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The Best of the Best in Galena

Steps Away From a Top-Rated Galena Brewery

If there’s one thing we love sharing with our guests, it’s all the fantastic things to do in Galena, IL. After all, a big part of our job is ensuring people fall in love not just with our top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Galena but with the town itself. It doesn’t take long for our guests to fall in love with the town, as there’s ample shopping, excellent restaurants, fantastic opportunities to get outside for hiking and biking, plenty of historical attractions to enjoy, and so much more. There are also great places to kick back and relax, including top-rated Galena breweries, wineries, and more. 

Given how small the town is, it’s sometimes surprising just how many things there are to do in Galena. It’s a very popular destination, ranking second in the state and only behind Chicago, which makes the town all the more impressive when you realize it’s not a destination filled with big box stores or chain restaurants. Rather, Galena prides itself on being unique, right down to the 100+ independently owned shops and restaurants in town. With so many unique things to do and plenty of historic charm and character around every corner, it’s truly no wonder Galena remains a go-to getaway destination in the Midwest. 

Whether you’re here to relax and unwind or are looking for a little adventure, we’re confident there’s something for everyone here. A well-rounded selection of Galena breweries and wineries in town, not to mention several in the surrounding area, only enhances the getaway experience. Regardless of what you do while in town, there’s only one place worth staying: Our elevated and luxurious Galena Bed and Breakfast. We’re rated as the best place to stay in Galena for a reason!

Not only does our Galena Bed and Breakfast offer our guests an unbeatable location that’s walkable to Galena breweries, restaurants, wineries, shops, and historic attractions, but we also offer exceptional amenities, top-notch accommodations, and the best hospitality in the Midwest. We’ve received nothing but 5-star reviews since opening our doors in 2015, which we think speaks volumes for the guest experience you’ll enjoy with us. We still have limited spots left for the summer, so book your room at our exceptional Galena Bed and Breakfast today! 

Man holding a craft beer at one of the best Galena breweries in Illinois

One of the Best Galena Breweries

Galena may not be on your list of craft beer destinations, but sometimes, small towns are surprising! Chicago is, of course, one of the country’s best cities for beer lovers, and there are some exceptional breweries in the Midwest, including in states like Wisconsin and Minnesota. Don’t overlook Galena breweries, though, especially our local Galena Brewing Company

Galena Brewing Company has done a remarkable job bringing craft beer back to Galena. There were several Galena breweries during the town’s mining heyday, but they closed down and left the town relatively dry until the return of Galena Brewing Company in 2009. Like some of the bigger name breweries in Illinois, Galena breweries produce a fantastic array of craft brews, all built on a solid foundation of local ingredients and attention to detail. 

The Galena Brewing Company is a short three-minute walk from our Galena Bed and Breakfast, so it’s easy to walk down there for a cold pint of beer in the afternoon – whether between adventures or just for a change of scenery. They have a great selection of beer on top and a full menu. It’s a great place to stop for lunch! They also have regular live music during the summer, so it is one of the best spots to enjoy a lively evening in Galena!

If you’re interested in learning more about Galena Breweries, we recommend taking a tour of the Galena Brewing Company. They offer tours every Friday at 3 p.m. or by appointment on other days. Their tour is interesting and includes plenty of local beer history. Beyond a stop at the Galena Brewing Company, there are other fantastic Illinois breweries worth visiting, including those listed below. 

  1. In addition to the Galena Brewing Company, you can enjoy great beer and food at the Galena Taphouse.
  2. Aside from Galena Brewing, one of our favorite nearby breweries is Highway 20 Brewing Co., just outside downtown Galena. 
  3. Not too far away is Mud Run Beer Company in Stockton. 
  4. Don’t miss Dimensional Brewing Company in Dubuque. Their beers are unique but approachable, and their space is vibrant and friendly.
  5. Pecatonica Beer Company in Warren, Illinois, is a fantastic little gem worth visiting.
Two women enjoying the Happy Hour at our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL

Enjoy Happy Hour at our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL

As wonderful as these Galena breweries are, we offer our guests our own little personalized happy hour at our Galena Bed and Breakfast. Our afternoon wine and appetizer trays are delivered directly to your room and are yours to enjoy at your leisure. They include house-made appetizers, a delicious selection of local charcuteries, fresh house-made cookies, and other treats, and your choice of house wine or non-alcoholic beverage. 

Between our afternoon happy hour trays and our gourmet, three-course breakfast, our guests sometimes tell us they don’t need much else in the way of food! We take care of you well here, and that’s one of the many reasons we’re rated as the best Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. Our food service underscores just how excellent the guest experience is. We’ve tended to every detail of your stay, down to every nuanced detail of our historically preserved Inn. 

We offer six distinct guest rooms, each 800-square feet in space. They all feature a kitchenette, seating areas, a spa-like bathroom, and a separate bedroom with king-sized beds. Amenities included with each stay are complimentary chocolates and chilled champagne waiting upon arrival, custom-designed plush Frette spa robes and towels, Aveda toiletries, a customizable Bluetooth sound system throughout your suite, Samsung Smart TVs, and more. You’ll also find plenty of unique details to admire, including curved brick ceilings, 14-foot windows, and carvings from our historic Jail’s former prisoners. 

Our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, is anything but ordinary. From indulging in in-room massages to getting out and enjoying all the best things to do in Galena, we can’t wait to welcome you to our charming Inn. If you want to enjoy the best place to stay in Galena, now’s the time to book your room at Jail Hill Inn. 

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