Things to Do

Stay at Abbey’s High Street Bed & Breakfast

Some of the Finest Dining anywhere is in Galena IL — visit Website for a complete list of downtown Galena Dining.
Vinni Vanuchi’s — Website
Log Cabin — Website
Fried Green Tomatoes — Website
One Eleven North Main —Website
Cannova’s Pizzeria — Website
Paisanos — Website

Called “Best Main Street in the Midwest” by Chicago Tribune — visit Website for a complete list of downtown Galena IL Shopping.
(See Antique Shops below)

Historic Sites
Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site— Website —Open every day except Monday and Tuesday
Galena History Museum— Website —Open daily 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site— Website
Dowling House— 815-777-1250 —Galena’s oldest home
Old Blacksmith Shop— Website —1897 Blacksmith shop–Open May- October, Friday-Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
Old Market House State Historic Site — Website —U.S. Grant Exhibition
Galena Post Office and Custom House —110 Green Street—Second oldest continuously operating post office in the United States
DeSoto House — Website —“Illinois’ Oldest Operating Hotel.”
Elizabeth History Museum — Website — Free in Elizabeth IL
Apple River Fort State Historic Site — Website —Elizabeth IL
Nature & Natives of Jo Daviess County — Website —Indian artifacts
Gramercy Park —815-747-6090—26 ancient Hopewell Indian Mounds–East Dubuque
Stonefield State Historic Site– Website —1900 village and farmstead

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design — Website
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium— Website —Dubuque Iowa
Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum — Website
The Mining Museum & Rollo Jamison Museum— Website — 1845 Bevans Lead Mine
Badger Mine and Museum — Website — Located in the center of SW Wisconsin’s lead mining region in Shullsburg, WI you can experience firsthand the daily routine of an 1850’s lead miner. The Badger Mine is the only primitive, hand dug, 19th century lead mine open for public viewing in the U.S.

Amelia’s Ghost Tours — Website
Tri-State Trolley — Website — Climate controlled trolley service
The Belvedere — Website — Galena Italianate 1857 mansion
Galena Main Street Walking Tour — Website— May-October, Saturdays at 10 a.m
All About A Ghost Tour — 815- 777- 9252 — Friday – Saturday at 8 p.m
Casper Bluff Tours — Website — Thunderbird effigy mounds plus more
Jack’s Galena Carriage Co. — Website —Historic Carriage Rides
Mathias Ham House — Website —May – October – 5 p.m

Theaters and Entertainment
Mark Twain & the Laughing River — Website — Jim Post performs Mark Twain & the Laughing River which was awarded the American Library Association Award—“The depiction of Mark Twain and the Laughing River in nothing less than brilliant, and each sentence and song is a gem. This is a show that should be Broadway bound! ….Smithsonian Institution
Galena Trolley Depot Theater — Website — Rock and Roll Review Live performances.
Galena Festival of the Performing Arts — Website — check website for current shows
Timber Lake Playhouse — Website — 8 summer plays!
Bell Tower Theatre — Website — check website for current shows
Grand Opera House — Website — check website for current shows

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery — Website — Tours and tasting of 40 award-winning wines
Massbach Ride Winery — Website — Sample award-winning wine
Rocky Mountain Vineyard/Winery, Inc — Website — Taste wines from locally grown grapes in beautiful country setting.
Potosi Brewery — Website — Potosi, WI
New Glarus Brewery — Website — New Glarus, WI
Minhas Brewery and Distillery — Website — Monroe, WI
Whispering Bluffs Winery — Website — Fennimore, WI
Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery — Website — Highland, WI
Barrel Head Winery — Website — Dubuque, IA
Galena Cellars — Website — Galena, IL
Hawks Mill Winery — Website — Browntown, WI
Fisher King Winery — Website — Verona, WI
Wollersheim Winery — Website — Prairie du Sac, WI

Outdoor Activities and State Park
Apple River Canyon State Park —Website
Galena River Trail — Website —7 mile scenic trail
Buehler Preserve — Website — Hiking Trails, Fishing, Pets Welcome
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve — Website — 85 acres, Native American archeology
Crystal Lake Cave — Website — 3,000 feet of crystal menagerie
Gravity Hill – About two miles south of Shullsburg on Judgement Street the road travels down a steep hill and up a steeper hill. If you stop your car about 3/4 of the way down the first hill (street marked with a “GH” on the pavement) and put your car in neutral you will begin traveling uphill backwards.

Misc Fun Activities
Alice T. Virtue Water Park — Website — Family Water Park with waterslide
Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort — Website — Sled 2,050 feet
Galena on the Fly, Inc — Website — Hot air balloon rides sunrise and sunset daily. Call 815-777-2747 for pricing and information
Lil’ General — Website — 18 hole miniature golf course
Noreen’s Old Tyme Photo — 815-777-1250 — Victorian, Civil War or bar/jail scenes
Field of Dreams Movie Site — Website — 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. April – November
Fourth Street Elevator — Website — 1882 World’s Shortest, Steepest Railway Car
Shenandoah Riding Center — Website — 815-777-2373

Cooking Classes
The Great Galena Cookery — Website — Hands-on cooking classes
Galena Culinary Institute —Website — Wine, food and fun
Learn Great Foods — Website — Culinary adventure tours
Perry Street Brasserie — Website — Learn under European Master Chef Steve Dowe—Seasonal Only

Galena Artists’ Guild — Website — Open Thursday – Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Carl Johnson — Website — Famous watercolors and etchings and more
Images of Nature — Website — Award-winning photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen
BRIO Art Gallery — Website — National and Regional Artists
Hello Galena — Website — Events, Demonstrations and artwork for purchase
The Milagro Studio — 815-777-1074 — Contempory handmade jewelry
West Street Sculpture Park — Website — Large steel sculptures with on site metal studio
Dubuque Museum of Art — Website — Free admission Saturday and Sunday

Spas & Salons
Wild Clover Day Spa — Website — Luxury full service spa
Indulge Day Spa — Website
Studio One Spa and Salon — Website

Farms, Gardens and Farmers Markets
Adventure Creek Alpaca Farm — Website — Walk an alpaca and see demonstrations of fleece on Saturday and Sunday.
Linmar’s Gardens — Website — Unique 3.5 acre beautiful garden. Tours daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
Galena Farmers Markets — Website — 7 a.m. – noon Saturdays to mid October
Murphy’s Gardens — Website — Display gardens. Greenhouse/nursery and farm produce featuring hard-to-find plants, produce, garden decor and pottery.
Wooded Wonderland — Website — Pick your own organically grown produce. July – October. Sawmill tours available.
Joyful Acres Farm — 563-581-0654 — Seasonal produce, handmade crafts— Aug. 1 – Oct. 31 Eggs and fresh bread year round.
Timber Ridge Gardens — 815-858-3740 — 15 acre display garden, April – September
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Marshall Park — Website

Religious Sanctuaries
Sinsinawa Mound — Website — Dominican Sisters have conferences, retreats and music, history exhibit, bookstore, 450 acres of beauty in peaceful rural setting.
Trappist Monastery — New Melleray Abbey — 563-588-2319— Established 1849— Monks of the Roman Catholic Church who belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, known as Trappists on 1200 acre forest management for casket making provides for their modest living.
St. Francis Xavier Basilica — 563-875-7325 — Medieval Gothic Architecture in the Midwest–only one of 52 in the United States.
Crossroads Community Church (815) 541 -3977
St Mary’s Church — (815) 777 0134
St Mathews Lutheran Church — (815) 777 1134
Grace Episcopal Church — (815) 777 2590
Church of St Micheal (815) 777 2053
Galena Bible Church (815) 77 1456
Westminster Presbyterian Church (815) 777 0973

Diamond Jo Casino — Website — Gambling, bowling, restaurants, entertainment
Mystique — Website — Table games, live entertainment

Equipment Rental & Sales
Fever River Outfitters — Website — Rent canoes, kayaks, bicycles, scooters, snowshoes, cross-country skis. Also sells quality boats, sports gear and apparel.

Wisconsin Cheese Stores
Gile Cheese – Family owned cheese since 1946. Proud to be Wisconsin State Champion cheesemakers, winning over 200 awards.
Shullsburg Cheese – Located in downtown Shullsburg
Roelli Cheese – Roelli Family Cheese Haus has a 4-generation family tradition of making handcrafted specialty cheese for nearly 100 years. Pick up some award winning original recipe cheeses such as Dunbarton Blue, Red Rock and Little Mountain.


There are a number of excellent golf courses in the Galena area and some are listed below:
Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course
14A200 E. Apple Canyon Rd.
Apple River, IL 61001

Black Hawk Run Golf Course & Supper Club
3501 S. Golf Rd.
Stockton, IL 61085

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, East Course
100 East Point Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, The General Course
109 Eagle Ridge Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, North Course
400 Eagle Ridge Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, South Course
10 Clubhouse Dr.
Galena, IL 61036

Galena Golf Club
11557 US Hwy 20 West
Galena, IL 61036

Lacoma Golf Course
8080 Timmerman Dr.
East Dubuque, IL 61025

Storybrook Country Club
2124 W. Storybrook Rd.
Hanover, IL 61041

Woodbine Bend Championship Golf Course
3500 E. Center Rd.
Woodbine, IL 61085

Galena River —Just three blocks from Abbey’s High Street!
Hanover Bluff N.A. — Website —16 acre public lake with largemouth bass, catfish
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve — Website —Trout April –October
Apple River Canyon State Park — Website

River Excursions
Mississippi Explorer Cruises at Chestnut Mountain Resort — Website — 1.5 hour cruise
Dubuque River Rides — Website — SPIRIT of Dubuque paddlewheeler or Miss Dubuque yacht
American Lady Cruises —- Website

Chestnut Mountain Resort — Website — Skiing, snowboarding and summer alpine sledding
Sundown Mountain Resort — Website

Galena Area Antique Shops
As you walk downtown historic Galena or drive through scenic hills, you will find antique shops, working blacksmith shops, malls and beautiful restored homes just waiting for you. The following is a list of antique shops in and around the Galena area.

Galena Antique Mall
8201 W. US Highway 20
Galena IL 61036
55 plus dealers: antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, old toys. Open daily year round 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Two miles east on Hwy 20.

A Peace of the Past
408 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Interesting antiques and collectibles surrounded by 30,000 well organized used books, pottery, jewelry, art, albums, primitives, advertising and more.

La Vie En Rose
402 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Unique shop featuring gifts, garden, collectibles, antiques, home furnishings and more.

Antique Emporium
242 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Excellent collection of authentic antiques, furniture, paintings, art work, glasswares, jewelry, rugs and more.

Gustafson & Grey, Ltd.
301 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Antiques, fine jewelry, consignments……..where something old is new each day. Great gifts!

Red’s Iron Yard & Wholesale Barn–Country & Western
308 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Yard decor, weathervanes, iron wheels, stars, western decor, snowshoes, antiques and collectibles, wooden-wheeled wagons and buggies, sleighs and more.

Old Blacksmith Shop Mercantile
245 Commerce St.
Galena IL 61036
Hand-forged gifts with distinctive “Galena” stamp made in this authentic 1897 blanksmith shop. Special orders welcome. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday-Monday May-October.

Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts
206 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
General interest used books in great condition. First editions, signed, collectibles, plus historical autographs, maps.

Antiques Unlimited 104 S. Main St.
Cuba City, WI

Tin Lantern Antiques Mall
118 S. Main St.
Cuba City, WI

Hard Scrabble Antiques
2005 Main St.
Hazel Green, Wi

Hanover Antiques
205 Jefferson St.
Hanover, IL 61041