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Queen Anne Guest House wins Best Bed and Breakfast Award for 2009-2010!

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Queen Anne Guest House National 2011 Bed and Breakfast Award Winner

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100 Things To Do in the Galena IL Area

100 Things To Do in the Galena IL Area

1.  Stay at the Queen Anne Guest House, winner of Best Bed and Breakfast, Best Breakfast in the Midwest and Best Specials!  Book your vacation in value with our Stay More, Save More Special!


Historic Sites

2.  Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site---  www.granthome.com.  ---Open every day except Monday and Tuesday

3.  Galena History Museum--- www.galenahistorymuseum.org. ---Open daily 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4.  Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site--- www.granthome.com.

5.  Dowling House--- 815-777-1250 ---Galena's oldest home.

6.  Old Blacksmith Shop--- www.galenahistorymuseum.org. ---1897 Blacksmith shop--Open May- October, Friday-Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

7.  Old Market House State Historic Site --- www.granthouse.com. ---U.S. Grant Exhibition

8.  Galena Post Office and Custom House ---110 Green Street---Second oldest continuously operating post office in the United States.

9.  DeSoto House --- www.desotohouse.com. ---"Illinois’ Oldest Operating Hotel.”

10. Elizabeth History Museum --- www.elizabethhistoricalsociety.org. --- Free in Elizabeth IL 

11.  Apple River Fort State Historic Site --- www.appleriverfort.org. ---Elizabeth IL

12.  Nature & Natives of Jo Daviess County --- www.hanoverantiques.com ---Indian artifacts

13.  Gramercy Park ---815-747-6090---26 ancient Hopewell Indian Mounds--East Dubuque

14.  Stonefield State Historic Site-- www.stonefieldwisconsinhistory.org. ---1900 village and farmstead




15.  Galena Trolley Tours --- www.galenatrolleys.com. ---recieve discounted tickets at Queen Anne Guest House

16.  Tri-State Trolley --- www.tristatetravel.com --- Climate controlled trolley service

17.  The Belvedere --- www.belvederemansionandgardens.com --- Galena Italianate 1857 mansion

18.  Galena Main Street Walking Tour --- www.galenahistory.museum.org--- May-October, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

19.  Ryan Mansion Tours --- www.ryanmansiontours.com. ----Tour of Victorian Life--Galena

20.  All About A Ghost Tour --- 815- 777- 9252 --- Friday - Saturday  at 8 p.m.

21.  Annie Wiggins Ghost Tour --- www.anniewiggins.com. ---Call 815-777-0336 for reservations

22.  Casper Bluff Tours --- www.galenalogcabins.com --- Thunderbird effigy mounds plus more

23.  Jack's Galena Carriage Co. --- www.galenacarriage.com ---Historic Carriage Rides

24.  Mathias Ham House --- www.cityofdubuque.org ---May - October 10.am. - 5 p.m.




25.  The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design --- www.chi-athenaeum.org

26.  National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium--- www.rivermuseum.com ---Dubuque Iowa 

27.  Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum --- www.elizabethhistoricalsociety.org

28.  The Mining Museum & Rollo Jamison Museum--- www.mining.jamison.museum.  1845 Bevans Lead Mine


Hiking & Biking


29.  Galena River Trail --- www.galenarivertrail.com ---7 mile scenic trail starts two blocks from Queen Anne Guest House

30.  Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve --- www.jdcf.org --- 85 acres, Native American archeology

31.  Buehler Preserve --- www.jdcf.org --- Hiking Trails, Fishing, Pets Welcome---entrance close to Queen Anne Guest House

32.  Apple River Canyon State Park --- www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/apple.htm

33.  Mines of Spain --- www.minesofspain.org/trails.phtml. --- 12 miles of trails, rich history, see related article Mines of Spain under Queen Anne Guest House News




34.  Galena River ---Just two blocks from the Queen Anne Guest House!

35.  Hanover Bluff  N.A. ---  www.dnr.state.il.us ---16 acre public lake with largemouth bass, catfish

36.  Swiss Valley Nature Preserve --- http://www.dubuquecounty.org/Conservation/SwissValleyPark/tabid/59/Default.aspx ---Trout April --October

37.  Apple River Canyon State Park --- www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/apple.htm


River Excursions


38.  Mississippi Explorer Cruises at Chestnut Mountain Resort --- www.chestnutmtn.com --- 1.5 hour cruise

39.  Dubuque River Rides --- www.dubuqueriverrides.com--- SPIRIT of Dubuque paddlewheeler or Miss Dubuque yacht

40.  American Lady Cruises ---- www.americanladycruises.com




41.  There are a number of excellent  golf courses in the Galena area and some are listed below:

  Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course
14A200 E. Apple Canyon Rd.
Apple River, IL 61001

Black Hawk Run Golf Course & Supper Club
3501 S. Golf Rd.
Stockton, IL 61085

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, East Course
100 East Point Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, The General Course
109 Eagle Ridge Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, North Course
400 Eagle Ridge Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, South Course
10 Clubhouse Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Galena Golf Club
11557 US Hwy 20 West
Galena, IL 61036

Lacoma Golf Course
8080 Timmerman Dr.
East Dubuque, IL 61025

Storybrook Country Club
2124 W. Storybrook Rd.
Hanover, IL 61041

Woodbine Bend Championship Golf Course
3500 E. Center Rd.
Woodbine, IL 61085


Cooking Classes


42.  The Great Galena Cookery --- www.galenapeddlery.com --- Hands-on cooking classes.

43.  Galena Culinary Institute --- www.goldmoor.com --- Wine, food and fun.

44.  Learn Great Foods --- www.learngreatfoods.com --- Culinary adventure tours.

45.  Perry Street Brasserie --- www.perrystreetbrasserie.com --- Learn under European Master Chef Steve Dowe---Seasonal Only




46. Galena Artists' Guild --- www.galenaartists.com --- Open Thursday - Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

47. Carl Johnson --- www.cjart.net --- Famous watercolors and etchings and more.

48. Images of Nature --- www.mangelssen.com --- Award-winning photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen.

49. Stone House Pottery & Gallery --- www.stonehousepotterygalena.com --- Open Thursday - Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Pottery demonstrations Saturday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - noon. Monthly "Glaze and Graze" hands on Workshops.

50. BRIO Art Gallery --- www.briogalena.com --- National and Regional Artists

51. Hello Galena --- www.hellogalena.org --- Events, Demonstrations and artwork for purchase.

52. The Milagro Studio --- 815-777-1074 --- Contempory handmade jewelry.

53. West Street Sculpture Park --- www.weststreetsculpturepark.com --- Large steel sculptures with on site metal studio

54. Dubuque Museum of Art --- www.dbqart.com --- Free admission Saturday and Sunday




55. Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery --- www.galenacellars.com --- Tours and tasting of  40 award-winning wines.

56. Massbach Ride Winery --- www.massbachridge.com --- Sample award-winning wine.

57. Rocky Mountain Vineyard/Winery, Inc --- www.rocywater.us --- Taste wines from locally grown grapes in beautiful country setting.




58. Chestnut Mountain Resort --- www.chestnutmtn.com --- Skiing, snowboarding and summer alpine sledding.

59. Sundown Mountain Resort --- www.sundownmtn.com


Spas & Salons


60. Wild Clover Day Spa --- www.wildcloverdayspa.com --- Luxury full service spa.

61. Stonedrift Spa --- www.eagleridge.com

62. Indulge Day Spa --- www.indulgedayspagalena.com

63.Studio One Spa and Salon --- www.studionegalena.com

64. Goldmoor Spa --- www.goldmoor.com --- Open air pavilion or spa. Rejuvenating massages/body treatments.


Galena Area Antique Shops


65. Galena Illinois is your destination area for antiques and collectibles! "Walking through an antique store enables us to take a step back in time and get a chance to not only see a piece of history up close but to even own it and thus become part of its history." This quote, taken from a New England antique shop, holds true in Galena Illinois as well. As you walk downtown historic Galena or drive through scenic hills, you will find antique shops, working blacksmith shops, malls and beautiful restored homes just waiting for you. The following is a list of antique shops in and around the Galena area.

Galena Antique Mall

8201 W. US Highway 20

Galena IL 61036


55 plus dealers: antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, old toys. Open daily year round 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Two miles east on Hwy 20.

A Peace of the Past

408 S. Main St.

Galena IL 61036



Interesting antiques and collectibles surrounded by 30,000 well organized used books, pottery, jewelry, art, albums, primitives, advertising and more.

La Vie En Rose

402 S. Main St.

Galena IL 61036



Unique shop featuring gifts, garden, collectibles, antiques, home furnishings and more.

La Belle Epoque

306 S. Main St.

Galena IL 61036


Eclectic mixture of furniture, art work, jewelry, glassware, cameras and much more.

Antique Emporium

242 N. Main St.

Galena IL 61036



Excellent collection of authentic antiques, furniture, paintings, art work, glasswares, jewelry, rugs and more.

Battleguard Ready

245 N. Main St.

Galena IL 61036



Battleguard Ready! is a company dedicated to creating hand-painted toy soldiers, original artwork/prints, artifacts, flags, military books, kids toys, hand made soap, candles and wreaths.

Gustafson & Grey, Ltd.

301 N. Main St.

Galena IL 61036


Antiques, fine jewelry, consignments........where something old is new each day. Great gifts!

Red's Iron Yard & Wholesale Barn--Country & Western

308 S. Main St.

Galena IL 61036


Yard decor, weathervanes, iron wheels, stars, western decor, snowshoes, antiques and collectibles, wooden-wheeled wagons and buggies, sleighs and more.

Old Blacksmith Shop Mercantile

245 Commerce St.

Galena IL 61036



Hand-forged gifts with distinctive "Galena" stamp made in this authentic 1897 blanksmith shop. Special orders welcome. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday-Monday May-October.

Wooded Wonderland Country Store

610 S. Devil's Ladder Rd.

Galena IL 61036

815-777-1223 / 815-777-3426


One-of-a-kind handcrafted home furnishings. Vintage relics, all natural honey, handmade soaps and other unique handcrafted gift items.

Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts

206 N. Main St.

Galena IL 61036



General interest used books in great condition. First editions, signed, collectibles, plus historical autographs, maps.

The Shop on the Hill

504 S. Main St.

Elizabeth, IL 61028



General line antiques shop fills entire first floor of Victorian home. Furniture, glassware, pottery, primitives, prints, frames. Open daily.

Dinner & Dreams Antiques

120 W. Main St.

Elizabeth, IL 61028



Two floors of turn-of-the-century antiques in Victorian home. Open 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday or call for appointment.

A Bushel & A Peck

1009 E. Schapville Rd.

Elizabeth, IL 61028


Browse through a restored blacksmith shop for antiques and home goods such as preserves, fresh eggs, honey, pickles, maple syrup and much more. An old-fashioned experience. Open weekends May through October and always by chance.

Susan Shire Antiques

9469 S. Rt. 78

Stockton, IL 61075


Quality primitves antiques shop on historic Peoria-Galena Trail is located behind our restored 1861 limestone house in beatiful Pleasant Valley.

Antiques Unlimited

104 S. Main St.

Cuba City, WI


Tin Lantern Antiques Mall

118 S. Main St.

Cuba City, WI


Hard Scrabble Antiques

2005 Main St.

Hazel Green, Wi


Hanover Antiques

205 Jefferson St.

Hanover, IL 61041



Trust us. "It's not your usual antiques shop." Everything from a 1950's kitchen to a funeral room to tchotchles galore.

Banowetz Antique Mall

122 McKinsey Dr.

Maquoketa, IA


Two large buildings of museum quality antiques including furniture, glassware, art work, frames, and much more.


Carriages and Horseback Riding


Horseback Riding is one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the scenic beauty of Galena Illinois. Riding centers in The Galena Territory and around Galena offer scenic trail riding for novice to experienced riders. Take in breathtaking vistas of the Mississippi River, the Galena River, Galena Lake, IL and surrounding countryside. In Galena Territory, the Shenandoah Riding Center offers Horseback Riding in Illinois on over 40 miles of trails. Guided trail rides vary in length and difficulty, but you are sure to have knowledgeable guides and well trained horses for a memorable experience. If you prefer not to ride, why not try a carriage ride with one of two Clydesdales named Jack or Clyde at Jack's Galena Carriage Company. They will tour the historic parts of Galena, such as Main Street or Park Avenue. Ask them about picking you up at the Queen Anne Guest House for a carriage ride and dinner special that they offer on weekends from May to November.

66. Shenandoah Riding Center --- www.shenandoahridingcenter.com --- 815-777-2373

67. Jack's Galena Carriage Co. --- www.galenacarriage.com ---815-275-9470

68. Stage Coach Trails Livery --- 815-594-2423 ---Wagon train trips, hay rides and sleigh rides.

69. Silkrug Stable --- 815-947- 3597 --- Enjoy scenic Jo Daviess countryside on a single horse drawn buggy.


Equipment Rental & Sales


70. Fever River Outfitters --- www.feverriveroutfitters.com --- Rent canoes, kayaks, bicycles, scooters, snowshoes, cross-country skis.  Also sells quality boats, sports gear and apparel.


Farms, Gardens and Farmers Markets


71. Adventure Creek Alpaca Farm --- www.galenalogcabins.com --- Walk an alpaca and see demonstrations of fleece on Saturday and Sunday

72. Linmar's Gardens --- www.linmargardens.com --- Unique 3.5 acre beautiful garden. Tours daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

73. Galena Farmers Markets --- www.galena.org --- 7 a.m. - noon Saturdays to mid October.

74. Murphy's Gardens --- www.murphysgardens.com --- Display gardens. Greenhouse/nursery and farm produce featuring hard-to-find plants, produce, garden decor and pottery.

75. Wooded Wonderland --- www.woodedwonderland.com --- Pick your own organically grown produce. July - October.  Sawmill tours available.

76. Joyful Acres Farm --- 563-581-0654 --- Seasonal produce, handmade crafts--- Aug. 1 - Oct. 31 Eggs and fresh bread year round.

77. Timber Ridge Gardens --- 815-858-3740 --- 15 acre display garden, April - September

78. Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Marshall Park --- www.dubuquearboretum.com


Religious Sanctuaries


79. Sinsinawa Mound --- www.sinsinawa.org --- Dominican Sisters have conferences, retreats and music, history exhibit, bookstore, 450 acres of beauty in peaceful rural setting

80. Trappist Monastery --- New Melleray Abbey --- 563-588-2319--- Established 1849--- Monks of the Roman Catholic Church who belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, known as Trappists on 1200 acre forest management for casket making provides for their modest living.

81. St. Francis Xavier Basilica --- 563-875-7325 --- Medieval Gothic Architecture in the Midwest--only one of 52 in the United States.




82.  Diamond Jo Casino --- www.diamondjo.com --- Gambling, bowling, restaurants, entertainment.

83. Mystique --- www.mystiquedbq.com --- Table games, live entertainment.


Theaters and Entertainment


84. Mark Twain & the Laughing River --- www.galenarestaurants.com/mark-twain.asp# --- Jim Post performs Mark Twain & the Laughing River which was awarded the American Library Association Award---"The depiction of Mark Twain and the Laughing River in nothing less than brilliant, and each sentence and song is a gem.  This is a show that should be Broadway bound! ....Smithsonian Institution

85. Galena Trolley Depot Theater --- www.galenatrolleys.com --- Rock and Roll Review Live performances.

86. Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill in The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel --- www.theirishcottagebutiquehotel.com/pub.asp --- Irish dancing, live entertainment

87. Galena Festival of the Performing Arts --- www.galenafpa.org --- check website for current shows.

88. Timber Lake Playhouse --- www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. --- 8 summer plays!

89. Bell Tower Theatre --- www.belltowertheater.net --- check website for current shows.

90. Grand Opera House --- www.thegrandoperahouse.com --- check website for current shows.


More Fun Activities


91. Alice T. Virtue Water Park --- www.cityofgalena.org --- Family Water Park with waterslide.

92. Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort --- www.chestnutmtn.com --- Sled 2,050 feet.

93. Crystal Lake Cave --- www.crystallakecave.com --- 3,000 feet of crystal menagerie.

94. Galena on the Fly, Inc --- www.buyaballoonride.com --- Hot air balloon rides sunrise and sunset daily. Call 815-777-2747 for pricing and information.

95. Lil' General --- www.palacecampground.com --- 18 hole miniature golf course

96. Noreen's Old Tyme Photo --- 815-777-1250 --- Victorian, Civil War or bar/jail scenes.

97. Field of Dreams Movie Site --- www.fodmoviesite.com --- 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. April - November

98. Fourth Street Elevator --- www.dbq.com --- 1882 World's Shortest, Steepest Railway Car




99. Called "Best Main Street in the Midwest" by Chicago Tribune --- visit www.galenadowntown.com/shops.cfm for a complete list of downtown Galena IL Shopping.




100. Some of the Finest Dining anywhere is in Galena IL --- visit www.galenadowntown.com/restaurants.cfm for a complete list of downtown Galena Dining.
















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