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Visit Blaum Brothers Distilling in Downtown Galena IL

Enjoy a craft cocktail at Blaum Bros Distilling in downtown Galena ILThere are so many incredible things to do in Galena this summer.  We love sharing bits and pieces of this incredible town with our guests, helping them to enjoy the very best this historic town has to offer.  This summer, make sure to include a stop at Blaum Bros Distilling while you’re in town. Not only can you tour their facility, but you can grab a refreshing drink while you’re there, too.  It’s a great way to relax and unwind in the early afternoon hours before heading back to Jail Hill Inn and/or out to dinner.

One of the best things about staying with us at Jail Hill Inn is how easy it is to experience everything in Galena, including shopping, dining, and great tasting experiences like at Blaum Bros Distilling. Our hope is to provide our guests with an unbeatable getaway. We take the guest experience seriously and have thought of absolutely everything.  From the moment you wake up to the mouth-watering aromas of our gourmet breakfast, to the moment your head hits the pillow in our luxuriously appointed suites, you’ll want for nothing.

We’re located just steps away from downtown Galena IL, too, which means you’re close to all the things you want to see and do.  Let us show you just how special this incredible town is – book your room at our luxury Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Top Historic Attractions Near Downtown Galena IL

The U.S. Grant Home is one of the top historic attractions near downtown Galena IL Without a doubt, one of the number 1 reasons to visit downtown Galena IL is to see the historic architecture and well-preserved 19th-century buildings that line Main Street and the surrounding area.  As the home of the former president U.S. Grant, Galena is no stranger to interesting history and, accordingly, historic attractions. From touring these homes to taking Trolley tours around town, and even taking ghost tours, there are a number of ways to enjoy the top historic attractions near downtown Galena IL.

Add even more history to your stay by staying with us at Jail Hill Inn, Galena’s #1 historic Bed and Breakfast – and the only one we know of that is housed in a historic jail!  Over the past several years, we have lovingly restored and cared for this stunning building, which once housed an important piece of Galena’s history.  We kept many of the original features of the building n tact, including the 9-foot tall windows, original arched ceilings and beams, and even carvings in various window sills.

It’s been an honor to care for this building and to ensure the historical legacy of Galena stays intact, all while offering our guests a luxury experience that is second to none.  We’re located just steps away from downtown Galena IL, too, which means you’re close to all the things you want to see and do.  Let us show you just how special this incredible town is – book your room at our historic Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

2021 Roundup – Our Favorite Things to do in Galena This Year!

This beautiful waterfall is one of our favorite things to do in Galena this summer

Nothing beats summer vacations spent playing, seeing new things, and lounging under the warmth of the afternoon sun.  As we gear up for what is looking to be a busy and exciting summer, we’d like to share with you some of our favorite things to do in Galena.  Small towns like ours are still poised to be popular getaway destinations this summer, as travelers stick to domestic destinations and small towns in particular.

You’ll not only find plenty of things to do in Galena, but you’ll find fewer crowds and unparalleled luxury at our Galena Bed and Breakfast. Galena’s business owners have consistently worked hard over the past year to bring you plenty of fun, all while keeping public health and safety in mind.  Jail Hill Inn recently received the Traveler’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor, and we were once again named in the top 10 Bed and Breakfasts around the country, making it three years straight to earn this honor!

We’d love nothing more than to see you this summer or fall, and to give you the most relaxing and enjoyable getaway possible.  We’re booking up quickly, though, so make sure you book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

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

10 Delicious Tastings to Try in Downtown Galena

Tastings in Downtown Galena, ILDowntown Galena, IL holds so many wonderful shops, businesses, and restaurants, and is certainly much more than meets the eye. At first glance, downtown Galena might appear to be a sleepy downtown cloaked in historic buildings. And, while that’s true, which quaint town is absolutely packed with character and ineffable charms sitting just behind the historic facades.  We love walking up and down Main Street, exploring the many boutiques along the way. But what if we told you there was an even better way to enjoy downtown Galena?

Downtown Galena, IL is home to an incredible number of food purveyors, and is absolutely packed with flavor!  Tasting your way down Main Street has become one of our favorite activities, and certainly one of our favorite things to recommend to guests who stay at our Galena Bed and Breakfast. This summer, Main Street has turned into a pedestrian-only zone to help allow for air circulation and social distancing, and to ensure the safety of all who visit us in Galena.  Join us for some unique tastings along Main Street, and book your room at our #1 rated Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Exciting Changes in Downtown Galena IL This Summer!

Explore Downtown GalenaThere have been some big changes to downtown Galena IL this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we think they’ve been pretty great changes for the most part.  We recognize that travel feels a little different to all of us right now, but we hope you feel comforted knowing our entire town is working hard to create a safe and healthy environment for all who choose to visit!  You can find what we’re doing, specifically, on our website.

Travel studies released recently have shown that getaways that are closer to home and to smaller towns are considered to be one of the best options.  That is great news for Galena, as we’re located just under 3 hours outside of Chicago, and easily drivable from other major cities like Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul, and Des Moines. When you get to downtown Galena IL, you’ll notice a few things are different!

The town of Galena has decided to turn its Main Street, which is normally bustling with both cars and people, into a pedestrian-only zone.  It’s transformed our town and is allowing our local businesses to flourish once again.  That is, of course, provided you take the time to get here and join us!  With downtown Galena closed to traffic, staying nearby and within walking distance is more important than ever. Our Galena Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay, as we’re located just off Galena’s Main Street, and within easy walking distance to everything downtown Galena IL has to offer.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

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