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Galena’s Secret Treasures

Luxury Motorcoach Trip

October 25 – 27, 2021
3 Days / 2 Nights
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$50 Per Person Deposit due upon Signing up. Balance due October 5, 2021

Departure Cities:

Grinnell, Marshalltown, Waterloo and Dubuque

Price Per Person:

$545 Double / Occupancy
$638 Single / Occupancy
$520 Triple / Occupancy
$495 Quad / Occupancy


  • Motorcoach Transportation
  • Lodging – Chestnut Mountain Resort – The Midwest’s Premier Year Round Resort – for 2 nights
  • Luggage Handling
  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts (Hot Breakfast in Summit Restaurant) & 2 Delectable Dinners
  • Galena City Tour with a Step-on Guide
  • Free Time & Shopping on the “Best Main Street in the Midwest“
  • Seek and You Will Find Treasure Hunt….LOTS of FUN gifts for you to keep!
  • Enjoy the Mississippi Explorer’s Fall Leaf River Cruise
  • Watch a Demonstration at the Old Blacksmith Shop
  • Tour Blaum Bros Distillery w/Guided Tasting (if desired)
  • Visit Ulysses S. Grant Home
  • Gratuities for all step-on guides
  • Bottled Water and snacks on board coach
  • On Board Tour Leader

Day 1:
monday, october 25

Welcome All! Depart our various pick up locations for a wonderful ride to Galena, IL. Sit back, relax, talk with fiends, family and enjoy the beautiful scenery en route. We will arrive mid morning in time for Free time to Experience the “Best Main Street in the Midwest” with Lunch (On Own). PLUS enjoy a “TREASURE HUNT” that you will find, from local shops along the half mile, with a fun or unique treasure for you to seek and keep! So come along and join the fun as you’ll never know what we might have done!  EACH AND EVERY PERSON WILL RECEIVE A TREASURE!  WOW, oh my goodness!  With more than 125 shops and restaurants, one door after another, that mile in Chicago won’t seem so magnificent after wandering this half-mile long Main Street. From candy and ice cream shops to spas, wine tasting and amazing dining options, this experience is downright surreal because it all happens along an 1800s street with original buildings and no bland or routine brand shops. These shops are as diverse as the architecture and sights that can be seen while enjoying this easy walking environment. Visitors to the Helluva Half Mile get an amazing experience, but still have energy left at the end of the day to enjoy the unique restaurants and nightlife that is mingled among the shops. Then we will take a comfortable motorcoach City Tour of Galena with our step-on guide. We will have a narration of Galena’s historic district. If you wish, we can also do a tour through the countryside, identifying old mine sites, the Mississippi River and the unglaciated character of our beautiful terrain. Then check-in at our home for two nights at the Chestnut Mountain Resort, THE MIDWEST’S PREMIER YEAR ROUND RESORT! It is nestled neatly amongst the hills overlooking the Mississippi. After check-in, we will take a 1.5hr Mississippi River Boat Cruise where they will take you for a scenic voyage down the mighty river where you’ll view wildlife, learn a bit of the area’s history, see geographical curiosities and glimpse the breathtaking riverscapes on one of the area’s most compelling adventures.  After our cruise, we will have time to freshen up, then enjoy Dinner (Pre-Paid) at Sunset Grill, sitting high atop a wooded palisade overlooking the Mississippi River, we’ll enjoy a wide variety of American cuisine.

Day 2:
Tuesday, october 26

Enjoy a Full Buffet Breakfast at our Lodge before departing for Old Blacksmith Shop where we will have a Demonstration. Filled with tools and equipment from its 100 year history. While the shop is a museum, forges are totally operable and blacksmiths are on duty during the season. Check out the well-stocked gift shop filled with things made by their blacksmiths and also their local foundry, and they do beautiful custom work i.e., beautiful fireplace sets to complement the style of your home. Come watch the sparks fly at the Old Blacksmith Shop! After, we will have more Free time to Experience the “Best Main Street in the Midwest“.  (Lunch on Own) And to continue our TREASURE HUNT DAY 2!!!  With even more treasures to seek and keep!  Oh my gosh, what exciting times to find treasures galore!! EACH AND EVERY PERSON WILL RECEIVE A TREASURE!  OH MY!!! Then, we will depart for Blaum Bros Distillery Co. where we will enjoy a tour of the distillery for a comprehensive look at the art of distilling. From their distillation area, to the barrel room, to the comfortable tasting room and cocktail bar, you will take a journey through the entire process of how Blaum Bros. spirits are handcrafted in historic Galena, Illinois. This is not your standard 5 minute talk, but a full sensory experience. Touch, taste, and feel the ingredients that make their spirits unique! Hmmmm…enjoy a guided tasting if you wish. LOL and you might wish after our treasure hunt! Just to make sure you stay steady, we will then depart for a nice Dinner (Pre-Paid) before returning to the resort for the evening to relax and enjoy the accommodations.

Day 3:
wednesday, october 27

Luggage out and enjoy a Full Buffet Breakfast at our lodge before departing Lodge for a visit and tour the Ulysses S. Grant Home. Enjoy a tour of the home of our 18th President. His home was given to Grant in 1868 and has been fully restored to it’s original appearance with 90% original furnishings.  “Following his election as president in 1868 he visited only occasionally. In 1873 Grant commented that “although it is probable I will never live much time among you, but in the future be only a visitor as I am at present, . . . I hope to retain my residence here . . . I expect to cast my vote here always.” The house was maintained by caretakers in anticipation of the President’s visits, the local newspaper reporting that it was “in excellent order and ready for occupation at any time,” adding that “visitors are always admitted.“

Grant made his final visits to his Galena home in 1880. At that time he found that several changes had been made – “a new sidewalk laid in front of the premises, the outbuildings repaired, the trees handsomely trimmed, a new and commodious wash house built and other improvements made.“ ”

Continue home with dinner en route (on own)…a perfect time to chat with your friends about all of the things we’ve done, the great sights we’ve seen, and where we will go on our next trip!


Send Deposit to: Janine McCarthy, DJ Country Tours, Inc., P.O. Box 96, Conrad, IA 50621

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