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Weekend in Historic Galena

A September 2002 trip to Galena by badger barrister

Quote: Galena is one of the homes of U.S. Grant and was a boomtown during the lead and shipping days. Much of the historic downtown and many homes, including Grant's, have been wonderfully restored. The natural backdrop is the rolling hills of the unglaciated corner of Illinois

Weekend in Historic Galena

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Touring the Grant home is a must, and it is inexpensive. It is operated by the Illinois Historical Society and contains most of the original furnishings from Grant's period in the home between the end of the Civil War to his presidency. The DeSoto Hotel in downtown Galena is still an operating hotel and restaurant and was the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Most of the buildings downtown are restored 19th century buildings with many shops, antique stores and eating establishments.Quick Tips: There are many charming bed & breakfasts and guest houses that would be fun to stay at for a couple. We had children with us and this was the weekend of the fall tour of rest...Read More
The rooms were nicely maintained and spacious. We would have preferred Queen Size beds over the Doubles provided. The staff was friendly. The breakfast was quite satisfactory and in a larger than normal breakfast area. My husband thought the decor of the Northwoods was a little overboard, but our children loved it. The pool area was large and fun for the kids with a nicely set-off and decorated whirlpool area.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2002

Stoney Creek Inn
Galena, Illinois 61036

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