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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!

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. 

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

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.


Thursday Night Live in Galena

Posted on April 12, 2021 by Fallon Oldenburg

Stepping onto Galena’s Main Street is like something out of a movie. Looking much like it did when President Grant strolled the streets, the buildings are now home to more than 125 independently owned businesses.

Available May 27 through October there’s no better time to explore Galena’s charming downtown. Feast your eyes and ears every Thursday night from 5-7 p.m. on historic Main Street, with live music and art from incredible local and regional performers. Situated right on Main Street, safely enjoy the unique talents of these artists while making your way in and out of exquisite boutique shops, galleries and eateries.

Galena Country transports people to another time and place to enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and adventures. Some historic, some timeless, some brand-new... but always original.


Luxurious ways to enjoy Galena Country

Posted on March 19, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

Discover what lies beyond the expected with an escape to Galena Country, where only the best for your vacation is good enough. Have high expectations; they will be met! 

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.
Ulysses Suites
This well-deserved buiding has been lovingly renovated with a nod to the Grant Hotel from the turn of the century. 
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

Champagne on Main: serving champagnes, wines, cocktails and spirits, featuring vintage and non-vintage Champagnes.
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.
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 complete 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.
Galena Apothecary:  offering a wide assortment of vintage votives and circa 1850 salvaged wood boxes and trays, natural beauty products, quality gifts, jewelry, books, and paper goods
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
Verilife Cannabis Dispensary: shop with supportive guidance from the Verilife community to confidently choose the cannabis products that fit your lifestyle.
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.

In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will. For more ideas on ways to enjoy this unique destination, check out the Galena Country Visitors Guide and start building on those family memories! Be sure to book accommodation early and browse the official visitors guide for ideas on other ‘must-do’ experiences.

Please be prepared to enjoy Galena Country responsibly by wearing a mask and keeping your distance. For further information on COVID-19 guidelines in our area, please click here.


Social Distance In Style With Your Dog in Galena Country

Posted on March 4, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

The weather is warming up, the birds are starting to chirp, and Galena Country is calling for you and your fur-child to come out and play! Plan a safe pet-centric vacation in Galena Country using this pet-friendly guide. 

Tail Waggin' Accommodation

Fido is sure to feel like the top dog at one of these dog-approved digs where he can rest his furry head after a fun day of exploring! 

A Great Escape   Grant Hills Motel 
Augustus Chetlain Home Hawk Valley Retreat Pet Friendly Cottage
Belle Aire Mansion Guest House  Log Cabins at Le Fevre Inn & Resort
Cat House Suites Marcotte's Family Motel
Cloran Mansion & Antonio's Cottage Quality Inn East Dubuque
Country Inn & Suites, Stockton Quality Inn East Dubuque
Galena Escapes Stoney Creek Inn 
Galena Reservations The Nook on Third
Goldmoor Inn   

Woof-Worthy Adventures

Your four-legged sidekick will love the scenic and sniff-worthy hiking trails found in nature preserves, parks, and along riverbanks where he can climb, scamper, and in some cases, even swim! If he prefers to stroll more than run, pick up a picnic basket from Galena River Wine and Cheese for yourself and some treats from New Earth Animals for Fido, then head to one of the parks for a relaxing walk and picnic together. Don't forget to check the leash laws.

Apple River Canyon State Park Gramercy Park
Buehler Preserve Grant Park
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve Horseshoe Mound Preserve
Chestnut Mountain Resort Trails Schurmeier Teaching Forest
Galena Gateway Park Wapello Land & Water Preserve
Galena River Trail Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

Pawsome Shopping

Friends don't let friends shop alone! Throw a leash on your besty, remind him to put on his best behavior, and hit Galena's Main Street. You will find more than 125 independently-owned businesses on this historic Main Street, many of which welcome pets. Many stores offer online shopping should you prefer not to make in-store purchases at this time. 

At Home in Galena Honest John's Trading Post 
Beyond the Horizon New Earth Animals
Carlotta's Studio Peace of the Past 
Country Crafts & Sports Petals & Primitives 
Dream Catcher  Poopsie's 
Dreams Boutique Red's Iron Yard & Wholesale Barn 
Earth's Treasures Rustic River Finds
Eureka Serendipity of Galena 
Fever River Outfitters Simply Elegant Boutique
For Bare Feet Something Special
From Head to Toe Sportswear Strawberry Lane 
Gabby's Gifts The Feathered Nest 
Galena Cellars Wine Tasting Room Union Leather 
Galena Garlic Company  Vignettes of Galena 
Galena Tees Wooden Wardrobe 
Gustafson & Grey Ltd. You Gotta Be Kidding 
Honest John's Emporium  

Treat your fur-kid to a doggie donut from New Earth Animals or let him sniff out his own treat from the no-hide bar. Bon A-pet-treat Fido! What about a new outfit while you're at it?

Un-fur-gettable Artwork  

Fur-tunately, Outside the Lines Art Gallery and Pinder Pottery welcome your pets to browse beautiful art and pottery pieces with you! Skidmore Art Gallery offers thirsty four-legged travelers a refreshing drink just outside the gallery. 

Speaking of drinks, Miss Kitty's Grape Escape serves up killer martinis to enjoy with Fido at your side. If you're hungry, they serve appetizers, sandwiches, and more. Tip: The local VFW in Hanover will allow your pooch to sit at the bar with you too!

Scruffy to Fluffy

You both deserve a spa day! Doggie Do's & New Earth Animals Grooming will give your fur-baby a makeover while you pamper yourself at one of Galena Country's full-service spas. If you absolutely MUST visit a few places that do not allow pets, Doggie Do's also offers a daycare service where Fido can meet other four-legged travelers and exchange travel stories.

Paws and Reflect 

Time to relax with a glass of wine and reflect on your exciting adventures. Galena Country's award-winning wineries welcome pets - hot diggety dog – let's go! Sit, sip and savor delicious local wines while enjoying scenic views. 

Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery Massbach Ridge Winery
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery 

In Galena Country, we know the importance of taking the time for the things that matter most. We've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will. Browse the latest visitors guide for more ways to explore this one-of-a-kind destination! 

Please be prepared to enjoy Galena Country responsibly by wearing a mask and keeping your distance. For further information on COVID-19 guidelines in our area, please click here.