An All Season Vacation Destination
No matter what season you visit, there’s always plenty to do in Galena and Jo Daviess County.
Spring brings with it some amazing events like Wine Lovers’ Weekend. We’re talking more than 300 varieties from more than 40 distributors, that’s the largest indoor tasting in Illinois! Spring is also when the annual Jo Daviess County Triathlon & Duathlon takes place and when Chestnut Mountain hosts its Big Nut Open, definitely sights to behold as fierce competitors go head to head over miles of hills and on the slopes. Find out more to do in the spring.
As we head into the warmer summer months, a slew of family-friendly festivals kick into full gear. The Great Galena Balloon Race, the Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration in East Dubuque, Shenandoah Days (bring on two days of pro-rodeo action), the Antique Town Rods Run & Car Show, The Jo Daviess County Fair and Wingfest (who doesn’t love a chicken wing cook-off) are just a few of the festivities all will enjoy. Find out more to do in the summer.
Fall brings cooler temperatures along with an explosion of color that puts our spectacular display of fall foliage on the maps. We’re definitely the perfect “let’s go for a drive” destination and our numerous quaint towns, farmer’s markets and artisan shops don’t disappoint. Plus there are many other unique things to do along the way like celebrating the beginning of fall with an all-town picnic at Hanover’s Mallardfest, cheering your favorite wiener dog on at Galena Oktoberfest and walking an alpaca at the Adventure Creek Alpaca & Goldendoodle Farm. Find out more to do in the fall.
When it comes to winter, the cold won’t stop you from hitting the slopes for big thrills, hiking the trails for glimpses at winter wildlife, or exploring our famous Main Street for one-of-a-kind gifts. And if you need a break from the cold? No problem! Galena Brewing Company has the brew of your choice on tap and ready to try. You can also take a tour of Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and explore the art of distilling, then hit the town for dinner where you’ll find cozy tables nestled throughout town. Find out more to do in the winter.