THINGS TO DO IN GALENA
ROMANTIC ILLINOIS GETAWAYS
During a B&B vacation, one of the best things to do is get a little R&R — after all, you never have to leave your room unless you want to, and at the Goldmoor Inn you might find yourself drawn to the accommodations more than usual. But for those with an adventurous side, there are plenty of things to do in Galena, on the Mississippi River or near Chestnut Mountain to make your heart swoon.
A UNIQUE CULINARY TOUR
For the culinary enthusiast, stay in the Chef’s Quarters, a unique glimpse into the world of a working display kitchen at a historic bed and breakfast. Guests of the Chef’s Quarters can dine at the Chef’s Table inside the kitchen, a truly unique experience. Watch the effortless choreography of the inn’s accredited executive chef and the talented sous chef. Afterward, ascend the private kitchen stairway to get to your room. Any time you pass through the kitchen, you’ll glean behind-the-scene action and be treated to occasional specialty samples. Bon Appe-sleep!
YOUR OWN B&B COOKING CLASS
Interested in more cooking fun? Consider reserving a cooking class with the chef. An altogether unique experience, you’ll witness the bustle of a professional kitchen as the inn prepares for dinner service, plus you’ll learn the secrets of some of the Goldmoor’s most popular dishes. The Goldmoor Inn events coordinator can even book special midweek sessions for a group cooking class, a perfect team-building activity if you plan on hosting a corporate retreat. You might even learn how to make your own at-home sauces using homemade stock.
A GALENA SPA RETREAT
Immerse yourself in a truly rejuvenating experience at the Goldmoor Inn Spa. Unique to area bed and breakfasts, this Galena retreat offers its own spa room with a well-rounded massage menu, including side-by-side couples massages for those Illinois romantic getaways. Melt away your worries with hot stones and aromatherapy. Afterward, retreat to your room, cottage or cabin, where your own in-room whirlpool tub offers the sweetest ending to any one of the inn’s massage packages. End the day snuggling up next to a crackling fire in the fireplace.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER ATTRACTIONS
The mighty Mississippi River is brimming with couples adventures. Fish for trout in one of Galena’s secluded streams or take a nostalgic Mississippi riverboat tour down the river’s wide stretches. Historic paddleboats, triple deckers and steam-powered boats will transport you to yesteryear. For something a little more intimate, consider your own couples paddle adventure. A number of local outfitters line the shores, at the ready with canoes and kayaks for rent. Watch for bald eagles (the Upper Mississippi River is home to many nests!).
CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN SKI AREA
ARomance is a year-round adventure at Goldmoor Inn. In the wintertime, couples flock to Chestnut Mountain, an Illinois ski resort just 10 minutes away from the inn. This wooded palisade, blanketed in wintertime snow, features 19 runs and the Midwest’s largest terrain park. In the summer, go on a Segway tour of Chestnut Mountain or whisk down the alpine slide. No matter the season, a ski lift ride will net you memorable views of the Mississippi. On clear days, you might even be able to glimpse Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin all at once.