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Get Outside and Enjoy Some Hiking in Galena IL This Spring

Join us this spring and enjoy some of the best hiking in Galena ILAs spring draws closer, we’re excited about all of the opportunities that await us outside, including getting out to the parks and nature preserves for some of the best hiking in Galena IL!  We love all things spring, from the colorful bursts of color peeking out from the ground and the buds on the trees to the general buzz around town as we gear up for another busy season in bustling Galena!

Moreover, while we’re still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s nothing better than enjoying a spring getaway in a place where you can enjoy plenty of social distancing and recreation outdoors! If you’re still looking for someplace that will afford you this relaxing and safe chance of pace, look no further than our Galena Bed and Breakfast.  Jail Hill Inn offers guests 6 luxurious guest suites in which to relax and enjoy the time away.  We’ll spoil you with a delicious breakfast, plenty of treats throughout the day, and a wonderful array of amenities in the suites to use at your pleasure.

Just a few steps beyond our doors is downtown Galena, filled with a wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, and attractions to explore.  You can also reach the Galena River Trail from here, which follows the Scenic Galena River and is an excellent place for biking and hiking in Galena IL.  It’s not the only place for hiking in Galena IL, though.  Book a room at our #1-rated Galena Bed and Breakfast this spring, and come hit the trails and enjoy a relaxing spring getaway with us! Continue reading

Birdwatching on the Great River Road Near Galena, IL

Beautiful view of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road Near Galena ILSpring really isn’t too far away, and we find ourselves looking forward to all of the opportunities that come with this warmer change in weather, including birdwatching along the Great River Road. Aside from the beautiful colors popping up from their dormant state over the winter, one of our favorite things about spring is the birds as they flit to and from our feeders around the Inn, and move their way back north after a winter in warmer southern climates.

The Great River Road, which parallels the Mississippi River, isn’t too far from our Galena Bed and Breakfast, either, making us the perfect place for avid birding enthusiasts to stay. Though birdwatching can be exceptional along the Great River Road, that’s not the only reason to explore this scenic stretch of highway. The Great River Road also offers a wonderful connection between the smaller towns of Illinois, like Galena, giving visitors an unparalleled opportunity to explore these quaint communities as they go. When it comes to Galena, in particular, there’s so much to see and do that you’ll want to give yourself a few days to really explore.

Our Galena Bed and Breakfast offers upscale, luxury accommodations just off Main Street, and within walking distance to all of the shops, restaurants, and attractions in downtown Galena. You deserve a getaway this spring.  It’s time to book a room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast before this opportunity passes you by! Continue reading

Special Label Wines from Galena Cellars Winery and JHI!

Special Label wines with Galena Cellars at our Galena Bed and Breakfast

We have an exciting new product at Jail Hill Inn, born from a fun collaboration with one of our favorite local wineries, Galena Cellars Winery. We’re now offering a wonderful selection of wines from Galena Cellars, with our own customized label unique to Jail Hill Inn.  We traditionally serve our selection of house wines with our afternoon wine & appetizer trays, but we’re also happy to upgrade you to one of these selection label wines for just $20. You’re also welcome to purchase the wines and take them home as a delicious memento of your time here in Galena!

While Galena may not have the “big name” notoriety of other wine tasting regions, like Napa California, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, or even New York’s Finger Lakes Region, we still think there are plenty of great wineries near Galena IL in the area which make for a delightful wine-themed getaway!  We’ve always said that Galena, with its historic charm and sensational natural beauty, is a town built for just about every type of traveler.  And we mean it!  These wineries near Galena IL just add to the spectrum of wonderful things to do while here on a getaway.

To make things better, Jail Hill Inn, Galena Cellars, and these other amazing wineries near Galena IL are just a short one-tank trip away from many of the Midwest’s biggest cities.  At just around 3 hours from Chicago to Galena, wine tasting in the scenic countryside is never far away.  Come give these great wines a taste, and then continue your wine-tasting journey throughout the area.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Are You Ready for Romantic Getaways in Galena IL?

A couple enjoying one of the most romantic getaways in Galena ILRomantic Getaways in Galena IL are a time-honored and special tradition and one we’re thrilled to be a part of here at our exceedingly romantic Galena Bed and Breakfast.  We don’t often give ourselves enough time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak, or more importantly to slow down, reconnect with those closest to us.  And, we must say, if there’s one lesson this pandemic has taught us, it’s to appreciate those few important humans who we’ve let into our lives and to nurture our connections.

We also know that one of the most important considerations to take into account when it comes to those romantic getaways in Galena IL is where you’re going to stay.  After all, your lodging accommodations are probably going to feature pretty prominently in any quality romantic getaway, where time alone is the time best spent. Our Galena Bed and Breakfast, rated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the entire country in 2019, will happily help you set the perfect stage for these romantic getaways in Galena IL, too!  Our historic town has been a romantic escape for decades, after all.

Make sure to plan in enough “you” time, and enough “together” time is an important goal for many as we head further into 2021.  Why not take some time to start planning for those special moments right now?  The sweet little town of Galena IL will be right here waiting for you.  Book your romantic getaways at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Galena Restaurants are Offering Take-Out & Delivery in 2021

Get Takeout or Delivery From These Galena Restaurants and enjoy at our Galena Bed and BreakfastWe get a lot of questions about dining options near our Galena Bed and Breakfast.  Luckily, there are plenty of great Galena restaurants to choose from!  Even during this time of limited indoor dining capacity, there are still plenty of great choices for dining out in downtown Galena – many of which offer takeout and delivery, in addition to limited dining in.

Galena restaurants are just as charming and diverse as you’d expect from our thriving tourism-driven town. Over the summer, the majority of restaurants in downtown Galena transitioned to offering outdoor dining on Galena’s transformed pedestrian-friendly Main Street.  As the whether got cooler, though, these pivotal Galena businesses had to pivot again to offer expanded dining options, including takeout and delivery.

You’re more than welcome to bring takeout or get delivery to Jail Hill Inn, which you can enjoy in the privacy of your suite, or in one of the many common areas around the Inn.  In fact, we even go so far as to offer a special Friday night delivery option from our friends at Brazen Open Kitchen in Dubuque!  We do our best to stay up to date on all the happenings in Galena, so you can plan and enjoy the safest and best getaway possible.

This winter, we hope you’ll consider getting out of the city for a few days. Join us here at our Galena Bed and Breakfast, where you can relax and enjoy the ambiance of beautiful small-town America while being fully taken care of. Book your room at the #1 Galena Bed and Breakfast, the Jail Hill Inn, today!

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Keep Your Resolutions at our Galena Bed and Breakfast!

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions at our #1-rated Galena Bed and BreakfastSometimes, it’s hard to get away and maintain your New Years Resolutions – especially at a place like our Galena Bed and Breakfast, where food is a central part of your stay!  It’s possible, though!

You’ll be served a breakfast every morning of your stay, but we’re happy to take requests and cater to your needs however possible. And, yes, we’ll also serve you a yummy tray of wine & snacks in the afternoon, which includes delicious charcuterie from our friends at Galena River Wine & Cheese. But that can be saved and eaten at your leisure throughout your stay – and maybe even turned into part of a light dinner!

Aside from the food, though, Galena is a great place to get away for some restorative “you” time. When it comes to getting some exercise, there’s plenty of that here, too!  We’d love to share Galena with you this winter AND help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions, all while ensuring you’re being taken care of. There’s nothing quite like a getaway to Jail Hill Inn.  Book your getaway at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Is the Trip From Chicago to Galena Worth It?

Enjoy the Trip from Chicago to GalenaChicago is the nearest big city to Galena, and it only takes about 3 hours to get from Chicago to Galena.  Even so, you might be asking yourself if it’s worth making the trek from Chicago to Galena.  The answer to that is a resounding yes.  Of course, we think the opportunity to visit our Galena Bed and Breakfast is more than worth the effort, but visiting us is about so much more than the luxury accommodations you’ll find once you’re here; it’s also about this incredible, historic town that you’ll get to enjoy once here.

Galena is steeped in history, and it’s hard to get a sense of appreciation for it from afar. Dating back to its earliest days as a mining town, and later as the home of famed U.S President Ulysses S. Grant, there is much to see, do, and experience once here.  And, just as with any great road trip, the journey to get from Chicago to Galena is a beautiful one and is filled with plenty of small towns and picturesque vistas to enjoy along the way. What are you waiting for? Hop in the car, and head on out to Galena. Just make sure you have reservations at the incredible Jail Hill Inn before you go! Continue reading

How to Enjoy a Winter Getaway at our Galena Bed and Breakfast

The #1 BEST Galena Bed and Breakfast for your winter getawayIt’s not yet officially winter, but it’s getting chilly here in Galena and we’re preparing for the cozy and romantic season ahead.  Winter isn’t considered to be peak travel for many destinations around the country, Galena included.  But, there are plenty of reasons to plan a winter getaway – and when you do, there’s nowhere better to spend it than at our Galena Bed and Breakfast.

When it comes to things to do in Galena this winter, there’s more than enough to keep you busy, too.  Enjoy some socially distanced shopping or dining in downtown Galena, get out on the trails for a little winter hiking (or cross country skiing or snowshoeing), head to Chesnut Mountain for some skiing, or otherwise take the time to breathe the fresh air of Galena Country and sit back, relax, and let us take care of you!  Book your room at Jail Hill Inn, and get ready for the winter getaway of a lifetime.

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Downtown Galena is the #1 Place for Holiday Shopping

holiday shopping in downtown galena near our Bed and Breakfast in IllinoisNovember is officially here, and that means many of us around the country are gearing up for the holiday season ahead.  If you’re coming to Galena sometime in the next couple of months, you’ll find that downtown Galena is the perfect place to unwrap a little holiday magic and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Main Street in Galena is lined with more than 100 unique and independently owned boutiques and is the perfect place to find fantastic gifts for everyone on your list.

And, of course, while you’re here, let us take care of you at the #1 Rated Galena Bed and Breakfast, Jail Hill Inn.  From the moment you arrive at our doorstep, you’ll see and feel the difference!  We offer luxurious guest rooms and amenities that go far beyond what you’ll find at other properties and hotel chains.  Every detail of your stay, from start to finish, is thoughtfully planned out to ensure maximum enjoyment.  Plus, we’ll soon be decorated for the holidays and ready to celebrate this festive season with you!

Holiday shopping in downtown Galena is something we look forward to every year.  Come join us this season, and help up support all of these incredible business owners that make Galena the wonderful getaway destination that it is! Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

Our Bed and Breakfast in Illinois is the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Romantic getaway at our Bed and Breakfast in IllinoisIf there’s one thing we do well at our Bed and Breakfast in Illinois, it’s cater to the romantics among us. In fact, romance is at the very heart of everything we do here. Whether it’s in the luxury touches of our spacious guest rooms, our delicious breakfast each morning of your stay, the luxury touches and amenities you’ll enjoy throughout your time with us, or just the private oasis that is our Bed and Breakfast in Illinois, you can be assured that this is one romantic getaway you won’t forget.

And that’s to say nothing about the romantically charming town of Galena itself!  This historic little town, just a few hours west of Chicago, seems as though it was built with romantic getaways in mind.  There are plenty of romantic things to do in Galena, including wine and other tastings, shopping, romantic dinners, picturesque strolls by the river, and so much more.

Come check out this sweet little town this winter, and give yourself the chance to get cozy at our romantic Bed and Breakfast in Illinois.  Book your getaway today! Continue reading

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Now Offering Dinner from Brazen!

We’ve partnered with our friends at the sensational Brazen Open Kitchen in Dubuque to bring you a new Friday night food delivery option!