Golf and Luxury in Galena, Illinois
Called “one of America’s prettiest towns,” Galena in Illinois’ Great Rivers Country is truly a charming place to visit. And for a town with a population of just 3,500 residents, it has a surprising variety of amenities. Most notably, I found excellent golfing, luxurious resorts, indulgent spas and plenty more for the pleasure-seeking among us.
Golf and More at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Attention, golfers! The golf courses at Eagle Ridge Resort are simply beautiful. Choose from four championship courses set among rolling hills and surrounded by lush, green trees. From the 14th hole (Eagle Ridge’s signature hole) we could see three states: Wisconsin, Iowa and, of course, Illinois. What a great place to play with such stunning views. The course called “The General” is praised for its difficulty and its beauty.
Beyond golfing, Eagle Ridge offers other exciting outdoor activities. You can enjoy a kayaking, canoeing, biking or hiking trip. Or for the ultimate experience, book a hot-air balloon ride over the rolling countryside. From 3,000 feet up, you’ll see vistas of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. You can even get married in a hot-air balloon!
After getting a workout with all these activities, treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation. I made an appointment at the Stonedrift Spa to pamper myself. I relaxed in the peaceful waiting room while sipping yummy fruit-infused water and nibbling on snacks before entering one of the 10 pristine treatment rooms for luxurious beauty treatments including a massage and a facial. Here, they also have couples massage services, where couples are treated at the same time in the same room, perfect for honeymooners (perhaps an idea for after your hot-air balloon ride?). After the pampering, my body and mind were fully rejuvenated.
The resort offers a variety of accommodations, with everything from well-appointed rooms to villas, where you can spread out and relax.
Fantastic Wineries around Galena
I was surprised to discover a variety of wineries in and around Galena. Downtown on Main Street, you’ll find Jamie’s Wine Studio, where you can browse hundreds of bottles of wine in the wine shop, or sit down for a relaxing drink at the wine bar. Also on Main Street, Massbach Ridge Winery has a tasting room, perfect for sampling delicious local wines. In nearby Hanover, Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery offers beautiful views along with wine tastings and tours.
Galena is a wonderful place to experience a small-town feel without giving up the luxuries that make for a relaxing vacation. Plan a weekend visit to indulge in excellent golf, relaxing spa treatments and delicious local wine tasting!
For more information, please visit us:
Official Galena Travel Site
Great Rivers Country Regional Tourism Development Office