street Tavern - 230 S Main Street (815) 777-0090 East Dubuque Taste Country Roadhouse - 14877 US Hwy 20 W (815) 747-6656 Elizabeth Cajun Jack's - 1336 US Hwy 20 W (815) 858-3535 Galena The Market House - 204 Perry Street (815) 777-0690 Stockton Checo's Family Restaurant & Pizzeria 642 S Main Street (815) 947-3240