Galena is a Perfect Weekend Escape from City Life

Just a short drive from Chicago and Minneapolis, Galena is a perfect weekend Escape from city life. The endless shops, champagne room, wineries, a waterfall, and many other delicious places to eat make this an excellent girls retreat.

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Dirty Gurts Burger Joynt in Galena is a Perfect Weekend Escape from City Life

  • Seasonal restaurant
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Funny signs throughout

Belvedere Mansion

  • No reservation required
  • Open everyday April to November
  • Adults $12.75 Kids $6
  • New tour every 15 minutes
  • 30 min tour

Trolley Depot

  • San Francisco style trolley cars
  • One hour narrated tour around Galena
  • Open May through October
  • Delicious coffee shop connected
  • Coffee shop closed Sundays

Mean Bean Roasters in Galena is a Perfect Weekend Escape from City Life

  • Custom coffee flavors
  • Clothing and gift items
  • Buy bags of your favorite flavors to take home

Old City Cemetery

This cemetery dates back to 1828 when the first settlers arrived to Galena. The city has recently received funding to restore after neglect and vandalism. Records were poorly kept back then. However, they are working on a website to locate specific graves.

Dowling House in Galena is a Perfect Weekend Escape from City Life

The Dowling house is the oldest house in Galena. The limestone structure was built in 1826 and was once the towns trading post. Tours are approximately 30 minutes.

Thunder Bay Falls

Thunder Bay Falls is a man made 40 foot waterfall. This waterfall is located in the Galena Territory about 10 minutes away from Downtown Galena. It is located off a short paved path with a large parking lot. Unfortunately, it was a very dry summer when we visited. The waterfall was more of a trickle, but a great stop on our way in to town.

Blaum Bros Distilling Co.

  • Open each day of the the week (hours vary from summer and winter)
  • Distillery tours
  • Comfortable leather seating
  • Family business

Champagne on Main in Galena is a Perfect Weekend Escape from City Life

  • Champagne and chandeliers
  • Classic cocktails
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • European style

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery

  • 3 locations
  • One in Galena Downtown
  • Live music many nights 4-7
  • 40 wine varieties

Galena Brewing Company

  • 13+ brews on tap
  • Full bar
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Weekend brewery tours

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