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Galena’s Nouveau Wine Weekend 2014!

October 25, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend 2014

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery celebrates the release of their Nouveau Wine with the entire town of Galena, IL at the Nouveau Wine Weekend 2014 – and you’re invited!

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery’s 30th annual Nouveau Wine Weekend is two days of wine-related events in beautiful, downtown Galena, Illinios.

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Belvedere Mansion – The Downton Abbey of Galena

October 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena's Belvedere MansionBuilt in 1857, Belvedere Mansion is considered one of the finest Italianate mansions in Galena, Il and has been compared to the Downton Abbey of the popular BBC series fame.

With twenty-two lavishly decorated rooms and a history going back over 150 years, it’s no wonder Belvedere Mansion attracts so much attention. It doesn’t hurt that some of the incredibly ornate furnishings come from the estate of the world-famous entertainer, Liberace, and that the sweeping, green drapes are from the classic film “Gone with the Wind.”

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Get Into The Spirit with A Galena Ghost Tour

September 29, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Ghost ToursGalena has history galore and what better way to acquaint yourself with both the town and its past as Halloween approaches but with a Galena Ghost Tour?

Annie Wiggins Ghost Tours will both entertain and educate you as you are guided through the darkened streets of Galena by “the widow, Annie Wiggins.” Dressed in her black, 19th century mourning gown and veil, and holding a lantern high for a smidgen of light, Annie Wiggins will regale you with local lore and legend during her hour and fifteen minute Galena ghost tour.

You’ll hear popular, paranormal stories about the Galena and the surrounding area as she guides your group up Galena’s Park Avenue, to Bouthillier Street, on to the cemetery, then back again to Park Avenue. Being there with the apparently spectral Annie Wiggins helps to personalize the tales with “someone who was there” and “really knew” the figures she talks about. No other Galena ghost tour is as original or as personal!

Galena’s reputation as a “haunted community” is conjecture, of course, and “Annie Wiggins” is the creation of Galena local Wendy Heiken – but what fun to take a Galena ghost tour with a “real ghost” near Halloween time! Whether you believe in ghosts or are just along for the fun, Annie Wiggins’ Galena ghost tours are an entertaining time, with Annie’s stories removing fear from the possibility of ghosts and turning it, instead into something that can reach from the past to inform the present.

Annie Wiggins’ Ghost Tours

Friday & Saturday Evenings – May through October
Reservations recommended
1004 Park Ave – Galena, IL
For more tour information, reservations, and more, please visit: www.ghostsofgalena.com

Galena Ghost Tour Lodging
There’s nothing spooky about a stay at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast – our luxury, Galena bed and breakfast inn was recently named the 3rd most romantic bed & breakfast in the country by Trip Advisor. We offer uncommon comforts and personal service, along with luxurious guest rooms, and outdoor gardens for you to enjoy. Come stay with us!

The Galena Witches Brew Weekend

September 22, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Galena Witches Brew Weekend

Halloween is is creeping up on us and what better way to enjoy it than taking advantage of The Galena Witches Brew Weekend?

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Ladies Getaway Galena Weekend 2014

August 23, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Ladies Getaway Galena Weekend 2014Are you ready? The Ladies Getaway Galena Weekend 2014 is scheduled for September 5th through the 7th and will feature special events, festivals, shopping deals, and much much more!

The Ladies Getaway Galena Weekend is a great way for you to get out with your friends to shop, dine, browse: whatever it is you like doing best out on the town with your BFFs!

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Galena’s Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

August 16, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena’s Old Stockade - Chief Black Hawk

– Chief Black Hawk –
unwitting architect of Galena’s Old Stockade

There was a time when Illinois was the disputed edge of the American frontier and Galena’s Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street is a living reminder of those times.

Constructed rapidly in 1832 by frightened citizens, Galena’s Old Stockade was the first – and potentially last – layer of protection for area residents under the threat of displaced and angry native peoples during the Black Hawk War.

Black Hawk was the war chief of the Sauk tribe who spent a good portion of his life trying to protect his people’s lands, which were lost in a disputed treaty in 1804.

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2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival

July 26, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Galena Food and Wine FestivalIf you love food (right?), the 2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival is the place in the Midwest this September for you and your taste-buds.

Home to a healthy brewery, pub, and restaurant scene, not to mention a number of award-winning, Galena/Jo Daviess County wineries and vineyards, it’s no wonder the Galena Food and Wine Festival continues to be such a success.

Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery are here, along with Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, Massbach Ridge Winery, and Galena’s Rocky Water Winery. Galena’s Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Galena Brewing Company round out the Jo Daviess County craft brewing and distilling scene.

The food exhibitor list for the Galena Food and Wine Festival reads like a who’s who of Galena-area dining establishments:

BBQ & Smoke Haus
Sunset Grille
Cindy’s Classic Catering
Embe Eatery & Lounge
Fried Green Tomatoes
Little Tokyo
Log Cabin Steakhouse
MainStreet Cheesecakes
Market House Restaurant

Held Friday, September 5, 2014, from 6pm to 8:30 pm at the Galena Convention Center, the Galena Food and Wine Festival will feature upwards of 200 different items to sample from Galena area restaurants and a similar variety of wines to taste!

The 2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival also features live entertainment, a raffle, and a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the Galena Food and Wine Festival go to benefit the Galena Art and Recreation Center.

Galena/Jo Daviess County’s annual celebration is the natural result of a thriving, local food scene and a great way to introduce yourself to this rich, culinary landscape.

2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival

Friday, September 5, 2014, 6pm – 8:30pm
Galena Convention Center
900 Galena Square Drive,
Galena, IL

For a full schedule of 2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival events and tickets, be sure to visit: www.galenafoodandwinefestival.com

Galena Food and Wine Festival
Located in historic Galena, Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast is open year-round, offering extraordinarily comfortable, European-style accommodations. Treat yourself to impeccable service and guest accommodations while nestled serenely on manicured grounds. Stay in one of Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast’s guest rooms, guest suites, or vacation Cottage – a great way to round out your 2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival weekend.
2014 Galena Food and Wine Festival

Willow Folk Festival 2014

July 14, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Willow Folk FestivalWillow Folk Festival is more than 100 amateur and professional singers and musicians performing from the back of a hay wagon on a country church lawn. Willow Folk Festival is acoustic bluegrass, country, and spiritual music. Willow Folk Festival is home-cooked food, family, friends, and good times.

Willow Folk Festival began back in 1967 by the Willow United Methodist Church as a new and way to raise some money as well as to, hopefully, have fun and bring people together. Well, they must have been on to something because, here we are, 47 years later, and the Willow Folk Festival is going strong and attracting more people than ever.

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Cloran Mansion Earns TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Again!

June 27, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Cloran Mansion Certificate Excellence 2014We’re very proud to have, once again, won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence!

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, awards these certificates annually but only to the top 10 percent of businesses that receive a high volume of consistently outstanding reviews from their customers through the TripAdvisor site.

We work very hard to make sure our guests leave with their expectations not just met but exceeded – but we couldn’t have won this honor if it hadn’t been for you, our guests, taking the time to leave reviews on TripAdvisor’s site like the following:

I can not tell you how amazing The Cloran is! My fiance and I wanted a very small wedding … Cheryl helped arrange everything from the flowers, to the cake, to making sure we had extra Coke on hand for my hubby. Our family was so impressed with the location, and the day was perfect. … The food is excellent, the hosts are down to earth and accommodating, and the house is simply amazing. Can’t wait to book our anniversary weekend!

Save your time & energy looking for THE place to just more than stay while in Galena! … You arrive as an acquaintance and leave as if you are a dear, chosen friend.

Carmine and Cheryl served us absolutely wonderful breakfasts and Carmine offered many helpful tips on places to see and visit during the three days and four night visit. We will not hesitate to stay here again if the opportunity arises!

… we were thrilled to spend our 25th wedding anniversary with Carmine and Cheryl at the Cloran Mansion. Carmine and Cheryl helped my husband plan every single detail … we did not plan for problems with our vehicle … Carmine drove my husband to the parts store in Iowa … then they took the time to call us to make sure we arrived home without any trouble… we call Cloran Mansion our home away from home.

This is just a sampling from the first page of reviews for Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast on the TripAdvisor site – we could go on but we’re blushing!

Come stay at the Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast the next time you’re in the Galena, IL area and see why we earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

Galena Wine Tours

June 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Wine ToursA couple of months back we discussed some of the area wineries that you can visit but did you know you can book Galena wine tours and leave the driving to someone else?

Iowa Wine Tours, Inc. offers daily tours of wineries, breweries, pubs, and distilleries in and around the Galena and Dubuque area. With professional, knowledgeable drivers who will pick you up right from the B&B, all you have to do is sit back and relax. They even provide bottled water in the vehicle and lunch is included as part of the tour!

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Slide Into Summer at Chestnut Mountain Resort!

May 26, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chestnut Mountain Alpine SlideIt’s almost summer – are you looking for some good, clean, outdoor fun? If so, look no further. Chestnut Mountain in Galena is the place for you!

Chestnut Mountain is THE place in Galena, Illinois for great times and family fun, summer or winter. What can you do there? What CAN’T you do there?

 

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Meet the Past at the 2014 Galena Cemetery Walk

May 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The past comes alive in Galena’s Greenwood Cemetery this June during the 21st annual, Galena Cemetery Walk.

More than just a remembrance of the lives of past Galenians, the annual Galena Cemetery Walk introduces the attendee to history in a lively, entertaining, and more personal way than a book or movie might do because one has the opportunity to hear from the “ghosts” of Galena’s Greenwood cemetery; ten local actors.

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Jo Daviess County and Galena Wineries – Have a Vine Time!

April 28, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Jo Daviess County and Galena WineriesSpring is upon us and what better way to celebrate this wonderful, warming season than a tasting tour of the Jo Daviess County and Galena Wineries?

Jo Daviess County and Galena are home to some of the finest, award-winning wineries and vineyards in Illinois. Indulge your senses with a visit to one or all of the wineries on our list. Stop in for a tasting, a tour, and learn about the art of wine making.

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Galena, Illinois’ General Grant Homecoming Re-enactment

April 2, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

General Grant Homecoming Re-enactmentIn 1865, Galena, Illinois celebrated the triumphant return home of General Ulysses S. Grant – now you can, too at the General Grant Homecoming Re-enactment!

Ulysses S. Grant had a home in Galena from the spring of 1860 until his last visit in 1880, though history buffs will look at those dates and understand that he spent few of those years actually living in the residence. Between 1861 and 1865 he was busy winning the war for the Union and, from 1868 to 1871, he was busy being president.

Despite this, Galenans loved their hometown hero and kept him as their own. Grant certainly seemed to feel the same and continually returned to Galena when he could. Celebrating the general’s victorious return to Galena with a 3-day re-enactment of life in those times – both military and civilian – almost 150 years later is a fitting gesture.

General Grant’s Home Front Civil War Encampment

April 25 – 27, 2014
in Galena, Illinois
Adults $5, Registered Re-enactors, uniformed Scouts and children under 12 enter for free

Divided into 3 days, Civil War re-enactors will hold demonstrations on topics such as period artillery, infantry, medical care, and music and dance. Below are a few highlights of the scheduled activities.

Friday, April 25th
5 to 7pm – Candlelight Tours of the Washburn and Grant homes

Saturday, April 26th
10am – Camp opens to public
10am to 3pm – Living History stations in camp: infantry/artillery/medical/civilian/music & dance
9:45am to 10:45am – Battalion Drill on main field
10:45am to Noon – Boy Scout Drill
Noon to 3pm – Sanitary Fair – period dancing and a Bazaar of donated, period items for sale
3:15pm – A re-enactment of the Vicksburg Campaign
5pm – US/Battalion Flag ceremony
5:15pm – Camp closes for the night

Sunday, April 27th

10am – Camp opens, Period church service in camp
10am to Noon – Living History re-enactments in camp
Noon – Picnic Social where you may bid on baskets for lunch with Donor/Living Historian
2pm – Re-enactment of the Battle of Fever River
3pm – Camp closes

Lodging for the General Grant Homecoming Re-enactment
Whether you’re in Galena for Civil War re-enactments, romance, business, or pleasure, Cloran Mansion bed and breakfast is here for you. Give us a try and discover the meaning of comfort and hospitality.

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