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Attractions near Our Inn

From relaxing walks to thrilling hot air balloon rides, Galena IL is host to a wide variety of things to see and do. When you arrive at Bernadine’s Stillman Inn, we will go over a personalized map and the specific events going on during your stay. Here is a list of some of the most popular things to do and most often visited attractions. For an up-to-date listing of local plays and special events, be sure to visit

Around the Inn  [Read Details…]

Enjoy a quiet evening in with a video from our Library and a free bag of fresh popped popcorn

  • Relax and enjoy the garden-filled courtyards with a good book or bottle of wine
  • In-room massage by appointment
  • Watch the birds at the feeders and the fountain
  • Enjoy an evening stroll to General Grant’s Home and Gardens
  • Celebrate with a glass of wine on the front porch swing or the lower Cabana
  • Help Bernadine weed the gardens! Sign up for our Advanced Weeding Program 301
  • Get together with guests in the Parlor for lively conversation and Piano Playing
  • Get Married in the Chapel!
  • Renew your vows in our Courtyard
  • Enjoy s’mores and an open fire in the back courtyard
  • Read a book from our Library in our cozy parlor
  • Play a board game in the Parlor
  • Play our Piano
  • Take a scenic stroll to town through Grant’s Garden and Grant Park

Historic Sites  [Read Details…]

Guided Tours  [Read Details…]

Outdoor Recreation [Read Details…]

Shops and Fabulous Restaurants – The Longest 19th Century Main Street in the USA [Read Details…]

  • Main Street Shopping For The Holidays is Beautiful
  • 100 places to shop, 22 places to eat
  • Antiques, Furniture, Clothing, Gift Shops, Food and more
  • Come see Galena in the snow – It’s like a Charles Dickens Town

Arts & Crafts [Read Details…]

Art Galleries [Read Details…]

Entertainment [Read Details…]

Spa Services In Room Massages available on site [Read Details…]

*Golf Courses [Read Details…]

*If you are a golf widow, we are more than happy to transport you to Main Street and back while your partner plays!

ANNUAL EVENTS in Galena IL that You Are Going To Love [Read Details…]

Bald Eagle Tours
Jimmy Buffet Weekend – Chestnut Mountain

Bald Eagle Tours
Snow shoeing/Cross Country Ski Casper Bluffs
Winter Carnival – Chestnut Mountain

Wine Lovers’ Weekend

Grant’s Birthday Celebration

Annual Triathalon & Duathalon
Music on Main – Dancin’ In The Streets

Annual Tour of Historic Homes (Bernadine’s Stillman Inn Featured in 2001)
Annual Great Galena Balloon Race
Top of Illinois Wine Festival

Garden Tour
Shenandoah Days Pro Rodeo – Galena Territory

Sidewalk Sale Days
Civil War Days
Mississippi Explorer Cruises

Music on Main
Girlfriends’ Getaway
Tour of Historic Galena Homes

Galena Country Fair – Busiest event of the year, book early!
Galena Oktoberfest with Weiner Dog Races!
Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Studio Tour
Galena Halloween Parade – It’s a hoot with more than 100 floats

Galena Lead Rush Half-Marathon
Nouveau Wine Festival

Mistletoe Ball
Night of Luminaria