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Spring Events in Galena Country

Posted on February 28, 2020 by Kirsten Bell

An exciting new season is approaching, where everything comes back to life, the days are a little longer and the sun shines brighter! Get into the swing of spring by attending these fun events in Galena Country!

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Plan ahead…

Stay up to date by following the events calendar. Plan your stay around other epic events happening later in the year such as the Galena Country Fair, Oktoberfest Weekend, Galena Halloween Parade and the Night of Luminaria and Living Windows. Be sure to book your accommodation early and browse the official visitors guide for ideas on other ‘must-do’ experiences.


Luxurious ways to enjoy Galena Country

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Kirsten Bell

Luxury Stays

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa: set on 6,800 acres of pristine woodlands and gorgeous open countryside. Elle & Becks: 2,500+ sq. ft, four-bedroom loft suite overlooking beautiful downtown Galena. Goldmoor Inn & Dining: set high above the banks of the Mississippi River, offering stunning views and gourmet dining experiences. Inn at Irish Hollow: elegant amenities and spectacular meals on a 500-acre working farm. Jail Hill Inn: offering the ultimate in relaxation, luxury accommodations, and location and voted #1 B&B/Inn in the USA and #2 in the World by TripAdvisor in 2019.

Suite Victory #1: beautifully renovated apartment in downtown Galena with private parking and includes breakfast at Victory Café.  The Owl House: featuring luxury high-end furniture and renovated with a meticulous approach to detail. Vignettes Modern Luxury: overlooking Galena’s Main St., this apartment is professionally decorated by Vignettes of Galena.

Tip: Few things say luxury like a relaxing spa treatment. Book a rejuvenating in-room massage during your stay.

Superb Drinks and Dining

Fried Green Tomatoes: delicious USDA Choice steaks, fresh seafood, and award-winning wine list. Fritz & Frites Bistro: a charming bistro offering mouthwatering German and French cuisine. Generals’ Restaurant: unique fine dining experience at the historic DeSoto House Hotel. Jamie’s Wine Studio of Galena: intimate wine, martini bar, and fine wine shop. Little Tokyo: home to the freshest Japanese style steak, sushi, and tempura.

Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape: delicious specialty drinks, cocktails, and a Bloody Mary buffet. Log Cabin Steakhouse: Galena’s oldest and longest-running restaurant since 1935, featuring tasty Greek specialty items. Timmerman’s Supper Club: fine dining with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mighty Mississippi River. Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge: award-winning intimate dining overlooking the stunning Lake Galena.

Unique Experiences

Galena on the Fly: take in the beauty of Galena Country from above on a Hot Air Balloon ride. End off with a champagne toast and chocolates! Long Hollow Canopy Tours: reach speeds of up to 40 mph and heights of 75 feet! Rappel off of a platform and venture across our 140-foot sky bridge to reach our final 1,250-foot zip line. Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.: take a tour of the distilling process, raise a glass and you may be lucky enough to catch a Galena Reserve release… an extremely limited and one-off expression!

Indulgent Shopping

Chocolat’ 229: an exceptional collection of European chocolates. Cotton Club: fashion boutique complete with clothing, jewelry, shoes, and designer purses. Elle & Becks: latest in fashion and accessories as well as numerous charming homewares. Galena River Wine & Cheese: gourmet wines, beers, cheeses, sausages, and specialty foods. Gustafson & Grey, Ltd: fine jewelry, antiques, and consignments. Nine Generals Cigar Company: cigars, men's grooming accouterments, and barware.

Simply Elegant Boutique: distinctive women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, and footwear. Skidmore Art Gallery: original artwork by professional artist Mark Skidmore. Union Leather: a fully dedicated leather store carrying a full line of leather products. Vignettes of Galena: full-service interior design; offering drapery, blinds, home furnishings, carpeting, lighting and more.

Enjoyable Entertainment

Amelia’s Under the Lamplight Dinner Theatre: enjoy fine dining and exceptional entertainment in this unique Supper Club atmosphere. Haunted Galena Tour Co.: be led through the streets of historic Galena by candlelight and enjoy haunted tales of Galena. P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre: a fun night of magic entertainment in a private 24-seat theater located in the heart of historic downtown Galena.

Be sure to book accommodation early and browse the official visitors guide for ideas on other ‘must-do’ experiences.


Desserts to savor in Galena Country

Posted on February 14, 2020 by Fallon Oldenburg

From gourmet icebox cake to homemade vanilla bean creme brûlée, be sure to save room for these mouthwatering desserts while tasting your way through Galena Country.  Durty Gurt’s - Milkshakes and Malts Unique flavors, fun names, and premium quality ingredients make handmade milkshakes and malts from Durty Gurt’s an excellent choice for a cool treat. Indulge in an “Elvis” peanut butter and banana shake or the “Chandler Bing” featuring chocolate, cherry, and vanilla. You can also choose from 13 specialty boozy shakes, or create your very own flavor combination to tantalize your taste buds.  Foodie Tip: Pair a milkshake or malt with a “Shut the Front Door” burger for the ultimate in American comfort food experience. Served on a glazed donut and topped with bacon and melted cheese, this burger is the perfect compliment to a frosty treat.  Embe Eatery & Lounge - Bread Pudding Sweet, rich, warm, and topped with a fluffy cloud of whipped cream, bread pudding from Embe Eatery & Lounge is like heaven in your mouth. House-made rum sauce and soft pillows of french bread melt in your mouth while almonds and raisins add texture and extra sweetness. This decadent dessert is the perfect finale for an incredible meal. Try the gluten-free and made-from-scratch cream of mushroom soup with the pulled pork sandwich, and stay for a drink and live music!  Fried Green Tomatoes - Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée Savor each bite of dinner at Fried Green Tomatoes, but save room for the divine flavor explosion some call creme brûlée. The signature robust vanilla flavor of the custard derives from premium Madagascar vanilla beans. After the custard is carefully made from scratch, it receives a caramelized sugar shell that melts in your mouth and provides a satisfying break as your spoon dives into the creamy deliciousness. Velvety, decadent, and rich, this dessert is best enjoyed after a gourmet meal and a glass of wine. Bon appétit! Log Cabin Steakhouse - Grasshopper Who doesn't love an ice cream dessert topped with fire? That's right - fire. Not to be confused with the signature Greek starter, Flaming Saganaki (OPAAAA!), the minty hand-blended ice cream after dinner 'drink' is the perfect finish to a satisfying Log Cabin Steakhouse meal. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the moment, then dig in! Foodie Tip: Have your meal prepared Greek-style, and don't forget to take home a bottle of Rigopoulos Grove Olive Oil! Otto's Place - Icebox Cake Sweet, light, and wonderfully balanced icebox cake makes for a mouthwatering dessert from Otto’s Place. Be sure to ask about the daily flavor options--all are delicious and made from scratch! Layers upon layers of moist chocolate cake with fluffy chocolate frosting is a perfect choice for any cocoa lover. The carrot and lemon cakes are also show-stoppers when it comes to curing a sweet-tooth. Be on the look-out for special pop-up-dinner events and take advantage of the hearty, yet unique breakfast options!  Whether here for the day or an extended weekend, go ahead and treat yo'self while you taste and tour your way through Galena Country! You never know what favorite memories await! Let the foodie adventure begin with a browse through the visitors guide, we look forward to seeing you soon!


Plan a Midweek Getaway to Galena Country!

Posted on February 4, 2020 by Fallon Oldenburg

Take a break from the daily stress of balancing work life, home life, and personal "you time" to regain sanity. It's a no-brainer, trade that morning alarm clock for a midweek refresher to Galena Country! Book the perfect getaway with this three-day itinerary. 

Day 1

Make a pit-stop in Stockton for an early lunch at Stella's Cafe' & Catering. Take time to strike a pose in front of the murals; a stop into Sweet Alice's is the perfect cure for a sweet tooth!  Make your way to Elizabeth for some retail therapy at Jane Marie Boutique, Village Treasures, and Common Cents Resale. Arrive in Galena just in time to check into accommodations, followed up with a savory dinner at the General’s Restaurant. Discover a different side of Galena's history on a tour with the Haunted Galena Tour Company, or quench your thirst on Matthew's Haunted Pub Crawl. Polish off the night with drinks and live music at The Cornerstone Bar. Day 2

Begin with a hearty breakfast at Otto’s Place--be sure to ask about the quiche of the day and try a piece of warm, homemade coffee cake. Stroll across the Galena River for a fresh cup of locally-roasted brew from The Mean Bean or Big Bill's Sandwich and Coffee Bar. Discover more than of 125 independently owned boutique shops, galleries, attractions and eateries nestled into Galena's Historic Main Street. Whether you fancy yourself a foodie, fashionista, or history buff - Main Street is a treasure-hunting paradise!

Next up, lunch at The Market House Restaurant, followed up with wine tasting at the Massbach Ridge Tasting Room. Learn about gourmet wine pairings made from locally-grown grapes, then stop over to the Dowling House or the Old Blacksmith Shop for a little history before dinner. Enjoy a scenic drive along historic HWY 20 to East Dubuque for a delicious meal at Timmerman’s Supper Club, perched along the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi River. Be sure to finish off dinner with a hand-blended grasshopper! If it's a Thursday, take advantage of the live music and vintage rides at Cruisin' Thursdays. Day 3

After hitting the snooze-button, fuel up with breakfast at Victory Cafe in Galena, a leisurely morning walk along the levee and up to the Ulysses S. Grant Home for a tour. Take the scenic route home, this time via Stagecoach Trail, grab a delicious smoothie at Thriving Thistle in Apple River and a bite to eat at Chubz Pub & Grub or Wally's Pizzeria in Warren. With Galena Country only being a few hours' drive for many - it's the perfect getaway at any time! Book your stay and let the planning begin with a browse through the digital visitors guide.