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Cozy Drink Spots in Galena Country

Posted on September 29, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

‘Tis the season to wrap your hands around a warm cup of comfort! We’ve rounded up some toasty ‘hot spots’ where you can relax and thaw out this winter in Galena Country!

Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop & Coffee Bar, Galena

Savor a steaming cappuccino, sip on a Chai Tea Latte or indulge in a Hot Chocolate topped with cream at this full-service coffee bar. They expertly roast their coffee in small batches – try their brew of the month and take some home with you! Make a meal of it and indulge in gourmet breakfast and lunch deliciousness!

Bread and Vine Bakery, Galena

Cozy up to a classy coffee at this French and Italian-inspired cafe. Pair your espresso with signature items such as flavored macarons, chocolate tart, French beignets, giant eclairs, pain au chocolat, pure butter croissants, and more!

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Galena

Visit this local craft distillery for a tour behind the scenes and then treat yourself to a Hot Toddy made with Bourbon, honey, fresh lemon juice, and hot water before heading back out into the cold!

Elle & Becks, Galena

This unique spot features a Coffee & Gelato bar within the confines of a lifestyle boutique that offers the latest in fashion, accessories, and homeware. You can even take their delicious coffee home with you!

E-Town Coffee Co., Elizabeth

This cozy spot offers freshly ground coffee, espresso, and other warm drinks. Enjoy a tasty sandwich and browse local art on display and choose a bottle of wine from the wide selection of wines.

Frank O’ Dowds Irish Pub, Galena

How about an Irish Coffee in an authentic Irish pub? This pub was designed and handcrafted in Ireland itself. Together with your coffee, the live entertainment and good Irish cheer is bound to warm you up in no time!

Galena Bakehouse, Galena

This high-quality grab-and-go bakery features delicious coffee, gourmet pastries, cupcakes, empanadas, and lunch options using local ingredients, always made from scratch.

Galena Cellars and Massbach Ridge Wine Tasting Rooms, Galena

Warm-up while sipping on a glass of mulled wine (Gluhwein) at one of these local tasting rooms situated on Galena's Historic Main Street. Browse many award-winning wines to enjoy at home.

Galena Roasters, Galena

This lovely local cafe prides itself in offering Specialty Coffee roasted in-house served on the bar as espresso drinks, brewed coffee, and cold brew. They carry Galena Roasters coffee in retail bags, including many different single origins and blends and different roast levels, so you can bring Galena Roasters home with you when you leave!

Kaladi’s Coffee Bar, Galena

Make yourself comfortable in this family-owned coffee shop. Enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up or delicious hot chocolate as well as a selection of delicious baked goods!

Mean Bean Roasters, Galena

Think custom gourmet coffee! Here you have the option to custom design a personal coffee blend and label. Choose up to five different mouthwatering flavors to create your own individual and unique blend. Enjoy a warm cup of freshly brewed java, made locally by fellow coffee lovers.

Millennium Bar & Marina, East Dubuque

Tucked away in a slough in East Dubuque, Millennium brings its style of home cooking to the Mississippi River but they also offer specialty drinks including boozy loaded cocoa, spiked coffee and even candy cane martini's... okay that's not a warm drink but it warm you up from the inside!  

Stella’s Café & Catering, Stockton

After “striking a pose” in front of Stockton’s famous downtown murals, warm up with Stella’s famous Caramel Macchiato! Housed in the W.E. White Building, listed on the National Historic Registry, Stella’s is known for its beautiful original tin ceiling and artful ambiance. Step across the street to Sweet Alice's for some take-home treats and blooming teas!

Thriving Thistle Market, Apple River

Situated on the famous Stagecoach Trail in Apple River, lies this little gem! Not only is it a gas station, but here you will find wholesome nourishment too! Grab a Bullet-Proof coffee (coffee with butter and coconut oil blend) a delicious bite to eat, and fuel-up for your travels!

Trolley Depot Coffee & Tea Co., Galena

This family owned and operated coffee and tea shop specializes in hand crafting each beverage with skill and precision. On the menu, you will find ethically sourced and locally roasted (Galena Roasters) coffee as well as an assortment of full-leaf Fair Trade Organic teas. Delicious pastries, pre-packed snacks and ice cream are also on offer. 

Now that we've got you all nice and toasty… you are ready to explore more of Galena Country! Spend the weekend in a place that's as original as you are. These dining options will take care of your hunger when the time comes and they will have cozy drinks to keep you going too!


Fall Group Getaway in Galena Country

Posted on July 29, 2021 by Fallon Oldenburg

If you want to make the most of your time, go to a place that’s frozen in it! Gather a group of friends and experience fall in Galena Country!

Day 1

First up is lunch with a view at the Sunset Grille located at Chestnut Mountain Resort. Feast your eyes on incredible panoramas of the Mighty Mississippi while enjoying lunch, followed by check-in. Settle into your room before venturing downtown to Galena’s Historic Main Street, where you’ll be immersed in history on a Trolley Tour. After the tour, experience more than 125 boutiques, galleries, attractions and eateries. Finish the day with a savory meal at Galena’s oldest supper club, the Log Cabin Steakhouse. Start the meal with an order of saganaki and finish with a flaming grasshopper!

Day 2

Enjoy breakfast at the resort or off site at Big Bills Sandwich Shop & Coffee Bar on Main Street. Next, head to the Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site to tour the home of the United States 18th President. Take note of the many original furnishings, still on display! Next, journey outside of town to Horseshoe Mound Preserve, where you can take in views of Galena and the rolling hills of the driftless region. Be ready to snap some photos of these unforgettable views! Grab a bite to eat at Green Street Tavern at Desoto House Hotel for lunch, followed by a ‘behind the scenes’ tour at Blaum Bros Distilling Co. Make your way back to the resort to freshen up for fine dining at Timmerman’s Supper Club, a nostalgic restaurant perched along the bluffs of the Mississippi River backwaters.

Day 3

Finish breakfast at the resort with a relaxing chairlift ride overlooking the Mississippi River, then venture to town for shopping and wine tasting. Fuel up at Gobbies’s Sports Pub and Eatery for lunch before heading to Hoof it Goat Treks, where you’ll experience a peaceful hike through the forest while baby goats follow and play along the trails.

Everyone loves a good story, and here, one good story always leads to another. Make plans to experience Galena Country with the best of friends, because we may be old, but never the same old thing. 


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!


Ideas for a Guys Getaway in Galena Country

Posted on June 8, 2021 by Kirsten Bell

When it comes to meaningful male bonding, after-work drinks just don’t cut it! To truly connect with your best buds, you need a 'bro-cation' in Galena Country for everything from thrilling outdoor activities to rocking live entertainment. Don't know where to start? We've gathered a list of great ideas for your man-cation.

Lodging

Before the shenanigans begin, make sure that you have a place to rest your weary head after an action-packed day! Galena Country has a wide variety of lodging options to choose from but here are some fun stays for your guy's getaway:

Arrowhead Tree House, Elizabeth
Brixen Ivy Ranch, Elizabeth
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Galena
Irish Cottage Inn & Suites, Galena
LeFevre Inn & Resort, Galena
Palace Campground, Galena 

Get Outdoors 

Galena Country's rolling terrain creates a natural playground for unique outdoor activities! Feed your hunger for adventure with these experiences: 

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve, Galena
Drive 20 Golf Trail, Galena Country
Galena Fly Fishing Outfitters, Galena 
Galena On the Fly Hot Air Balloons, Galena
Hoof It Goat Treks, Galena
Nuts Outdoors, Galena
River Valley Hunting, Scales Mound
Shenandoah Riding Center, Galena
Woodbine Bend Golf Course, Woodbine

Raise your glass

Taste local in Galena Country by savoring handcrafted and award-winning beer, wine, and spirits, or hang out with the locals in hidden small-town bars and pubs. 

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Galena 
Highway 20 Brewing Co., Elizabeth
Incognito Bar, East Dubuque
The Otherside, East Dubuque 

Shop Galena's Main Street

From leather apparel, cigars, locally roasted coffee, and sportswear to delicious food items, everyone in your group will find something on Galena's Historic Main Street. More than 125 shops and restaurants line this charming half mile.

Galena Canning Co., Galena  
Galena's Kandy Kitchen, Galena 
Galena Roasters, Galena
Nine Generals Cigar Co., Galena
Union Leathers, Galena
Verilife Cannabis Dispensery, Galena   

Fuel your hunger  

Follow your appetite to home-inspired comfort food or trendy eateries and brewpubs; there's no way you'll go hungry in Galena Country! Check out these tasty spots:

Cajun Jack's Bar & Grill, Elizabeth 
Frentress Lake Marina, East Dubuque  
Log Cabin Steakhouse, Galena 
Wally's Pizzeria & Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House, Warren

Be entertained 

Dare your pals to go on a haunted pub crawl where you'll hear spine-tingling stories of hauntings in Galena! Be mystified by sophisticated sleight of hand at a magic show or enjoy live music played by local talent at a historic 1850s general store and railway station, now a watering hole and live music venue.

Council Hill Station, Scales Mound
Matthew's Haunted Pub Crawl, Galena
PT Murphy Magic Theatre, Galena  

Immerse yourself in history 

Follow in Ulysses S. Grant's footsteps with a visit to his home, frozen in time! Learn all about the 1832 Black Hawk War with a visit to the Apple River Fort or watch a demo, using original tools and forges in an authentic 1897 Old Blacksmith Shop!   

Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Elizabeth
Grant Home State Historic Site, Galena
Old Blackmith Shop, Galena

Events fit for a man-cation

Galena Country offers one-of-a-kind events year through; however, some stand out as the perfect male-bonding events that are sure to build on those memories for a lifetime.

Galena Brew Fest
Grant's Homefront Reenactment and Encampment 
Galena Whiskey Weekend 
Heroes For History Stair Challenge
Shenandoah Pro Rodeo 

In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will. For more fun ideas on ways to enjoy Galena Country, check out the lastest visitors guide!


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.