Girlfriend Getaways in Galena and Jo Daviess Countygf-getaway-social

It’s a truth universally acknowledged, girls need girl time. You need to getaway to shop, laugh, relax, and take a break from the everyday grind. So gather your moms group, send a message to your book club or reunite with your college besties for a girlfriend getaway in Galena Country. We guarantee epic memories will be made.

Start with a toast to great memories

Galena Country is home to four wineries, tours and tastings included! Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape also creates delicious martinis and Bloody Marys, or you can enjoy the cool vibes at Galena Brewing Co. where there’s local brews, great food and live music to enjoy.

Schedule your day at the spa.

Featuring calming aromatherapy treatments and tension-melting, hot-stone massages, this is a must-do for the whole group! Some spas even offer mobile services, so you can enjoy the ultimate spa experience surrounded by the nature’s breathtaking views or in your own vacation house!

Hit the town shopping

With over 100 eclectic boutiques, galleries, and more, you’ll love browsing Galena’s beautifully restored 19th-century Main Street. Classic or outrageous, designer or trendy, you’ll find clothing, jewelry and specialty gifts that match your every mood. Galena and Jo Daviess County is also a great place to go antiquing. In fact, Fodor’s Travel named Galena Country one of the “Top 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S.” Antique and collectible stores line Galena’s historic district, plus there are many more scattered throughout the county’s countryside in quaint, off-the-beaten-path shops and barns. Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s Grand Antique Co., it’s home is an old school that has been converted into three stories of fabulous treasure hunting.

Lookout for some food favorites

Galena Country is famous for having some the best restaurants and coffeehouses in Illinois. Featuring rich local flavors and world-class cuisines, one helping is often not enough. Hit your favorites, then try something new (and don’t be afraid to ask for seconds). Here’s just a sampling of what you will find: fresh squeezed orange juice at the Golden Hen, artisan-inspired sandwiches at Green Street Tavern & Restaurant in the DeSoto House Hotel, and mouth-watering Italian at Fried Green Tomatoes.

Try your hand at creating

Galena is known for being a place that inspires artists, which is why there are so many unique gifts and hand-crafted creations to be found. But what is even better is that some of these artists will give you a sneak peek at their craft and let you test your own talents. Set up a time to cook with the Breakfast Diva (she competed in the Food Network 2015 Holiday Baking Championship). Decorate and glaze your own pottery at Stone House Pottery & Gallery. Create your own jewelry at Rustic River Finds. Or, try your hand at painting a canvas for your living room at Janet Checker’s Studio, all supplies included! You’ll be surprised at what Galena Country brings out in you!

End with a pajama party

Whether you rent out one of our vacation rental homes or get cozy at the many B&Bs located throughout Galena Country, laughter and fun is guaranteed. Being away from home doesn’t mean you have to give up comforts, and when you stay as a group you can talk all night long!