Main Street Inn | Fine Guest Lodging in historic downtown Galena, IL

 

 
Walk this way!

Did you know that Galena has a lot more to offer 
than just walking in and out of all the shops we 
boast about on Main Street?
 
Keep reading to discover many different walking alternatives that you can enjoy on your next visit! 
Do you know about one of Galena's best kept secrets? 
 
More than 30 years in the making, a visit to Linmar Gardens will please 
all of your senses! It is a secluded and privately owned, 3.5 acre garden 
right above downtown Galena!



 






 



How pretty are these images?

There is even more to see in person at the Gardens!


 
 
You will find plenty of lush foliage and vibrant annual and perennial flowers 
but there is oh, so much more than that at the Gardens! 

Flowing brooks, ponds, a twenty foot waterfall! 

Replica of a small mine cut into the side of a limestone wall 
and a sunken garden built in the ruins of one of the first 
African-American churches in Illinois!

Two gazebos provide a place to reflect upon this 
unique and beautiful place!

Grab your camera and head over for a tour on your next stay! 
Tours are just $10 for adults and run daily.
 
Monday - Saturday at 11am and 2pm
Sunday tour is at 2pm only

You'll not only get amazing pictures but you'll hear tales of Galena from long ago and what it took to transform an old rock quarry in to what it is today!
 
Stay at the Main Street Inn on your next visit to Galena!
We will be here waiting for you!
Remember to book early, weekends in Summer and Fall go quick!
 

Call 815-777-3454 with any questions you might have for us!
 
Let's Talk Steps
 
So many people these days have wearable fitness devices, or fitness trackers (like a FitBit, Apple Watch, etc.). Any trip to Galena will be sure to log you quite a few steps. If you do the Helluva Half Mile and even half the shops along Main Street, you'll easily make your daily goal!

But - have you ever come to Galena for the stairs? Being an old town, stairs were the main way that people got from their homes on the bluff to the businesses down below without having to walk all the way around - they were essentially a short cut!

Galena easily has over 1,000 stairs for you to climb while you are in town. There are four different staircases with over 100 steps each! And that's not even counting the ones that are in the buildings since not many have elevators! The building the Inn is located in has over 115 stairs alone!!! Luckily you only have to do 19 of them!

In fact, there is even a Heros for History Stair Challenge 5K Race that happens in September around the 11th each year. It's a 5K on STAIRoids if you will - ha! For more information on the race, check out their website here
We do have one room left for that weekend if you are up to the challenge! It's the Galena Suite - 2 queen beds, that means you and your friends can all participate in the Challenge and then enjoy town afterward! Let us know if you want in!


 
Ghost Tours Galore!

Do you like to try new and interesting things when you visit other places?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Do you enjoy old town folklore?

If you answered Yes to any of the above, do we have just the thing for you!

Galena has a couple of different ways that you can explore the ghost stories that that the city has to offer!

A mix of history and mystery! Reservations are not required - just show up in the DeSoto House Hotel Lobby shortly before 8pm. If weather is bad, the tour can be held indoors.  
Friday and Saturday 8pm-930pm; Sunday tours are available too.
 
Offers both a ghost walk and a theatrical/salon style presentation. Tours start at Big Bill's Sandwich and Coffee Shop - you can even get a coffee before you head out to make sure you stay away for any possible sightings! Tickets are available online, by phone or at the door, if available - group sizes are limited.
Walks are offered on Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and Wednesdays at 8pm through August, pending on attendance. Rain or Shine, dress appropriately!
 
Come experience haunted Galena like no other. Tours are given from aboard a luxury, climate controlled shuttle bus and covers over 14 miles of documented history and ghost stories! Tours are 75 minutes long and you can expect to visit two of Galena's most haunted locations, learn how to use an EMF detector and you can try to communicate with spirits from Galena's past as well! Tours depart daily at 6pm, 730pm and 9pm.

Step back in time in the decor of the 1800's at the Ryan Mansion while you take in this sit down style performance of paranormality. Be a part of the show if you dare....  All sales final, shows last approx. 65 minutes. All ages welcome, however, the spirits prefer children age 12 and older.
 
Craving a "spirit" or two as you search for ghosts and paranormal activity?! Then check out this haunted pub crawl that visits the most haunted pubs and taverns in Galena. On this 2 1/2 hour walking tour,  you'll enjoy spooky tales from knowledgeable local guides as well as a taste of downtown Galena like you've never experienced it before.
Every Saturday at 8pm sharp, and some Fridays. Advanced ticket purchase is required
 
Participate in any of the above, but only if you dare! 
Don't say we didn't warn you!

Please keep in mind that our weekend stays during the Summer and Fall seasons book very quickly and a couple of weeks ahead.

If you are thinking of staying with us on a weekend, we encourage early booking. 

Weekdays are a little slower but have been filing up faster than usual. Must be the amazing weather we are experiencing!

We cannot wait to have you with us over your next stay in Galena. Call anytime with questions or to reserve a room. Reservations can also be made through our new and improved online reservation system that can be found here.

Thank you and have a great day!
~Innkeeper Nicole