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Come See the Fall Foliage in Galena

Summer in Galena is a fantastic time to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. Galena is in the heart of Illinois’ Driftless Region and a short drive from endless adventures on the Great River Road. But as much as we’ve been enjoying the diverse array of things to do in Galena, IL, this summer, we’re finding it hard to resist the lure of fall. This fall, we urge you to get away to these charming streets, where you can enjoy the best fall foliage near Galena while retreating into the private comforts of our luxurious Inn for a restful getaway. 

Fall in Galena is beautiful. There are endless ways to enjoy fall foliage near Galena, including just casual strolls through downtown. From romantic walks through town to beautiful views from Grant Park across the river, the hillsides surrounding us come aglow with the season’s vibrant hues. Fall is one of the most popular times of year for romantic getaways at our Galena Bed and Breakfast. The weather is cooler but still plenty enjoyable, the colors are gorgeous, and the event calendar is packed with one fun event after another. 

If you’ve been looking for a great place to get away this fall, consider embracing a rural town in the heart of the Midwest. Our Galena Bed and Breakfast is an easy drive from Chicago, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, and more. It’s undeniably beautiful here and exceedingly romantic – especially when you stay at our top-rated luxury Bed and Breakfast. We’re rated the #1 property in town and are the only AAA four-diamond property outside of Chicago. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the best fall foliage near Galena this year. Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! 

Woman sitting on a bench in fall at Grant Park in Galena - the best fall foliage near our Galena Bed and Breakfast

The Best Places to View Fall Foliage in Galena

There are plenty of things to do in Galena, IL, in the fall – but if you’re looking for places to admire the best fall foliage near Galena, we’re here to help! Illinois may not (yet) be at the top of your list regarding fall foliage destinations, but the fall color show in Galena is nothing short of spectacular.

The peak season to see the best fall foliage near Galena usually stretches from mid-September through mid-October, though fall colors often stick around until late October. The best way to get those panoramic fall views we’re all after is by taking a hike, but there are plenty of unique ways to basque in the colorful glory of Galena’s fall foliage. Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy the best fall foliage near Galena.

  1. For an unforgettable fall adventure, zip through the best fall foliage near Galena with Long Hollow Canopy Tours. This zipline tour features six zip lines through the vibrant tree canopy, at times towering up to 75 feet above the ground.
  2. Take in the extraordinary fall beauty at Linmar Gardens. This three-acre sanctuary is a hidden treasure in Galena! 
  3. Galena Trolley Tours are always worth taking and offer an excellent, narrated trip through some of Galena’s best history. In the fall, though, these rides also happen to take you through some of the best fall foliage near Galena! 
  4. Rent a bike from a local outfitter and head out for one of our favorite fall rides on the scenic Galena River Trail, which ends at the beautiful Chestnut Mountain Resort. 
  5. Rent a kayak or canoe and float down the scenic Galena River. It’s a relaxing and beautiful trip during the summer, but in the fall, it offers a unique vantage point to enjoy the best fall foliage near Galena.
  6. Take a 90-minute Mississippi River Explorer Cruise, which is run by Chestnut Mountain Resort. Views of the forested bluffs, on fire with fall color, are breathtaking.
  7. Take a scenic drive through Galena’s wooded hillsides and lush green valleys. The 40-mile Stagecoach Trail is beautiful in the fall. You can also follow State-84 to Mississippi Palisades State Park. Once there, head into the park for some truly stunning bluff-top lookout points.
  8. Take one of the many great Galena hikes this fall. There are plenty to choose from, but it’s hard to go wrong with any of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s properties. 
High -end amenities like this happy hour tray make us the best Galena Bed and Breakfast for couples

The Best Galena Bed and Breakfast for Couples

Whether you plan to be active and enjoy some of these top things to do in Galena, IL, this fall, or you’d prefer to passively admire the area’s fall foliage while relaxing the day away, there’s no better place to stay than Jail Hill Inn, the best Galena Bed and Breakfast for couples. We offer couples their choice of six luxuriously appointed guest rooms, each featuring 800 square feet with a kitchenette, spa-like bathroom, sitting areas, and separate bathrooms with king beds. 

Our Galena Bed and Breakfast is a romantic couple’s paradise. We’ll treat you to a sumptuous breakfast each morning of your stay, and in the afternoon, we’ll provide you with a personalized wine and appetizer tray. You can enjoy these in the privacy of your room or take them to our back deck or patio areas. There, you’ll be treated to even more seasonal fall foliage. No detail is too small, and this dedication to excellence makes Jail Hill Inn the best Galena Bed and Breakfast for couples. 

We’d love to treat you to the relaxing, romantic getaway you deserve this fall. Book your stay with us today, and start planning your fall getaway to Galena.

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