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Recent Galena property reviews

  • Great Galena Family Gathering

    "This was the perfect spot for our gathering of siblings and spouses from MN, MO, MI and IA - 5 couples, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms - and a kitchen table big enough for all us to gather around to eat, visit, play games and laugh. Gorgeous area. Owners were very accommodating and easy to work with. Loved the screened in porch right off the kitchen - in fact, my sister even set up her keyboard and did a little music. Kitchen well stocked. If we return to Galena, we wouldn't hesitate to stay in this home again."
    Guest: Joleen Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 14, 2014
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  • Great Villa- Very Clean and Excellent Location

    "This villa is impressive...well kept, very clean, great location, and owners were so friendly. We have been going to Galena for the last 8 years and have rented through VRBO. This property is one that we will definitely stay at again. Thanks so much for sharing your home."
    Guest: Tab Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 6, 2014
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  • Guy's Weekend Trip

    "Great space with a ton of square footage; great to have the gang under one roof while still leaving space for everyone to be comfortable. Amenities are great - game room downstairs, screened in porch, bonfire pit, massive grill, and hot tub all got plenty of use. Highly recommend this location for golf trips, getaways, and family vacations as there is a lot to do within a short drive. Would absolutely rent again and recommend!"
    Guest: Kyle Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 25, 2014
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  • Updated and cozy

    "My wife and I used this unit for a long weekend with our two young children. Upon arrival we walked into a comfortable space from a climate standpoint. We have rented places before where you are waiting an hour for the unit to warm up or cool down because the thermostat was left real high or real low. It was about 90 degrees outside when we arrived and the inside of the unit was nice and cool and welcoming for us. The split level layout is nice for a family with kids so that adults can have their own bedroom on one level with kids on another. Both bedrooms were spacious and well appointed with updated linens and decor. The living area was roomy enough for a family of 4-5 and this space was also updated and comfortable. Kitchen was also well appointed with everything you need for making meals. Quiet location with only a handful of other people that were staying in this section of villas during our stay. The view of the woods was peaceful and serene as well. Good location that is between the owners club and main entrance off Hwy 20. This can make a big difference if you are wanting to get into town to eat out or sightsee. Villas/homes that are in the back of Galena Territory can typically add another 10 min on to your drive into Galena. But this was centrally located making it a short drive to town and a short 5-6 min drive to the owners club where the pool is. Great location, well appointed, nicely decorated, and a comfortable family space. You can't go wrong staying here!"
    Guest: Paul N. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
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Galena Travel Tips

Galena Vacation Rentals for Great Vacations Year-Round

Galena, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois is a well known tourist destination for its rich history, great golf and superb skiing. The region’s weather is part of its attraction, with hot summers and thick snow in winter. Galena vacation rentals are conveniently located on US Highway 20, off Interstate 39. It is just a three-hour drive from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Galena Cottages in a Region Steeped in History

This region is steeped in history and 85 percent of the homes here are on the National Historic Register. In the town itself, visitors can wander down Main Street with its antique stores, art galleries, and selection of boutique shops. In the evenings, the town offers a wide variety of pubs and restaurants. Surrounding Galena is quiet countryside and peaceful waterways.

Visitors come for its tranquility as well as its history. Close to Galena cottages are a variety of historic sites to discover. At Casper Bluff, visitors may want to visit the Indian Burial Mounds to learn more about the traditions and life of Native Americans. There is a satellite resource of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Here, visitors can enjoy the contemporary art, images and architecture from across the world. The oldest home in Galena dates from 1826 and is now a treasure trove of old photographs and memorabilia from the early days of the town. On Third Street in Galena, visitors will find Congressman Washburne’s House. The house was constructed in 1843 and home to Elihu Washburne, congressman and advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The Galena History Museum hosts a variety of exhibits such as the lives of Ulysses Grant and Abraham Lincoln, the geology of the region, and even the history of footwear!

A recent addition to the town’s attractions is the Old Blacksmiths Shop, tracing the history of blacksmithing over 100 years. It is still a working shop and lucky visitors will be able to watch the blacksmiths at work. Stop by the Old Market House which was the original focal point for the surrounding communities in the 1800s. On Cobblestone Street is the site of the Old Stockade. This 1832-building was built in preparation for an attack by local Indians. Originally a safe haven for the area’s women and children, the site is now a fascinating museum. Certainly, visitors will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the home of President Ulysses S. Grant to learn more about one of America’s great leaders.

Other attractions close by include Adventure Creek Alpaca Farm. This is a wonderful place for children and adults to have the opportunity to interact with these gentle animals. There are also several ghost tours from Main Street in Galena.

Superb Skiing and Great Hiking are Available

While there is much history captured in the museums and attractions, visitors may also want to explore the region’s many outdoor activities. Close to the town, visitors can enjoy summer activities like hiking and biking as well as horseback riding. During the winter, the Chestnut Mountain Resort offers skiing and snowboarding. The resort has 19 trails to suit all levels of skier and includes a 475-foot vertical drop, and a seven-acre terrain area with over 25 jumps and rails. The mountain is set in the hills near the town and is perfect for a day trip.

At the Alice T. Virtue Memorial Water Park, visitors can enjoy the pool, waterslide, drop slide, children’s pool and much more. Here, there is also a beautiful hiking and biking trail that offers a cross country skiing area in winter.

Galena cabin Rentals Are Great Homes in a Great Location

With homes available in the town and in the beautiful surrounding countryside, visitors will find the perfect location for their own particular desires. These Galena cabin rentals come in a variety of sizes, from small cozy cabins for couples to large spacious homes for families or groups of friends. Each home has a character all its own, decorated to a high standard and complete with everything that owners can think of to make guests welcome.

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