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Holiday Progressive Dinner

November 9th, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

A Tasty Treat Through Town

Many people wonder what a progressive dinner is.  A progressive dinner is a meal that consists of different courses at different locations.  Here in Galena the Bed and Breakfast Community has joined together to offer a unique dinner experience at several Inns.  The Cloran Mansion has participated in progressive dinners for over 10 years and we love the opportunity to open our dining room to the guests for a tasty treat.  One of the wonderful things about the December Dinner is that all of the Inns will be decorated for the holidays making it especially festive.  This years Holiday Progressive Dinner will be on December 2nd from 5 pm to 8:15 pm.

While on the dinner tour the guests will travel to an Inn for a course of amazing appetizers, a mouth watering main course of a mixed green salad with diced pears and vinaigrette, Spinach and Red Pepper Pork Roulade with Herb Roasted Red Potatoes, Apple Sauce, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Rustic Bread, and a delicious holiday dessert.  The Inns will not be serving alcohol but guests are welcome to BYO, just remember to select a designated driver!  Tickets for the Progressive Dinner are available now for $60 a person with a $5 discount for Guests of a Best of Galena Property but will sell out quickly.  Book your reservation at the Cloran Mansion to receive your discounted tickets and we can order your dinner tickets.  If you are staying at another Inn or traveling in for the dinner call Lorraine at 815-777-0893 for tickets.

We look forward to dining with you!

 

Downtown Delight

October 17th, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

Stroll Down Main Street and Shop Away

November marks that time of year when the holidays are approaching and shopping is at its peak.  There are plenty of opportunities to go to the mall and grab some gifts.   However, there is something special about a unique gift that comes with some thought and inspiration.  The beautiful shops in Downtown Galena have some spectacular gift ideas that will be sure to show the special people on your list how much you care.

November is the perfect time to spend a weekend away from the busy holiday season.  Take a stroll down the historic streets of Galena with a nice warm cup of coffee or hot cocoa all snuggled up in your favorite fall sweater.  Once you have worked up your appetite head into one of the delicious restaurants along Main Street and satisfy your taste buds.  Of course, for that extra special gift we have our holiday gift certificate specials that begin in November and are always cherished by their receiver.

Book your stay at The Cloran Mansion this November and enjoy a relaxing getaway while finding gifts that will have your loved ones in awe.

For a list of some of the shops downtown visit:

http://www.visitgalena.org/things-to-do/shopping/.

To view places to please you palate and refresh your soul visit:

http://www.visitgalena.org/things-to-do/cuisine/

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting Galena Style

September 25th, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

Galena wineries and vineyards
UNLEASH YOUR WINE TASTING SENSES…..

Uncork your taste buds and indulge in the locally crafted wines that our charming Galena has to offer. White or Red, Dinner or Dessert, Silky or Oaked; how you like your wine is so personal.  There is no need for a trip to Napa Valley to enjoy a decadent wine tasting.  Galena has some of the best wines in the country and waiting to be uncorked and tasted.  The Massbach Ridge Winery in Elizabeth is just a short drive from the mansion and offers an amazing walkthrough of the wine making process.  Finish off your tour with some brilliant tastings of some of Illinois crafted wines.  Galena Vineyard and Wine Cellars is just a few minutes from the mansion and their gorgeous view is the perfect location to end a tour of the vineyard as you taste their award-winning wines.

There are many spectacular wineries in town for your delight.  Take a stroll through Jaime’s Wine Studio.  Enjoy a bit of cheese with your wine while visiting Galena River Wine and CheeseMassbach Ridge Winery Tasting Room in Galena and select one of this year’s brilliantly harvested wines.  For a more retro and unique spin on things stop in The Grape Escape and enjoy the atmosphere.  Galena Wine Cellars will amaze you with their abundant wine choices, their selection is fantastic and has the right pairing for an occasion.

117 N Main St, Galena, IL 61036

815-291-6411

 

8837 S. Massbach Rd. Elizabeth, IL 61028

815-291-6700

 

420 S Main Street, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-9430

 

515 S Main Street, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-3330

 

242 N Mains Street, Galena, IL 61036

779-214-0003

 

 4746 N Ford Rd, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-3235

 

  • Jamie’s Wine Studio

209 S. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036

815-777-0207

 

The Crisp Fall Air

September 5th, 2017 by Cheryl Farruggia

Take a Galena Fall Foliage vacation!

Fall in Love with Galena

As summer nights drift to the cool fall breeze there is nothing more beautiful than the scenic hills of the Galena countryside.  The elaborate colors that paint their way over the trees is one of most amazing sights I have ever seen.  I fell in love with the sights and the smells of Galena in Autumn.  It almost begs for the warm arms of a loved one.  The soft embrace of a well-worn sweater and the warm crackling of a fire at night to cozy up to.  There is no more perfect time to visit Galena then during the changing of the leaves.

The weather is perfect for a trip downtown through the shops while enjoying a hot coffee at Kaladi’s Coffee bar, Devour Café, or Mean Bean Roaster’s.  For the golfer, it is the perfect time to hit the tee as the last fleeting days of the season sprinkle away.  The town is filled with activities to keep the fall spirit alive.  If you feel adventurous and brave enough there are some haunting ghost tours to get the heart pumping.  And what could be better after a day of shopping and spooking then to cozy on up to a fire-pit among friends with some libations and laughter to last the night long.  Galena has endless opportunities for relaxation, romance, fun and adventure.

Amelia’s Ghost Tours

307 S Main St

Galena, Illinois

United States

http://www.ameliastours.com/

Phone: 815-994-2868

 

The Haunted Galena Tour Company

Phone: 815-990-7203

https://www.hauntedgalenatourcompany.com/

 

 

 

 

Reserve Your Place On the Tour of Historic Galena Homes

August 11th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Tour of Historic Galena Homes

See inside historic area mansions like The Woodward House during the 2017 Tour of Historic Galena Homes.

Come take a peek behind the closed doors of some of Galena’s most historic and gorgeous homes during the 50th annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes! September 23rd and 24th, 2017 in Galena, Il.

Galena is known for its beautiful and well-preserved 19th-century buildings. People come from all over the country to soak up our town’s history and charm.

Once a year, the Tour of Historic Galena Homes opens the doors on some of the area’s most historic and striking homes to the public. Lovers of history, American workmanship, and even just curious homeowners enjoy a rare opportunity to view the interiors of some of Galena’s 19th century homes.

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Don’t Miss Galena’s 2017 RiverSong Music Festival!

July 21st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Riversong Music Festival in Galena, ILCome to Galena this summer and celebrate classical and contemporary music with a series of concerts at the RiverSong Music Festival! Held on the Galena River at historic Grace Episcopal Church, August 11th through the 13th, 2017.

If you enjoy fine, classical music and beautiful scenery, then you will not want to miss the inaugural RiverSong Music Festival. This new, free festival brings three exhibitions of music and lectures to Galena. Each concert features an after show “Meet-the-Artists” reception with food and drink.

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Jo Daviess County Fair – Illinois Oldest County Fair!

July 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Jo Daviess County FairSummer is here and that means it is Jo Daviess County Fair time again! Tractor pulls, monster trucks, demolition derbies, carnival games & rides, and so much more! August 3-6, 2017 at the Jo Daviess County Fairgrounds in Warren, IL.

The very first Jo Daviess County Fair was held in 1860, predating the Civil War. 157 years later and it’s still one of the biggest summertime draws to the Galena area. People come from all over the country to enjoy the fun and tradition of our county fair – and you should, too!

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Saddle Up for Galena’s Shenandoah Pro Rodeo!

June 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo 2017The annual Shenandoah Pro Rodeo competition is ready to come out of the chute, July 1st & 2nd, 2017, at Galena’s Shenandoah Riding Center!

There’s nothing quite like a genuine pro rodeo for excitement, fun, and a taste of the Wild West! Rodeos are a wonderful combination of traditional ranching skills and athletic competition that never fail to amaze.

The Shenandoah Riding Center brings real pro rodeo entertainment to Galena two nights every year. The annual event includes all the traditional rodeo favorites. Bareback riding, steer Wwrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding are all on the menu.

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It’s Up, Up, and Away at the 2017 Great Galena Balloon Race!

June 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Great Galena Balloon Race 2017The Great Galena Balloon Race is a spectacular, 3-day event with over 20 hot air balloons, a car show, live music, wine and beer festivals, and so much more. June 16th through the 18th, 2017.

The Great Galena Balloon Race, held every year on the 3rd full weekend in June, is a wonderful way to welcome summer. Over 20 hot air balloons will be on hand to participate in three races, two night glow events, and tethered balloon rides. The sight of so many big and colorful hot air balloons rising up into the clear blue sky is enough to lift anyone’s spirits.

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Hike the Vines at Galena Cellars’ Snowshoe Hike and Wine Tasting !

December 19th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena Cellars' Snowshoe Hike and Wine TastingGalena Cellars and Blaum Bros Distillery have teamed up with Fever River Outfitters to create a series of snowshoe hike/tasting events that will exercise both your legs and your tastebuds!

“Hike the Vines” and “Snowshoe Trek n Taste” both involve getting out into the great outdoors as well as getting back inside and tasting some great local wines and spirits!

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See The Symbol Of Our Nation On A Bald Eagle Bus Tour!

December 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Bald Eagle Bus TourSee our nation’s proud symbol of freedom and beauty in its natural habitat along the Mississippi River on a Bald Eagle Bus Tour!

Bald eagles are majestic and fascinating even if you put aside their status as our nation’s symbol. Seeing one or two of these large and beautiful creatures in nature is always a thrill.

Now imagine seeing trees full of them!

You can have this stunning experience during the early months of the year on a Galena Bald Eagle bus tour!

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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 Tour of Historic Galena Homes

The Tour of Historic Galena Homes will get you a
closer look at historic area mansions like this.

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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