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So much to do!

There is never a shortage of things to do and see in Galena at any time of the year, but that's especially true in the Fall.  In addition to the opportunity for beautiful fall hikes and drives, every Fall brings some of our favorite festivals and activities.


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Historic Tour of Homes
September 28 and 29, 2019

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Historic Tour of Homes

One of the great things about Galena is that history feels alive. You're not just looking at a plaque or a sign saying something happened, you actually get to experience the history. What better way to do that than to be in a bunch of historic homes! Five of Galena's historic homes will be open for tours this weekend with proceeds benefiting the Galena Historical Society.
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Galena Cellars
Fall Harvest and
Art Festival

September 28, 2019

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Galena Cellars

Ever wanted to stomp grapes? Sure you have, and here's your chance! Galena Cellars is hosting their 10th annual Fall Harvest celebration and to add to the festivities, they'll have live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and lots of art! Being just a 10 minute drive from Aldrich Guest House, it's an easy trip. Taste some local wine, enjoy some food, and take in the beautiful views from their wrap-around porch.
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Oktoberfest
October 5, 2019

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Oktoberfest

This is our favorite festival in Galena! When we bought the house in 2014, Oktoberfest happened just a day after we opened to a full house. Looking forward to a little break, we went over and had a blast! Local beer, great food, wiener dog races, stein holding competitions, polka dancing and more can all be found here. And while Douglas made ours by hand, lederhosen are optional. Even better, it's just 2 blocks from Aldrich Guest House! 
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Galena Country Fair
October 12 and 13, 2019

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Galena Country Fair

For the last 40 years, over 150 vendors and crafters take over Grant Park to show off what they've been working on. Everything from The Spark Plug Guy to fine art you'll find it here! There'll also be plenty of food to keep you full so bring your wallet and your appetite because you won't want to leave empty-handed...or "empty-stomached"!
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Twenty Dirty Hands
October 18 - 20, 2019

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Twenty Dirty Hands

Galena is well known for all of the talented artists and this is an opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the potters who make Galena their inspiration and home. Over a dozen potters open up their studios to you with some including wheel throwing demonstrations, freshly fired pottery, and studio tours. This will also get you out and about throughout Galena Country where you'll fall even deeper in love with the rolling hills and stunning geography.
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Halloween Parade
October 26, 2019

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Halloween Parade

The Galena Halloween Parade is the second largest Halloween parade in the state and when you line Main Street to see it go by, you'll understand why! Bands from the Tri-States add to the fun, with floats, and hot air balloon baskets shooting flames 3 stories into the air come together for one of the most exciting nights on Main Street!  Get there early the parade lasts a couple hours and in 2018, there were over 21,000 people estimated to be lining the street! 

Galena is beautiful all year long, but the fall has a certain anticipation to it.  It's like a rest after the summer and a pause before the winter holidays all wrapped into one.  We'd love to be part of your well-deserved rest and relaxation this fall or any time you can get away!
Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers


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