Capture Peace & Relaxation Midweek

The colors and scenery of Fall in Galena, IL and the communites of Jo Daviess County draws thousands of visitors. Weekends fill up fast so a midweek stay is a great opportunity to find peace and relaxation. Take advantage of the region and it’s attractions during the week  or extend your weekend getaway to avoid the crowds and enjoy the quiet beauty.

Here are a few tips to get your Fall trip-planning started!

LOOK FOR THE DEALS

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Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

We are known for our unique, one-of-a-kind lodging properties. Find one that suites your needs and ask if they have Midweek specials/packages. Choose from historic bed and breakfasts, hotels with amenities or resorts for the ultimate getaway. A roadside motel or country inn with incredible views might be just the ticket for your autumn road trip. If you want to bring your friends or reunite up with family try a vacation rental home or condo.

SET YOUR OWN PACE

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Trolley Tours

One of the perks of visiting a small town is not having to deal with traffic, long lines and crowds. But Fall, with all it’s glory, is one of our busiest times of the year and weekends fill up fast. Take advantage of the quiet days during the week.

State historic attractions are closed Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday and Thursday are great days to explore and tour, avoiding any lines and crowds. The Galena & US Grant Museum, a trolley tour or an evening ghost tour will give you a great glimpse into the history of the area. Call one of the historical societies for an appointment or visit the library for a more personal experience. Even General Grant himself will give you a personal tour of Main St. in Galena, IL!

ENJOY PERSONAL SERVICE

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ELLE Day Spa & Salon

Book an appointment at a peaceful spa. Slow it down and make your visit all about relaxation. Many of our lodging properties will help you get the services you want on site too, just ask!
For a great dinner recommendation or tips on great deals in town, book a mani/pedi at one of the local salons.

EXPLORE MORE

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Apple River Canyon State Park

Hike the trails to take in the views and snap some beautiful fall photos. Use our Outdoor Recreation section to explore all of your options. Whether you’re up for the extreme or a nice, quiet overlook to enjoy the panoramic views & autumn colors, you’ll find an activity that fits your definition of adventure! Chestnut Mountain Resort and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offer lots of options for every season and have convenient packages to make trip planning easy. Doesn’t hurt to rest at a vineyard and indulge in a wine tasting while you’re out exploring!

KEEP IT EASY BREEZY

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We have a lot of options for shopping in the county, and some of our small business owners have limited hours. If you run into a closed sign, give them a call and see if you can make an appointment. That’s the beauty of a small town! You can find phone numbers for most businesses on their listings at galena.org. Most businesses will ship your purchases if you decide to make the trip on a motorcycle or in a convertible.

SMALL TOWN CHARM WITH BIG CITY CHOICES

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Perry Street Brasserie

Try some of the amazing restaurants and bars that fill up fast on the weekends. You’ll also have more time to chat with the staff and get the local scoop! The Beer Cheddar Fondue at One Eleven Main, the flaming saganaki at Log Cabin Steakhouse, and the delicious fried green tomatoes at Fried Green Tomatoes are great ways to start your night out.

When you’re out exploring, maybe following the NW IL Antique Trail, use galena.org to help you find what you need in each community. They have options that fit what you crave. If you’re looking to start the day with a good breakfast, try Charlie’s Place in Hanover and then walk it off at Wapello Land & Water Reserve. Otto’s Place always has something fresh and delicious and the Galena River Trail is just steps away. Try a blooming flower tea and fresh bread at Stella’s Cafe in Stockton or a tasty panini and homemade soup at E-Town in Elizabeth.

Get a flight of beers and chat with the master brewer at Galena Brewing Co. and linger over a cocktail after touring Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Both are great ways to meet fellow travelers!

BONUS TIPS

Check our Events Calendar for Things to Do every day of the week. Our mobile-friendly website makes it easy for you to find fun while you’re out and about. You can also ask us on our social channels, we’re here to help!
Click the icons on our homepage or search for @enjoygalenactry.

 

 

 

 

The Insider’s Guide to Wine Lovers’ Weekend

It’s fast approaching and some 2015 events are sold out! Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s happening and where to enjoy great WINE!

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Grand Tasting
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Galena Convention Center – 900 Galena Square Drive
March 27-29, 2015 – Saturday is SOLD OUT! Learn more & purchase tickets here!
Be a part of the largest indoor wine tasting event in the state of Illinois! Featuring more than 40 distributors from across the United States and over 300 varieties of wine and spirits, the Grand Tasting is a wine lover’s dream. Designated drivers get a discounted ticket and complimentary shuttle service available from downtown Galena! Your ticket includes: Wine and spirit sampling from sponsors, a keepsake wine glass, live music, entry in a grand prize drawing for a getaway to Galena Basket, complimentary cheese, bread and fruit.
Tasting Program

Galena Cellars Vineyard
Luncheon at the Vineyard – $49.95 per person, advanced reservations required
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at noon
Serving an amazing five-course meal paired with Galena Cellars wine, hand chosen by Chef Ivo and winemaker Chris Lawlor. Event hosted by Galena Cellars’ Allan Hyland. Also includes vineyard tour and grape vine cutting to plant. View the menu HERE!

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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Weekend Package:
This package, made especially for all you wine lovers includes:

    Accommodations for (1) night for two people
    Ca’ Momi Winery Dinner on Saturday night for two
    Sunday Brunch in Woodlands Restaurant for two
    A voucher for (1) bottle of Eagle Ridge Private Label wine (per reservation)

This package is available Saturday, March 28th, 2015 ONLY.
Prices start at $300. Please Note: This price is based on two people per bedroom.

Jamie’s Wine Studio
March 27-29Tastings at the Studio & Sunday Brunch
209 S. Main St., Galena

Aldrich Guest House
Wine Pairing Dinner & Magic Show
Sunday March 29, 2015, 6:30pm, $75 per person
900 Third St., Galena
Join us for a four-course wine paring dinner.  Dinner is catered by Fried Green Tomatoes and specially paired with an exceptional wine from one of our local wineries. Dinner will then be followed by a magic show in our historic parlor by P.T. Murphy.

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Wine Pairing Dinner
213 N. Main St. – 815-777-3938
Friday, March 27, 2015
Enjoy a Michale David Wine Flight paired with an Opentable award winning dinner.  Earthquake Zin, Freakshow and Petite Petit. Dinner Features include cracked crab legs and filet mignon Рreservations suggested.

***Go to our Wine, Beer & Spirits page for a complete list of wineries, vineyards, distilleries and breweries in Galena & Jo Daviess County! Tastings & tours! ***