No snow? No problem! Snow can be so much fun, but Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate! No worries, here are several snow-free activities for you to enjoy in Galena Country.
Hit the Slopes
Even if there isn't a snowflake in sight, if it's cold out, chances are Chestnut Mountain Resort is covered in snow. As an active skiing resort, Chestnut begins making their snow to accommodate visitors and local skiers very early in the winter season. Check out their slope report often as they also livestream the snowmaking process. Fun fact: water from the Mississippi River is used to make snow!
Bundle up and take a hike! The driftless area offers unique hiking opportunities on nature preserves, providing picture-perfect views and Native American burial grounds to explore. Barren trees give a clear view of all that nature offers, and the deep silence warms your soul. If you're an animal lover, hike with entertaining four-legged companions at Hoof It Goat Treks. Gear up with boots, binoculars and your camera. It's time to reconnect with nature!
*If you're looking to escape the winter chill and warm your heart, Galena Goat Yoga also has adorable goats who will join you for a delightful indoor yoga session!
Whether blanketed in snow or bathed in the warmth of sunshine, shopping in Galena Country is an all-season delight. The charming streets, adorned with historical architecture, create a picturesque backdrop for visitors exploring the myriad of unique shops. Regardless of the weather, Galena Country offers a fun and enchanting shopping experience, where every turn reveals new treasures waiting to be discovered.
A touch of Magic
Book a magic show with Galena’s Master Magician, P.T. Murphy. With his sleight of hand and mischievous sense of humor, P.T. will mystify you with a jaw-dropping experience! Located in the heart of downtown Galena, this intimate magic show is a precursor to a delicious meal at one of Galena's superb restaurants.
Tastings + Toastings
Warm up with a locally made and award-winning beverage! Massbach Ridge Winery and Galena Cellars both have tasting rooms located on Galena's Main Street, open year-round. Take in the beautiful winter scenery and drive out to Rocky Waters Vineyard or Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery, where you can appreciate both amazing views and great wine!
How about taking a comprehensive tour of Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., located minutes from downtown Galena. Enjoy a cocktail and re-stock your liquor cabinet, all in one location! Craft beer lovers, you'll be happy to know that Galena Country is home to four craft breweries, Galena Brewing Co., Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House, Highway 20 Brewing Company, and Mud Run Beer Co.
*Tour the Galena Brewing Co. and Highway 20 Brewing Company to learn about the beer-making process from start to finish.
Dinner and a Show
Experience fine dining and exceptional entertainment in a unique Supper Club atmosphere at Amelia’s Under the Lamplight Dinner Theater. New performances and a seasonal menu offer something new for each visit! Visitors can also experience incredible live shows and performances at the Galena Center for the Arts.
Learn and Create
Let the beauty of Galena Country inspire you! Cozy up indoors and create your signature fragrance at Scent Workshop. Learn French Perfuming techniques to create custom perfumes, candles and more in a fun and relaxing setting.
Is your inner DIY itching for a fun new project without having to buy all the supplies? Then book a workshop at Board & Brush Galena. Visitors can also join in on creative workshops or classes at Galena Center for the Arts, Galena Spoon Co. or Marie’s Wood Carving.
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