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Take a Mississippi River Cruise in Galena This Summer

Enjoy stunning Views along the River during your Mississippi River CruiseThere are so many incredible things to do in Galena throughout the year, including hiking, biking, paddling on the Galena River itself, shopping, eating, and enjoying downtown Galena. From here, you can even get out on the river for a stunning Mississippi River Cruise! There’s a reason Galena continues to be a top-rated getaway destination – it’s beautiful, charming, and filled with fun things to do and see. A Mississippi River Cruise is just the beginning!

Though any getaway to the charming, historic town of Galena IL is filled with promise, to make your getaway truly extraordinary you’ll need a great place to stay.  Jail Hill Inn is the #1 rated Galena Bed and Breakfast – and has even been ranked as the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the entire country (and #2 in the world!).  It’s truly a destination in and of itself. From our delicious made from scratch breakfasts in the morning to our sumptuous afternoon wine and appetizer tray, not to mention our sensational guest suites, you’ll want for nothing during your stay at our historic Galena Bed and Breakfast.

Situated in Galena’s thoughtfully renovated old jail, our Galena Bed and Breakfast is nestled on the hillside overlooking downtown Galena, and just mere steps away from the top restaurants, shops, and attractions in Galena. Staying here is truly an experience like no other.  If you’re ready to experience this charming getaway destination, head on over to our website and book your stay at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

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

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

10 Things to do at Apple River Canyon State Park This Fall

Things to do at Apple River Canyon State Park Near GalenaThere really are a lot of things to do in Galena this fall!  It’s hard to choose a favorite, but enjoying the splendor of fall in the great outdoors is an absolute must. One of our favorite places to get outside in these crisp fall months is the Apple River Canyon State Park.  It’s actually beautiful any time of the year, but the juxtaposition of fall colors against the park’s landscape in the fall really is breathtaking. Apple River Canyon State Park encompasses an area of just under 300 acres here in this scenic portion of Illinois, and it is the perfect place for nature loves to get outside and away from the crowds of downtown Galena.

With so many great things to do in Galena throughout the year, it’s a wonderful place to return to time and time again.  And, when you do, there’s one Bed and Breakfast that stands out amongst the rest; Jail Hill Inn.  Jail Hill Inn, which was rated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country in 2019 and #3 in 2020, truly is the best Bed and Breakfast in Galena. Our Inn offers unparalleled service with luxury touches throughout, and we’re within walking distance to downtown Galena’s shops, restaurants, and attractions.  Staying here will certainly lend an air of unforgettable elegance to your Galena getaway.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Scenic Drives Around Galena, IL

Fall Scenic Drives Near our Galena Bed and BreakfastFall is a breathtakingly beautiful time of year to be in Galena.  One of our favorite ways to enjoy fall in Galena, IL is to take scenic drives, of which there are plenty near our Bed and Breakfast. The winding country roads are absolutely perfect for these scenic drives, too!  Fall’s seasonal display of color paints the hills around Galena, bringing this area to life in new and exciting ways.

Making yourself at home at our luxurious Galena Bed and Breakfast is the perfect recipe for a memorable and exciting vacation.  We take the meaning of hospitality to a new level, and, most importantly, are dedicated to keeping travelers safe during these unprecedented times. If you’ve never experienced fall in Galena before, this year provides you with the perfect opportunity.

Not only is it a beautiful place to relax and unwind, but it’s a safe and comfortable place to get away for that much-needed change of scenery.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

10 Socially Distanced Things to do in Galena This Summer

10 Socially Distanced Things to do in GalenaWe know many of you are longing to get out of your house and put this global pandemic behind you, but you’re also probably unsure of just what your future travels are going to look like.  We don’t have all of the answers, but we do have some ideas for things to do in Galena this summer that help us maintain social distancing as it’s needed.  Tourism is one of the most important parts of Galena’s economy, and we’re anxious to open our doors and welcome guests back to Jail Hill Inn.  It’s the same for all of the restaurants, shops, and small businesses that make up the fabric of everyday life here in Galena.

More than anything else, we’ve missed being your special place; a place where you can get away and relax.  We think short getaways are important to our collective mental health and wellbeing.  That’s why we’re working hard on our end to ensure you have a clean and safe place to visit, and why we’re coming up with ideas for socially distant things to do in Galena that our guests can count on!

After these many weeks of social isolation, don’t you think it would be nice to plan in some “you” time and to have something to look forward to this summer and fall?  There’s no doubt that our Galena Bed and Breakfast, still rated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country (and #2 in the world) is the best place for some R&R. As we look forward to the months ahead, give yourself something to look forward to.  Book a room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

10 Things You Simply Must do in Galena This Winter

10 Things to do in Galena This WinterHave you ever visited Galena during the winter? It’s a wonderful place to visit, even when there’s snow on the ground!  There are plenty of delightful things to do this winter, and we have a great guide for you. Head out on a cross country skiing adventure, explore our vibrant and historic downtown, or sit back and savor the luxurious accommodations found at our Galena Bed and Breakfast.

Galena has long-been a popular getaway destination for those living in or around the Chicago area, and these winter months should be no different. Even if you don’t love spending time outside during the winter, the chance to stay at our romantic Inn is more than worth the time it takes to get here. Your day will start with a delicious breakfast, but that definitely isn’t the end of our award-winning hospitality.  In the afternoon, join us for a delicious wine and cheese hour, along with some delicious fresh cookies, hot from the oven. Come see it for yourself, and book a room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

Our Galena Bed and Breakfast is the Perfect Fall Getaway

Fall Getaway at our Galena Bed and BreakfastSummers in Galena are filled with plenty of fun and adventure, but it’s time to start turning our attention to the upcoming fall months. With schools in or nearly in session across the country, many parents and caregivers are finding themselves thrust back into the hectic pace of day-to-day life.  So this fall, treat yourself or your loved ones to something special, and come spend a few blissful nights at our award-winning Bed and Breakfast in the historic, beautiful town of Galena.  Fall in Galena is simply magical, as the colors of the surrounding hillsides transform from green to the signature golden, fiery hues of autumn. When you stay at our luxury Galena Bed and Breakfast, you’re part of our family.  Come see what makes us different than our competitors.  Book your room at the Jail Hill Inn today. Continue reading

Paddle Your Way Down the Galena River

Paddle down the Galena RiverLast month on the blog, we spent some time talking about the fantastic trail that meanders along the edge of the Galena River, and which connects up with other major biking & walking trails in the Galena area.  This month, we’d like to take a look at the Galena River from an entirely new vantage point; from the water itself!  The Galena river is extraordinarily beautiful, and paddling down its gentle waters introduces you to the geological beauty of this area in an entirely new way.  Paddling the Galena River is one of our favorite activities of the summer, and makes for a truly unique and relaxing way to see the area. Rooms are booking up fast this summer. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast in downtown Galena, and don’t miss your chance to get on the water with us this summer! Continue reading

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