Choosing the High Ground

  • Start: Galena, Illinois
  • End: Fulton, IL
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:35
  • Total Mileage: 110 Miles
  • Number of stops: 16


Begin your tour of historic Galena, Illinois, at the landmark home of Ulysses S. Grant followed by a stroll down restored 19th-century streets. Browse the stacks at Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, taste local wines at Galena Cellars Winery, and admire Milagro Studio's handcrafted jewelry. Near De Soto House Hotel are restaurants Kayte's Cafe and Fried Green Tomatoes. To explore the rolling countryside, head northeast on "Stagecoach Trail" passing Galena Cellars Vineyard to Lena, Illinois, home of Lena Maid Meats. Continue southeast on U.S. Highway 20 to Alber Ice Cream Parlor in Freeport, Illinois, site of the famous 1858 Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates. Southeast is Fulton, Illinois, a Dutch enclave famous for its working windmill. Top recreational lodging choices are Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and Chestnut Mountain Resort. For a homey stay, overnight at the Irish Cottage and dine at the inn's Frank O'Dowd's Pub where patrons break into Celtic song and dance.

Stop #1:

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
Galena, Illinois

Stop #2:

Galena Cellars Winery
Galena, Illinois

Stop #3:

Milagro Studio
Galena, IL

Stop #4:

Isabella Imports
Galena, IL

Stop #6:

Kayte's Cafe & Coffee House
Galena, IL

Stop #7:

Railway Cafe
Galena, IL

Stop #8:

Fried Green Tomatoes
Galena, Illinois

Stop #9:

Galena, IL

Stop #10:

Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort
Galena, IL

Stop #11:

Frank O'Dowd's Pub
Galena, IL

Stop #12:

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort
Galena, IL

Stop #13:

Desoto House Hotel
Galena, Illinois

Stop #14:

Lena Maid Meats
Lena, IL

Stop #15:

Alber Ice Cream Parlor
Freeport, IL

Stop #16:

Windmill "De Immigrant"
Fulton, IL

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