Galena, IL and Jo Daviess County make the perfect setting for a Winter Romantic Getaway. The spectacular views of our Driftless Region and the charming, historical towns dotting the county set the scene for romance.  See if one of our Romance Packages is the right fit for you at and plan your getaway with the options listed below! Ask us on Facebook if you have any questions or would like more ideas.


photo from the Night of the Luminaria by the Galena Gazette

Where to Stay:

  • The Inn at Irish Hollow – This Galena hotel is the perfect place to stay for a romantic getaway. You and your loved one can enjoy the fresh air on the 500 countryside acres that this Galena hotel is located on. The Inn at Irish Hollows offers seven-course candlelight dinners, all-natural homemade meals, lush amenities, massages, beautiful rooms and gardens, that all make for a classic romantic retreat!
  • Goldmoor Inn - Your can have it all, when you stay at the Goldmoor Inn during your romantic vacation. Enjoy enchanting rooms with the finest hospitality. Indulge in all the great amenities and services that are offered, including, spa services, gourmet meals, complimentary bicycles, in-room whirlpool and fireplaces and much more! For the perfect romantic getaway, get a room at this Galena hotel. You and your loved one can curl up by the fire, with a bottle of wine or a cup or hot chocolate, and watch the sunset over the Mississippi River.
  • Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa – Stonedrift Spa – Top off an incomparable romantic vacation in Galena with a romantic couples massage. Stonedrift Spa at the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers special Couple Treatment massages in secluded private suites. Choose from one of their couples massages and get treatments that include, a bath designed for two, side-by-side massages, candlelit rooms and more. Make your massage extra special by adding champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
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Where to Dine:

  • Perry Street Brasserie – This romantic Galena restaurant was voted No. 2 in Illinois for having the best food! So during your romantic vacation to Galena, get a bottle of wine and indulge in some of the best food in the Midwest!
  • Fritz & Frites – French and German classics bring flavor and flair to the palate in a European-style bistro. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes - The most romantic Italian restaurant in Galena IL! Come dine at this romantic restaurant in Galena and enjoy upscale Italian cuisine, the best selection of award-winning wines, accompanied with exceptional service. You and your loved one will be happy you dined at this romantic restaurant in Galena.
  • Log Cabin Steakhouse – Galena’s oldest Greek steakhouse since 1935. Hand-cut aged Angus beef. Specialties include prime rib, seafood, ribs, chops and saganaki (OPAAA)!


  • The Grape Escape - Wine and martini lounge with craft beers. Live music & Gourmet apps until 1 a.m on Friday and Saturday. Quiz Show & Bloody Mary bar on Sundays.
  • Frank O’Dowd’s Pub – Live entertainment and Irish dancing. Enjoy a Keltic Kocktail, specialty martini or Donegal Draft-Delight. Outstanding wine selection; new expanded menu.
  • PT Murphy’s Magic Show – Critically acclaimed magician P.T. Murphy believes in magic.  It’s his job.  He will entertain, mystify and inspire you to BELIEVE!  P.T. is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand that the Chicago Reader called “An evening that shows magic to its best advantage, up close and personal!”.  He is the co-creator of Chicago’s long running hit show The Magic Cabaret which the Travel Channel hails as “One of America’s Best Magic Shows!”

What to Do:

  • Galena Carriage Co.: Tour historic downtown Galena or show up to evening dinner in style on a romantic horse and carriage ride. Travel through town on horse and carriage ride by Galena Carriage Co. On Friday and Saturday evenings this company also offers a “dinner by carriage light” romantic package deal: a horse and carriage ride followed by a romantic dinner.
  • Book an hour of Spa Treatments – Visit for info on spa options in Galena!
  • Shopping on Galena’s historic Main St.
  • Go for a scenic drive along roads one blogger believes are the “best driving roads ever!” Stop & see what towns like Stockton, Elizabeth, Warren, East Dubuque, Hanover and Woodbine have to offer!
  • Take a Tour – HE takes the lead: Learn the distilling process at Blaum Brothers Distilling Co. SHE takes the lead: Make jewelry at Rustic River Finds or Galena Beads COUPLES’ CHOICE: Ghost Tour at Amelia’s Galena Ghost Tours.
  • Instagram – Use the hashtag #menofGalena when you Instagram your man enjoying your romantic getaway for a chance to be featured!





Headed this way to enjoy the outdoors and hunt? Here are five helpful tips for traveling to Jo Daviess County during hunting season!


1. Where to Stay: Need a warm place to lay your head after spending hours outdoors? Click these links for your options when Camping, choosing a motel or rental properties.

2. Where to Eat & Buy Supplies: Looking for a low key place to fill up after a long day or restock your beef jerky supply? Here are some casual options with great deals!


  • For a list of Pubs, Taverns & Grills click HERE.
  • For a list of  restaurants in Jo Daviess County click HERE.
  • Take a break at a Brewery or Distillery!


Groceries, snacks and liquor:

Galena: WalMart, Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly, R&L Gas Mart & Little Keg Mobil
Stockton: Sullivan’s Foods, Bottle Shed, Casey’s General Store, Stockton Travel Center, Shell
Elizabeth: Eagle’s Roost BP, Little Keg Mobil
East Dubuque: Family Beer & Liquor, Van’s, Mulgrew’s, Big 10 Mart
Warren: Casey’s General Store, BP
Scales Mound: Pat’s Country House Grocery

 Sporting Goods: Walmart (Galena), Gasser’s Hardware (Galena)

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3. Regulations, Licences and Deer Processing:


To register for a license click HERE and enter Jo Daviess County.

Here are the businesses that are listed…Apple Canyon Lake, Mulgrew Liquor Store (East Dubuque), Piggly Wiggly Supermarket (Galena), The Galena Territory Association Owners Club, Walmart (Galena), Pat’s Country House Grocery (Scales Mound) and Sullivan’s Foods (Stockton).

4. Where to find an outfitter in Jo Daviess County:

Ray Potter
American Heritage Outfitters, LLC Outfitters
309 Schuyler Ave.
Scales Mound, IL 61075
(845) 269-5828

River Valley Hunting (Pheasant Hunt Jo Daviess County)
851 E. Roberts Rd. Scales Mound, IL 61075

5. Hunting Property

Hunting Lease Network

7306 W US Highway 20
Galena, IL 61036
Phone    (815) 281-2115

Have more resources and ideas for hunters in Jo Daviess County? Email us at or let us know on Facebook!



Ten Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Jo Daviess County!

November 7, 2014

Are you looking for the perfect “postcard” holiday experience? Galena, and the towns of Jo Daviess County, provide a warm and cozy Country Christmas that will delight all ages. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s gifts for under the tree or activities to bring the family together. 1. Holiday Shopping: Stroll the garland-draped Main Streets […]

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2014 Galena Halloween Parade

October 24, 2014

Stop by & snap a pic with MiniAbe and MiniGrant on the red carpet from 2-4:30pm on Saturday, October 25 on Main St. in Galena! Then watch for us in the parade, starting at 6:30pm!

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Delicious Destinations in Illinois

October 21, 2014

Head to Facebook and vote for your favorite Delicious Destination in Illinois! Enjoy Illinois is celebrating local food establishments around the state that are authentically Illinois and beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. The criteria to be nominated : 1. The restaurant must be Illinois 2. Must be a one-of-a-kind restaurant that is authentic […]

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Top 10 Things to Do for Halloween in Jo Daviess County!

October 16, 2014

In no particular order…here are 10 fantastic activities to take advantage of in October! 1. Tweet4Treats with us on Twitter! Visit @visitgalena on Twitter and watch for our #Tweet4Treats tweet. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is follow us @visitgalena and then retweet the tweet. You could win delicious candy from Galena’s […]

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Treasure Hunting Season is Open!

October 7, 2014

Let’s be honest, every season is treasure hunting season! Pinterest is the best tool for getting ideas and for trip planning! You can now use our new Antique Shopping in Jo Daviess County Board on Pinterest when planning your hunt. The helpful map gives you a good gauge of which store is close to your […]

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Enjoying our Driftless Region

October 3, 2014

Two new parks have opened in Galena that allow visitors to enjoy nature and the Driftless Region that makes this one of the top Midwestern destinations! Horseshoe Mound officially opened at the end of September this year. You’ll enjoy the stunning views and the natural, restored prairies, as well as the added features that make […]

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Historical Sites & Museums of Jo Daviess County

September 30, 2014

The Old Blacksmith Shop in Galena, Illinois (photo by Brad Basham) Use to plan your trip to Galena & Jo Daviess County. One of the many activities you can include is scouting out all of the historical sites & museums in the area. Grant’s Home is a must-see, but there is so much more […]

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Check with us for Fall Foliage Color!

September 23, 2014

UPDATE: We’ve finished our Fall Foliage Meter for 2014, we hope you enjoyed it! We plan to do it again next year, so check in with us next Fall. Here’s a little gif to show how the leaves changed from September 23 to October 31 this year! We’ve installed our Unofficial Fall Foliage Meter on […]

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