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Forever Original Galena Country

Posted on January 24, 2023 by Emily Tepper

Galena Country is an area with a rich and storied past and just like the area it represents, it is full of great stories and colorful characters. While it's many years in the making, our story only gets better with time! We have a history of seeing things others don't. And when you're here, you'll see and do things you won't see anywhere else. We call it being original.

Explore the 11 unique locations that makeup Galena Country with this adventure-filled, 4-day itinerary!

Day 1

Plan to have lunch in Stockton. With fun features for the whole family, this is the perfect spot to get out and stretch your legs. Fill up on a juicy burger at JJ & Freddies, shop at Savvy Scavengers and bag-your-own candy at Sweet Alice's. Stroll the town to find memory-making opportunities with the artistic murals and the Kidstown wooden playground! Everyone loves a good story. And here, one story always leads to another. Learn something new at the Stockton Heritage Museum, featuring N-scale model trains and Kraft Foods’ history (Fun fact: Kraft started in Stockton, Illinois).

Take in magnificent views while heading to Apple River for an outdoor adventure! Fuel up at Thriving Thistle Market and stock up on organic goodies and fresh-made smoothies for a picnic lunch. One is sure to find plenty of delectable items to enjoy now and later! Journey along to Apple River Canyon State Park with a picnic lunch and camera! Unplug and enjoy each other!

After exploring, cruise historic Stagecoach Trail and head towards Scales Mound. Stop into the Country House Grocery for last-minute essentials, snacks, and yummy treats! Follow the route to Galena and check into your lodging to rest up or drop off suitcases and explore Main Street for live music performed by local musicians in one of the many entertaining pubs. In Galena Country, we've never been like anywhere else and we're proud of it.

Day 2

Elizabeth: Arrive early, come hungry and ready to shop! Be sure to stop by the Scenic Overlook on the way! Start the morning off with a breakfast sandwich and coffee from E-town, followed by treasure hunting at Common Cents Resale, Elizabeth Grand Antique Co., and Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe. Make time to check out the Apple River Fort State Historic Site and Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum to experience a bit of history. To us, history isn't about endings, it's where stories begin. And one good story always leads to another.

Take a break to indulge in a tasty lunch at Cajun Jack's and delicious local brews at the Highway 20 Brewing Company, before heading to Hanover. In Galena Country, you'll find us running, cycling or hiking up hills, gliding through trees or paddling on the water! Enjoy a scenic hike at the beautiful Wapello Land & Water Reserve, nestled along the Apple River. For the drive back to Galena, consider following Blackjack Road for a scenic pit-stop at Chestnut Mountain Resort, an all-seasons resort, with zip-lining, alpine slide, mini-golf, segway tours, boat rides, and winter sports!

East Dubuque is calling! Delight in dinner at Timmerman's Supper Club, nestled among the bluffs of the Mississippi River, the food and views offer a memorable experience for the family or romantic dinner for two. Millennium Bar & Marina and Frentress Lake Marina are great spots to watch beautiful sunsets! Head back to Galena for an epic magic show with P.T. Murphy! We've always been known to have a good time. Times may change, but that never will.

Day 3

Breakfast in Galena: some local favorites include Otto's Place, Dillon's, Paradise Grill and Galena Bakehouse. Hit up Galena's Main Street for an incredible shopping experience with more than 125 independently owned stores. Get your history fix with a tour of Grant's Home, The Dowling House, and The Old Blacksmith Shop. Sight-see the streets of Galena via trolley to further discover the beautiful homes and views that are often raved about. The best thing about being where time forgot, is that you lose all track of it.

Enjoy lunch at Green Street Tavern in the Historical DeSoto House Hotel before continuing to Warren for a beer tasting at Pecatonica Beer Company and Tap House. To further extend the scenic adventure, swing back onto Stagecoach Trail and make way towards Nora. A small community with a hoppin' bar! Kick back and enjoy a refreshing beverage and appetizer before journeying on to the next stop! Venture back onto the beautiful Stagecoach Trail, pass through Galena and connect onto Hwy 20 towards Menominee, to another 'small town with a hoppin' bar.' JM's Tap makes the must-visit list, offering local craft brews and incredibly delicious pizza.

Day 4

Enjoy locally roasted coffee and a delicious breakfast sandwich at Big Bill's in downtown Galena before a little shopping and wine/spirits tasting. Begin the leisurely trip home with lunch at Small Town Saloon in Elizabeth. (Vegan's...get excited about the Impossible Burger!) Might as well stock up on apple cider donuts at Dittmar Farms Orchard station while in town.

Last stop to complete the tour of Galena Country - Woodbine. Search for specialty gifts at Nature's Treasure's and stop for a round of golf at Woodbine Bend, at the very least, indulge in their delicious fish fry! (Did you know that Galena Country is home to 10 golf courses?)

There it is... 11 wonderful Galena Country locations included in one itinerary. Switch it up and try new things each visit, with so much to do, it's always an adventure! 

Galena Country transports people to another time and place to enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and adventures. Some historic, some timeless and some brand-new, but always original! Start planning a trip today by browsing the latest Galena Country Visitors Guide and be sure to book your accommodation early!



Experience Galena Country From Home

Posted on December 27, 2022 by Kirsten Bell

So, you're at home wishing you were on vacation in Galena Country. Never fear, there are ways for you to enjoy this wonderful destination right from the comfort of your home.

Online Shopping

Have Galena Country delivered to your doorstep! Here is a list of businesses offering exciting online shopping for your convenience! Start filling those carts...

Bangles & Bags Honest John's Trading Post
Beyond the Horizon Jane Marie Boutique
Carlotta's Studio Knot's a Problem
Country Crafts & Sports Lulu's & Lulu's Too 
Earth's Treasures Massbach Ridge Winery
Elle & Becks Millenium Bar & Marina
Eshelman Pottery Mean Bean Coffee Roasters
Fergedaboudit Winery Murphy's Garden
From Head to Toe Sportswear New Earth Animals
Fergedaboudit Winery Noty Kitty
Gabby’s Gifts Outside The Lines Art Gallery
Galena Apothecary Pasta Perfetta

Galena Brewing Company-Apparel Poopsie’s
Galena Candle & Bath Company Rustic River Finds
Galena Canning Company Savvy Scavengers
Galena Cellars Winery Simply Elegant Boutique
Galena Garlic Company Spice and Tea Merchants
Galena's Kandy Kitchen Spotsie's
Galena Spoon Company The Feathered Nest
Galena Roasters The Neighborhood Trading Co.
Grateful Gourmet Co. Trolley Depot Coffee
Great American Popcorn Company Union Leather
Honest John's Emporium Vignettes of Galena

Gift Certificates

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life? Just a few ideas include... Knock their socks off with a gift certificate for a journey in the sky with Galena on the Fly or a flight through the trees with Long Hollow Canopy Tours. How about a night or two at a cozy B&B or at a luxury resort? A romantic dinner for two at a fine dining restaurant will always be appreciated and a winery, brewery, or distillery tour is a really fun experience to gift someone. The village of Elizabeth offers a Chamber bucks gift card, featuring participating restaurants, stores, attractions and more. This makes it easy to gift an Elizabeth experience in one package. Contact your favorite business in Galena Country to find out how you can purchase a gift certificate from them.

Online Vacation Planning

Plan your well-deserved escape to Galena Country from the comfort of your home. We've got you covered with heaps of digital information to inspire you! Check out the following links and get that itinerary going:

Visitors Guide Instagram
Website Pinterest
Galena Country Blogs You Tube
Facebook  

Fresh Air & Healing Nature

If you are close-by and need to escape the four walls, Galena Country has just what you need to recharge your soul! Take the kids to Horseshoe Mound Preserve for stunning views and experience the children's adventure found there. Grab your pup and head down the Galena River Trail to the Buehler Preserve where you can both stretch your legs. Pack your binoculars for a morning birding expedition to the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary.

Enjoy a picnic in the prairie at the Wapello Reserve or learn about native trees on an exciting self-guided tour at Schurmeier Teaching Forest. Take in majestic views of the Mighty Mississippi River at Casper Bluff or at Gramercy Park ... just stop and stare for a while. Otherwise, join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation on Facebook for their nature-related, educational Facebook Live events from the comfort of your home.

In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will!  


Shopping for Foodies in Galena Country

Posted on November 7, 2022 by Kirsten Bell

Credit: Great American Popcorn Company

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.


No tricks, just treats in Galena Country

Posted on October 14, 2022 by Emily Tepper

Trick or treat... Galena Country's got something good for you to eat!

Fill your baskets with a wide variety of handmade old-fashioned confections, gourmet popcorn, long-stemmed chocolate-dipped strawberries, imported European chocolates and more! Watch delicious treats being crafted on the spot including caramel apples dipped in a traditional copper kettle, and homemade fudge spread on a granite slab! While you're at it, enjoy a creamy-smooth ice cream from an 1846 shop featuring original cabinets and an old fashioned fountain!

A candy a day keeps the monsters away... so dig in!

If you haven't heard already, Galena hosts the most exciting, longest and most spooktacular Halloween Parade in Illinois and it's happening on Sat. Oct. 29... Don't miss it! Take a sneak peek here. While you're here, soak in the beautiful fall colors on a scenic drive through Galena Country! Check out the official visitors guide for more ideas on what to do and see, including where to stay overnight






Visitors Guide