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“Perfect romantic weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2752 W Cording Road, Galena, IL 61036   |  
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Ranked #2 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Perfect romantic weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Hawk Valleg Retreat is the best place I could think of to stay near galena. Staying at Hawk Valley, you have a private cabin with a king sized bed (tons of pillows included), a mini kitchen, porch, board games and movies provided free, and a freaking hot tub!! The grounds are superb, with long paths leading you through scenic fields, ponds, forests, rolling hills, and general romance. And possibly best of all is the top notch service the owners provide. They can handle any special request, are extremely kind, trusting, welcoming, and hospitable to all guests, and come morning, will prepare a full handmade meal special for each of their guests. And I'm not talking continental breakfast nonesense. I'm talking fresh fruit bowl each, a hot out of the oven apple turnover, French toast with bacon and maple syrup, or whatever else they happen to make that day, all hand crafted to perfection. Perfect scores for an absolutely lovely romantic weekend.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Wendy and Hal were so hospitable and sweet! They had a dream and made it happen with this B&B and what a WONDERFUL dream it was/is! 7 acres of it! Our stay was relaxing, the house immaculate (and re-decorated I might add, more modern look since the old owners prior to April) and the breakfast was AWESOME! Bacon & Tomato quiche one morning with fresh fruit and the next, homemade granola in vanilla yogurt and blueberry (or plain) pancakes w/ bacon.. YUM!

This place has it all, in the middle of nowhere.. And at the same time, only a 10 minute drive into downtown Galena!

I almost want to rate this B&B as awful just so I can have the place to myself!!! lol

Great job Wendy and Hal! Keep up the good work! Many thanks!...

Room Tip: All three of the rooms within the main house are very well kept and nicely decorated in modern decor...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We had a wonderful time in our Hillside cottage which was, I think, on the most beautiful place! We had jacuzzi, small kitchen, fireplace, beautiful bathroom, balcony, trees all around the cottage, etc. The service was awesome, Wendy and Hal are great people, very very nice. We were there for New Year's Eve and we had our 2nd anniversary. It was romantic and just perfect. Very close to retreat is Galena and Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, with great view of the Mississippi river. Can't wait to see this place in Fall or Spring.

I can not describe you the Christmas Tree! It was magical.

We will come back again soon.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

This place is just the absolute chill. The proprietors are laid back and down to Earth, and everything is what a B&B should be. If you're looking for some lax, go to the hawk valley retreat.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

The grounds at this B&B are beautful. The fall colors made for a gorgeous backdrop. So glad we chose to stay in the country away from the hustle & bustle of the town. The innkeepers served two wonderful breakfasts during our stay. The homemade granola was delicious and the thin rolled crepes were especially yummy. I would highly recommend this B&B for a quiet getaway and was still only short drive to Main Street.

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Port Byron, IL
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Great B & B off the beaten path. Fabulous location. Quiet. Romantic. Full of nature. New host & hostess in April 2011 are doing a SUPERB job! Breakfasts could not have been more delicious. Homemade granola was off the charts! We loved it, recommend it and will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Stayed in the main house, back bedroom/king bed. Large bath. Private entrance. Awesome.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Brook, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Hal and Wendy are the new owners and they are doing a fantastic job. Don't miss the breakfast - it was awesome and very generous helpings. The Quiche could have been featured in a gourmet magazine. It's a quiet and relaxing secluded area. Highly recommend for a nice romantic getaway.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2752 W Cording Road, Galena, IL 61036
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You are invited to retreat from the real world in a peaceful country setting located on ten acres, eight miles east of Galena. At Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages you have the luxury of choosing from three rooms in the main house or four cottages on the property. Each cottage has a king bed, double whirlpool tub, electric fireplace, full bath, TV/DVD/Satellite system, wireless internet, kitchenette, eating area, sitting area, and porch. Our guestrooms each have a private entrance, private bath, TV/Satellite system, wireless internet, and king or queen bed. ... more   less 
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