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Just a few miles from Main St. Galena, passing a few hilltops and curvy roads, we arrived at the castle-like Goldmoor Inn. Exquisitely manicured gardens, romantic sunsets with views of the Mississippi River and pure quietness await at this family-owned inn.

Our room was very spacious—more than we are used to when on a getaway—a small bar area had a mini fridge, sink, and coffee maker and we were spoiled with the oversized tub for two and large separate bathroom. The overall decor is castle-like inspired, however, it’s not overwhelming but elegant and comfortable. Many of the furnishings at the Goldmoor Inn, I am told are unique to them since many were commissioned to local artists.

The lobby prior to our room had its own seating area, large cozy fireplace, a back balcony, and door to three other rooms that made me realize that this place can host the most intimate reunion or wedding celebrations of any size.

During your stay, don’t miss eating at the Goldmoor Inn. While breakfast was included with our stay, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a meal cooked by owner Slobo Radin. With just the right amount of food for one person, I give five stars to the German style potatoes he made for us every morning—he explained that he had mastered how to cook them and how to make them golden brown and crispy before serving.  

While breakfast was great at the Goldmoor Inn, they are also taking their dining experience to the next level. Its fine dining restaurant features seasonal locally sourced produce and homemade style cooking. Top dishes from the dinner menu were crab cakes, Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Duck L’Orange and Beef Wellington. We’ll never forget our dinner that day, enjoying a sunset overlooking the Mississippi River from our table made for the perfect closure to our last night at the inn. It’s no wonder why it’s becoming a favorite of tourists, as well as locals from the area. 

Apart from its 18 luxury suites, the Goldmoor Inn including two log cabins—one with a hunting theme and the other, a shabby chic country style—and three cottages with all the amenities that you will find at this home away from home for the perfect romantic getaway.

Goldmoor Inn 
Address: 9001 W Sand Hill Rd, Galena, IL 61036
Phone: (815) 777-3925

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.