About Galena

Known for its beautiful French colonial architecture and rich history, Galena, IL boasts true charm. With your vacation home nestled between rolling green hills and valleys, step outside and walk just minutes to great hiking and mountain biking trails, or simply relax on your vacation rental's back porch. The city's six block Main Street is home to some of the most beautiful architecture around, showcasing a number of styles including: Victorian, French, Colonial, and Greek revival. Scattered in and around these buildings are quaint boutiques, restaurants, and unique venues, projecting an old-time feeling and friendly atmosphere. Meander down Main Street, with fine dining and niche antique venues or enjoy great golf at the Eagle Ridge Resort.

Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:

  • Tour the Grant Home: Though a storm in 1911 severely damaged the Grant house, the restored building today stands as a two-story brick structure, decorated and furnished to resemble the original home. Visitors are welcomed with interpreter-led tours of the home and the rare antiques displayed here.
  • Spend a day at The Belvedere Mansion: Admire the breath-taking Italian architecture of this 1857 estate. The mansion holds the original "Gone With the Wind" green drapes, as well as 22 rooms and a beautiful vast garden. Rare antiques are scattered throughout the house, including authentic chandeliers, fireplaces, formal dining tables, chairs, and more.
  • Take a winery tour: Galena lies in the heart of Illinois wine country. The rolling hills here are home to some of the best vineyards in all of the Midwest.
  • Go horseback riding: The Shenandoah Riding center is a great place to saddle up for a scenic trail ride or to take a one on one lesson with a patient instructor.

-Relax in the spa: Spend an afternoon in a luxury Galena spa enjoying some word class pampering.

-Head into the wilderness: Cross country skiing in Galena, Illinois is a popular activity during the snowy season. Many visitors who enjoy skiing in the winter come back in the summer for Galena, IL camping and backpacking.

Thousands of visitors come to Galena's beautiful rolling countryside every year for idyllic Galena weddings, honeymoons, family reunions and long weekend getaways. If you're among them, get the most out of your visit by staying in your own private vacation rental. A luxury rental home, a summer villa or a cozy winter cabin can offer all the amenities you need to host your family and friends. While you're visiting Galena, schedule some time to explore nearby Asbury and Dubuque.