A Delicious Adventure
Back In Time!
"Northwestern Illinois' 1st Food Tour"

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*Six of the above tastings are included depending upon the day of your tour. The cocktail upgrade adds two curated alcoholic drinks. Tastings are subject to change. We can do vegetarian. We cannot accommodate gluten-free or vegan diets at this time. Contact us for special rates for children. 

When: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, closed Monday thru Thursday

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 and staged 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.

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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 that was once a frontier town on this signature walking food tour.

Depending on the day of your tour (our tastings are crafted uniquely per day of the week), you'll taste the "Shut The Front Door" burger from Galena's own 
Durty Gurt's, a bacon cheeseburger in between two glazed donuts! Gurts is also known for 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 family's leather store. Visit the root beer bar and challenge your palate to detect the "secret ingredient" in our root beer flight palate challenge. The old general manager's family has lived in Galena since 1881. Eat popcorn fresh from the kitchen, taste delectable flavor & sensation juxtapositions, and pick from different exotic cheeses or chocolates you've never tasted before on your culinary adventure. 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 foodie 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 legendary historic sites and city landmarks like the United States oldest continuously operating post office on Green Street
and Illinois's oldest operating hotel, 
the DeSoto House, where Ulysses Grant planned his presidential campaign. 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-own-pace adventure, solve a mystery, "Where's Ulysses?" Scavenger Hunt 🔍

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