Romantics in Galena and Jo Daviess County

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Love is definitely in the air in Galena and Jo Daviess County. Whether its young love and you’re still discovering all the nuances of being together. Or, your love is decades old and you’re looking to rekindle the romance. Galena County if full of opportunities to connect and enjoy simply being together. In fact, so many couples come to Galena for their honeymoons and anniversaries, there are tons of romance packages that help make your trip a little more budget friendly.

Take a trip to the vineyards

Galena’s unique terrain and four lush vineyards are a straight up Tuscan romance. Walk hand in hand among the rows, then head inside for a tasting and a tour. Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery, just a short drive from Galena in Hanover, is a boutique winery that specializes in dry-red-bold wines straight from their vineyards. Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery, also in Hanover, has a spectacular view with a great deck to relax on. Galena Cellars Vineyard and winery is run by the Lawlor family who has more than 30 years of winemaking experience (and the stories that go with them). And Massbach Ridge Winery in Elizabeth is nestled in the hills and has breathtaking views along with their estate-grown, award-winning wine.

Have a couples massage

Here’s the great thing about getting a massage done in Galena, you can choose the location. Several spas offer mobile services that let you enjoy the ultimate spa experience outside, surrounded by breathtaking views, or you can have them come to your resort or B&B for an in-room treat. Choose from calming aromatherapy treatments to tension-melting hot-stone massages.

Cruise the river or soar the skies

Cruise the Mississippi River and see the sights from a different point of view. You can choose from a private hour ride to a day-long adventure. Fun themes, murder mysteries, lunch and dinner are just a few of the options you will find. Plus there’s even a real, old-time riverboat you can ride! Or if you want to bring your own boat, the new Galena River boating landing, south of the vehicle bridge in Galena, accommodates small watercraft. Or you can also rent a canoe or kayak and travel the Galena River like the steamboats from Galena’s golden era did. Another great way to see the sights is by air in a romantic hot air balloon ride at sunset. Or on a Segway or scooter tour!

Schedule a tee time for two

Galena and Jo Daviess County is well-known for having some of the best golf courses in the Midwest. Even if you’ve never golfed before, this is a great activity for couples to enjoy. There’s time to talk, connect and take in all the beautiful scenery. We also have disc golf, foot golf and mini golf if you’re looking for some more head-to-head competitions.

Take in the arts

Artists are drawn to Galena County because of all the inspiration they find here. Take a walk through our art galleries and discover one-of-a-kind pieces created by a diverse collection of artists and crafts people. Sculptors, potters, painters, photographers, illustrators, glassmakers, we’ve got them all right here. Some artists will even give you tours of their studios and tell you about their process for creating art. It isn’t just the landscapes and architecture that make Galena unique, the people and the stories they have to tell all add to the flavor.

Stroll Main Street and retire to a cozy B&B

Strolling down Main Street is like walking a picturesque street in a movie. It’s a surreal experience. And even though there may be people milling about, there’s a quiet that settles around you that makes you feel like it’s just the two of you walking alone. Pop into one of the many restaurants along your way for a cozy dinner for two. Grab a night cap at Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape, then head back to your cozy B&B or resort to relax and ready to hit the town again.