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Things to Do in Galena Country

The great thing about a trip to Galena Country is that it’s your story to write. Take on an outdoor adventure along the Mississippi River. Spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of our many historic sites. Tap into your inner foodie and indulge in rich local flavors. Browse endless boutiques and shops featuring exquisite works of art from local artists. Soar the skies in a hot air balloon. Take a trolley around town. Or tee up a round of golf on our championship greens. Simply put, Galena County has a something for everyone. So drive, run, hike, bike, or soar your way over here. We guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell.

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Arts & Culture

What better way to experience the art culture in Galena Country that to get your hands in there and do it yourself. String beaded bracelets. Create handcrafted cards. Throw your own set of dishes. Paint a canvas. Or, learn to cook a new meal or pastry. Learning something new or adding talents to your toolbox is a great way to bond with family and friends. So check out times and events and sign up for your hands-on experience. +


Health & Wellness

Galena Country is a great place to unwind – especially when you add in a trip to the spa. Our highly-skilled, full-service spas pamper you from head to toes with calming aromatherapy treatments, tension-melting, hot-stone massage and deluxe body treatments. Bond with friend while getting manicures and pedicures. Relax in a dry heat therapy sauna. Or go for a whole new look with expert hair styling, waxing and tanning services. No matter which spa you choose, you’re in a for a soothing treat. Plus, many bed-and-breakfasts, inns and resorts will also help you arrange spa services right in your room! +


History & Mystery

If there is one thing the locals love to do, it’s share Galena’s history and hidden treasures with others. From tours of 19th century stately mansions to an insider’s look into the Old Min District, you’ll love the one-of-a-kind stories you’ll hear. Want to take something at your own pace? No problem. There are also many self-guided walking tours you can go on that provide you with tidbits of history along the way. +


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Outdoor Activity

Outdoor play knows no bounds in Galena Country. From waterways and byways to unbeaten paths for the whole family, Galena Country offers a thrill-seeker’s dream. Bikes, boats, balloons, birds and bluegill are in abundance during the warmer seasons. Grab a pair of skis, lace up your skates, sled down a hill and more for winter fun! So come enjoy the scenic views as you explore our rolling hills, miles of trails and breathtaking bluffs. +


Shopping

You’ll understand the real meaning of the phrase “shop ’til you drop” once you hit the streets of Galena Country. Voted one of “America’s Best Main Streets” by Fodor’s Travel and Parade.com, you’ll love browsing through Galena’s 19th-century downtown with more than 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more. But that isn’t all you’ll find. You don’t want to overlook the many charming shops that are scattered throughout nearby villages and the scenic countryside like Elizabeth’s Grand Antique Co., a treasure trove for antique enthusiasts, and A Bushel & A Peck, which features everything from furniture to local food products. +


Wine, Beer, Spirits

Galena Country is home to four vineyards. Now that’s what we call a great weekend of laughter and fun! Award-winning, estate-grown wines are the showpieces of our local vineyards, along with other great wines that have amazing taste, legs and aromas. Here’s another interesting fact you may not have known. Because of its unique geographic and topographic environment, Galena Country is in the lower portion of the Upper Mississippi River Valley American Viticultural Area. That makes it the ideal location to grow Marechal Foch, St. Croix and Frontenac grapes. Stop by any of our wineries for a unique tasting of our regional wines. +


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