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Your Guide to the Best Recreation in Galena

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is set among the Galena Territory, a 6,800-acre playground in Northern Illinois – a short drive from a myriad of activities in the charming town of Galena. Since welcoming our first guests, our majestic resort has become a cherished vacation destination and one of the best golf resorts in the Midwest, with a marvelous array of fun things to do for guests of all ages. Each day, our activity board is filled with things to do for the young and the young at heart.

Set off on your own or join us for a day of fun every day of the week!


To make recreation reservations or for more information, call the Recreation Desk at 815.776.5033.

New Shuttle Service to Chestnut Mountain

New for the winter 2015

Eagle Ridge will be providing a complimentary shuttle to Chestnut Mountain Resort for our guests to enjoy.  The shuttle must be reserved in advance and will have one departure time in the morning based on advanced reservations and a pickup time in the late afternoon/evening with advanced reservations. Please contact the front desk with any questions 815.777.5000Please Note: This shuttle is for Eagle Ridge Resort members and guests ONLY.

Special Events and Activities at Eagle Ridge

MLK Jr. Weekend (January 16 - 19) at Eagle Ridge

Take advantage of the long weekend with Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa's MLK Jr. Weekend Package. Stay two nights and get the third at 50% off! Learn more HERE.

In addition to all of our regularly scheduled family activities, which can be found HERE, enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating at our Nordic Center. Also, take advantage of our new shuttle to Chestnut Mountain, but please remember, reservations are required. 

On Saturday, January 17, author Sandra Principe will be signing her Galena Mystery series books at the Inn! Stop by, get your booked signed and enjoy our newest activity:
La Famiglia Pizza!


La Famiglia Pizzeria: Build your own pizza, family-style, but with a twist. We will supply all the toppings and pizza crust, so you can build your own pizza; but the twist is you have to choose one family member to be blindfolded! As a team, the rest of the family will direct the blindfolded person to the ingredients and begin to build your own pizza. Once everyone is done, we will bake and serve the pizza. It’s fun, entertaining and darn good.

Located in the Eagle Ballroom, this is one activity you don’t want to miss! We will be having two seatings on Saturday, January 17, for the MLK Jr. Weekend: 11 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm. Each seating is limited to 40 people.

The cost is $6 per person for a minimum of four (4) people and includes:

  • (1) 16” pizza to share with all the toppings
  • (1) soft drink
  • (1) house salad
  • (1) voucher for a double scoop of ice cream at Paisanos for dessert!

Please Note: If you would like to add an additional pizza for the family, the cost is $1.50 per person extra.

Reservations are required so call 815.776.5050 today!

Eagle Ridge Winter Carnival

February 13 - 16; Presidents' Day and Valentine's Day Weekend


Winter Activities

Nordic Center

Eagle Ridge is pleased to announce the arrival, once again, of our Nordic Center. In conjunction with Fever River Outfitters, guests of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa can go ice skating, cross country skiing or sledding.

Learn more about the Nordic Center HERE

Chestnut Mountain

New for 2015, Eagle Ridge guests can enjoy daily, complimentary shuttle service to and from Chestnut Mountain.

Fire & Ice Show

Once again this year, Galena On The Fly will again light up the night sky on Lake Galena, at the marina behind the resort, with our second annual Fire and Ice Show during Presidents' Day Weekend, February 13 -16, 2015. The Fire and Ice Show will be held on Friday and Saturday night at 5:30pm (weather permitting).

All Year Activities

Indoor Pool

Make a splash any of time year in the heated indoor pool, which is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm. On nice days, we'll even open the roof!

Shenandoah Riding Center

Enjoy all four seasons of The Galena Territory with trail rides and lessons at the nearby Shenandoah Riding Center. With 40-miles of groomed riding trails, Shenandoah offers something for riders of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. For the winter months, Shenandoah Riding Center will be offering sleigh rides, trail rides and lessons! LEARN MORE

Thursday - Monday: 9 am - 6 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed

Camp Eagle

Kids ages 4 - 12 are invited to join our mascot, Baldwin, for fun-filled, active programs that encourage them to make friends, while enjoying a wide range of camp activities. We offer morning, afternoon and evening educational and exciting sessions. Each session has an environmental component which gives kids the opportunity to experience the area both exploring and learning through eco-friendly and locally inspired activities.

Bird Watching


 Eagle Ridge is home to bald eagles, white pelicans, white trumpeter swans and over 200 other types of birds; it's one of the best bird watching spots in North America. 

Galena Shopping


If you love to shop but have had your fill of crowded malls, boring big box stores and look-alike outlets, the charming town of Galena, Illinois is the perfect place to rediscover the fine arts of treasure hunting and bargain browsing. From antiques and art to fashion and furniture, words like original and eclectic come to mind. No matter what you’re shopping for during your stay in Galena, you’ll find friendly owners and shopkeepers who love chatting up visitors just as much as they do making sales.

List of Shops in Galena

Apparel & Accessories

Beyond the Horizon (funky clothing from around the world) 
125 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-0190

Carlotta's Studio (ladies’ accessories, gifts and clothing with an artsy twist) 
120 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-1037

Cotton Club 1 (upscale men’s & women’s boutique)
118 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-1935

Down the Street Boutique, LLC (women’s clothing & accessories) 
220 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-402-4086

Dreams Boutique (clothing, jewelry, accessories & shoes) 
122 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3640

Ethyl's (“farmhouse chic” clothing boutique)
225 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 779-214-0136

Eureka (women’s clothing, gifts, shoes, purses, jewelry & scarves)
305 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-9454

Fever River Outfitters (outdoor apparel, footwear & gear)
525 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-9425

For Bare Feet (the largest selection of novelty and licensed sports socks in the USA)
120 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2720

From Head to Toe Sportswear (apparel, outerwear, shoes, swimwear and accessories for men, women and children)
302 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2802

Galena Beads (unique jewelry, beads & knickknacks)
303 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-4080

Galena Sportswear (men's, women's, children's & infant's clothing) 
119 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-8439

Honest John's Emporium (men’s & women’s clothing & accessories)
108 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-1164

In the Woods (outerwear, sportswear & collectibles)
224 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-6914

Ladybird Clothing + Accessories (eclectic & vintage clothing)
110 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-6630

LuLu's (modern boutique with a "vintage flair”)
127 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2555

Max Mitchell Fashion Accessories (men’s & women’s boutique)
108 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-9208

Savvy Scavengers (funky women’s boutique)
219 Diagonal St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3553

Simply Elegant Boutique (fashion forward women’s boutique)
200 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3720

Slumber, Galena (sleepwear, luxurious lingerie, bridal lingerie & lounge wear)
213 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-0400

Union Leather (leather coats, belts, boots, shoes & more)
221 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-0100

Wooden Wardrobe (unique clothing & goods from around the world) 
208 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-0335


The Atomic Toy Co. 
211 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-TOYS (8697)

Book World 
300 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-1060

Country Crafts & Sports 
113 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-0067

Don't 4 Get About Me (pet treats & gifts)
228 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-9908

Dream Catcher (handmade jewelry, home and garden décor)
204 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3710

Earth's Treasures (nature themed clothing, collectibles, gems/minerals & jewelry) 
102 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9005

Fiber Wild! (knitting & yarn store)
304 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3550

Gabby's Gifts (unique gifts and accessories)
313 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-0001

Galena Candle & Bath Company 
114 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3060
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Galena Main Street Bazaar (pet toys and supplies)
121 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9772

Ink & Stamp with Sue (stamps, journals, pens, inks & writing paper) 
112 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-8267

The Museum Gift and Book Shop (minerals & books about Galena) 
211 S. Bench St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9129

New Earth Animals (specialty pet products, food and treats as well as items for owners) 
227 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9110

Petals & Primitives (gifts for the home) 
111 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3220

Phat Quarters, Inc. (quilting & sewing shop)
315 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-0034

Pollyhops (whimsical gifts for all ages)
101 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-9912

Poopsie's (fun gifts)
402 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Toll Free: 888-GALENA1

Rustic River Finds (handcrafted jewelry, specialty beads, gift items, antiques & more) 
109 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-0043

Seasons Remembered (seasonal gifts, St. Patrick's Day to Christmas & more)
104 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2404

Something Special (Polish pottery, novelty infant and toddler clothing, jewelry, accessories & more)
109 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-0008

Vintaj Earth (handmade jewelry, fine art, pottery, paper and embellishments)
214 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3900

Wild Birds Unlimited (bird feeders, birdseed, birdhouses and birdbaths, and nature gifts)
206 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2883

Antiques & Collectibles

All That's Vintage 
212 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2310

The Blueberry Cottage 
222 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3141

Gustafson & Grey, Ltd. 
301 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3525

La Belle Epoque 
306 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2367

Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts 
206 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3749

The Old Blacksmith Shop Mercantile 
245 Commerce St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9129

Peace of the Past 
Two locations!
408 S. Main St. & 217 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-2738

Red's Iron Yard & Wholesale Barn--Country & Western 
308 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9675

You Gotta Be Kidding 
119 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3344

Summer Activities



After significant course enhancements, our four championship golf courses re-opened in April 2014 with a historic course design that incorporates the natural landscape of rolling hills and woodlands of the Galena Territory.

The General, The North and The South courses feature 18 holes and The East Course is a nine hole course, good for families or just a quick round of golf.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Golf.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Galena On The Fly lifts guests up-up-and-away over the rolling hills of The Galena Territory and historic downtown Galena. Depart at sunrise and sunset directly from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa with an experienced pilot who will take guests on a panoramic tri-state tour from an eagle’s point of view. Call 1.800.690.1287 for more information!

Boating & Fishing

Located on the banks of Lake Galena, boating is a cherished activity at Eagle Ridge. Take a leisurely cruise on one of the resort’s pontoon boats, paddleboats, kayaks or canoes. Be sure to bring your fishing rod and reel or rent one of ours for $10 per day at the Boat Dock, where you can also buy bait for $3.50. The lake is teeming with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, catfish and tiger muskellunge (muskie). Call the Boat Dock at 815.776.5031 for more information.

Get Your Illinois Fishing License online or you can purchase one at the Galena Territory Marina when you arrive.

Foot Golf

FootGolf is a combination of soccer and golf; played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility, with 21-inch diameter cups. At Eagle Ridge, it's played on the East Course, with 18 holes from abbreviated tees, as FootGolf does not play to normal putting greens. FootGolf holes also have shorter looking flags adjacent to fairways. We recommend using turf soccer shoes (indoor) when playing. FootGolf tee times can be booked online via EZLinks.

CLICK HERE to learn more about FootGolf.

Hiking & Biking


 Surrounded by over 20 miles of wilderness and paved hiking and biking trails, Eagle Ridge is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Guests can take advantage of the many bike trails aboard their own wheels or those available, free of charge, at the resort.

Hack Golf

Hack Golf is similar to the traditional game of golf with the one big difference; the size of the hole. Traditional golf holes are 4.25 inches wide and Hack Golf holes are 15 inches wide. Hack Golf will cut down on those frustrating three putts, missing those downhill three footers, and who knows, you may even chip one in once in a while!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Hack Golf.