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Category Archives: Galena Attractions

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!

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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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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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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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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