Galena Country Summer 2020

12 Places to Grab Pizza in Galena Country

It’s cheesy, gooey, hot and saucy! Whether you crave a traditional or exotic slice of Italian pie, Galena Country eateries offer an all-encompassing array of flavors, toppings, crusts and preparations! Ready for those photo-op worthy cheese pulls? Let’s dig in… 

Bottle Shed, Stockton

This quaint, family-friendly store in Stockton offers homemade thin-crust pizza, daily specials, and delicious appetizers such as mac & cheese bites and jalapeno poppers. Choose from 15 toppings to create your perfect pizza, just the way you like it. 

Cannova’s Pizzeria, Galena

Delivering their slices of heaven for many years, Cannova’s specializes in homemade fine Italian cuisine. Give their signature “Typo” pizza a try and they have  the option of a delicious Gluten Free crust too!  

Corner Tap, Stockton 

Choose from thin crust, stuffed Chicago style, or pan pizza! Try the specialty Reuben pizza for a unique twist on the classic sandwich, and enjoy your meal in the outdoor pavilion! 

Dillon’s HM Pizza and Tavern, Galena

This local’s favorite is a short drive from Galena’s Main Street and serves specialty pizza, burgers, and beer. Don’t miss out on their chicken alfredo or BBQ chicken pizza!

Gobbie’s Sports Pub and Eatery, Galena

Delicious pizza, spacious outdoor seating, and irresistible beer nuggets make Gobbie’s a fun place to enjoy a slice while catching the game. Try something new like the Gyro pizza featuring fresh basil, Kalamata olives, gyro meat, and feta cheese. 

JJ & Freddie’s, Stockton

Add your favorite toppings to a specialty “rustic” style crust for a unique and delicious pizza. A cozy atmosphere and friendly service adds to the great experience. 

J.M.’s Tap, Menominee

Off the beaten path, J.M.’s Tap offers a fun small-town ambiance and awesome thin crust pizza. Enjoy their popular specialty BLT pizza!

Jug’s Main Street Tap, Elizabeth

Featuring outdoor seating and live entertainment, Jug’s serves delicious specialty pizza in a fun atmosphere. The crab meat rangoon pizza is a unique must-try for any adventurous pizza fanatic. 

Paradise Bar and Grill, Galena

Located located on Galena’s Main Street, Paradise is famous for their signature Bloody Mary’s and hand tossed pizza crust. Enjoy a delicious specialty taco pizza, and be sure to check out daily lunch and dinner specials!

The Grape Escape, Galena

Relax with a a specialty martini, glass of wine or craft beer over a tasty pizza while enjoying live music at Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape! 

The Summit Bar and Grill, Galena

Enjoying a pizza while watching a gorgeous sunset over the Mississippi River is a one-of-a-kind experience! Dig into a specialty gluten-free cauliflower pizza and the spicy “Inferno” pizza is a must try!  

Thriving Thistle Market and Bistro, Apple River

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients with the option of a gluten free crust make a gourmet pizza from this bistro a delicious choice. For a unique flavor, experience the “Deep Roots” pizza. It’s drizzled with local honey and features Italian sausage, arugula, garlic olive oil sauce, and feta and mozzarella cheese. Yum!

No matter how you slice it, Galena Country has the triangle of cheesy goodness that you’re looking for! Explore more of Galena Country’s amazing dining options in the latest Visitors Guide and while you’re there, check out the awesome lodging choices!

Forever Original Galena Country

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!

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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 #GalenaCountry 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 Pat’s 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., Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe and Jane Marie Boutique. 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 Victory Cafe. 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 Elihu B. Washburne 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 check out the unique Woodbine Glass Museum & Gift Shop. 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!

Field of Dreams walking tour in Downtown Galena

It’s been more than 30 years since Field of Dreams first charmed viewers with its endearing narrative of how baseball helps an Iowa farmer reconnect with figures from the past, including his own father. In the film, downtown Galena pinch-hits for Chisholm, Minnesota. Take a stroll and experience a walking tour along Galena’s Historic Main Street, showcasing a dozen key locations featured in the iconic movie.

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DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S Main St., Ray Kinsella and Terrence Mann search the local Chisholm phone book in an old phone booth, for Graham’s contact information. Also in this scene, you can see the Chisholm, Minnesota banner hanging across Main Street.

Green Street Stairs, Bench St., Ray Kinsella and Moonlight Graham are spotted walking together in the evening hours to Graham’s office.

Embe Eatery & Lounge, 233 S. Main St., Where Ray parks his VW Van while looking for Moonlight Graham in Chisholm, MN. Another scene where the Chisholm banner can be spotted hanging over Main Street.

Klein’s Market Bakery, 118 S. Main St., This building is predominately spotted in the background as Ray strolls the streets of Chisholm looking for Moonlight Graham. In the movie, you can recognize the building by the old vehicle parked in front of it.

Dreams Boutique, 116 S Main St., This scene features the third symbol of Ray’s apparent time-travel back to 1972. He spots an old car and rubs the dirt off of the license plate to reveal the 1972 sticker confirming the travel back in time.

Country Crafts & Sports, 113 S Main St., This location is the movie theater where Ray smirks at the marquee advertising The Godfather movie title, stating “One of this year’s ten best”. It’s the second moment of Ray’s realization that he has travelled back in time.

Great American Popcorn Co., 110 S. Main St., Ray spots the Re-Elect Nixon presidential campaign poster. The first sign of Ray’s apparent time-travel back to 1972.

Petals and Primitives, 111 S. Main St., The first quick glimpse the viewers receive of Moonlight Graham, as he passes by in the background.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery, 101 S. Main St., The iconic scene where Ray Kinsella meets Moonlight Graham for the first time.

Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar, 301 N. Main St., This is the location featuring the bar scene where Terrence Mann interviews Chisholm locals about Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.

Fritz & Frites Bistro, 317 N. Main St., The bar in this quaint restaurant is the bar used in the ‘interview scene’ mentioned above, with Terrance Mann and residents of Chisholm.

Galena Chiropractic, 400 Broadway St., The location of Moonlight Graham’s Optometrist office. During this scene, Ray and Archibald chat about his one-game in the majors with no bat.

Explore and reminisce the amazing locations showcased in the movie, make a few stops along the way and discover even more eateries, galleries and boutique shopping! But first, book your stay and let the planning begin with the digital visitors guide. There’s a lot of places out there, but there’s nowhere like us!