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Where to Hot Air Balloon in Illinois

Stunning views like these await in galena when you ride a hot air balloon in Illinois!Last month, dozens of hot air balloons took to the sky during the Galena Balloon Race, which is always a wonderful celebration filled with live music, hot air balloon rides, and a breathtaking night glow event.  If you missed the event, there’s always next year – it’s scheduled to take place June 17-19, 2022. But, there are even more ways to hot air balloon in Illinois, even if you miss great events like these.

Riding in a hot air balloon in Illinois is a magical experience, and one many of our guests recently have enjoyed recently.  There’s nothing that compares to drifting along, high above the rolling green landscapes of northwestern Illinois. It also happens to be a great way to mark special occasions!  If this sounds like something you’d enjoy – and really, who wouldn’t? – then we’d love to help you start planning your next getaway to Galena IL.

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Galena IL, there’s nothing that beats a few days at our luxury Galena Bed and Breakfast.  Our Bed and Breakfast in Galena is located near downtown Galena IL, and offers an incomparable getaway, with delicious breakfasts, sumptuous & well-appointed guest suites, a thoughtfully curated tray of wine and afternoon goodies for you to enjoy each day of your stay, and so much more.  Truly, it’s the getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Book with us today! Continue reading

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

Try These Things to do in Galena IL This Summer

Explore all of the wonderful things to do in Galena IL This SummerAre you feeling the itch to travel, and to get out and explore? Your dreams of a European vacation may be delayed again this summer, but there are plenty of things to do in Galena to make up for it!  All you have to do is get here and enjoy a stay at Jail Hill Inn, and all of the area’s top attractions and activities will be at your fingertips!  From relaxing at our stunning Galena Bed and Breakfast to getting outside and exploring the many trails and attractions in the area, you won’t run out of things to do in Galena IL this summer!

We love sharing our little piece of the world with our guests from around the world and pride ourselves on curating a memorable experience for all who visit us.  Our hospitality starts the moment you step through our doors, with chilled champagne and custom chocolates waiting for you in your suite.  From there, we encourage you to explore downtown Galena, visit the charming shops and local businesses that call this area home, and experience all of the small-town charms this area is known for.

Ready to travel?  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Visit the Galena Brewing Company This Summer

Enjoy a craft brew at the Galena Brewing Company in downtown Galena This SummerIf you need another reason to visit us in Galena this summer, the chance to sample local brews at The Galena Brewing Company might just be the push you need.  It’s no secret that Chicago has a reputation for being an exceptional craft beer destination. Some would even say it’s one of the best cities for beer lovers in the country. With popular Illinois breweries like Revolution Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing Company being based here, that’s no surprise, either.

But head just a few hours west of Chicago to the charming, historic town of Galena, and there’s a surprise waiting for the avid beer enthusiast.  Galena Brewing Company has been producing a healthy range of acclaimed brews since 2009 when they brought brewing back to Galena. It’s not the only worthwhile Illinois brewery worth visiting while you’re here, either, but it’s certainly the easiest to reach when you stay with us at our Galena Bed and Breakfast.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

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

Enjoy These Great Finds in Downtown Galena!

Explore Downtown GalenaDowntown Galena is a wonderful place to spend a bit of time this summer!  The charming, historic Main Street is lined with incredible shops, restaurants, historic attractions, and more.  Our shop and restaurant owners have been working hard over the last year, too, to make the experience a safe and enjoyable one in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That includes part of downtown Galena being closed down to cars to make room for outside dining, too!

Jail Hill Inn is just steps away from Main Street in downtown Galena, which means when you stay here, you’re at the heart of the action. You can shop ’til you drop, enjoy a delicious dinner for two, access the popular Galena River Trail, or even sample a bit of local wine and beer without hopping in your car!  It’s one of the many great things about staying at our Galena Bed and Breakfast.

Not only that, but you’ll find our sumptuous accommodations far exceed your expectations, with a gourmet breakfast and delicious wine and appetizer tray served fresh to you each and every day. This summer, come explore the fun and multi-faceted town of Galena with us!  We’re only a short drive away from major midwest cities like Chicago, and offer you an escape to an entirely different world.  What are you waiting for?  Book your room at our sensational 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

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