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They say green means summer and white means winter. Well, we say “Pbbbt” to that! Galena is green year-round, in its healthy practices if not color.

This is a destination that believes stewardship is a must, recycling is the norm and reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun leaving your footprints in the soft, powdery snow while hiking or walking from the parking lot to the ski slopes or the Nordic Center. Check out the lodging properties on pages 46-53 that meet so many sustainable practices criteria that they have earned a green badge! These properties offer TLC to not only you but also to our environment. See page 74 for more information.

After you’ve chosen one of Galena’s comfortable hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts, enjoy the cooler temperatures of this unique destination that’s a little crazy but safe, fun and affordable. You’ll find that Galena is frozen in time with its 1800s homes and buildings yet hot as a firecracker during the autumn and winter months.

Its 100-plus retail stores and restaurants, located on the “Helluva Half Mile” Main Street, are home-grown and offer shopping and dining adventures you can’t find everywhere.

Planning a visit? Book now. Seriously. Book now. Fall rocks here. Winter rolls. Galena lodging fills quickly and we want you to have the most convenient locations

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as your base during a vacation or getaway.

And if you haven’t decided, let us make it easy for you. Mark your calendar now to see a couple get married – for real! – in a storefront window Saturday, Dec 10, during Night of the Luminaria & Living Windows. You’ll have the most fun Christmas shopping you’ve ever had and you’ll see things that weekend that will have you babbling like a complete idiot to your co-workers when you return to the real world.

But isn’t that why you get away? To leave behind the real world? Yeah, Galena gets that. And Galena believes you should carry home a little of that wonderment and excitement.

Bring your family. Or bring your significant other to woo, get married, honeymoon or celebrate an anniversary. You’ll treasure the time you spend together here forever.

Make the most of your vacation. Call our Welcome Center and let us guide you. Our number is 815-776-9200 and our email address is We’re open seven days a week.

We also have great package deals to help ease the financial strain of getting away and holiday shopping at the same time. Ask our visitor services representatives or check out the deals by clicking Packages & Promotions on the Home page at

Chris Hamilton

President & CEO of

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