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The DeSoto Dispatch

November, 2022


The DeSoto House Hotel

"Illinois' Oldest Operating Hotel"

Since 1855

Stay at the DeSoto House Hotel and enjoy the magical holiday season in beautiful Galena!

~ Check out our midweek packages! ~

Join us for your Thanksgiving Feast!


Plan ahead for the holidays.

These events sell out quickly!



November Packages:

Midweek Dinner Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

$50.00 Dinner coupon


Generals' Restaurant Dinner Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through November 30, 2022

Midweek Breakfast Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

Breakfast for two


Courtyard Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through November 30, 2022

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 November 30, 2022

Best Available Rate

One-night stay

Starting at $119.00

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!

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

Upcoming Events:

Scenic Art Loop's Monthly Art Drive

Friday, November 4, 2022 - Sunday, November 6, 2022

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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 map and more information click here.


38th Annual Nouveau Parade & Celebration

Friday, November 18, 2022

11:00 AM - 10:30 PM

Galena Cellars

111 N. Main St.

Galena, IL 61036

Galena Cellars celebrates the release of the 2022 Nouveau wine!

The parade of revelers will assemble at 2:30 PM for a trek around Galena’s Main Street in assorted modes of transportation and merriment from horse-drawn wagons to trollies as the 38th Annual Nouveau wine is delivered to Galena merchants who sport the Nouveau posters in their shop windows.

Join in or watch the procession.

“Le Beaujolias Nouveau est arrivé!”

Local restaurants and Galena businesses continue the celebration all weekend with live music, wine tastings, dinner specials and receptions.

Call 815.777.0090 or 800.343.6562 to make a reservation for the Nouveau Luncheon at the DeSoto House Hotel.

For more information click here.


Fall into Winter Craft Show

Saturday, November 19, 2022

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Galena ARC Gymnasium

(Lower Entrance)

11084 US Hwy 20 W.

Galena, IL 61036

Plan to attend The Workshop's 1st Annual Craft Show!

This event offers local quality handmade merchandise, a raffle, Kids Only Holiday Shopping, luncheon, and a bake sale for those with a sweet tooth.

Proceeds will help The Workshop provide services to adults with disabilities in Jo Daviess County.

For more information click here.


Galena Holidaze Festival

Saturday, December 3, 2022

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Green Street Plaza

Galena, IL 61036

The Galena Holidaze Festival is bringing a magical offering of vendors, food, sweets, and beverages.

There will be enchanting live musical entertainment throughout the day at our stage, a chance to talk to Santa Claus, pet a reindeer, and embark on a downtown Galena scavenger hunt through local businesses.

Plan to spend the day in the plaza of the Midwest's best holiday town and the evening watching a magnificent display of fireworks presented by the Galena Downtown Business Association.

For more information click here.


Holiday Fire in the Sky

Saturday, December 3, 2022

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Depot Park

91 Bouthillier Street

Galena, IL 61036

Enjoy the evening sky as it comes alive with fireworks to

kick off the holiday season in downtown Galena.

See the fireworks from just about anywhere in Galena and surrounding areas.

Rain or shine, the event goes on. 


Dark Side of the Yule with Classical Blast

Friday, December 9, 2022

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Turner Hall

115 S Bench St

Galena, IL 61036

Classical Blast melds classic rock hits with holiday classics, Christmas pop, baroque carols and more, with music by Moody Blues, Beatles, Metallica, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Evanescence and beyond.

It may be the most unique holiday show you've seen, featuring top-tier Chicago musicians.

An annual Galena favorite, the show is performed in theaters all over the Midwest.

For more information and tickets click here.


Night of the Luminaria & Living Windows

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Living Windows:  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Luminaries:  7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

Enter a land of enchantment on this magical night with more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries on streets, steps and sidewalks.

From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena will be glowing.

Stroll down Galena's Main Street and watch store windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation in Living Windows!

Local businesses offer extended hours for holiday shopping.


Christmas at the Fort

Apple River Fort State Historic Site

311 E. Myrtle Street

Elizabeth, IL 61028

Saturday, December 3, 2022

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate Christmas - the 1830's way!

Visit the Apple River Fort and take part in historical Christmas celebrations.  Experience a typical frontier German Christmas, complete with a decorated fir tree.  

Meet Mrs. Juliette Kinzie, wife of Ho-Chunk Indian Agent John Kinzie of Portage, WI.  Play with historical toys and hear how Christmas is the "Day the World Turned Upside-Down."

Visit the trading post to barter for the best goods on this side of the Mississippi.

Don't forget to check out the Fort's gift shop, where you'll find unique items for everyone on your shopping list.

For more information click here.


Country Christmas at Shenandoah Riding Center

Saturday, December 17, 2022

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Shenandoah Riding Center

200 N. Brodrecht Rd.

Galena, IL 61036

Celebrate a country Christmas at the Shenandoah indoor arena!

Festivities include: gifts from Santa (children under 12, while supplies last), Christmas crafts and wagon rides

Only $5 per child & free for adults.

For more information click here.


Snowflakes and Sweets Stroll

Saturday, December 17, 2022

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

Take your time enjoying special sweet treats from our local bakeries, chocolatiers, and more while strolling down Galena's magical Main Street. 

You will find the sweet treats sprinkled along Main Street in our unique collection of shops!

Your ticket will qualify you for a punch card that's good for 10 sweet treats which will be a mix (chosen by you) of cookies, candies, drinks and more. 

Tickets are $30 if preordered and $35 on event day, if any tickets are left. Our strolls always sell out 1-2 weeks prior so don't delay your purchase!

For more information and tickets click here.

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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815.777.0090 or 800.343.6562

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Michael Steinhoff

General Manager