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The 10 BEST Things to do in Galena This Fall

10 of the BEST Things to do in Galena This Fall Near our Bed and BreakfastThings often look different in Galena from year to year, with new attractions, events, shops, restaurants, and other things added to our list each year. This year, mostly thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, things are definitely different in Galena.  Even so, it’s still one of the best weekend getaways from Chicago, and there are plenty of wonderful things to do in Galena this fall.  While many of our favorite fall events have been canceled in 2020, we have some ideas to ensure you have a fun and memorable getaway.

At the heart of your stay in Galena, you’ll still find the same exceptional accommodations offered by Jail Hill Inn, Galena’s #1 rated Bed and Breakfast. The experience of staying with us hasn’t changed too much, but there are a couple of notable adjustments. Breakfast does look a little different, in that we’re offering two choices: You can still enjoy us in the socially-distanced dining room downstairs, or you can request breakfast be brought directly to your suite.  And, in the afternoon, rather than hosting an afternoon wine and cheese reception, we’re delivering hand-crafted trays with your own personalized selection of wine and a delicious assortment of charcuterie, appetizers, and cookies for you to munch on at your leisure.

One thing that hasn’t changed at Jail Hill Inn is our absolute dedication to hospitality, where every detail of your stay is carefully attended to.  This fall, come celebrate the changing of the seasons with us.  Discover new things to do in Galena this fall, and leave with unforgettable memories and plans to return again.  Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Galena 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 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

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

These 10 Galena Restaurants Will Need Your Support in 2020

10 Best Galena Restaurants to Support in 2020Travel probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind right now, with a global pandemic and all that is has brought with it impacting everyday life.  However, we know that small businesses like ours and other local Galena Restaurants are going to need your support as we reopen. In fact, they will need your support like never before, and we think it’s important we talk about them and do whatever we can to support them.

Though the pandemic is far from over, and its impact will be felt for quite some time to come, we are starting to see glimmers of hope here in Galena.  We’re hoping to be open again to our guests soon, and when that happens, we hope you’ll join us in turning out to support all of the small businesses that make Galena wonderful.

As shuttered businesses begin to reopen and the travel restrictions begin to ease, we urge you to support all of our local businesses, including this list of the best Galena restaurants, as often as you can. We truly can’t wait to see you this summer and fall.  Book your room at the country’s #1 Bed and Breakfast, the Jail Hill Inn, today! Continue reading

Downtown Galena IL is the Perfect Place to go Shopping

Shopping Local in Downtown Galena ILDowntown Galena and our local restaurants and independently owned shops are no different than others around the country. They’ve been hit hard during the shutdown associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Just as much as we miss our guests at the Jail Hill Inn, we’re sure the shops and businesses that make Galena such a thriving tourist destination miss their customers!

In the coming weeks and months, we expect that the State of Illinois will start to ease its Stay at Home order, and will gradually begin to reopen the towns and cities like Galena to business.  It might take some time, but we think Galena is well poised to make a comeback. It all starts with your ability and willingness to come here and to support local businesses by shopping your way up and down Galena’s Main Street, and dining at the wonderful restaurants found in Downtown Galena.

We can think of no better reason to come visit us at Jail Hill Inn than to support the businesses of downtown Galena. Start dreaming and planning your future getaways, and help us bring Galena back to the thriving tourist destination that it was before the pandemic struck. Book your room at the Jail Hill Inn, Galena’s #1 Bed and Breakfast, today! Continue reading

Our 10 Favorite Things to do in Galena For Spring

10 Things to do in Galena IL This Spring

There are signs of spring in the air, and we couldn’t be any more excited than we already are!  If you’re planning a visit to Galena this spring, we bet you’re looking for the ultimate guide of things to do in Galena, right? We’re here to help! And, if you’re not yet planning to visit us, then maybe it’s high time you clear those calendars and get down here!

A night at the Jail Hill Inn in historic downtown Galena is more than worth the trip. You’ll be pampered from the moment you first arrive. Beyond our doors lies the charming town of Galena, filled with great restaurants, plenty of independently-owned shops, historic venues, scenic countryside, wine tasting, a brewery, and a distillery, and so much more. Come experience this incredible destination this spring, and book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Looking For the Best Weekend Getaway Near Chicago?

The Best Weekend Getaway Near Chicago is our Galena IL Bed and BreakfastIf you’re looking for the best weekend getaway near Chicago, you’ve come to the right place!  Galena has long been considered to be a top getaway destination for those in Chicago and other major cities in the Midwest, including Milwaukee, Madison, and even Minneapolis/St. Paul.  From Chicago, Galena is considered to only be a one-tank getaway, as it takes just under 3 hours to get here.

If you haven’t yet made the trek from Chicago to Galena, you’re missing out on a truly extraordinary little town, and, as it happens, the Best Galena IL Bed and Breakfast. With plenty of awards and accolades and an incredible number of 5-star reviews standing behind our name, you’ll soon see why the Jail Hill Inn is the best weekend getaway near Chicago. Book a room, and come explore this romantic piece of Illinois with us! Continue reading

Galena IL Upcoming Events to Plan For in 2020

Plan Ahead for these Galena IL Upcoming Events in 2020If you’re ever visited us in Galena, you probably know that Galena hosts a variety of fun events and activities throughout the year. In fact, there are so many great Galena IL upcoming events, that we thought we’d help you do a little advanced planning. It probably comes as no surprise that we book up quickly for the most popular of Galena’s events, which include the Wine Lovers Weekend, Corkless in Galena, Halloween, Nouveau Weekend, and the Night of the Luminaria & Living Windows around the holidays.

We always encourage our guests to book early and book often. It’s no different in 2020 when we’re already seeing plenty of advanced bookings for events and weekends our previous guests simply don’t want to miss.  So, if you have your heart on attending one of these Galena IL upcoming events, head on over to our website and book your room today! Continue reading

10 Reasons Why We’re the Best Galena Bed and Breakfast

Stay at the Best Galena Bed and Breakfast this WinterIt’s bold to assert that we are the Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena, but it’s a statement we can firmly stand behind.  In fact, not only is Jail Hill Inn the best Galena Bed and Breakfast, but we’re the best Bed and Breakfast in the entire country, according to TripAdvisor. After 4 incredible years in business, we’re thrilled to have seen the successes we’ve had in 2019, and are looking forward to an incredible 2020 with our guests, friends, and family.

If you’re looking for a beautiful and fun getaway destination this winter, consider staying at the Jail Hill Inn so you can see what all the hype is about for yourself. Book your room at Galena’s Best Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

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