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Welcome to

The DeSoto Dispatch

October, 2022


The DeSoto House Hotel

"Illinois' Oldest Operating Hotel"

Since 1855

Stay at the DeSoto House Hotel and enjoy the rich fall colors in beautiful Galena!

~ Check out our midweek packages! ~

Make your room & dinner reservations now!

Check us out on

"John McGivern's Main Streets -

Galena, Illinois"!

You can watch our segment here or view the entire program here.


Don't miss our awesome segment on the program "Travel the Tri-states"!

You can check it out here.

Murder & Mayhem in a Mining Town

Friday, October 28, 2022

5:30 PM Cash Bar

6:00 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Theatre Show

Join us for our Halloween Dinner/Theater in the Historic DeSoto House Hotel.

Enjoy a scrumptious dinner followed by the fascinating Tales of Murder & Mayhem In A Mining Town.

Performed by The Haunted Galena Tour Company.

Call 815.777.0090 for tickets

The DeSoto House Hotel

230 S. Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

Seating is limited so purchase your tickets early!

Join us for your Thanksgiving Feast!

October Packages:

Midweek Dinner Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

$50.00 Dinner coupon


Generals' Restaurant Dinner Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through October 31, 2022

Midweek Breakfast Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

Breakfast for two


Courtyard Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through October 31, 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 October 31, 2022

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 October 31, 2022

Trolley Package

Sunday - Thursday

One-night stay

Breakfast for two

Two tickets for the Galena Trolley


Courtyard Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Subject to availability

Prices good through October 31, 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, biking or cross-country skiing.

Galena River Trail

Long Hollow Canopy Tours

  • UTV Ride
  • 6 Ziplines
  • Rappel
  • Sky Bridge
  • Hike
  • Quick Jump

The tour begins with an enjoyable UTV ride through the trees to the first platform. The course gets progressively longer starting with shorter ziplines and ending with 3 ziplines over 700 feet long. Reach speeds up to 40 mph and heights of 75 feet! Rappel off of a platform and venture across our 140 foot sky bridge to reach our final 1,250 foot zipline. For the final challenge element you can choose to QuickJump or Rappel!

Every tour will be given an orientation on safety and braking before beginning on the first zipline. Each guest wears a waist and shoulder harness with lanyards that are attached to steel cables at all times while up at height. 

Enjoy approximately 2 1/2 hours of thrilling fun on this completely guided canopy tour!

For more information click here.

Berning Acres

8850 North Menominee Road

East Dubuque, IL 61025


Berning Acres is a family-owned dairy farm located in Menominee, Illinois (halfway between East Dubuque & Galena).

They milk 400 cows, mostly Holsteins (the black and white ones!) and run about 850 acres.

They are passionate about what they do, and they love educating others about what farming looks like today. Their hope is that you’ll visit their farm and leave with some great knowledge about agriculture, farm animals and farm life (and a deeper appreciation for that wholesome nutritious glass of milk you enjoy each day!)  

Berning Acres is now offering Farm Tours!

Fun for the whole family!

For more information and to register click here.

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:

Back in the Day Antique Engine Show at Dittmar Farms

Saturday, October 1, 2022

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 Sunday, October 2, 2022

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a special weekend where we host the "Back in the Day" Antique Engine Show.

We will be making free home made ice cream and apple juice!

We will also be open for U-pick pumpkin picking, the best hay ride in Jo Daviess County, corn maze, live music (Saturday only), kids maze, petting zoo and much, much more.

For more information click here.


15th Annual Oktoberfest 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Depot Park

91 Bouthillier Street

Galena, Il 61036

Family Fun, Live Polka Music, Wiener Dog Racing, plus German-style Food and Beer, headline this years popular event.

This 15th annual event will begin at noon with a cannon blast, tapping of the keg, and polka music. 

Main attractions will be the wiener dog races, polka music and dancing lessons, non-stop live music, and games for adults and children.  

Hosted by the Galena Lions Club, all proceeds from this event will go back to the community to serve those in need.

Pre-registration is required for Wiener Dog Races and Bean Bag Tournament.

*Wagons, wheelchairs, walkers, and all leashed, friendly dogs are welcome.

For more information click here.


Thursday Night Live in Galena

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Thursday, October 13, 2022

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Main Street

Galena, IL 61036

This is the perfect time to explore Galena's charming downtown!

Feast your eyes and ears from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM on historic Main Street, with live music and art from incredible local and regional performers.

Situated right on Main Street, safely enjoy the unique talents of these artists while making your way in and out of exquisite boutique shops, galleries and eateries.

For more information click here.


Scenic Art Loop's Monthly Art Drive

Friday, October 7, 2022 - Sunday, October 9, 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.


Galena Country Fair

Saturday, October 8, 2022

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, October 9, 2022

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Grant Park

625 Park Avenue

Galena, Il 61036

Enjoy one of Galena's most popular events featuring more than 100 vendors selling a variety of high-quality, original handmade arts, crafts and fine arts.

In addition there are many delicious food and beverage vendors, and plenty of family fun!

Free parking at three remote lots. Complimentary shuttle service available from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM both days. 

For more information click here.


Riverview Center Duck Derby

Sunday, October 9, 2022

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kohlsaat Pedestrian Bridge over the Galena River

Connecting City Hall (Green Street Plaza) and Grant Park

Galena, IL 61036

Riverview Center is bringing back one of its oldest traditions!

Duck Derby is back, and so is your chance to win BIG!

Join us on the Galena River October 9th as 4,000 rubber ducks are *gently* tossed in the river in a race to see who can finish first.

If you happen to "adopt" one of the top 4 finishers you are a "lucky duck" and winner of a cash prize! You do not need to be present to win.

All proceeds raised allow Riverview Center, a non-profit organization, to continue providing 100% free and confidential services to survivors of sexual or domestic violence in Jo Daviess and Carroll counties in Illinois.

For more information and to purchase ducks click here.



Radio Play Performance

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Saturday, October 15, 2022

7:00 PM

Sunday, October 16, 2022

2:00 PM

Galena Center for the Arts

971 Gear Street

Galena, IL 61036

Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot!

Our fall radio show, Baskerville, is a murderously funny play based upon the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Plan ahead for an entertaining evening with lots of laughs from this acclaimed adaptation by Ken Ludwig.

For more information click here.


Twenty Dirty Hands

Friday, October 14, 2022 - Sunday, October 16, 2022

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This is the twentieth year of the Twenty Dirty Hands self-guided pottery tour.

The tour has expanded this year to include not only Elizabeth and Galena, Illinois but also Asbury and Maquoketa, Iowa.

The eight different locations will give you an opportunity to meet the artists, see their new work and add to your pottery collection!

For more information and a map click here.



Saturday, October 22, 2022

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Galena Art & Recreation Center

US W Hwy. 20

Galena, IL 61036

Join us for a hauntingly good time!

Choose to decorate a Frankenpig Piggy Bank (great for kids!) or a festive Gourd Votive Holder. Gourd is not only perfect for Halloween, but can also be used for Fall and Thanksgiving docorating too!

The class fee includes all supplies, and because it's a no-fire bisqueware project, you will be able to take it home with you. 

Just bring your creativity!

For more information and to register click here.


Fall Festival & Movie Night

Saturday, October 22, 2022

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shenandoah Riding Center

200 N. Brodrecht Rd.

Galena, IL 61036

A night of fun and frills at our Fall Festival and Movie Night!

We will be showing Hocus Pocus on the hillside starting at 6:15 p.m., bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers.

Admission includes live music, games, other activities, and wagon rides (from 4-5:30 p.m.) around Shenandoah!

This is not an event you want to miss!

For more information click here.


Night Hike at Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

Friday, October 28, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

5559 E. Rush Creek Road

Stockton, IL 61085

Night time brings a whole different experience at the Valley of Eden. Join us to visit the night time animals including bats, owls, coyotes, and many more.

With limited vision, our other senses become heightened and allow a whole new experience in nature.

Leave your flashlights at home and meet Jess by the kiosk at 6 pm for a slow hike on the mowed trails. 

Free and RSVPs are not required.  

*Rain-date: November 4th, same time & location

For more information click here.


Galena River Fall Half Marathon & 8K

Saturday, October 29, 2022

8:00 AM

Join us for our 5th annual Galena River Fall Half Marathon & 8K!

This is a fast, flat half marathon along the scenic Galena River Trail.

An 8K race option is also offered.

Due to Galena Halloween festivities that day, the course will close at 11:30 AM. Because of this no walkers are allowed for the half marathon and runners must finish before course closes.

For more information and to register click here.


43rd Annual Halloween Parade & Festival

Saturday, October 29, 2022

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Main Street

Galena, IL

This extraordinary display features spectacular floats, marching bands, costumed participants, prizes and treats for guys and 'ghouls' of all ages.

The parade will begin at 6:30 PM.

Food vendors will be available on Washington and Perry Streets from 2:00 PM until approximately 8:30 PM.

Free shuttles will be provided from parking areas to Main Street. 

For shuttle 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.

Free admission.

For more information click here.


The Generals' Christmas Ball

Saturday, November 19, 2022

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The DeSoto House Hotel

230 S Main St

Galena, IL 61036

Join The Galena Generals for a night of dinner, dancing, music and fun with Galena's nine Civil War Generals at the Historic DeSoto House in Downtown Galena.

Help support one of Galena's most unique and celebrated organizations.

Period music by The Fever River String Band.

The Dance Callers will be John and Elaine Masciale.

Request to be seated with your favorite General!

Period Dress encouraged but not required.

Tickets available by calling the Desoto House Hotel at


$60.00 per person

$80.00 to be seated at the head table

*This Event Will Sell Out!

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