Galena Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Galena Trip Guide

On the Galena River, this bustling historic town features century-old buildings housing shops and restaurants; some 50 inns and hotels welcome travelers for vacation getaways.


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Main Street.
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Chairlift up Chestnut Mountain.
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What to do

A Bushel and a Peck After you’ve speant a day shopping in downtown Galena, zip out to nearby Schapville and explore this food and antiques store in a former blacksmith shop. See reviews and ratings. (888) 635-4616

AJ’s Copper Garden A display of copper flowers and dragonflies awaits shoppers at this unusual art gallery. (815) 777-4000;

Beyond the Horizon Find Celtic jewelry and Kenyan soapstone artwork. See reviews and ratings. (815) 777-0190;

Casper Bluffs See burial mounds and an 1,000-year-old effigy on a self-guided tour. See reviews and ratings. (815) 858-9100;

Earth’s Treasures Handmade jewelry, artistic clothing, and rocks and minerals line the walls. (815) 777-9005

Fever River Outfitters Tour Galena on water or on wheels with kayak, bike and motor scooter rentals. (815) 776-9425;

The Galena and U.S. Grant Museum Visitors learn about Galena’s history and President Grant’s years here. Admission charged. (815) 777-9129;

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery Visit the vineyard for tastings and tours, then catch the shuttle back to town. See reviews and ratings. (800) 397-9463;

Galena Garlic Company Savory scents draw customers into this olive oil shop. See reviews and ratings. (815) 777-9625;

Galena River Wine and Cheese Find a wide array of wines, cheeses, foods and beers. (815) 777-9430;

Galena Trolley Depot Tours highlight Galena’s historic sites and homes. See reviews and ratings. (815) 777-1248;

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

Massbach Ridge Winery and Tasting Room Try five wines for $3 at the winery’s two locations. Ask for a tour. (815) 291-6700;

Mississippi Explorer River Cruises Tour guides detail the history of the river, its wildlife and geology. Admission charged. See reviews and ratings. (815) 777-1320;

Mississippi Palisades State Park This multiuse park caters to picnickers, campers and extreme hikers. See reviews and ratings. (815) 273-2731;

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

Rocky Waters Vineyard South of Galena in Hanover, the winery’s labels include Wild Turkey Blush and Tower Red. Check out the deck view. See reviews and ratings. (815) 591-9706;

Ulysses S. Grant Home If you are a fan of presidential history, make time for a short visit to the home presented to Ulysses S. Grant upon his return to Galena as a Civil War hero. See reviews and ratings. (815) 777-3310;

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

Wooded Wonderland Country Store and Sawmill Pick your own blueberries, and browse handmade furniture and antiques at this organic farm. See reviews and ratings. (815) 777-1223;

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