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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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