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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

Explore the Galena River Trail

Galena River TrailThere are so many great things to love about the charming getaway town of Galena.  The town is home to a variety of unique shopping and attractions, delicious wineries and restaurants, and an abundance of outdoor spaces and activities to enjoy.  Better yet, most of Galena’s top attractions are located within easy walking distance from the Jail Hill Inn, making this the perfect getaway destination. In fact, one of our favorite things about Galena is the Galena River Trail, which can be accessed within minutes of leaving our Inn. From there, Galena’s beautiful countryside is yours to explore. All you need to do is book your room at the Jail Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast. Continue reading

Come See the Fall Foliage in Galena

Fall Foliage in Galena, IllinoisNow that Labor Day Weekend has passed, we can officially, though reluctantly, say goodbye to summer, and welcome the fast-approaching fall. The hillsides above Galena are already showing hints of their colorful autumnal hues, which means now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to Galena.  As the air begins to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. You won’t have to go far to see the finest fall foliage the Midwest has to offer.  Take advantage of this incredible fall weather, and book your room with us today. Continue reading

Hit the Trails Around Galena

Hiking and Biking Trails in GalenaAs we officially sail into summer in just a few days, it’s time to start making plans to enjoy the warm summer sun.  There’s no better place to do this than the charming, historic town of Galena.  Our historic Main Street is nestled along the scenic Galena River, and surrounded by the rolling hills pervasive in this region of Illinois.  Plan a getaway to our luxury Bed and Breakfast, and you’ll be situated just steps from all downtown Galena has to offer.  From the moment you step through our doors at the Jail Hill Inn, it’s time to embrace a simpler time.  The picturesque countryside will beckon you into the great outdoors.  Galena is home to many great hiking and biking trails just waiting to be discovered.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

Spring on the Great River Road

Great River Road near GalenaIf you’ve yet to experience the incredible and unique beauty along the Great River Road, then now is the time to get here. Wanderlust Travel Magazine’s February issue has listed this spectacular destination, which passes near Galena, as one of the “Top 50 Trips” for 2017. Along the Great River Road, you can expect to see breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, majestic bluffs and landscapes, and an incredible array of birds and other inhabitants who make a living along nature’s most famous highway.  Book your room at our luxurious Galena Bed and Breakfast today, so you can come explore one of the most beautiful sections of the Great River Road near Galena this spring. Continue reading

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