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Travel Galena Trip Guide

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Company midwestliving company
Categories Sofas & Sofa Beds
Telephone 340958093
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Travel Galena Trip Guide

What to do

Casper BluffsSelf-guided tours of the 85 acres reveal burial mounds, a 1,000-year-old Thunderbird effigy mound and migrating birds, making it an ideal early-morning spot for history-lovers and nature fans. (815) 858-9100; jdcf.org

Fever River OutfittersRent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards to float down the Galena River, or get bikes, electric bikes or motor scooters to explore area trails. (815) 776-9425; feverriveroutfitters.com

The Galena and U.S. Grant Museum Peer into an 1830s lead-mine shaft, measure yourself against a life-size photograph of President Lincoln, and view the Vicksburg flag (hand-sewn by women supporting Civil War troops). (815) 777-9129; galenahistorymuseum.org

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery A restored 1840s granary downtown has a wine-tasting room and wine patio; 7 miles east of Galena, the vineyard holds tours and tastings. (800) 397-9463; galenacellars.com

Galena's Kandy Kitchen Salt water taffy fills wood barrels, and handmade chocolates line up behind glass at this family-owned shop known for Pecan Georgies—homemade caramel with pecan halves dipped in chocolate. galenaskandykitchen.com

Galena Trolley Depot Narrators introduce visitors to Galena’s historical sites and homes. Choose from one-hour tours, two-and-a-half-hour tours that stop at three homes and 60-minute ghost tours. (815) 777-1248; galenatrolleys.com

The Great American Popcorn Company The selection of unique flavors includes Freakin’ Hot, Louisiana BBQ, Kitchen Sink and Cinnamon Toast. Sweets for sale include jellybeans, chocolates and fudge. greatpopcorn.com

Massbach Ridge Winery and Tasting Room The downtown location pours estate-made wines; go to the vineyard 27 miles southeast of Galena for vineyard and winery tours. (815) 291-6700; Massbach Ridge Winery on Facebook

Mississippi Explorer River Cruises Tour guides detail the history of the river, its wildlife and geology. (815) 777-1320; chestnutmtn.com

Mississippi Palisades State Park About 30 miles southeast of Galena, the 2,500-acre park caters to picnickers, campers and hikers. Fifteen miles of trails lead to overlooks with bird’s-eye views of the Mississippi, rock formations and wooded ravines. (815) 273-2731; dnr.illinois.gov

Old Market House The former city market, built in 184546, serves as a visitors center and displays 1,500 artifacts related to Ulysses S. Grant. (815) 777-3310; illinoishistory.gov

Rocky Waters Vineyard South of Galena in Hanover, the winery makes Wild Turkey Blush and Tower Red. Check out the view from the deck. (815) 591-9706; rockywaters.net

Shopping More than 100 boutiques line historical Main Street and side streets. Look for Kenyan soapstone artwork at Beyond the Horizon, dinner-party fare at Galena River Wine and Cheese and Galena Garlic Company, and artistic clothing at Earth’s Treasures.

Ulysses S. Grant Home A tour of the 19th-century Italianate house gives insight into post-Civil War life in Galena and Grant’s prepresidential years here. (815) 777-3310; granthome.com

Washburne House See how the 1845 Greek Revival-style home of Elihu Washburne, a congressman who advised President Lincoln, reflected the owner’s success. (815) 777-3310; illinoishistory.gov

Wooded Wonderland Country Store and Sawmill Pick organically grown blueberries July to September, and browse handmade furniture and antiques. (815) 777-1223; woodedwonderland.com

Where to eat

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

Fried Green Tomatoes Dine on creative Italian dishes like a smoked Gouda-Gorgonzola mac and cheese with sausage. And don’t overlook the namesake appetizer. (815) 777-3938; friedgreen.com

Fritz and Frites The split-nationality menu consists of French and German favorites: Fritz fans can load up on schnitzel, sauerbraten, sausages and spaetzle; on the frites side, there’s escargot, baked Brie, pt, quiche and mussels. (815) 777-2004; fritzandfrites.com

One Eleven Main Beer-cheddar fondue makes a great starter for an evening of upscale American fare—from burgers to glazed duck breast. (815) 777-8030; oneelevenmain.com

Otto’s Place Cafe and Lounge A sunny interior and bottomless coffee perk up any day, as does breakfa

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