Galena is one of northwest Illinois' most picturesque small towns, known for its preserved 19th-century buildings, including the Italianate-style Ulysses S. Grant Home and the historic 1826 Dowling House. Many of the city's restored historic buildings have been converted into public special event spaces, which offer indoor and outdoor ceremony sites and amenities such as onsite catering and lodging. Gorgeous restored farmhouses showcase the region's rolling countryside landscapes, offering all-inclusive wedding packages complete with transportation to and from the venue from the city's downtown district. Elegant hotels also offer wedding packages, including the Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, which can provide traditional Irish officiants and ceremony needs. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Oak Hill Weddings

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Oak Hill Weddings is a cozy country estate venue tucked away on 170 acres in the city of Apple River, home to a complex of preserved 19th-century historic buildings. All of the lovely buildings on the venue's grounds are available for use as wedding venues, including a fully-restored 1851 one-room schoolhouse, a renovated 1890s-era barn, a recreated 19th-century general store, and the beautiful 1868 St. John's Chapel, transferred from nearby Guilford Township. The venue's outdoor lawns are also available for ceremony and reception use, offering striking views of surrounding gardens and forested areas. Up to 250 guests can be accommodated at the property across all event spaces. Facility staff are on hand to help with all aspects of weddings, including event planning, setup, and cleanup.

8044 N Gabel Ln, Apple River, IL 61001, Phone: 815-541-2348

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2.Chestnut Mountain Resort

Chestnut Mountain Resort
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Chestnut Mountain Resort has been one of the Midwest's premier resort destinations since it opened in 1959, known throughout Illinois for its striking views of the Mississippi River. This hillside resort offers several beautiful wedding venue options, including an outdoor tent option within its romantic Sunset Gardens. Up to 250 people can be accommodated at all venues, many of which make use of the resort's location and offer a scenic and romantic backdrop for ceremonies and wedding photography. Catering is provided onsite, with many customization options to help fit each couple's tastes and budget needs. Lodging is available at the resort's 100 well-appointed rooms and suites, which offer access to amenities such as two onsite restaurants.

8700 W Chestnut Mountain Rd, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 800-397-1320

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3.DeSoto House Hotel

DeSoto House Hotel
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DeSoto House Hotel is an historic 19th-century hotel in beautiful downtown Galena, located on the city's bustling Main Street. The hotel has played a large part in Galena's history, hosting noted luminaries such as President Abraham Lincoln, who delivered a seminal speech in the city in 1856. Several wedding rental options are available at the hotel, ranging from two-person elopement ceremonies to large 120-guest receptions held within its beautiful grand ballroom or striking four-story atrium. Interior details such as high-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls provide romantic wedding photography spots. Professional event staff are on hand to help couples design unique festivities and organize all vendors and details, taking the stress out of special event planning and putting the focus back on making romantic memories.

230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-0090

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4.Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa

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Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa is a luxurious lakeside resort set on 6,800 acres overlooking beautiful Lake Galane, nestled into the surrounding Illinois rolling hill landscape. The resort boasts a lovely 300-guest ballroom for wedding ceremonies and receptions, complete with a wraparound deck offering striking views of the grounds and lake. For smaller, more intimate weddings, the Galena Room offers a romantic stone patio that can accommodate outdoor cocktail receptions. Catering is provided by the resort, which also offers professional event planners that are on hand to help couples customize all reception details. After the wedding, guests can stay in style at 80 upscale rooms and suites, which offer world-class amenities such as whirlpool tubs and pillowtop mattresses.

444 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-5000

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5.Ehrler Ranch Wedding Barn and Special Events Barn

Ehrler Ranch Wedding Barn and Special Events Barn
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Ehrler Ranch Wedding Barn and Special Events Barn are beautiful and unique Galena event venues located on working ranches throughout the city that are home to livestock and rolling farmland pastures. Both the special event barn and wedding barn can be booked separately or reserved together depending on event size, accommodating up to 299 guests in total across both spaces. Both locations offer stunning views of the region's countryside hill landscape. Wedding parties can make use of the venue's onsite bunkhouse, which can serve as additional event space or as a lodging space for overnight wedding party stay on the property. Onsite catering options include full bar service. Couples can also make use of free transportation services between locations and to sites in downtown Galena for wedding photography sessions.

11866 W Chetlain Ln, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-281-1780

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6.Little White Church on the Hill

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Little White Church on the Hill is a cozy country church on the outskirts of Galena that was originally constructed in 1894. Today, the beautiful building has been carefully restored to its original splendor, seating up to 100 guests for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. Notable decor elements include stained-glass windows, hardwood pine flooring, and the venue's original preserved church pews. Couples looking to host outdoor ceremonies at the venue can make use of its lawn and outdoor chapel spaces, which are home to an arbor, a landscaped walkway, and lovely wedding benches. After saying vows, couples can ring in their marriage on the chapel's historic restored bell. Dressing rooms are available onsite for wedding party use, along with a unique vintage-style restroom for guests.

6603 Council Hill Rd., Scales Mound, IL 61075, Phone: 608-325-8697

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7.Ramada Galena

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Ramada Galena is a relaxed modern hotel located near Galena's historic district that is home to luxurious amenities such as the full-service Indulge Day Spa. Wedding ceremonies and receptions at the hotel can host up to 300 guests across several indoor or outdoor spaces, including a lovely outdoor wraparound terrace that serves as a popular spot for cocktail receptions. Upscale receptions can be held within the venue's spacious grand ballroom, while outdoor ceremonies can be hosted on its well-landscaped lawn and lovely garden areas. Wedding spa packages are available to help pamper couples and their wedding parties prior to the big day. After the wedding, couples can take advantage of discounts on the venue's gardenview suites, which offer lovely amenities such as whirlpool tubs and cable televisions.

11383 W, Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-2043

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8.The GoldMoor Inn

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The GoldMoor Inn is a beautiful estate inn located near Chestnut Mountain in Galena, offering picturesque hilltop views of the majestic Mississippi River. The historic inn makes a romantic setting for memorable wedding ceremonies, receptions, and engagement events at sites such as its 150-guest outdoor pavilion, which is surrounded by lovely landscaped meadows of flowers. Intimate indoor weddings can be held at the venue's 48-seat Grand Hall or its onsite restaurant, which can seat up to 56 reception guests. Catering is available from executive chef Joshua Robert, with customizable menus available to meet all couples' individual tastes and budgets. All-inclusive wedding packages include the assistance of professional wedding planners, along with complimentary lodging, beauty services, and reception essentials such as cake and champagne.

9001 W Sand Hill Rd, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-3925

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9.The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

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The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel is a unique boutique hotel in Galena located just minutes from the city's Main Street shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the U.S. Grant Home. The warmly-decorated hotel emphasizes Irish customs and traditions throughout its well-designed spaces, which are themed according to different Irish regions. Couples can create their dream wedding with the assistance of professional event planning staff at the hotel, who can incorporate family traditions into standard wedding ceremony festivities. Licensed Irish officiates are available for all ceremonies. Catering is provided by the culinary staff of the hotel's onsite Irish pub, Frank O'Dowd's Pub and Grill. Additional services include massages for the wedding party and a discounted onsite honeymoon suite for the happy couple following the wedding.

9853 U.S. 20, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-776-0707

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More Ideas: The Steamboat House Bed and Breakfast

The Steamboat House is a charming getaway in the heart of Galena, Illinois. Tucked away just one block from the bustling Main Street of Galena and a short stroll from the town’s shops, wineries, and fine restaurants, this beautifully preserved inn offers luxurious accommodations, deluxe amenities and gracious hospitality and service.

The grand 7,000 square foot hotel features five spacious and exquisitely appointed guest rooms that have been designed and decorated for style, comfort, and privacy, with contemporary décor and modern amenities. The inn also boasts inviting parlors, a traditional wraparound front porch with rockers and armchairs and a screened gazebo in the garden for the ultimate escape.

Guest services and amenities at The Steamboat House include early morning coffee, tea, and cocoa delivered to your door, a sumptuous three-course breakfast, evening drinks with an award-winning selection of fine wines and hot beverages just before bed at night. A billiards room, beautiful library, and formal dining room make up the communal areas in the inn and off-street covered parking is available.

The Steamboat House features five spacious and exquisitely appointed guest rooms that have been designed and decorated for style, comfort, and privacy, with contemporary décor and modern amenities. Each finely appointed room features a queen-size bed dressed with luxury linens and down pillows, a private bathroom with shower and bath, thick towels and deluxe bath products, and a sitting area with wood-burning fireplace. Modern amenities include a flat-screen LCD television with DVD player, air-conditioning and wireless Internet.

Elsie is the largest room in the Inn and features a beautifully carved walnut sleigh bed with gold drapes, as well as an extra twin-size bed for additional guests. A private bathroom has a shower and bath, thick towels and deluxe bath products, and a sitting area has a wood-burning fireplace. Modern amenities include a flat-screen LCD television with DVD player, air-conditioning and wireless Internet.

Bess is an enchanting and serene abode with Eastlake antique furnishings and a queen-size bed dressed with luxury linens and down pillows. A private bathroom has a shower and bath, thick towels and deluxe bath products, a sitting area has a wood-burning fireplace, and a screened porch has tables and chairs with beautiful views of the surrounding wooded hillsides. Modern amenities include a flat-screen LCD television with DVD player, air-conditioning and wireless Internet.

Lene is a bright corner room with large windows that look out over the garden and fountain. Lene features beautiful hardwood floors, a charming four-poster queen-size bed dressed with luxury linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with shower and bath, thick towels and deluxe bath products. Modern amenities include a flat-screen LCD television with DVD player, air-conditioning and wireless Internet.

Viola is a large corner room with original hardwood floors and gorgeous walnut antique furnishings. Viola offers a queen-size bed dressed with luxury linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with shower and bath, thick towels and deluxe bath products. Modern amenities include a flat-screen LCD television with DVD player, air-conditioning and wireless Internet and large windows that look out over the garden and fountain.

Once the room of Sarah Harris, the original owner of the property, Amanda is a romantic retreat that boasts all the elements of a Victorian getaway, including a beautiful bay window that overlooks the garden. Amanda offers a queen-size bed dressed with luxury linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with shower and bath, thick towels and deluxe bath products. Modern amenities include a flat-screen LCD television with DVD player, air-conditioning and wireless Internet and large windows that look out over the garden and fountain.

The Steamboat House offers an array of guest amenities and services including early morning coffee, tea and hot cocoa delivered to your door every morning, followed by a delicious three-course breakfast every day, wine time every evening and hot beverages just before bedtime. A billiards room with full-size billiard table, a fully stocked library with books, games, magazines, and a DVD library, a baby grand piano and complimentary high-speed wireless throughout the property are some of the other amenities on offer. Private, off-street and covered parking is available, and the inn is just a short walk from the bustling center of the town.

Special packages at The Steamboat House include the Romance Bundle, which includes a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates, a bottle of acclaimed red or white wine and two Steamboat House branded wine glasses. The Birthday Bundle package includes a custom made birthday cake for two, a bottle of acclaimed red or white wine and two Steamboat House branded wine glasses. The Spa Bundle
includes an in-room massage, a bottle of acclaimed red or white wine and two Steamboat House branded wine glasses and a box of chocolates.

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605 S. Prospect St. Galena, Illinois 61036, Phone: 815-777-2317

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More Ideas: Cloran Mansion in Galena

Nestled in the beautiful town of Galena, Cloran Mansion is a historic bed and breakfast inn that offers a charming home-away-from-home escape. Boasting elegant Italian architecture and striking European-style accommodations, Cloran Mansion offers exceptional comforts, stunning gardens, impeccable service and intimate venues for special celebrations.

Cloran Mansion offers seven well-appointed guest rooms with contemporary décor and plush furnishings, comfortable beds with pillowtop mattresses, luxury linens, and soft pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with showers, baths, fresh towels and quality toiletries. Modern amenities include flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, DVD players, CD players, mini stocked refrigerators, and wireless Internet access.

The Tower Suite features a king-size bed with pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, and soft pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower booth, heated towel racks, fresh towels and bathrobes, and quality toiletries. A spacious sitting area with a grand wall-mounted fireplace, comfortable seating, mini stocked refrigerator, and a luxurious whirlpool tub.

Ann’s Room is a warm and welcoming guest room with a high wooden vaulted ceiling, a stained glass window, and lovely soft light. The room features a queen-size bed with pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, and soft pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with a double whirlpool tub and built-in shower, fresh towels, and bathrobes, and quality toiletries. A spacious sitting area has comfy seating, a grand fireplace, a mini stocked refrigerator, and television with satellite channels.

Located on the main floor of the house, Sara’s Suite boasts beautiful views of the gardens, waterfall, and pond. The room features a king size extra-firm pillow top bed with luxury linens, an en-suite bathroom with two-person corner whirlpool tub and built-in shower, and an airy sitting room with a sofa, armoire, glass-top table and imported Italian furniture. Modern amenities in the suite include a 32-inch flat screen TV with a DVD player, a Keurig coffee machine, a microwave and a refrigerator stocked with complimentary soda and water, and a Bluetooth charging station. The suite also has a queen-size sleeper sofa for extra guests.

Alice’s Room is a charming retreat with cozy wicker furniture room and features a queen-size bed with pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, and soft pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with a soaking tub and built-in shower, fresh towels, and bathrobes, and quality toiletries. The room also has an elegant fireplace, comfortable chairs, satellite television, DVD player, CD player and mini stocked refrigerator with complimentary soda and water.

Named after the original owner of the mansion, John’s Room boasts beautiful views of the gardens, waterfall, and pond. The room features a queen-size bed with pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, and soft pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with a two-person whirlpool, built-in shower, fresh towels, and bathrobes, and quality toiletries. The room also has an elegant fireplace, comfortable chairs, satellite television, DVD player, CD player and mini stocked refrigerator with complimentary soda and water.

Antonio’s Cottage offers extra levels of privacy and the ideal place to unwind and relax. The well-appointed 570 square foot cottage is located just a short distance from downtown and features a fully equipped galley kitchen complete with a coffee pot, microwave, and mini-refrigerator stocked with complimentary soda and water. A bright and airy sitting area has comfortable sofas and chairs, a satellite television, DVD player and CD player and Bluetooth charging station, and air-conditioning. The bedroom has a queen-size bed with pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, and soft pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with a double whirlpool, free-standing, seated shower, fresh towels, and bathrobes, and quality toiletries. Guests staying in the Cottage can enjoy a full country style breakfast each morning in the Mansion’s formal dining room.

Located at World Mark's Longhollow Point Lodge and offering the amenities of an elegant hotel and the creature comforts of bed and breakfast, the Cloran Condo is a spacious studio condo with a king size extra-firm pillow top bed with a pillowtop mattress, luxury linens, and soft pillows. The condo has an en-suite with a double whirlpool, free-standing, seated shower, fresh towels, and bathrobes, and quality toiletries and a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, stove top, coffeemaker, as well as dishes, cooking utensils, and wine glasses. A sitting area has a queen-size sleeper sofa for additional guests, a 32-inch flat screen television with a Blue-Ray DVD player, and iPod/MP3 player docking station. Guests staying at the Cloran Condo can enjoy a full country style breakfast each morning in the Mansion’s formal dining room and have access to the facilities at Longhollow Point, which include an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness room, hot tub, and sauna.

All guests staying in both the main house and the Cottage enjoy an award-winning, six-course country breakfast, which is served every morning in the Mansion’s formal dining room.

Amenities at Cloran Mansion include a full country style breakfast served in the Mansion’s formal dining room every morning, a fully stocked library with books, magazines, more than 700 complimentary DVDs, snacks and hot beverages, and private on-site parking. All accommodations have central air-conditioning and complimentary wireless Internet access, and an ice maker and microwave are also available for guests to use.

The Cloran Mansion offers a breathtaking venue for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, elopements and more with stunning gardens and beautiful natural scenery, a pretty gazebo and elegant indoor parlors and dining room.

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1237 Franklin Street, Galena, Illinois 61036, Phone: 815-777-0583

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More Ideas: Queen Anne Guest House in Galena

The Queen Anne Guest House is an award-winning bed and breakfast retreat located in a quiet, scenic and historic neighborhood of Galena. Set within easy walking distance of Galena’s downtown activities and attractions, the Queen Anne Guest House is the perfect place for a relaxing or adventurous break from the city. The Queen Anne Guest House features four beautifully appointed guest rooms with Victorian décor and antique furnishings, private bathrooms with soaking tubs and showers, and modern amenities. In addition to the charming accommodations, guests also enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast, elegantly furnished parlors in which to relax and the warm and welcoming hospitality of owners, Mike and Anita.

The Queen Anne Guest House offers four elegantly appointed and beautifully furnished guest rooms, each of which features gorgeous, Victorian décor and antique furniture, cozy fireplaces, and comfortable queen-size beds in feather-top mattresses and sumptuous linens. En-suite bathrooms have Victorian claw foot tubs and overhead showers, thick towels and branded bath amenities. Modern conveniences in every room include satellite TVs with DVD players, CD players with a CD library, central air-conditioning and heating, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Prince George room is decorated in rich hues of burgundy and gold and features a queen-size antique Eastlake bed with a feather-top mattress and sumptuous linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian claw foot tub and overhead shower, thick towels and branded bath amenities. This room has a spacious sitting area with a twin-size iron daybed for additional guests, an electric fireplace, antique dresser, mirror and chair and modern amenities such as a satellite TV with a DVD player, CD player with a CD library, central air-conditioning and heating, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Decorated in romantic shades of rose and mauve, the Queen Anne features a regal four-post mahogany bed with a feather-top mattress and sumptuous linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian claw foot tub and overhead shower, thick towels and branded bath amenities. A sunny sitting area has an antique marble top dresser, electric fireplace, and a small table and two Victorian chairs, and modern amenities including a satellite TV with a DVD player, CD player with a CD library, central air-conditioning and heating, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Sir William is a romantic room with a stunning seven-foot mahogany four-poster queen-sized bed with a feather-top mattress and sumptuous linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian claw foot tub and overhead shower, thick towels and branded bath amenities. Flooded with sunshine from large windows, the room also has an antique music stand, chairs and table, an antique dresser, electric fireplace, and modern amenities, including a satellite TV with a DVD player, CD player with a CD library, central air-conditioning and heating, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Once the original nursery, the Lady Ashley room is a beautifully appointed abode with a regal antique headboard above a queen-sized bed with a feather-top mattress and sumptuous linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a two-person Jacuzzi tub, thick towels, and branded bath amenities. A sitting area has an antique marble top dresser, electric fireplace, and modern amenities including a satellite TV with a DVD player, CD player with a CD library, central air-conditioning and heating, and complimentary wireless Internet.

A hearty full hot breakfast is served in the elegant dining every morning and includes coffee, tea and fresh fruit juices, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt, and a variety of hot entrées, meats and egg dishes. Early morning coffee and afternoon treats are served every day, and snacks and drinks are available in the parlor from 5:00 pm onwards.

Amenities at the Queen Anne Guest House include a delicious hot breakfast served every morning, two inviting rooms in which to relax and enjoy the beautiful garden views, lovely front porches, and gardens, and drinks and snacks served in one of two parlors in the evenings. Luxurious guest rooms feature satellite television and DVD players, CD players with CD libraries, deluxe bath amenities and complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout the property.

The Queen Anne Guest House is located in the heart of the historic town of Galena, which offers a variety of attractions, activities, and entertainment, including a beautifully restored historic Main Street that is home to a range of art galleries, antique shops, museums, and restaurants. Located in the northwestern corner of Illinois, Galena is renowned for its beautiful architecture, rich and unique history, a variety of outdoor and recreational activities, ski and golf resorts, and quaint, yet vibrant downtown area. The surrounding region also has many vineyards and wine estates in the area, downtown tasting rooms, several world-class spas and a variety of hiking, biking, and walking trails, and other outdoor recreational activities.

Notable historic sites in the area that shouldn’t be missed include the Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site, the Galena History Museum, the Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site, Dowling House, the Old Blacksmith Shop, and the Old Market House State Historic Site. Other architectural and historical wonders to visit range from the Galena Post Office and Customs House, DeSoto House, and the Elizabeth History Museum to the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Gramercy Park, and Stonefield State Historic Site.

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200 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-3849

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