Winter in Galena: 3 Unique Things to Do

Galena is a gorgeous place to visit year-round, but our charming town turns into a winter wonderland during the colder months. Whether your goal for your holiday vacation is to reach ultimate relaxation or reach the highest peak of the mountain, you can find what you’re looking for this winter in Galena. Before you start your journey to Galena, make sure to have a plan for your vacation. We’ve created the perfect, complimentary  Vacation Guide to help you decide what you want to do during your winter getaway. Go ahead and take a look! It’s free! 

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3 Ways to Experience Winter in Galena 

  1. Play Winter Sports in Galena 

It’s all downhill from here but in a good way! Try cross country skiing, snowboarding, and sledding on the snowy mountaintops of Galena this winter.  

Chestnut Mountain Resort has excellent slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The ski resort even provides lessons if you’re a beginner, and the pros will also love the 475-foot drop! 

For snowboarding, Chestnut Mountain has been rated the top snowboard park for three years in a row! Plus, the terrain park is the largest of its kind in the Midwest.  

If you’re looking to gear up before you take on the slopes, you can also find Mountainside Outfitters at the 20,000 square foot ski center. There, you’ll see the best clothing, souvenirs, and equipment rentals. 

Another fun winter sport you can do is ice skating at Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & SpaYou can also explore miles of snowshoe trails or sled down the golf course! 

  1. Go Eagle Watching in Galena

Did you know Galena has the second most wintering bald eagles after Alaska? Between December and March, you might see these majestic creatures soaring through the sky along the Mississippi River. 

One spot that’s excellent for bird watching is the Horseshoe Mound. You can also visit one of the many wildlife parks and eagle watching festivals in the area to get a glimpse of the large, iconic birds. 

  1. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Release any holiday stress you may have with a 60-minute, 90-minute, hot stone, or deep-tissue massage at the Spa at Farmers Guest House. Come by yourself, or come as a couple and you’ll feel ultimate relaxation without even leaving the inn! 

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year With Farmers Guest House in Galena 

Farmers Guest House welcomes you warmly to our cozy accommodations in downtown GalenaIf you’ve ever visited Galena, you know you’ll feel at home in our charming bed and breakfast. We offer delicious, homemade breakfasts every morning to help you start your day with a smile on your face. After one bite, you’ll see why Farmers Guest House is named the Best B&B in North America! 

Rest your head after a day of exploring the historic yet adventurous town of Galena, IL, in our Jennie Room. Fun fact: we named this accommodation after Civil War General John Oliver Duerr’s wife. Get cozy in the king-sized bed, or steam your cares away with a relaxing bath or shower. We make your comfort a priority at Farmers Guest House so that your experience in Galena is a trip to remember. We can’t wait to have you. Check our availability, book your stay, and we’ll see you this winter!