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Discover the Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena

Best Galena LodgingGalena is a charming tourist destination loved by many.  It is conveniently located not too far from some of the Midwest’s largest cities and is the perfect place to escape for a few quiet days in the country. Expect your days to be filled with exploring the beautiful outdoors, browsing the charming stores, and relaxing over a delicious meal at Galena’s best restaurants.  The charm of this small town has the makings of a spectacular fall getaway.  When searching for a place to stay, our newly renovated and award-winning Bed and Breakfast, conveniently located in downtown Galena, simply can’t be beat. Book your room today! Continue reading

5 Delicious Galena Restaurants

Romantic Getaway, enjoy Galena RestaurantsThough it’s certainly hard to believe, Labor Day is just around the corner and another summer is coming to a close in the beautiful town of Galena.  Soon, we’ll be looking for beautiful fall foliage and bracing for another winter.  But, in Galena, any time of year is a wonderful time to getaway.  Galena, located not too far from some of the Midwest’s largest cities, is the perfect place to escape from it all.  There are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy, charming stores to shop, and delicious restaurants to savor. Relax in our comfortable accommodations, and discover the best of Galena this summer. Book your room today! Continue reading

Plan the Best Romantic Getaway This Summer

Romantic Getaway Galena, IllinoisWhen people in the Midwest look for a romantic getaway destination, Galena is often the go-to place. Couples all across the Midwest are discovering Galena’s small town, romantic charm.  There is no doubt that love is in the air in Galena, a town practically built for the romantic in all of us. Galena is easily accessible, too, considered a “one-tank” getaway destination from several major cities, including Chicago & Milwaukee.  Book your room at our newly renovated, luxury Bed and Breakfast, and experience the romance of Galena this summer.

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5 Summer Activities to Enjoy in Galena

Summer Activities GalenaAnother warm and adventurous summer is knocking on our door, marking the time of year when everyone seems ready to get outside. For years, the charming town Galena has been winning awards for being one of the best small towns in America. To us, this comes as no surprise.  Galena is a region marked by its gorgeous rolling and rugged terrain, known for unbeatable opportunities for outdoor adventure. Here, you’ll find a rich sense of history, plenty of land and water trails to explore and an incredible variety of other fun summer activities to choose from.  Located just a few short hours from many major metropolitan areas, there truly is no better place to be this summer than Galena.  Book your room at our historic Bed and Breakfast, and experience the charming spirit of this small town firsthand.

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Discover Wineries in Galena

Wineries GalenaGalena, a town put on the map because it was the home of President Ulysses S. Grant, is a wonderful getaway destination throughout the year. It’s picturesque and quiet streets are filled with quaint shops and boutiques, gourmet restaurants, spas, and wineries. Even better, all of this and more is easily attainable, as Galena is only a one-tank trip from many large Midwest cities.  Throughout the year, there are a variety of events that draw wine lovers to Galena, and numerous wine bars and wineries to keep the fun flowing throughout the remainder of the year.  Book your room at our newly renovated and historic Galena Bed and Breakfast, and sip your way through Galena’s best wines. Continue reading

Spring into Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation GalenaTwo of the most attractive aspects of Galena that draw in such large crowds are undoubtedly its ease of access, and it’s beautiful scenery.  Galena is the perfect getaway destination for a variety of people in the midwest.  It’s just one tank of gas away from many of the midwest’s large urban areas.  Despite being so close, it feels and looks distinctly different.  Galena is nestled in what is known as the Driftless Region; an area so named for the uniquely scenic landscapes left untouched during the last glacial period which flattened the remainder of the Midwest.  Instead, what was left behind were steeply rising hills and bluffs that plunge into winding river valleys.  Getting outdoors and experiencing the scenic beauty of Galena is surely one of the best parts about vacationing here.  This spring, book your room at our historic Bed and Breakfast, and discover the best of Galena’s outdoor recreation. Continue reading

Discover History in Galena

Galena History Galena is the perfect getaway destination for a variety of people in the midwest.  It’s just one tank of gas away from many of the midwest’s large urban areas, yet it feels distinctly different.  More than that, Galena is a fascinating destination with a distinctive history and an interesting variety of things to see and do.  Located in historic Jo Daviess County, Galena is the perfect place for history lovers to spend a few days.  There’s no better time to explore Galena than this spring during one of the biggest Civil War events, the annual US Grant Pilgrimage weekend.  Our historic Inn, formerly the county jail, has recently been renovated into a modern and luxurious Bed and Breakfast, making it the perfect place to end your days in Galena.  Book your room with us today so you can getaway to Galena this spring. Continue reading

The Exciting Transition: Neglected Old Jail to a Luxury Small Inn

Demolition and reconstruction is now in its 7th month and it has been an amazing journey.  Filled with highs and lows and still about two months to go until Jail Hill Inn will welcome its first overnight guests. In the end, from purchase of the building, securing the needed permits, demolition and full reconstruction – the project will have taken a year.  As construction enters its nearly final phase, the focus is on insulation, drywall, taping walls and priming.  Then final paint will put put on the walls, along with trim, doors, hardware, lighting and flooring.  The coordination of workers can be complex with so many projects relying on something else to be done before it can be.

In a couple weeks, Jail Hill Inn will be part of the 48th Annual Tour of Homes in Galena.  The property will not be complete, but will welcome close to 1000 people through its doors to discuss the history and purpose of the building from 1879 and get a sneak peak of how it will look when its complete.

In the next few weeks, Jail Hill Inn’s website will be redesigned and the online reservation system will be up to start taking reservations.  Keep checking this site and the Facebook page as we continue to detail the progress and final stages!

The Summer of Progress

July has been a busy and exciting month at Jail Hill Inn.  With construction nearing the halfway point, much focus has been put on final framing of rooms, how electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling will lay out.  In addition, Jail Hill Inn and myself were featured on KCRG-TV 9 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) on a special segment showcasing young entrepreneurs in Galena.  The positive feedback has been incredible with this large and complex project.  I have been spending my days picking out furniture, design concepts, flooring, towels, sheets, appliances, window treatments and many more items that will be required to be ready for opening day.  Below are some fun photos of the exterior and progress thus far.  Enjoy and I look forward to updating on an official opening day soon and launch of the online reservation system, etc.

June: Four Months Away from Opening

Summer and warm weather is in full swing in Galena and things are getting really busy at Jail Hill Inn.  Carpenters, plumbers and electricians are in the building everyday working floor by floor and old walls are being taken out and new walls are being constructed.  In the end, when construction is complete, Jail Hill Inn will have 7 new bedrooms, 9 new bathrooms, 6 sitting rooms, 8 fireplaces, 1 kitchen, 2 laundry rooms, 1 dining room capable of hosting 15 people and three new staircases in 8,000 square feet of renovated space between four floors.  Oh, and one really big stone wall outside!

Jail Hill Inn is also excited to announce that the property will be featured in this year’s Historic Tour of Homes in Galena on September 26 and 27, 2015.  The property was featured several years back under different ownership and not the entire property.  This year, all four floors will be viewable as finishing touches may still be underway as we prepare for the October opening for the business.  This will be a great opportunity to tour the property and learn some of the history of the building while seeing all the exciting changes the renovation has created.

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Jail Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Galena Wins Top TripAdvisor Award

Jail Hill Inn has been named the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the United States and #2 in the world by TripAdvisor.