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Welcome to

The DeSoto Dispatch

February, 2024


The DeSoto House Hotel

"Illinois' Oldest Operating Hotel"

Since 1855

Stay warm and cozy at the DeSoto House Hotel and enjoy the beauty of winter in Galena!

~ Check out our Midweek Packages ~

Don't miss these upcoming events!


February Packages:

Midweek Dinner Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

$50.00 Dinner coupon


Generals' Restaurant Dinner Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through February 29, 2024

Midweek Breakfast Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

Breakfast for two


Courtyard Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through February 29, 2024

Midweek Breakfast & Dinner Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

Breakfast for two

$50.00 Dinner coupon


Courtyard Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Generals' Restaurant Dinner Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through February 29, 2024

History Museum Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

Breakfast for two

Tickets to the Galena Grant History Museum


Courtyard Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through February 29, 2024

Best Available Rate

One-night stay

Starting at $99.00

Subject to availability

Everyone loves a cocktail or two...

Stay with us Sundays through Thursdays and enjoy a complimentary cocktail from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, in one of our fabulous restaurants.

Then join us for dinner!

Upcoming Events:

Scenic Art Loop's Monthly Art Drive

Friday, February 2, 2024 - Sunday, February 4, 2024

(See downloadable map below for specific times)

Various Artist Galleries

Galena, IL 61036

Drive the hills and valleys of the Driftless Region’s most scenic counties. Take a laid back self-guided tour experiencing art from inception to fulfillment.

Visit talented artists’ in their studios & galleries, while enjoying artisan libations such as food, wine craft brews, and spirits, and discover the region’s hidden talent. Interact and enjoy with unique individuals along your personal tour.

Each month our artists come together to host the Scenic Art Loop by ARRT’s Monthly Art Drive.

Join us on the first full weekend of each month for a new experience. A new map is created monthly to ensure artists’ availability.

For a downloadable map and more information click here.


Play Reading:

The Old Lady Shows Her Medals

Saturday, February 3, 2024

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 4, 2024

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Galena Center for the Arts

971 Gear Street

Galena, IL 61036

Set in the midst of World War I, a soldier and a lonely woman with a secret share a need and find a relationship.

This play will make you laugh and maybe cry a little too.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

For more information and other events here.


Beginners Wood Carving Class - Humming Bird

Saturday, February 10, 2024

10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Galena ARC

11084 US Hwy 20 W

Galena, IL 61036

Experience the joy of wood carving in this beginner-friendly class!

Marie McDonough's teaching method is about taking your time, having fun and not expecting perfection. You will be amazed at your finished hummingbird!

You will be carving in Butternut wood which has a beautiful grain and only a little harder wood than Basswood.

You will be using a Dremel rotary tool with a sanding drum and will be provided a rough out and use an 8-step process to help you complete the carving.

Finish up with oiling your hummingbird to bring out the color and wood grain.

Class size is limited.

For more information, other classes and to register click here.


Chocolate Lovers Stroll

Saturday, February 10, 2024

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Historic Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

Enjoy chocolate treats of all sorts all while strolling Galena's half mile long historic Main Street loaded with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

Tickets are needed.

Your ticket will include a punch card good for 10 treats (mix and match as you like between the chocolate treat options). 

Tickets are $30.

Tickets always sell out 1-2 weeks prior so don't delay!

All ticket holders must check in between 11:00 AM -1:00 PM at Galena Cellars at 111 North Main Street to get your punch card.

Enjoy the stroll!

For more information and tickets click here.



A play by Galena's Ted Williams and Robyn Davis

Friday February 16, 2024

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

Saturday, February 24, 2024

7:00 PM

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Sunday, February 25, 2024

2:00 PM

Galena Center for the Arts

971 Gear Street

Galena, IL 61036

This heartwarming and haunting play, written by Ted Williams and Robyn Davis, is set in the early Galena lead mining period and details the life of Theodore Jones, a Welsh miner and his family. Written in a Welsh folkloric style, Will-O'-the-Wisp is filled with history, humor, romance, superstition, mystery, and, of course, a bit of whiskey.

For more information and tickets click here.


40th Annual Bald Eagle Watch

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Eagle Watching

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lock #13

4999 Lock Rd

Fulton, IL 61252

Exhibits and Educational Programs

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Clinton Community College

1000 Lincoln Blvd

Clinton, IA 52732

Join us throughout 2024 as JDCF programs celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. 

Begin the exploration by attending the 40th Annual Bald Eagle Watch.

It is sponsored by the Savanna District of the Refuge, which runs from Dubuque, IA, to Rock Island, IL, and borders Jo Daviess County.

Programs at Lock #13 in Fulton, IL and Clinton Community College in Clinton, IA, will feature lectures, videos, stories and live birds of prey.

Details about the 2024 Bald Eagle Watch are here.

For more information on anniversary events being planned up and down the Refuge, go to uppermiss100.com.


Galena Whiskey Weekend

Saturday, March 9, 2024

1:00 PM Session

5:00 PM Session

Turner Hall

115 S. Bench Street

Galena, IL 61036

Sip your way through winter with an extensive collection of bourbons and whiskeys! 

Cheers to over 200+ Whiskey offerings!

For more information and to purchase advance tickets click here.


St. Patrick's Day Parade

Hosted by the Galena, Illinois Elks Lodge

Saturday, March 16, 2024

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

A "fun for the whole family" parade including marching bands, costumed clans and floats!

After the parade, head to the Elks lodge for music!


The Haunted Galena Conference

Friday, April 19, 2024 - Saturday, April 20, 2024

Haunted Galena Tour Company

304 S. Main St., Galena, IL 61036

Join us in one of the oldest and most haunted small towns in the Midwest, for our third annual Haunted Galena Conference!

The conference is held at the historic DeSoto House Hotel.

Embrace the darkness with us...

The Haunted Galena Conference features speakers and workshops on hauntings, dark history, ghosts, mediumship, and various aspects of the paranormal

You will also get to experience specialty exhibitors and vendors.

There are also optional special after hours events (additional registration required), including paranormal investigations with regional research group Transcendent Paranormal Society.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.


Grant's Home Front Reenactment & Encampment


Saturday, April 27, 2024 - Sunday, April 28, 2024

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Depot Park

91 Bouthillier St.

Galena, IL 61036

Learn about life in the 1860s through the Encampment and Civil War Battle. 

Over 3,000 people visited this event last year!

Shop the Sanitary Fair (a Civil War Ladies Bazaar supporting our troops) with beautiful handmade items. 

Battles each day: Saturday at 11:30 am, Sunday at 1:30 pm

This is a family friendly event with the chance to interact with reenactors portraying both military and civilians in the 1860's during the war.

Meet General Grant and his staff, see a medical demonstration, and have your child "drill" with the troops!

Watch history come alive in Galena Country.

For more information click here.

In addition to browsing through Galena’s 19th-century downtown with more than 100

storefronts, here are some other ways to enjoy our beautiful area:

The Galena River Trail offers 8.0 miles (one way) of scenic hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Galena River Trail

Enjoy scenic outlooks with views across three states at the Horseshoe Mound Preserve.

Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Enjoy panoramic views of the Mississippi River from Casper Bluff Land and Water Preserve.

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

Be sure to visit the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation website for a list of more places to see under the "Visit Our Preserves" tab.

Other great places to visit in addition to our local historic attractions and museums are:

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The Shenandoah Riding Center

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Dubuque Museum of Art

Diamond Jo Casino

Take a break and stop by our Quiet Room on the Main Street level of the hotel to view these videos:

The DeSoto House Hotel

"The Largest Hotel in the West"


Galena: Steamboat Capital of the Old Northwest

Both videos are about 15-20 minutes in length and run continuously.

You can learn more about the history of the DeSoto House Hotel here.

There's always plenty to do in scenic, historic Galena!

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Michael Steinhoff

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230 South Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

815.777.0090 or 800.343.6562