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Where to Hot Air Balloon in Illinois

Stunning views like these await in galena when you ride a hot air balloon in Illinois!Last month, dozens of hot air balloons took to the sky during the Galena Balloon Race, which is always a wonderful celebration filled with live music, hot air balloon rides, and a breathtaking night glow event.  If you missed the event, there’s always next year – it’s scheduled to take place June 17-19, 2022. But, there are even more ways to hot air balloon in Illinois, even if you miss great events like these.

Riding in a hot air balloon in Illinois is a magical experience, and one many of our guests recently have enjoyed recently.  There’s nothing that compares to drifting along, high above the rolling green landscapes of northwestern Illinois. It also happens to be a great way to mark special occasions!  If this sounds like something you’d enjoy – and really, who wouldn’t? – then we’d love to help you start planning your next getaway to Galena IL.

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Galena IL, there’s nothing that beats a few days at our luxury Galena Bed and Breakfast.  Our Bed and Breakfast in Galena is located near downtown Galena IL, and offers an incomparable getaway, with delicious breakfasts, sumptuous & well-appointed guest suites, a thoughtfully curated tray of wine and afternoon goodies for you to enjoy each day of your stay, and so much more.  Truly, it’s the getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Book with us today! Continue reading

Take a Mississippi River Cruise in Galena This Summer

Enjoy stunning Views along the River during your Mississippi River CruiseThere are so many incredible things to do in Galena throughout the year, including hiking, biking, paddling on the Galena River itself, shopping, eating, and enjoying downtown Galena. From here, you can even get out on the river for a stunning Mississippi River Cruise! There’s a reason Galena continues to be a top-rated getaway destination – it’s beautiful, charming, and filled with fun things to do and see. A Mississippi River Cruise is just the beginning!

Though any getaway to the charming, historic town of Galena IL is filled with promise, to make your getaway truly extraordinary you’ll need a great place to stay.  Jail Hill Inn is the #1 rated Galena Bed and Breakfast – and has even been ranked as the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the entire country (and #2 in the world!).  It’s truly a destination in and of itself. From our delicious made from scratch breakfasts in the morning to our sumptuous afternoon wine and appetizer tray, not to mention our sensational guest suites, you’ll want for nothing during your stay at our historic Galena Bed and Breakfast.

Situated in Galena’s thoughtfully renovated old jail, our Galena Bed and Breakfast is nestled on the hillside overlooking downtown Galena, and just mere steps away from the top restaurants, shops, and attractions in Galena. Staying here is truly an experience like no other.  If you’re ready to experience this charming getaway destination, head on over to our website and book your stay at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Try These Things to do in Galena IL This Summer

Explore all of the wonderful things to do in Galena IL This SummerAre you feeling the itch to travel, and to get out and explore? Your dreams of a European vacation may be delayed again this summer, but there are plenty of things to do in Galena to make up for it!  All you have to do is get here and enjoy a stay at Jail Hill Inn, and all of the area’s top attractions and activities will be at your fingertips!  From relaxing at our stunning Galena Bed and Breakfast to getting outside and exploring the many trails and attractions in the area, you won’t run out of things to do in Galena IL this summer!

We love sharing our little piece of the world with our guests from around the world and pride ourselves on curating a memorable experience for all who visit us.  Our hospitality starts the moment you step through our doors, with chilled champagne and custom chocolates waiting for you in your suite.  From there, we encourage you to explore downtown Galena, visit the charming shops and local businesses that call this area home, and experience all of the small-town charms this area is known for.

Ready to travel?  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

2021 Roundup – Our Favorite Things to do in Galena This Year!

This beautiful waterfall is one of our favorite things to do in Galena this summer

Nothing beats summer vacations spent playing, seeing new things, and lounging under the warmth of the afternoon sun.  As we gear up for what is looking to be a busy and exciting summer, we’d like to share with you some of our favorite things to do in Galena.  Small towns like ours are still poised to be popular getaway destinations this summer, as travelers stick to domestic destinations and small towns in particular.

You’ll not only find plenty of things to do in Galena, but you’ll find fewer crowds and unparalleled luxury at our Galena Bed and Breakfast. Galena’s business owners have consistently worked hard over the past year to bring you plenty of fun, all while keeping public health and safety in mind.  Jail Hill Inn recently received the Traveler’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor, and we were once again named in the top 10 Bed and Breakfasts around the country, making it three years straight to earn this honor!

We’d love nothing more than to see you this summer or fall, and to give you the most relaxing and enjoyable getaway possible.  We’re booking up quickly, though, so make sure you book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Birdwatching on the Great River Road Near Galena, IL

Beautiful view of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road Near Galena ILSpring really isn’t too far away, and we find ourselves looking forward to all of the opportunities that come with this warmer change in weather, including birdwatching along the Great River Road. Aside from the beautiful colors popping up from their dormant state over the winter, one of our favorite things about spring is the birds as they flit to and from our feeders around the Inn, and move their way back north after a winter in warmer southern climates.

The Great River Road, which parallels the Mississippi River, isn’t too far from our Galena Bed and Breakfast, either, making us the perfect place for avid birding enthusiasts to stay. Though birdwatching can be exceptional along the Great River Road, that’s not the only reason to explore this scenic stretch of highway. The Great River Road also offers a wonderful connection between the smaller towns of Illinois, like Galena, giving visitors an unparalleled opportunity to explore these quaint communities as they go. When it comes to Galena, in particular, there’s so much to see and do that you’ll want to give yourself a few days to really explore.

Our Galena Bed and Breakfast offers upscale, luxury accommodations just off Main Street, and within walking distance to all of the shops, restaurants, and attractions in downtown Galena. You deserve a getaway this spring.  It’s time to book a room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast before this opportunity passes you by! Continue reading

Special Label Wines from Galena Cellars Winery and JHI!

Special Label wines with Galena Cellars at our Galena Bed and Breakfast

We have an exciting new product at Jail Hill Inn, born from a fun collaboration with one of our favorite local wineries, Galena Cellars Winery. We’re now offering a wonderful selection of wines from Galena Cellars, with our own customized label unique to Jail Hill Inn.  We traditionally serve our selection of house wines with our afternoon wine & appetizer trays, but we’re also happy to upgrade you to one of these selection label wines for just $20. You’re also welcome to purchase the wines and take them home as a delicious memento of your time here in Galena!

While Galena may not have the “big name” notoriety of other wine tasting regions, like Napa California, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, or even New York’s Finger Lakes Region, we still think there are plenty of great wineries near Galena IL in the area which make for a delightful wine-themed getaway!  We’ve always said that Galena, with its historic charm and sensational natural beauty, is a town built for just about every type of traveler.  And we mean it!  These wineries near Galena IL just add to the spectrum of wonderful things to do while here on a getaway.

To make things better, Jail Hill Inn, Galena Cellars, and these other amazing wineries near Galena IL are just a short one-tank trip away from many of the Midwest’s biggest cities.  At just around 3 hours from Chicago to Galena, wine tasting in the scenic countryside is never far away.  Come give these great wines a taste, and then continue your wine-tasting journey throughout the area.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Downtown Galena is the #1 Place for Holiday Shopping

holiday shopping in downtown galena near our Bed and Breakfast in IllinoisNovember is officially here, and that means many of us around the country are gearing up for the holiday season ahead.  If you’re coming to Galena sometime in the next couple of months, you’ll find that downtown Galena is the perfect place to unwrap a little holiday magic and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Main Street in Galena is lined with more than 100 unique and independently owned boutiques and is the perfect place to find fantastic gifts for everyone on your list.

And, of course, while you’re here, let us take care of you at the #1 Rated Galena Bed and Breakfast, Jail Hill Inn.  From the moment you arrive at our doorstep, you’ll see and feel the difference!  We offer luxurious guest rooms and amenities that go far beyond what you’ll find at other properties and hotel chains.  Every detail of your stay, from start to finish, is thoughtfully planned out to ensure maximum enjoyment.  Plus, we’ll soon be decorated for the holidays and ready to celebrate this festive season with you!

Holiday shopping in downtown Galena is something we look forward to every year.  Come join us this season, and help up support all of these incredible business owners that make Galena the wonderful getaway destination that it is! Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

The 10 BEST Things to do in Galena This Fall

10 of the BEST Things to do in Galena This Fall Near our Bed and BreakfastThings often look different in Galena from year to year, with new attractions, events, shops, restaurants, and other things added to our list each year. This year, mostly thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, things are definitely different in Galena.  Even so, it’s still one of the best weekend getaways from Chicago, and there are plenty of wonderful things to do in Galena this fall.  While many of our favorite fall events have been canceled in 2020, we have some ideas to ensure you have a fun and memorable getaway.

At the heart of your stay in Galena, you’ll still find the same exceptional accommodations offered by Jail Hill Inn, Galena’s #1 rated Bed and Breakfast. The experience of staying with us hasn’t changed too much, but there are a couple of notable adjustments. Breakfast does look a little different, in that we’re offering two choices: You can still enjoy us in the socially-distanced dining room downstairs, or you can request breakfast be brought directly to your suite.  And, in the afternoon, rather than hosting an afternoon wine and cheese reception, we’re delivering hand-crafted trays with your own personalized selection of wine and a delicious assortment of charcuterie, appetizers, and cookies for you to munch on at your leisure.

One thing that hasn’t changed at Jail Hill Inn is our absolute dedication to hospitality, where every detail of your stay is carefully attended to.  This fall, come celebrate the changing of the seasons with us.  Discover new things to do in Galena this fall, and leave with unforgettable memories and plans to return again.  Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Galena today! Continue reading

Scenic Drives Around Galena, IL

Fall Scenic Drives Near our Galena Bed and BreakfastFall is a breathtakingly beautiful time of year to be in Galena.  One of our favorite ways to enjoy fall in Galena, IL is to take scenic drives, of which there are plenty near our Bed and Breakfast. The winding country roads are absolutely perfect for these scenic drives, too!  Fall’s seasonal display of color paints the hills around Galena, bringing this area to life in new and exciting ways.

Making yourself at home at our luxurious Galena Bed and Breakfast is the perfect recipe for a memorable and exciting vacation.  We take the meaning of hospitality to a new level, and, most importantly, are dedicated to keeping travelers safe during these unprecedented times. If you’ve never experienced fall in Galena before, this year provides you with the perfect opportunity.

Not only is it a beautiful place to relax and unwind, but it’s a safe and comfortable place to get away for that much-needed change of scenery.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Make the Most of Your Visit to Galena This Summer

What to do in Galena IL This SummerThis summer, vacations and relaxing getaways are looking quite a bit different in most places around the country.  Even so, our Galena Bed and Breakfast is proving to be a wonderful place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the very best of this small town.  But when it comes to travel this summer, do you find yourself wondering what to do in Galena IL? The town of Galena has been working hard to put various protections and protocols in place to ensure the safety of visitors who choose to come here, while at the same time making it the same fun and romantic destination you’ve come to know and love.

Our Galena Bed and Breakfast has made many changes to our daily service as well, including changing up the way we serve breakfast and our afternoon happy hour.  We’ve been busy since reopening in June and have been receiving plenty of positive feedback from the guests who’ve stayed with us, both about how smoothly their experience with us went, and how much they enjoyed their time in the area as well.  As a small town, Galena is uniquely situated to be a great travel destination for people around the Midwest this summer.

There’s only one Bed and Breakfast that’s been named the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country, and that’s Jail Hill Inn.  We’re booking up quickly this summer, so make your reservations to enjoy the best of Galena with us this summer! Continue reading

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