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Galena Country is open!

We look forward to welcoming guests to Galena Country to support our small businesses and enjoy unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. We ask that you travel and enjoy our destination responsibly. Please bring a face mask, it is required!



Being a safe, responsible, and respectful traveler has never been more important. It’s in your best interest, as well as those of our residents, workforce, and fellow visitors. Please do your homework upfront and be prepared to adhere to the following guidelines:

Face Coverings: Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that face masks are required in the State of Illinois as of May 1, 2020, for those aged two years and older.

  • A face mask or similar article that completely covers your nose and mouth is required in all indoor and outdoor public areas, including when you go out walking, shopping, visiting attractions and dining.
  • As of Nov. 20, 2020 revised mitigations in our region were put into effect until further notice. Full guidelines may be found on the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response Site.

  • Masks are required if you are inside of, or in line to enter any indoor/outdoor public space, picking up food from your car window, and while waiting for, and on all public transportation and rideshares. 

  • Masks are also required when in outdoor public spaces. If you’re on less populated trails or engaged in outdoor recreation such as running, biking, skiing and walking, pull up your mask when you encounter other people in close proximity. You don’t need to wear a mask in the water. 

  • *Those who are exempt from wearing a face mask include those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering and those who are hearing impaired or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, do not need to use a face mask. For more information, please click here.

Keep Your Distance:  Practicing social distancing is required. Please remain six feet away from those not in your traveling party at all times.

Before Traveling: Be aware of the latest travel advisories and best-health practices from the CDC and IDPH

Call Ahead: Before visiting, we recommend confirming all reservations—especially if you made them in advance of the pandemic. This applies to hotels, restaurants, and attractions, as businesses are always adapting to changes made by authorities.



*Please be sure to check the status of all intended destinations and attractions via Facebook, their website or calling prior to visiting.

  • Lodging: Properties are open. Please contact properties individually to learn more or check out our online booking platform.
  • Retail: Shops are open! Most are open from around 10am-6pm, 7 days a week.
    • Customers are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth
    • Customers should not bring reusable shopping bags into stores
    • Stores are allowed to operate at no more than 25% capacity
    • Some stores offer curbside pick up 
    • Online shopper? Click here!
  • Wineries, breweries and distilleries are open for outdoor seating, retail sales, take-out and curbside pickup. Please prepare to wear required face coverings. 
  • Dining and Bars: Take-out, delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up is available. For a full list of options, click here. No indoor service is permitted, outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m., re-opening no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day. 
    • 6-person party limit for outdoor dining
    • Reservations required 
    • Customers should maintain a social distance of 6-ft with use of face coverings, while waiting at a restaurant for pick-up or in their vehicles.
    • Customers are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while on the restaurant premises, when approached and served by staff for outdoor dining or pick-up, including but not limited to when employees take patrons orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables.
  • Outdoors: Activities are permitted in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing. This includes, hiking, biking, boating and fishing. If you’re on less populated trails or engaged in outdoor recreation such as running, biking, and walking, pull up your mask when you encounter other people in close proximity. You don’t need to wear a mask in the water. 
  • Tours: Not operational
  • Attractions: Please call ahead and prepare to wear required face coverings. Indoor museums, performing arts centers etc are closed. 

If you are not yet ready to travel but would still like to show support please consider the following:

  • Buy gift cards to use on a later date
  • Book future experiences
  • Leave positive reviews on TripAdvisor, Google, and social media channels



Many restaurants in the area are offering convenient curbside pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service. This is a great way to experience the different flavors of Galena Country at the same time as supporting local restauranteurs at this difficult time. Some restaurants offer heated outdoor seating. For a full list of offerings, visit Galena’s Dining at a Distance page. *Restauranteurs, please submit your updates to this page: 



Blaum Bros. Distilling Co: Retail sales, curbside pick-up, outdoor seating
Fergedaboudit Winery: Retail sales, curbside pick-up, and outdoor seating.
Galena Cellars Winery (downtown Galena): Retail sales, curbside pick-up, and outdoor seating.
Galena Brewing Co: Growler sales and refills, curbside pick-up, and drive-thru pick-up.
Grape Escape Cocktail Bar: Curbside pick-up and outdoor seating.
Jamies Wine Studio: Retail sales and curbside pick-up.
Massbach Ridge Winery Tasting Room: Retail sales and curbside pick-up.
Massbach Ridge Winery Vineyard: Retail sales, curbside pick-up and outdoor seating.
Pecatonica Beer Co. Tap House: Growler sales and refills.
Rocky Waters Winery: Retail sales and outdoor seating.

*Food and beverage pick up and delivery times may vary, please call location for further information.



Galena Country event postponements and cancellations can be found here:



  • A to B Cab Company
  • Annie Wiggins Guest House 
  • Galena Country Visitors Center
  • Galena History Museum
  • Galena Public Library
  • Galena Trolley Co.
  • Linmar Gardens
  • Old Market House
  • PT Murphy Magic Theatre
  • Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site 
  • All indoor museums / historic sites 


Note: Jo Daviess County Transit riders are required to wear masks on all of our transit vehicles.

Upated 11/18/2020

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