You are invited to relax, restore and explore at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, a nature lover's Bed & Breakfast. We are located just 8 miles east of downtown Galena. Stroll our 10 secluded acres of meadows and gardens. Complete with a pond, walking trail, panoramic valley, and sunset views. Watch the birds, enjoy the porch swing, or relax in our gazebo, and make it your own private haven. Visit our goats, chickens, and honey bees. At Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages your accommodation choices include three rooms in the main house or four private cottages, and we also have a renovated barn that is available through full property rental or for day events. Each morning, wake up to a hearty full breakfast with home-baked pastries which is served in the dining room of the main house. When we decided (and it was a quick decision) that we wanted a lifestyle change, we decided on a Bed and Breakfast. We traveled the country and finally found Hawk Valley Retreat. After that, it was never a question about where we would settle, and we have never looked back. We invite you to join us in our little retreat away from life, where you can relax and pretend that the rest of the world doesn’t exist (at least for a few days). John and Jim, your hosts Each of our guests chooses to experience Hawk Valley Retreat in different ways. For many, it is simply sitting on one of the porches or in the gazebo and listening to what nature is offering that day. For others it is walking the property, stopping to identify a flower or bird, or perhaps simply taking the time to do nothing and being able to enjoy doing nothing. Breakfast discussions often include conversations about what everyone did the day before, shopping, dining out, seeing a show, massage, or providing colorful commentary on the outdoor activities they participated in such as kayaking, hiking, golfing, or maybe even ziplining. Not a day goes by when we don’t discuss some of the wildlife that we have seen, whether it be deer, wild turkeys, hummingbirds, hawks, or eagles. The best part of breakfast (besides the food) are the friendships that develop amongst our guests. The great thing about a trip to Galena Country is that it’s your story to write. Take on an outdoor adventure along the Mississippi River. Spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of our many historic sites. Tap into your inner foodie and indulge in rich local flavors. Browse endless boutiques and shops featuring exquisite works of art from local artists. Soar the skies in a hot air balloon. Take a trolley around town. Or tee up a round of golf on our championship greens. Simply put, Galena Country has something for everyone. So, drive, run, hike, bike, or soar your way over here. We guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell.