Despite what the groundhog says, there is still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy winter. After all the fun you have outside, make sure you also get warm & cozy in hidden Galena sanctuaries full of hot chocolate, fireplaces, and bone-thawing warmth.
Outdoor Winter Activities
Galena offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor adventurers to explore winter fun. Not only do local resorts offer ways to enjoy the snow, but there are also several local parks to cross-country ski or snowshoe through.
Galena is home to a top-rated Midwest ski resort – Chestnut Mountain Resort. A 475-foot vertical drop meanders 3,500 feet through 19 runs, ranging from novice to black diamond. Chestnut’s weekly specials will make your day on the slopes that much greater. Super Sundays from 1 p.m. until close lift tickets are $40 with ski/board rental, only $20 on top of that. During the week (Monday – Thursday), the Keeping It Simple, First Chair to Last Chair deal gets you a lift ticket for $35 or a ski/board rental along with the lift ticket for $60. Chestnut’s Fantastic Friday special is a $35 lift ticket or a $50 lift ticket with a rental. The Friday deal is only valid until February 28. With all the deals that are happening right now, there’s no reason not to get out there and ski and snowboard for as long as you can. You could even stay at their hotel and make a weekend out of it!
If you want a change from skiing and snowboarding, Eagle Ridge Resort teamed up with Fever River Outfitters to create an alternate winter destination. Activities available at the Nordic Center include ice skating on a 1.5-acre skating pond, 7 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, and a sledding hill. Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; the Nordic Center is located at the South Course Clubhouse at Eagle Ridge. It serves food, beverages, and sells winter gear. Guests can take snowshoeing or cross-country skiing lessons on Saturdays and Sundays. Rental equipment is also available to the public. Every day, the Nordic Center will also have a bonfire by the skating pond, as well as sunset snowshoe walks. There are also cross-country and snowshoeing races, as well as the option to try Skijoring – where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, or a motor vehicle. With so much to try here, it’s an excellent alternative to the adrenaline found skiing or snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain Resort.
Cozy Nooks and Crannies
While there is a lot to do outdoors during winter, there is still plenty to do inside where you can warm up by a hearth. From bookstores to coffee shops to local pubs, there is a hidden spot in Galena that will be just perfect for you.
Head to Peace of the Past to explore antiques and collectibles while being surrounded by walls of well-loved, used books – about 30,000 of them. This antique store also has pottery, jewelry, art, albums, primitives, and more for sale. With such a huge inventory, you could spend hours getting lost in their unique antiques. Peace of the Past is also dog-friendly, making it the perfect place to bring your dog to escape the cold winter weather.
Whether you’re looking for a full coffee bar or a bite for lunch, look no farther than Big Bill’s. With wood floors and bricks walls, this hidden gem provides warmth almost instantly. From cold brew to espresso to organic teas and sandwiches, soups, and salads to breakfast food, Big Bill’s offers something for everyone to get warm. They even offer wi-fi for those days when you need to work outside the confines of your home or office.
Looking for something a little stronger to warm you up? The Summit Sports Bar inside Chestnut Mountain Resort has an extensive list of delicious craft beers, fine wine, and liquor. With 14 TVs throughout the restaurant, there is sure to be something that grabs your attention. Whether you’re looking for a place to warm-up after skiing or you decide to dine with a view, The Summit is the perfect place to forget about the chill outside. With a whole menu of contemporary cuisine, you’ll be able to fill your stomach while you’re there.