Staying at the lovely Desoto House Hotel is like taking a trip back to a gentler time, yet it still manages to rival the fun, festivities and amenities of any contemporary hotel in any city in the U.S.!
Nestled in historic Galena, Illinois, it is the oldest continuiously operating hotel in the state and promises a breath of fresh air in a weary world.
From the gorgeous rooms boasting 20 foot ceilings and 19th century charm, the welcoming staff, and delicious restaurants, to the balconies that once held the likes of Abraham Lincoln, it is an absolute jewel and one of the most wonderful ways to spend any getaway!
My husband, myself and many of our friends have gone back time and again to enjoy the warmth of the hotel and fun of the surrounding town with offers historic tours, wine tasting, eclectic shops, delicious food and many great "theme" weekends. The most recent being at the Desoto House, which included an actual Ghost Hunt with the Illinois Paranormal Society!
Our "hunt" included flashlites that came on by themselves, ghostly speak, and flying waterbottles!
After steadying ourselves with a scrumptious pomagranate martini, it was off to Dubuque, some 15 min. away for some blackjack at the casino.
A trip to the Ulysses S. Grant home, a bit of shopping and a trolley tour the next morning, finished the weekend, and it was sadly time to go, our only solice being that we had already booked our next stay at the Desoto.
We will be going back for the Halloween weekend, during which the whole town dresses up to join in the fun!
Parades take off from the corner of the Desoto, where you can once again join the ghost hunters, or sit back and watch the parade's cast of civil war hero's, ghouls and goblins with a sweet treat from the chocolate shop. You can even watch the parade from your window, as the Desoto overlooks main street. The fact that the Desoto house is located in the middle of all the activities, makes all the difference, as you really get the feel of the best Galena has to offer.
Whether you go for the history, or the eclectic mix of interesting and great activities, the Desoto house will find a place in your heart, and keep you coming back again and again.
Stephanie and Richard Edwards - Wauconda, Illinois
- Also Known As:
- Desoto Hotel Galena