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Escape to Galena Country on a Romantic Road Trip

Posted on June 14, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

Beautiful year round, Galena Country offers breathtaking views, delicious food, one-of-a-kind boutique shops and priceless memories waiting to be made on a scenic road trip. 

Elizabeth

Traveling west on Highway 20 towards Galena, you will drive through the charming village of Elizabeth. Stretch your legs and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at E-Town Coffee Co. Pick up a bottle of wine from their great selection for that sundowner later on, and browse the local art on display.

Before you leave, grab a cup of E-Town’s locally roasted, freshly ground coffee for the road! Elizabeth is where the battle of the Apple River Fort took place as part of the Black Hawk War in 1832. An exact replica of the fort lies on Myrtle Street if you want to take a peek.

Long Hollow Scenic Overlook

As you leave Elizabeth, you will be treated to views of wooded countryside interspersed with neat farmsteads and hilly terrain. Who says Illinois is flat? Not here! A must-stop is the Long Hollow Scenic Overlook. The breathtaking scenery of Galena Country’s rolling countryside is quite something! Be sure to use this perfect backdrop to snap your selfies!

Tapley Woods

Traveling just a little further will take you into the Tapley Woods Conservation Area, home to the Long Hollow Canopy Tours. Driving through this area is a special treat in any season! The forest crowds in close to the roadside, and with low speeds and open windows, you can enjoy the sounds of birdsong and the buzz of insects. There are spots where the trail breaks clear of the woods and opens up to views of the hilly landscape.

Galena

Ahhhh, Galena! Such beauty and so much history! As you enter this town, you feel like you’ve stepped into a movie set. Frozen in time, the Historic Main Street is lined with beautifully restored 19th Century buildings which house art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and stores as well as restaurants. Nearly every scene offers a picturesque background you won’t forget.

Stop in at the 1864 American Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor which features an old-fashioned fountain and original cabinets. Grab a refreshing ice cream and take a seat on a sidewalk bench to take in the sights and sounds of Galena. Directly next door to the ice cream parlor is Galena’s Kandy Kitchen. You can’t pass up the opportunity of purchasing some lip-smacking homemade candy for the rest of the drive!

Menominee

While you munch on that delicious candy, continue west to Menominee. This quaint village is located on the Little Menominee River near East Dubuque. J.M.’s Tap is Menominee’s hidden gem! This family-run restaurant specializes in homemade pizza and features all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry! Enjoy a hearty meal as you get to know the locals and share your Galena Country experience with them.

Everywhere you go in Galena Country turns into a classic road trip, packed with adventure and places to explore. There is no hurry, take your time and soak it all in. Start planning your trip today by browsing the latest Galena Country visitors guide, and be sure to book your accommodation early!


Sip & Savor Outdoors in Galena Country

Posted on June 4, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

Credit: Unposed Photography taken at Fried Green Tomatoes

A vacation really feels like a vacation when you can sit outside and relax with a cocktail, ice-cream or enjoy lunch in the shade while you take in beautiful scenery and fresh air. 

A portion of Galena's Historic Main Street is closed to traffic thru October to accommodate outdoor seating for all food and drink establishments. This adds to the city's charm as it bears a resemblance to the bustling café culture of Paris and Rome. Use this handy map to navigate parking in Galena. 

Spend your morning shopping and strolling the streets of Galena Country, before you soak up some rays with patio pancakes and mimosas. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor music and refreshing wine at an award-winning winery on the patio or a picnic blanket on the lawn. Make a toast to the beautiful summer evening with a cocktail and delicious meal on a deck!

From secret backyard gardens, to sunny sidewalk-seating, to large covered patios, we have created a list of great outdoor spots in Galena Country:

American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, Galena Jamie’s Wine Studio of Galena
Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course, Apple River Jimmy's Pub, East Dubuque
Ayalas, Galena JJ & Freddie’s, Stockton
Big Bill's Sandwich & Coffee Bar, Galena Jug's Main Street Tap, Elizabeth
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Galena Highlands Restaurant & Lounge 289, Galena
Bread and Vine Bakery, Galena Lacoma Golf Course, East Dubuque
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill, Elizabeth Log Cabin Steakhouse, Galena
Campeche Restaurant, Galena Jimmy's Pub, East Dubuque
Canova's Pizzeria & Fine Italian Cuisine Massbach Ridge Winery, Elizabeth
Champagne on Main, Galena Massbach Ridge Winery Tasting Room, Galena
Charlie's Place, Hanover Midtown Marina, East Dubuque
Chestnut Mountain Resort - Sunset Grille, Galena  Millenium Bar & Marina, East Dubuque
Dillon's HM Pizza & Tavern, Galena Otto's Place, Galena
Durty Gurt's Burger Joynt, Galena Paradise Bar & Grill, Galena

E-Town Coffee Co.,Elizabeth Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery, Hanover
Elk's Club, Galena Root Beer Revelry, Galena
Embe Eatery & Lounge, Galena  Savory Kitchen, Galena
Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery,Hanover Shorty's Saloon, East Dubuque
Frentress Lake Bar & Grill, East Dubuque Small Town Saloon, Elizabeth
Fried Green Tomatoes, Galena South Side Hornet Pub & Grillle, Scales Mound
Fritz and Frites Bistro, Galena Stella's Café, Stockton
Galena Brewing Company, Galena Swiss Inn Motel & Lounge, East Dubuque
Galena Cellars Wine Tasting Room, Galena The Corner Tap, Stockton
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, Galena The Cove Bar & Grill, Apple River
Galena Roasters Coffee Shop, Galena The Old School Saloon, Scales Mound
Galena Tajin Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Galena Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Elizabeth
Gobbies Sports Pub & Eatery, Galena Thriving Thistle Market & Bistro, Apple River
Grape Escape, Galena Trolley Depot Coffee & Tea Co. 
Green Street Tavern at the DeSoto House Hotel, Galena Victory Cafe, Galena
Highway 20 Brewing Company, Elizabeth Vinny Vanucchi’s “Little Italy”, Galena
Hilltop at Menominee  Woodbine Bend Restaurant, Woodbine

In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will! Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today, by booking your stay and browsing the digital visitors guide.


Field of Dreams walking tour in Downtown Galena

Posted on June 1, 2021 by Fallon Oldenburg

Galena Field of Dreams walking tour map

It’s been more than 30 years since Field of Dreams first charmed viewers with its endearing narrative of how baseball helps an Iowa farmer reconnect with figures from the past, including his own father. In the film, downtown Galena pinch-hits for Chisholm, Minnesota. Take a stroll and experience a walking tour along Galena’s Historic Main Street, showcasing a dozen key locations featured in the iconic movie.

Download a PDF map with this information here. 

  1. DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S Main St., Ray Kinsella and Terrence Mann search the local Chisholm phone book in an old phone booth, for Graham’s contact information. Also in this scene, you can see the Chisholm, Minnesota banner hanging across Main Street.
  2. Green Street Stairs, Bench St., Ray Kinsella and Moonlight Graham are spotted walking together in the evening hours to Graham’s office.
  3. Embe Eatery & Lounge, 233 S. Main St., Where Ray parks his VW Van while looking for Moonlight Graham in Chisholm, MN. Another scene where the Chisholm banner can be spotted hanging over Main Street.
  4. Klein's Market Bakery, 118 S. Main St., This building is predominately spotted in the background as Ray strolls the streets of Chisholm looking for Moonlight Graham. In the movie, you can recognize the building by the old vehicle parked in front of it.
  5. Dreams Boutique, 116 S Main St., This scene features the third symbol of Ray’s apparent time-travel back to 1972. He spots an old car and rubs the dirt off of the license plate to reveal the 1972 sticker confirming the travel back in time.
  6. Country Crafts & Sports, 113 S Main St., This location is the movie theater where Ray smirks at the marquee advertising The Godfather movie title, stating “One of this year’s ten best”. It's the second moment of Ray’s realization that he has travelled back in time.
  7. Great American Popcorn Co., 110 S. Main St., Ray spots the Re-Elect Nixon presidential campaign poster. The first sign of Ray’s apparent time-travel back to 1972.
  8. Petals and Primitives, 111 S. Main St., The first quick glimpse the viewers receive of Moonlight Graham, as he passes by in the background.
  9. Outside the Lines Art Gallery, 101 S. Main St., The iconic scene where Ray Kinsella meets Moonlight Graham for the first time.
  10. Big Bill's Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar, 301 N. Main St., This is the location featuring the bar scene where Terrence Mann interviews Chisholm locals about Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.
  11. Fritz & Frites Bistro, 317 N. Main St., The bar in this quaint restaurant is the bar used in the 'interview scene' mentioned above, with Terrance Mann and residents of Chisholm.
  12. Galena Chiropractic, 400 Broadway St., The location of Moonlight Graham’s Optometrist office. During this scene, Ray and Archibald chat about his one-game in the majors with no bat.

Explore and reminisce the amazing locations showcased in the movie, make a few stops along the way and discover even more eateries, galleries and boutique shopping! But first, book your stay and let the planning begin with the digital visitors guide. There's a lot of places out there, but there's nowhere like us!

Photo Credit: Internet Movie Cars Database


Celebrate Pride Month in Galena Country

Posted on April 30, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

Galena Country has a strong history of inclusivity with many residents and businesses championing equality and diversity. To celebrate Pride Month in June, rainbow flags and rainbow stairs will once again take over the Galena Pedestrian Bridge linking downtown Galena to Grant Park.

This warm-hearted community welcomes everyone to visit with Pride and to experience the places and people that make it Amazing for All! Here are some of the ways to celebrate Pride Month this year: 

When searching for accommodation, consider Aldrich Guest House owned by husbands Robert and Douglas Mahan. They will be selling beautifully custom-designed Pride mugs and, will donate a percentage of the sales to the HRC. Aldrich happens to be the first and only cannabis-friendly lodging property in the area, featuring a separate 'Potting Shed', complete with snacks!

Galena is kicking off Pride Month with the Galena Pride Kick Off show on Friday, June 11 at Ashton Hill Farm. This entertaining drag show features the Key City Pride cast and promises to be a blast! On Sat. June 12, pack a picnic basket filled with yummy Galena Country eats, gather your family and friends, including your fur babies, and head down to the first-ever Galena Pride Picnic in historic Grant Park. Geoff and Alex from Inn at Felt Manor will be your hosts, and you will be treated to live music while taking in breathtaking views of the city of Galena. Check out the Ulysses. S Grant Statue, the historic cannons, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the bubbling fountain. 

Don't forget to take a selfie on the Pride Bridge and tag it with #AmazingForAll! Tip: Bread & Vine Bakery will be offering exclusive food items and a cotton candy tower during the month of June - perfect for the picnic! 

While exploring more than 125 independently owned boutiques and restaurants on Galena's Historic Main Street, stop in at Galena Book & Paper, where you will find some impressive LGBTQ classics and new releases in stock. Visit Galena Apothecary where you'll find limited-edition t-shirts, totes and stickers celebrating PRIDE.

No living room is complete without the gorgeous aroma of the custom-made Amazing For All candles from The Scent Workshop and for the kitchen, take home a specially designed handcrafted cheese and charcueterie board from The Galena Spoon Co. Your kids and pups will love the exclusive products available at New Earth Animals and Galena Kids Store & Learning Center available thru June. At the end of an eventful day, sip on a refreshing Pride Month drinks special at Galena Cellars Wine Tasting Room

Galena will be ending pride month in style with the Pride Drag Brunch at Ashton Hill Farm. Join A'Keria Davenport, from RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars and an amazing cast for a fun filled day! 

In Galena Country, we encourage people to follow their passions. To take a deep breath, relax and be themselves. Whether exploring the rolling hills of the driftless region, treasure-hunting along Galena's historic Main Street, or indulging in a savory farm-to-table meal, it's a great time to make your way to Galena Country!

Everyone loves a good story. And here, one story always leads to another. Make memories, celebrate each other, and tag your snaps with #AmazingForAll and #GalenaCountry when sharing your story.

Plan a one-of-a-kind getaway today by booking your stay and browsing the latest digital visitors guide. Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center for a free mini pride flag and sticker! 


Mother's Day in Galena Country

Posted on April 13, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

Whichever way you look at it… Mom is a superhero! She sacrificed her waistline, she spent countless hours cheering you on at sports practice, she even dried your tears after crash-landings that she warned you about time and time again! Not to mention mom’s taxi service. We all know what we must do… show her that we appreciate her this Mother’s Day, but how when love means keeping your distance during the pandemic? We have some suggestions for you…

Send Locally Grown Blooms

Choose from mixed bouquets, mason jar arrangements and potted plants at 'Petals on the Porch' self-serve flower stand at Clara Joyce Flowers. If you can’t make it out to this specialty cut flower farm in Stockton, hop onto their website, choose from several different floral designs and have it shipped directly to mom’s doorstep! Murphy’s Gardens offers flowering shrubs, hanging baskets culinary herbs and a selection of trees for mom’s garden too!

Build a Pamper Hamper

A hamper of beauty products would allow any self-isolating mom to indulge in well-deserved self-care. Throw in some muscle soak bath salts and delicately scented candles from Galena Candle and Bath Company, or make make for her yourself at The Scent Workshop. What about clarity calming face oil and organic lip balm from Galena Apothecary? If mom loves the spa and nothing else will fill its shoes… purchase a gift voucher from Galena Country’s highly-skilled, full-service spas for a future visit!

Pack a Picnic for Mom & Dad

Grab a bottle of wine from one of the local wineries, pick up some gourmet cheeses, sausages and pates from Galena River Wine & Cheese and deliver them to Mom and Dad. Suggest that they enjoy a sunset picnic atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve overlooking stunning views of Galena Country or even in their own yard.

From Galena Country with Love

Spend some time browsing online stores and send Galena Country to Mom's doorstep. From locally roasted coffee, award-winning wines, or popcorn to a new outfit, handbag or accessories... she is sure to love any of it! Not sure of what she would like? A gift certificate from her favorite store or restaurant will keep her looking forward to her next visit! In Galena Country we know the importance of taking the time for the things that matter most.These gifts are bound to bring a smile to the face of the special women in your life.