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Galena Country Blog

Hiking Trails in Galena & Jo Daviess County

FB March 2015_Spring Open

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Time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors in Galena & Jo Daviess County! Look for new Spring buds and sprouts and watch the birds migrate back to the North from the beautiful parks and preserves we have to offer. See our featured blog post of Horseshoe Mound & Gateway Park HERE!

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Primrose Trail at Apple River Canyon State Park

The Galena River Trail will be closed for repairs indefinitely, but we have lots of opportunities to get fresh air. Find all of the Hiking Trails in Galena & Jo Daviess County HERE and Enjoy Galena Country!

 

St. Patrick’s Day in Galena & Jo Daviess County!

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  • Our pastoral, rolling hills are reminiscent of the green landscapes of Ireland, making Galena & Jo Daviess County a draw for homesick Irish. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!
  • Frank O’Dowd’s Pub & Grill for music & Irish dancers – Friday, March 13 & 17 – (866) 284-7474
  • Miss Kitty’s Pub Crawl – Friday, March 13, call for details (779) 214-0003
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Galena, IL – Saturday, March 14 at 4pm – The Elks Lodge (815) 777-0011

Use our Events Calendar to find all of the FUN in Galena & Jo Daviess County!

Celebrating Peace in Union

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We’re proud to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Peace in Union with Galena and the rest of the United States in April of this year. Our commemoration host, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, houses the famous painting “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast depicting General Ulysses S. Grant formally accepting the surrender of General Robert E. Lee in the Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia 1865. Galena, IL was home to nine Civil War generals, including Ulysses S. Grant and four are represented in the painting.

Head to the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum on April 17 at 10:15 am for a dedication of the commemorative stamps celebrating the sesquicentennial!

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We’re celebrating with a series of programs, exhibits and tours from April 9-19, 2015.
Download a schedule of events HERE!

The Elizabeth Historical Society will be hosting the following event:
Come meet Brad Albrecht, Kevin Ertmer, Corey Walters, Frank McCann, Caroline Sipiera, Martha Purchis, and Paul Sipiera as they put on a program that will take the format of the play, Soldier, Come Home, based upon the letters from family and loved ones. This program will take place on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Apple River Fort State Historic Site. This program is being sponsored by the Elizabeth Historical Society. For more information and to make reservations please contact Shelia at the fort at (815) 858-2028.. It is suggested that those in attendance consider making a $5 donation to help offset the royalty costs of staging the play. After the performance, light refreshments will be served.

View General Grant’s Recollections for more information!

Use galena.org for lodging, recreation and dining options!

Finding the Fairy Tale in Galena/Jo Daviess County!

We were honored to receive the award for Best Leisure Collateral Ad at the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism! The award winning ad was our insert in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue in The Knot, Chicago Magazine. We provided brides and grooms with a comprehensive list of wedding resources in Galena & Jo Daviess County, along with stunning photos from Primavera Studios!

 

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For more information visit our Weddings & Unions tab at galena.org, you can also use our Wedding Ideas Pinterest Board!

5 Tips to Navigating Chestnut Mountain Resort

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Skiing and Snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain Resort is one of the top Winter attractions in Illinois. We’ve put together 5 tips to help you enjoy every second!

1. Reserve the Jacuzzi King Suite so that you have your own private hot tub Après Ski!

2. Get a full snow report and watch the live cams for conditions!

3. Traveling with kids? Sign them up for a lesson in the Powder Pups and Rangers program. We’ve heard the hot chocolate is great & they love riding in the Powder Pups Express!

4. Meet your friends for a drink at the Boulder Terrace off to your right on Old Main or on the deck at The Summit & enjoy the views of the Mississippi River!

5. Don’t miss the sunset over the Mississippi River, either on the slopes or in the Sunset Grille!

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photo by (at) paul2161 on Instagram

Follow Chestnut Mountain Resort on Instagram & Facebook!

 

The Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

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Enjoy ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa.

Fever River Outfitters has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors this winter, so don’t worry about packing the sleds and skates! Located on Eagle Ridge Drive at the South Course Clubhouse, you can gear up and head out to their 1.5 acre natural ice pond, featured as one of USA Today’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks (Midwest).

The Nordic Center is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $5 per person, for adults and children. Click HERE for the rental prices! (As of January 2018) All resort guests and members receive free access and a 20% discount on rentals. All visitors must register at the Nordic Center desk.

Reservations are recommended and call ahead to check the conditions: 815-776-5225

You can warm up in the clubhouse or by a crackling bonfire and spot some of the local wildlife in the surrounding woods. You’ll find plenty to do as you Enjoy Galena Country at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa!

Don’t miss the Winter Carnival February 16-18, where in addition to these fun winter activities they’ll have a Fire & Ice Hot Air Balloon Show by Galena on The Fly, dogsled rides and turkey bowling!

Find out information on these events and more in Galena Country on our Events Calendar at galena.org!

A Winter Getaway with Friends

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“A good friend knows all your stories, a best friend helped you write them.” (via Pinterest)

A getaway with friends fuels your soul and brings the sparkle back to the daily grind back home. Blogger, Haverlee Colyer traveled to Galena, IL with three of her girlfriends where their priorities were “food, photography, laughing and food.” The results of their adventure are gorgeous!

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Main St. in Galena, IL

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The Old Train Depot, Galena, IL

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Megan at Thunder Bay Falls in the Galena Territory

Visit their blogs & websites and LIKE them on Instagram to learn more!
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Haverlee Colyer – True Boy Tales *** (@haverlee)

Katie Evans Photography*** (@katieevansphoto)

Megan Schaap Photography*** (@meganschaap)

The Bridge Builder’s Wife *** (@thebridgebuilderswife)

Enjoy Galena Country!