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"Galena's Original Food Tour"

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When: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Start Location: Just outside the restaurant Durty Gurt's (235 N. Main Street)

Price: $89

What’s Included:

  6 Delicious Tastings at Local Restaurants and 2 Cocktail Pairings (optional) from Great Cocktail Spots along the way can be added

  Local Foodie Guide + a little keepsake gift from HistoricGalena.com⛏️

  A Fun Time, You'll Hear Interesting Stories About Galena’s History: about Galena's dazzling commercial past & about our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant who lived & worked in Galena with his family while staging his presidential campaign in rooms 209 & 211 of the DeSoto House Hotel on Main Street. 

  A Culinary Shopping Stop & Insider’s Guide to Galena Dining - Read "What to Expect" below for more information on the tour.

Group sizes range from 2-8 guests plus your tour guide. Tastings will be indoors & outdoors.


*Tastings are subject to change. Contact us for special rates for children. We cannot accommodate gluten-free or vegan diets at this time. We can do vegetarian. pictured: above, sights from the tour ; below, a few of our delicious tastings

What to Expect

Come see why Country Living Illinois Magazine ranked Galena the Best Weekend Get-A-Way. One hint... the food is great!

Taste the culinary delights of delicious downtown Galena and hear fun stories about the Steamboat Capital of the Old Northwest on this signature walking food tour.

Depending on the day of your tour (our tastings are crafted uniquely per day of the week), you will taste the "Joynt Nachos" from Galena's own 
Durty Gurt's, known for their burgers, wings and nachos... and also their zany & original decor! Enjoy Italian-style fried green tomatoes from a fine-dining restaurant occupying the 2nd oldest building in Galena that was once a pharmacy, a dance studio, and during the middle 1800s, the site of Ulysses Grant's father's leather store. Visit a root beer bar with multiple root beers on draft. The general manager's family has lived in Galena since 1881. Taste sweet white balsamic vinaigrette and butternut squash seed oil. Are you brave enough to try some hot sauce that in one weekend sent SIX people to the emergency room? (don't worry this is not one of the tastings but we won't hold you back!)

In between tastings, your local food tour guide will share stories about the Driftless region's history and other interesting local trivia. From ancient ice sheets that spared Galena to a chef who was once Carol Burnett's bodyguard, the lore surrounding this Midwestern gem is sure to entertain.

You'll also visit historic sites and city landmarks like Illinois's oldest operating hotel, 
the DeSoto House, and the United States oldest continuously operating post office on Green Street.
We can't wait for you to join us!

🧀 For tour requests on other days of the week or custom private tours, please contact us, [email protected]

For a fun, play-at-your-pace adventure, check out our newly created & groundbreaking historical "Where's Ulysses?" Scavenger Hunt 🔍

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