Escape to Galena’s historic DeSoto House Hotel

written by Enjoy Illinois on February 7, 2013 in Illinois History and Places to Stay and Romantic Getaways with one Comment

There’s a majestic hotel in the heart of historic downtown Galena that has welcomed distinguished guests for more than 150 years. The DeSoto House Hotel, restored to its former glory, was a favorite Galena destination for Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Stephen A. Douglas and William Jennings Bryan.

The DeSoto House Hotel located in the heart of downtown Galena

The DeSoto House Hotel located in the heart of downtown Galena

Named for Hernando DeSoto, the European discoverer of the Mississippi River, the hotel’s rich history can be seen in the plush Victorian tapestries and dainty sitting parlors with crackling fire places. What’s more, the 55 unique guest rooms are all named for historic persons who have visited the picturesque river town.

If you’re looking for a truly unique getaway with your special someone during the winter months, the DeSoto House Hotel will provide you with that and so much more. Located just steps from Galena’s Main Street, you can browse antique shops, dine at fantastic restaurants and view the work of local artists at renowned galleries. Spend the day strolling around town, or enjoy a historic carriage ride at night.

Bustling Main Street during the winter months

Bustling Main Street during the winter months

Want to experience it for yourself? The DeSoto House Hotel offers romance packages, including a special Valentine’s Day dinner in the hotel’s Generals’ Restaurant, making it easy to escape for a romantic weekend.

–The Illinois Office of Tourism