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Get Acquainted with Galena Wineries and Vineyards

September 23, 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 12, 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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Zipline Through The Woods At Long Hollow Canopy Tours

August 15, 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 25, 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 11, 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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Enjoy a Galena Fall Foliage Vacation!

October 9, 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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Explore Crystal Lake Cave

August 21, 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 24, 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 10, 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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Take a Galena Trolley Tour!

June 12, 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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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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