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Ring In 2017 – What To Do On A Galena New Year’s Eve

November 28th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ring In The New Year With a Galena New Year's Eve!Like most places, there are a lot of different activities to choose from on a Galena New Year’s Eve. Parties, dinners, and live entertainment.

It’s true. 2016 is coming to a close, if you can believe it. It has been a very exciting year, filled with lots of change and turmoil. Many of us are glad it’s over, while even more are eager to see what 2017 has in store for us.

How will you celebrate the coming of 2017? If you’re going to be in Galena this New Year’s Eve, there are a lot of options! Read on to see just how you can ring in the New Year in Galena!

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Celebrate the Holiday Season With a Galena Christmas

November 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Celebrate the Holiday Season With a Galena ChristmasCome to Galena to celebrate the holidays! A Galena Christmas is always a bright and cheery one, with plenty to do and see in our charming, historic city.

Thanksgiving is nearly here with Christmas following close behind. That festive, joyous feeling is already in the air as we prepare to celebrate the season.

If you’re planning to be here during the holidays – and you really should – here is a short list of some of the larger events taking place.

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Save On A Galena Getaway With Our Specials and Packages!

October 28th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

galenagetawaypackagesandspecialsFrom our scenic, rolling hills to our wonderful shops and restaurants to our historic charm, there are numerous reasons to take a Galena Getaway. Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast welcomes you to our friendly, Illinois town with a variety of specials and packages designed to make your stay that much more special and affordable!

Whether you’re coming here for a special occasion or just taking a mid-week vacation, our specials and packages can help to lessen the sting – or sweeten the pot!

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Get Out On The Slopes With Chestnut Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding!

October 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ski Chestnut MountainHard as it may be to believe, we are rapidly approaching the winter sports season. If you’re a skier or snowboarder and plan to be in Galena this winter then Chestnut Mountain is for you!

Chestnut Mountain, in Galena, IL has slopes to suit all ages and skill levels. Their 19 runs on a 475-foot vertical drop offers both bunny hills and black diamonds. Seasoned and green skiers and boarders will find plenty to entertain and challenge them on the 3,500 feet of runs.

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Get Acquainted with Galena Wineries and Vineyards

September 23rd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena wineries and vineyardsIllinois has more than 100 wineries and vineyards located all across the state and the Galena area is is no exception. Galena wineries offer samples, tours, and sales – both of their own wines and often other local products. Stop in and sample some of the best from Illinois Wine Country!

Part of wine’s attraction is that it is an expression of a region’s culture and of the vineyard that produced it. Consequently, visiting a winery or vineyard gives you that much more insight into your wine. Plus it’s a lot of fun! Avoid the crowds and visit midweek for the best experience.

Galena is home to two wineries with two others quite close by. You can enjoy a tasting and tour the two Galena wineries, or take a short drive outside of town to visit either of the other two in the area. Or you could make a day of it and create your own Galena Wine Trail by visiting them all!

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Soak Up Galena Fall Colors During A Midweek Getaway!

September 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Fall ColorsIf you’ve never seen us in autumn, now is the time to plan your Galena fall colors getaway! Fall foliage is expected to be at its peak this year sometime between October 5th and the 21st.

Fall in Galena often means warmer, Indian summer days with cool, inviting evenings. It’s the perfect time to explore the countryside. Pleasant, winding drives will take you through green valleys dotted with small farms and dairy cows.

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For Outdoor Recreation in Galena – Fever River Outfitters

August 26th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Fever River Outfitters in Galena, IlLooking to get in some outdoor recreation during your Galena getaway? Look no further than Fever River Outfitters for getting out into the great outdoors near Galena, Illinois!

Northwestern Illinois and the tri-state region offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, SUPing, and more are very popular. And why not? The area is packed with beautiful scenery, gently rolling hills, and tranquil rivers.

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Zipline Through The Woods At Long Hollow Canopy Tours

August 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Zipline Through The Woods At Long Hollow Canopy Tours in Galena, ILTarzan isn’t the only one who likes to swing through trees. If you do, too, Long Hollow Canopy Tours in Galena, IL has a forested zipline course for you!

Long Hollow Canopy Tours has built a zipline course in Tapley Woods near Galena that includes 6 ziplines, a skybridge, rappel course, and more. “Canopy Tour” is a great descriptor, too because that’s what you’ll be doing: ziplining through the forest canopy!

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Discover Galena’s Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

July 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens
Photo via Good Free Photos

Galena’s Belvedere Mansion is considered the finest, historic home in a city that is often described as “the town that time forgot.”

Part of the attraction to Galena, Il is that so much of it still appears as it did prior to the Civil War. Galena was once the lead mining capital of the world, a major commercial port on the upper Mississippi, and the wealthiest city in the State of Illinois. The stately and sturdy brick and limestone buildings you still see in the downtown area reflect this.

None are more handsome than Belvedere Mansion, however.

J. Russell Jones built this lavish Italianate villa in 1857. A steamship merchant,  Jones rose of his own power up through business and on into politics. Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1860, he was friends with General Ulysses S. Grant, another famed Galena resident. President Lincoln appointed him as U.S. Marshall for the Northern District of Illinois. Jones was also one of Lincoln’s Chicago funeral train pallbearers.

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens continue to reflect the Victorian splendor of Galena’s early days. Touring this “most often visited” attraction in Galena truly is like stepping back in time. You’ll be transported back to both antebellum and Civil War America when you visit – and don’t forget the gardens!

The gardens of Belvedere Mansion recreate the quiet and intimate spaces of the same time period. You’ll find bronze statuary, hibiscus urns, and flowing fountains as you follow the garden’s the casual walkways. The gardens add a further beauty and European eloquence to the mansion’s magnificent grounds.

Belvedere Mansion offers guided tours from around the middle May to the middle of November. Each tour lasts around 15 minutes and no reservation is necessary – just ring the bell during business hours.

Steeped in mid 19th century history, the Mansion and gardens offer a glimpse into a bygone age.

The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

1008 Park Avenue, Galena, Illinois
Sunday thru Friday – 11am to 4pm
Saturdays – 11am to 5pm
For more information, be sure to visit Belvedere Mansion online at: www.galenabelvederemansion.com

Belvedere Mansion Lodging
If you like Belvedere Mansion you’ll love Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast! Our opulent Galena B&B features Italianate design and European-style accommodations, along with impeccable service and meticulously groomed outdoor gardens. You may even feel as if you’re living in the very world you visit at Belvedere Mansion! Come relax in splendor at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast.

Visit Jo Daviess County Breweries & Distilleries

July 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit Jo Daviess County Breweries & DistilleriesCraft beer and spriti enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Jo Daviess County breweries and distilleries The Galena area is home to a couple of craft breweries and distilleries, some of which offer excellent tours.

Most of us enjoy a tipple now and again, especially these days with craft brewing and distilling making such big waves. The Galena area is not immune, with some great breweries and distilleries here in county.

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Renew Your Wedding Vows At Romantic Cloran Mansion

October 23rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Renew Your Wedding Vows at Cloran MansionCelebrating your love and commitment for one another by saying “I do” again is a powerful and moving way of reaffirming your partnership. Come renew your wedding vows at Cloran Mansion and allow us to make sure every detail is perfect for your special day!

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Enjoy a Galena Fall Foliage Vacation!

October 9th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Take a Galena Fall Foliage vacation!If you’re a leaf-peeper, nothing compares to autumn in the Midwest – and Galena fall foliage can give them all a run for their money. The Jo Daviess County countryside comes absolutely to life with all the colors of the season, a transformation so lush you have to see it to believe it – so book your Galena fall foliage vacation now, while you still can!

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Take the 48th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes

September 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The 48th Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes, scheduled for September 26th through the 27th, is a fun way to see five of the many fascinating and beautiful historic homes and buildings in and around Galena, IL.

Galena is famous for its concentration of diverse historic architecture and for how much Galenians treasure, restore, and care for it – but so much of it is hidden behind high fences and closed doors. Who wouldn’t be excited by the opportunity for a closer, more in depth look at some of these ornate and history-rich edifices?

Clearly many do, or the highly-popular tour wouldn’t be in its 48th year!

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Galena Oktoberfest 2015

September 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Oktoberfest 2015You don’t have to travel all of the way to Bavaria to celebrate Oktoberfest – you can celebrate right here in Illinois at the 9th annual Galena Oktoberfest, Oct 3rd, 2015!

Galena Oktoberfest is modeled after the the world’s largest beer festival and fair in Munich: a 16-day folk festival held since 1810 that attracts more than 6 million people each year. Bavaria’s Oktoberfest is so popular that the celebration has spread around the globe to become one of the most widely celebrated, secular, annual events.

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Explore Crystal Lake Cave

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Crystal Lake Cave, Dubuque, IA

See fascinating natural formations like this
when you tour Dubuque’s Crystal Lake Cave!

Dubuque’s Crystal Lake Cave – Iowa’s largest show cave – is located just 20 minutes outside of Galena, IL and remains one of the region’s most popular, must-see attractions!

Crystal Lake Cave is a network of caverns that are home to a world of fantastic stalactites, stalagmites, and other fascinating and fragile, natural mineral formations that are still forming today. Crystal Lake Cave is a “live” or “wet” cave that continues to evolve and grow, as it has for millions of years.

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Have a Vine Time On A Jo Daviess County Winery Tour!

July 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Take a Jo Daviess County Winery TourThe Galena area is home to some of the finest wineries in Illinois. You can stop in to meet the vintners, learn their process, enjoy a paired tasting, and take home a bottle or two of your favorite with a Jo Daviess County winery tour!

Winemaking is a fascinating process that provides for some of the freshest, most unique, and best wines in a given region – and Jo Daviess County is no exception. Finding regional wines on the local shelf during a visit is one way to experience these distinctive wines but a visit to the source – now there’s an experience!

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Soar On A Galena Hot Air Balloon Ride!

July 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena hot air balloon ride

There’s no experience quite as freeing as floating up and away in a hot air balloon – and the views! Come drift above the rolling landscapes of Jo Daviess County on a Galena hot air balloon ride!

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Don’t Miss the 2015 Jo Daviess County Fair!

June 22nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Jo Daviess County Fair 2015The 2015 Jo Daviess County Fair is almost here – July 30th through August 2nd – featuring tractor pulls, a demolition derby, pageants, and of course pro rodeo!

The Jo Daviess County Fair is the oldest one in the state of Illinois, having begun one year before … the Civil War in 1860! Now, that doesn’t make it the oldest county fair in the US by any means but it is a respectable age and, consequently, it is an event with tradition and precedence. People come from all around the state – and even the country! – to attend.

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Take a Galena Trolley Tour!

June 12th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Take a Galena Trolley TourTour the picturesque and historic town of Galena, Illinois – Home of President Ulysses S. Grant – in fitting style with a Galena Trolley Tour!

Trolleys – both electric and horse drawn – used to be the predominant mode of public transit across North America. Today, only Toronto still operates a streetcar network that remains virtually unchanged – but these urban streetcar systems were once very common in both the big cities and smaller towns. Most were dismantled in the middle of the 20th century, torn out or replaced by light rail and other, more modern forms of mass transit.

Despite this, trolleys remain iconic – and why not? A trolley ride is good fun, hearkening back to simpler times and a slower pace – just about the perfect way to tour a historic town like Galena, too!

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The Galena Festival of the Performing Arts 2015

May 29th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Festival of the Performing Arts 2015The 2015 Galena Festival of the Performing Arts will be heating up those summer nights here in Galena – will you be here to experience it?

The Galena Festival of the Performing Arts is an annual tradition, started in 2001, to provide exceptional musical performances and educational programs for the tri-state area. In the past thirteen years it has done just that and 2015’s 14th annual Galena Festival of the Performing Arts is looking just as exciting as ever!

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Galena’s Nouveau Wine Weekend 2014!

October 25th, 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 13th, 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 29th, 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 22nd, 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 23rd, 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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