Great Galena Balloon Race

April 26, 2018 by Cheryl Farruggia

Spring has finally sprung and we couldn’t be more excited.  With the warmer air comes plenty of wonderful events in Galena.  One of the most beautiful events we have the pleasure of experiencing is the Great Galena Balloon Race.  The event is only $5 for the weekend and proceeds go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and  Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes.  This year the race takes place on June 15-17th.  The 16th Annual Great Galena Balloon Race begins Friday evening at 5pm.  At 6:oo pm the race starts and at 8:30 there is an illuminating night glow show of balloons that light up the night sky.  If you are interested in a balloon ride of your own there are some great opportunities, go to

Activities on Friday are:

  • 5-10pm – Live Music by  The Wundo Band
  • 5-9pm – Inflatables for the kids
  • 5-9pm – Food /Beverages
  • 7-9pm – Tethered Balloon Rides

Saturday is full of fun for the whole family.

5:15am – Crack of Dawn Race

6pm – Galena on the Fly Race

8:30pm – Night Glow

(times flex based on weather conditions)

5-10pm – Live Music by Momma Bird

5-9pm – Inflatables for the kids

5-9pm – Food /Beverages

6-8pm – Classic Car Show

7-9pm – Tethered Balloon Rides

(times flex based on weather conditions)

Sunday there is a final Crack of the Dawn race at 5:15 am (weather permitting).

Admission is only $5 at the gate, Free Parking and shuttles.  Bring a blanket and enjoy the weekends activities and give to a great cause.  The Balloon Race raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and  Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes.

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK, NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS!!  For more information on the food available and other questions go to–info

We look forward to seeing you all!

Summer Fun it Happened so Fast

July 27, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

It seems like only yesterday that summer was approaching. I can hardly believe that July is over in a few short days and August will be upon us.  Never fear Galena has so many wonderful things to do every month of the year.  Here are some fun and exciting things to see and do on your getaway this August.

Jo Daviess County Fair is this August 2-4th.  What a wonderful opportunity to go to the carnival, play games, listen to music, and eat some yummifications.  Bring the kids, have a girls or guys retreat, or stroll the park hand in hand with that special someone (maybe you can win them a prize).  To view all the activities go to:

Quilt Lovers this August 10-12th is the annual Galena/Jo Daviess Quilt Fest.  You are sure to enjoy some quilt-tastic fun this year.   For more information visit their Facebook page.

August 11-12th is the 7th Annual Market House Square Festival.  Many talented Artists will be displaying their artwork for your enjoyment and purchases.  To view pictures from last years events visit:

You may also be interested in the Vineyard tours, Ghost tours, and Mississippi River tours while the weather is still warm.  Call and book your room with us and we can help you plan some amazing adventures while you are visiting our beautiful town.

Cheryl & Carmine

Cloran Mansion


11th Annual Galena Balloon Race

June 16, 2012 by Cheryl Farruggia

As the weather warms our memories bring us back to lazy summer days, cookouts, playing in pools and fishing trips. Galena has another wonderful tradition, the Annual Balloon Race. Each year in June the skies above Galena are filled with spectacular hot air balloons by day and in the evening the illumination as they glow in the night sky is breathtaking. The 3 daylong event features balloon rides, car shows, and live music. The Balloon Race is not only a wonderful experience for all; it also benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.