Nestled amid Galena’s forested hillsides, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is an ideal jumping-off point for exploring the area’s many wineries. In winter, you can hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain, just a 30-minute drive away. Lake Galena’s shores are just a short distance from the resort, so you can while away the afternoon fishing for walleye and largemouth bass.
Kick back: Standard courtyard rooms feature a walkout patio or balcony; set in their own buildings, villas offer more privacy.
Bamboo massages and reiki therapy are among the indulgent treatments available at the onsite Stonedrift Spa.
Recent recognition: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013
Galena, Illinois: Quaint Mississippi River Town with Historical Main Street
Galena is a relic from the mid-19th century, when it first boomed as a mining town and port city on the Mississippi River. Today, its quaint downtown historic district—which Fodor’s says “epitomizes small-town America”—is lined with coffee shops, specialty boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants in 19th-century brick storefronts. Its Main Street even earned a spot on a Travel + Leisure list of America’s Greatest Main Streets. History buffs should make a stop at Ulysses S. Grant’s Home, where the 18th president and Civil War general lived after the war. Another popular pursuit is touring wineries in the area.
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