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The Galena Area

Galena, IL

The city of Galena was home of the 18th President of the United States and General of the Civil War Union Army, Ulysses S. Grant.

His home and a Civil War museum are open to the public.  Main Street in downtown Galena has a large number of specialty and antique shops and restaurants, both casual and formal dining, and is home to the Galena Cellers winery. Chestnut Mountain Resort is open year round for snow skiing in the winter; Alpine slides, zipline and Segway tours in the summer.

The Galena Territory is a private 6,800 acre development located six miles southeast of downtown Galena. The area is best known for its 63 holes of championship golf, including “The General,” which Golf Digest ranked #41 in the 07/08 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” The trail system has over 40 miles of trails so everyone can enjoy exploring and hiking the area. The Shenandoah Riding Center rents horses for trail rides year round. The “General Store” is a convenience store offering groceries, cold beverages, sandwiches, and snacks for your picnic or party.

The activities here are bountiful and the wild life abounds!

Galena Territory Association (GTA), 2000 Territory Dr., Galena Territory, Private club for Galena Territory property owners and their vacation rental guests.  Swimming pools (indoor/outdoor), snack bar, community room, basketball and tennis courts, fitness center, business center, and hiking on 23 miles of trails through pristine woodlands and prairies, Proximity tags (one per person) are required. Each additional $5.00/per person.  Children under 5/free, 815-777-2000

Lake Galena Marina, 100 Marina Dr., Galena Territory, Private marina for Galena Territory property owners and their vacation rental guests, fishing boat rental, tackle, bait, fishing licenses, pavilion, picnicking, horseshoes, volleyball, 815-777-2012

Alice T. Virtue Memorial Pool and Water Park, 1811 Field St., Galena, Sports, Seasonal Events, playground, pavilions, water park offers a zero-depth pool with water slide, 815-777-0802

In-door swimming pool at Ramada Inn, 11383 US-20, Galena, $5.00 per person per day. Pool hours: 7 AM-11 PM, 815-777-2043

Balloon Rides, Galena on the Fly, Balloon rides available daily at dawn and dusk, Reservations required, 800-690-1287 or 815-777-2747, www.buyaballoonride.com

Casper Bluff, 870 S. Pilot Knob Rd., Galena, Hiking, bird watching, sightseeing, Native American archaeology and much more on 85 acres of scenic Mississippi River bluffs, 815-858-9100, www.jdcf.org/properties/casper-bluff-land-water-reserve/

Chestnut Mountain Resort, 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd., Galena, Snow skiing, Alpine Slides, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Segway tours, Mississippi Riverboat Cruises, 800-397-1320, www.chestnutmtn.com

Dittmar Farms, 256 S. Grebner Rd., Elizabeth, IL, U-pick pumpkins, scenic hayride, corn maze. Great family fun!  Mid-September through October. Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM, 815-858-3413, www.dittmarfarms.com

Fever River Outfitters, 525 S. Main St., Galena, Outdoor recreation rentals, guided and unguided trips. Canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, bicycle, scooters, snowshoes, cross country skis, & more, 815-776-9425, www.feverriveroutfitters.com

Horseshoe Mound Preserve, 1679 N. Blackjack Rd., Galena, Explore, hike, bird watch, picnic and learn about local geology while enjoying the view from atop the mound, 815-858-9100, www.jdcf.org/properties/horseshoe-mound/

Longhollow Canopy Tours, 3247 W. Longhollow Rd. Elizabeth, IL, (1.5 miles from the Eagle’s Nest), Zip line 2.5 hour guided canopy tours, 815-281-2853, www.longhollowcanopytours.com

Q Casino, 1855 Greyhound Park Rd., Dubuque, IA, Greyhound race track and casino, 563-582-3647  www.qcasinoandhotel.com

Shenandoah Riding Center, 200 N. Brodrecht Rd., Galena Territory, Trail rides, sleigh rides, reservations recommended, 815-777-9550/815-777-2373, http://www.shenandoahridingcenter.com/

 

TOURS & MUSEUMS

Belvedere Mansion and Gardens, 1008 Park Ave., Galena, Italianate mansion built in 1857 is considered the finest mansion in Galena, 815-777-0747, www.visitgalena.org/places/the-belvedere/

Blacksmith Shop Museum, 245 N. Commerce St., Galena, Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges, 815-777-1893, www.visitgalena.org/places/the-old-blacksmith-shop/

Dowling House, 220 Diagonal St., Galena, Galena’s oldest home built of native limestone in 1826 as a trading post and residence, 815-777-1250, www.visitgalena.org/places/dowling-house/

Galena Tours, Attractions and historic sites offer you the chance to learn about Galena’s rich history and agricultural heritage, www.visitgalena.org/galena-attractions

Galena Trolley Tours, 314 S. Main St., Galena, 815-777-1248, www.visitgalena.org/places/galena-trolley-tours/

Galena Historical Society & U. S. Grant Museum, 211 S. Bench St., Galena, Quaint museum housed in a stately Italianate mansion featuring civil war exhibits & a mine shaft, 815-777-9129 www.galenahistory.org/

Old Market House The historic former city market showcases changing local-history exhibits. Donations suggested. 815- 777-3310; www.granthome.com

Ulysses S. Grant Home History buffs will marvel at the home of the president and Civil War hero. Donations suggested. 815-777-3310, www.granthome.com

Washburne House Learn about Elihu Washburne, a congressman and political adviser to Lincoln, at this historic home. Seasonal. 815- 777-3310

 

GOLF

Eagle Ridge Resort, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena Territory, The General, North Course, South Course, East Course.  Eagle’s Nest guests please ask for Colin Sanderson, 815-776-5056 www.eagleridge.com/golf/

Galena Golf Club, 11557 US-20 W., Galena, Open to the public, 815-777-3599, www.galenagolf.webs.com

Woodbine Bend Golf Course, 3500 East Center Rd., Stockton, IL, Casual dining restaurant, 815-858-3939, www.woodbinebend.com

 

WINERIES, BREWERY & DISTILLERY

Blaum Bros Distilling Co., 9380 US-20 W., Galena, Craft whiskey distilling, tours, tasting, cocktail lounge, 815-777-1000, www.blaumbros.com

Galena Brewing Company, 227 N. Main St., Galena, Brewery, house drafts, 815-776-9917, www.galenabrewery.com

Galena Cellars Winery, 515 S. Main St., Galena 815-777-3330, Wine tasting, www.galenacellars.com

Galena Cellars Vineyard, 4746 N. Ford Rd., Scales Mound, IL, Guided tours and wine tasting, 815-777-3235

Galena River Wine and Cheese Find a wide array of wines, cheeses, foods and beers. 815-777-9430, www.galenawineandcheese.com

Jamie’s Wine Studio of Galena Jamie hand selects every bottle and creates customizable gifts. 815-777-0207; Jamie’s Wine Studio on Facebook

Massbach Ridge Winery, 8837 S. Massbach Rd. Elizabeth, IL, wine tasting, 815-291-6700, www.massbachridge.com

 

PLACES TO EAT

Breakfast / Lunch:

Courtyard Restaurant at the DeSoto House, 230 S. Main St., Galena, 815-777-0090, American, Café

Golden Hen Café, 129 S. Main St., Galena, 815-776-0614, American, Café

Kaladi’s Coffee Bar, 309 S. Main St., Galena, 815-776-0723, Coffee Bar

Otto’s Place, 100 Bouthillier St., Galena, 815-776-0240, American, Café

Victory Café, 200 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-4407, American, Café

Woodland’s Restaurant at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena Territory, 815-777-5000, American, Contemporary

 Lunch / Dinner:

Ayalas Mex-American Steakhouse, 215 Diagonal St., Galena, 815-776-9925, Blend of Mexican and American Cuisine

Cannova’s Pizzeria, 247 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-3735, Italian, Pizza

Durty Gurt’s, 235 N. Main St., Galena, 815-776-9990, American, Vegetarian Friendly

Embe Eatery and Lounge, 233 S. Main St., Galena, 815-777-2323, Great Bar Food, Low Key Atmosphere

Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill, 9853 US-20, Galena, 815-776-0707, Irish Authentic Cuisine and Entertainment Including Irish Dancers on Weekends

Fried Green Tomatoes, 213 North Main St., Galena, 815-777-3938, Unique Italian Dining Experience

Fritz and Frites, 317 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-2004, French Bistro and German

Galena Brewing Company, 227 N. Main St., Galena, 815-776-9917, Brewpub, House Drafts and Bar Bites

Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery, 219 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-0243, Chicago Style Pizza & Other Pub Fare

Little Tokyo, 300 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-8883, Japanese Steakhouse

Log Cabin Steakhouse, 201 North Main St., Galena, 815-777-0393, “Where Steak is king and Lobster is Queen!”

Los Aztecas II, 975 Galena Square Dr., Galena, 815-777-9066, Mexican, Southwestern

Market House Restaurant, 120 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-0690, American, Pub, and Steakhouse

Myrtle’s Pies, 228 North Main St., Galena, 779-214-0356, Fresh Baked Desserts

One Eleven Main, 111 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-8030, Gourmet American Fare

Paradise Bar & Grill, 205 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-3245, American Cuisine

Procento’s Pizzeria, 105 Franklin St., Galena, 815-777-1640, Italian, Pizza

Vinny Vanucchis, 201 S. Main St., Galena, 815-777-8100, Fine Italian Cuisine

Woodland’s Restaurant at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena Territory, 815-777-5000, American, Contemporary

In between

American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor Keep an eye out for the black-and-white awning to find the old-fashioned specialty dessert shop, 815-777-3121

Galena Kandy Kitchen Find wood barrels filled with saltwater taffy and handmade chocolates at this legacy candy shop, 815-777-0241, www.galenakandykitchen.com

The Great American Popcorn Company Flavors include Freakin’ Hot, Louisiana BBQ, Kitchen Sink and Cinnamon Toast, 877-777-4116, www.greatpopcorn.com

Chocolat A boutique offering the finest in domestic and European chocolates; 815-776-7777, www.visitgalena.org/places/chocolat/

 

LIQUOR STORES

Piggly Wiggly, 997 Galena Square Dr., Galena, 815-777-1111, http://www.shopthepig.com/stores/store-314/

Family Beer and Wine, 20200 US-20 W., East Dubuque 815-747-6335, www.familybeer.com

 

CATERING

CINDY’S CLASSIC Catering, 309 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-1851, cwickler@hotmail.com http://www.local.com/business/details/galena-il/cindys-classic-catering-3593261/

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Catering, 213 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-3938, www.FriedGreen.com

HY-VEE Catering, 400 S. Locust St., Dubuque, IA, 563-583-6148, www.hy-vee.com/shop/Catering-C10.aspx

L.MAY Eatery Catering, 1072 Main St., Dubuque, IA 563-556-0505, dining@lmayeatery.com Seasonal menu at www.lmayeatery.com

VICTORY Catering, 200 N. Main St., Galena, 815-777-4407, www.victorycafes.com

WIGWAM Catering, 2040 Main St., Hazel Green, WI  608-854-2131

 

TRANSPORTATION

A to B CAB, Galena cab service, 815-494-7433

Tri-State Travel, 4349 Industrial Park Dr., Galena, Group Transportation, Trolley tours, 815-777-9580,  www.tristatetravel.com

Stagecoach Trails Livery, Robert and Lavonne Spillane, Apple River, IL, Horse driven rides for group events, 815-594-2423

 

Some useful websites:

Galena Visitors Bureau: www.visitgalena.org
Galena Vacation Planning: www.galena-illinois.us
Galena Area Chamber of Commerce: www.galenachamber.com
Dubuque Chamber of Commerce: www.dubuquechamber.com
Galena Weather: www.weather.com

  • Shopping
  • Antiquing
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Wine Tasting
  • Spa Pampering
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Balloon Riding
  • Hiking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Canoeing
  • Eagle Watching