Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages Reviews


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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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Highly Recommended

5 on September 17, 2014

Close enough to town, but situated in a peaceful setting makes this the ideal retreat for Galena visitors.The owners are welcoming and provide a tasteful breakfast that will keep you satisfied through to the afternoon. I will continue to make this my preference in the future. Barb

Fantastic !!!

5 on August 10, 2014

This was our first stay at a B&B. Wendy and Hal were outstanding hosts. Hawk Valley far exceeded our expectations. The house is lovely, clean and very homey. Our room The Woodlands had all the comforts of home and we loved the deck with patio table and chairs to enjoy our coffee and dessert at night. A very special weekend for us, can't wait to go back next year !!!

Great weekend!

4.8 on July 28, 2014

My wife and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary by spending it in the Pines cottage the weekend of July 25-27. Every aspect of the weekend was outstanding. We took advantage of the Romantic Dinner Package and the Traditional Spa Package. Both were very enjoyable. The cottage, with its double whirlpool and king size bed, was very cozy. Wendy and Hal were very gracious hosts. We are letting all of our friends know of the Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages!

A lovely retreat

4.4 on May 14, 2014

Tucked away on the hills outside Galena, Hawk Valley Retreat & Cabins is an outstanding choice. The 10 acres are lovely and include a walking path and a pond. We stayed in the Pines cabin and it is spacious, nicely decorated, and has a private porch where we sipped our wine in the evening.

Hawk Valley Retreat was Fabulous!!

4.8 on April 09, 2014

I highly recommend Hawk Valley to any couple who wants a nice quiet getaway. The cottage was amazing, there were homemade cookies daily and the service was superb!

Amazing Spring Break Weekend

5 on April 02, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing weekend in the Pines cottage. The food was wonderful and we loved the private dinner. It was great to have a hot stone massage in the room also.

Hawk Valley Bed and Breakfast

4.8 on April 02, 2014

This is a lovely B&B with private cottages as well as rooms in the owner's home. The breakfast is always delicious, and the property is gorgeous! The cottages we stay in are always clean, with great amenities such as a fireplace, jacuzzi tub and flat screen TV with DVD player! I highly recommend Hawk Valley in Galena, IL!

OMG - Like being at Grandma's!

4.8 on March 19, 2014

This was our first experience at a B&B. I will definitely be going back to Hawk Valley. We stayed in the Swan Lake Room, one of three in the main house. It was spacious for a bedroom & the bathroom was very nice sized. Hawk Valley has four individual cottages. Both mornings, we ate a delicious, hearty hot breakfast. The servings were very substantial, One of the options was a "Romantic Candlelight Dinner for Two". The cost was $90, but worth every penny. We selected an appetizer, entrée, two sides and dessert. It was enough to serve four! Some of the benefits of Hawk Valley over the other B&B's I researched, Hawk Valley has separate doors that lead from the bedrooms to the wrap-around deck that circles around the entire main house, breakfast serving time is based on when each couple gets to the dining room to eat, cookies & candies are always sitting out for guests. Hal & Wendy are a wealth of information, they suggested several spots to visit that we would not have known about, off the beaten path. I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a casual, laid-back, country setting with delicious food served to feed an army. They are only 8 miles from town, just seems farther because of the country roads, but it doesn't take but 10-15 minutes. When we left, it felt like telling Grandma good-bye to her good cooking & comfy home. Can't go wrong here!!

Absolutely amazing stay!

4.4 on February 26, 2014

Great hospitality by Wendy and Hal. Warm and inviting. Felt like being at home but with a full service chef! Rooms were warm and cozy and nicely decorated. Beautiful grounds covered with snow...definitely a nature's paradise as advertised...and definitely going back in the summer! Hal's cooking was amazing considering my husband & I are from the Chicagoland area and have many restaurants to compare to. Hal's culinary skills by far can beat any of the Galena restaurants in town. We picked the romantic dinner as an add on package & had so much food that there was enough for leftovers for a nice lunch the next day! Delicious and a great price too:) Close enough to town yet secluded for a nice romantic or family get away. You definitely won't go hungry!

Best B&B

4.6 on February 19, 2014

Beautiful scenery & very peaceful accommodations outside of town but convenient to all Galena has to offer.

Extremely relaxing!!

5 on February 19, 2014

Hawk Valley Retreat is amazing! Very private in cottages...very comfortable beds...has everything you could need! Breakfast in the main house is outstanding. Wendy and Hal are superb hosts, and excellent cooks! The grounds of the B&B are beautiful..much wildlife to be seen...and very picturesque. We have stayed at Hawk Valley four times, and never want to leave to go home!!

Winter getaway

4.0 on February 04, 2014

We found Hal & Wendy to be very accomodating. The breakfasts were both very good, and the Hillside cottage was secluded, but not so far that we couldn't walk down to breakfast. We tried snowshoeing and enjoyed walking the perimeter of the property. We hope to return in September when it's a little warmer! :)

Awesome Stay

5 on January 08, 2014

My wife and I recently stayed at Hawk Valley. This was our first time to Galena, and this seemed to fit our needs best. The cottages are more then what we expected. Very clean and very well set up with a lot of space. The owners we very knowledgeable, and had excellent recommendations of places to go/visit. The breakfasts we had were comparable to any restaurant, and visiting with the owners and other guests was an added bonus. We truly enjoyed our time, and look forward to a return visit at Hawk Valley Retreat.

Hawk Valley winter weekend

4.8 on January 08, 2014

This was our third time at Hawk Valley. We've always stayed at the Somerset cabin farthest from the main house, which affords privacy and a great sunset view. The quick walk through the cold winter morning air down to the main house only whetted our appetite for the delicious breakfast. Wendy and Hal are great hosts.

Perfect Stay

4.8 on January 06, 2014

Wonderful hosts. Perfect atmosphere. Clean rooms. Beautiful surroundings. What more can someone ask for?

don't pass this up

5 on January 05, 2014

This bed and breakfast was top notch. We went in the winter and were the only ones in the cottage. Since this was the case, we received a free room upgrade. The property is beautiful and the owners treat you better than your own family does. I can't wait to return.

Reflections of 2013

5 on January 04, 2014

I so loved the ambiance and décor of the "Pines" cottage that I stayed in as it spoke dearly to my heart. From the amazing comfort of the wooden log bed frame to the Jacuzzi tub in my room, Hawk Valley is the perfect place to come for reflections in nature. Hal and Wendy's hospitality made my visit even more special as Wendy prepared a delicious dinner and breakfast meal for my one night stay. I will definitely find time to stay at Hawk Valley in 2014!

Great stay, very welcoming and priced right

4.6 on December 30, 2013

We had a great weekend in Galena, IL. The B&B had great rooms, great breakfast, very hospitable hosts, and a very nice feel to the whole place. We had a great time in the town and would recommend a weekend retreat to anybody here. Thanks!

Peaceful Getaway

5 on December 19, 2013

Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages is surely a retreat from a crazy and hectic life. We found it to be very relaxed and inviting. Wendy and Hal are excellent hosts with lots of valuable information to share about where to go and what to see. We are so glad we took the time to stay here and hope to return! Oh yeah. The breakfasts were filling and we even took advantage of the well prepared Romantic Dinner!

First stay at B&B and was Amazed!

5 on December 18, 2013

We spent the weekend at the Hawk Valley retreat and cottages. It was our first trip to Galena and my first stay at a bed and breakfast. We stayed in a room in the house and it was very cozy. I appreciated that each room had it's own bathroom and outside entrance. It would be ideal in the summertime! Hal and Wendy were VERY welcoming and warm hosts. Hal was very knowlegable with things to do in Galena and willing to assist us in any way. The break fasts were phenomenal and the service was superb. I would stay here again in an instant!! It was the perfect getaway!!!

Weekend Getaway

5 on November 11, 2013

We absolutely love Hawk Valley!! We recently just went for the 2nd time a couple weeks ago, and cant wait to go again. We stayed in 'The Pines' both times we visited, and love the theme of the cabin and how it is almost like a home away from home. The hosts (Wendy and Hal) are very nice and pleasant and will answer any questions you may have about downtown Galena...from events going on to different places to eat. And the breakfast that they made.... DELICIOUS! Like I said, we cant wait to go again and recommend it to everyone. (Actually, my in laws just got make from a weekend there just 2 weeks after we visited because it sounded so nice). If you like nature, and need a nice remote getaway, either by yourself or with your spouse, this is the place to go!

Had a grand time!

5 on November 03, 2013

We spent 2 nights in one of the cozy cabins. The owners were wonderful.

Beautiful Hawk Valley Retreat

5 on October 30, 2013

A beautiful hide away retreat! Quiet beauty everywhere. A short drive to downtown Galena if wanted. Incredible skies at night. Kind, thoughtful, and warm hosts, Hal and Wendy strive to meet every need. One of the nicest spots around and an incredible value.

WOW & so much more

5 on October 29, 2013

When in Galena getting away of the hussel and bussel of the fantastic town this B&B is perfect. Only minutes out of town tranquility awaits you. Naute at it's best with walking trails, wildlife, fishing pond and sunsets. Owners are extremely friendly and accommodating. Their fresh breakfast is made fresh for you and bountiful.

Great getaway

4.4 on October 24, 2013

The rooms were average, but met our needs perfectly!! Great price for value!! The host and hostess were very informative and helpful with suggestions on places to visit and where to eat. Breakfast was outstanding, used local ingredients, Thanks Hal and Wendy!!

A fall color weekend

5 on October 23, 2013

This was our third stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. We loved the cottage we stayed in this time--very comfy, cozy, and warm. As always, Hal is the best chef this side of the Mississippi River! Fall colors in the area were not at peek, but still beautiful. We look forward to our next retreat at Hawk Valley.

Quiet and clean

4.6 on October 12, 2013

Friendly welcome, the cabin was very clean and the breakfast was really good, cooked to perfection. Will be going back . We were made to feel so welcome, . Would highly recommend to anyone

Great Place!!!

5 on October 07, 2013

Had A great Time Staying here for a get away weekend! Owners were very nice and helpful Would Stay Again!! Nice setting

10th anniversary

4.4 on October 07, 2013

Great bed and breakfast. Worth the trip for us to Galena.

Top of the Class

5 on October 07, 2013

Hal and Wendy were Awesome. Any thing you could ever want or need were there. The food was out of this world. You wouldn't want to stay any other place.

Nice Getaway

4.6 on October 04, 2013

The hosts were very friendly. The place was in the country but not far from the town we were visiting. Breakfast was robust and tasty. The room was comfortable and organized. The special package I ordered was delivered as I had requested. We will definitely consider staying there again.

Anniversary Getaway

5 on October 01, 2013

My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary recently( we are a senior couple), and stayed in Somerset Cottage. It was absolutely wonderful. The cottage was sparkling clean and beautifully furnished. Very warm and inviting...not like a cookie cutter motel room. The scenery was breathtaking, especially early morning and dusk. Nature lovers haven! Hal and Wendy were wonderful hosts.They are so friendly and welcoming to all the guests. The breakfasts were awesome.....spoiled us! We are definitely planning to return!

Very, very nice!

4.2 on September 22, 2013

We went to Galena for our 35th anniversary. Researched places to stay on line (we had not been to Galena before). So glad we chose Hawk Valley. Very nice and quiet. Wendy and Hal are wonderful, and their breakfasts are to die for!

Awe inspiring

5 on September 18, 2013

Wendy and Hal were wonderful hosts and always willing to drop everything to assist in any way to make the stay exceptional...and exceptional it was. Hal provided absolutely scrumptious breakfast fare while Wendy was there to oversee to everyone's needs, whether it was a coffee or tea refill and making certain the table was prepared to all's satisfaction. The views were absolutely breathtaking, the birds and other wildlife fun to observe. The most serene, relaxing and comfortable experience we've ever encountered at a B & B. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their paradise in the country.

A Great Find

5 on September 16, 2013

This place is way out in the country on a lovely big lot; it takes a good half-hour to walk all the way around it on their trail. But it's only a 10-minute drive from Galena. We loved sitting out on the deck with no sounds but the frogs and crickets. Nice,comfortable room, excellent breakfast, kind and helpful hosts. We would unreservedly recommend this place and would gladly return.

Quiet get-away spot

5 on September 12, 2013

I picked this place as a way to really get away from things. You really get away. I tried hard to hear any traffic, but I couldn't. We sat and listened to the sounds of the country and enjoyed the cool breezes. Wendy and Hal were extremely gracious hosts, very friendly and accommodating. This would be an ideal place for couples to escape.

Fantastic relaxing weekend

5 on September 01, 2013

Wendy and Hal were awesome hosts for our weekend getaway! A country setting and just a short ride to Galena. Felt right at home and relaxed. We stayed at the main house. Very clean and quite. Access to the deck to enjoy nature and a cup of coffee was right out the door from our room. Our hosts offered directions and suggestions for wineries and dinner.

Serenity abounds

5 on August 26, 2013

We celebrated our anniversary at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages. Our room was lovely, with a private door to the outside, where we could have a quiet cup of morning coffee and afternoon wine. I recommend this place to anyone going to the Galena area, you will not be disappointed.

Awesome B&B!!

5 on August 08, 2013

We absolutely loved staying at Hawk Valley. It was our second time staying up there. We stayed in one of the small cottages. It was secluded and private--very cozy! It was also really nice to sit on our porch at high to enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful summer nights. It is perfect for a short getaway. Hal and Wendy are extremely friendly and make a killer breakfast! Each morning we were able to enjoy a feast and go over our plans for the day, getting directions and more information about pretty much anything in the area. They gave us suggestions on places to visit and things to do while we stayed there, too. The location is great. Just a short drive outside of Galena and close to several wineries. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing trip, this is the B&B for you. The grounds are beautiful and a great place to sit back and enjoy the quiet serenity of Galena's countryside. There is a lovely pond and gazebo--great places to sit back and relax. All in all, this is a wonderful place to stay and I HIGHLY recommend it! Hal and Wendy are amazing, and they definitely make your stay worth while! We look forward to visiting again soon.

HIdden Gem

5 on August 06, 2013

We stayed in the cottages. After a long day of motorcycle riding, the whirlpool tub was just what we needed. Hal made a great breakfast and Wendy gave us information the area. We relaxed on the porch with coffee and watched hummingbirds, finches, and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the beautiful property. Can't wait to plan another trip! Thank you Hal and Wendy for a wonderful experience!!

Relaxing weekend

4.8 on August 04, 2013

Hawk Valley Retreat is in the very scenic valley outside of Galena. Quiet, wildlife sightings, walking trails are just a few of the highlights. Hal & Wendy (the hosts) are most gracious and cook up a fantastic breakfast.

Charming, Relaxing, and Very Comfortable

5 on July 31, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 2 nights at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages and found it to be a totally delightful experience! Hal and Wendy were most gracious and very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. We chose the Garden Room for our stay and it was every bit as charming as we had hoped. We can hardly wait to plan our next stay there ... especially for the breakfasts! Hal is a superb cook and we never walked away hungry or dissatisfied! Delish!

Awesome experience!!

5 on July 31, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Hawk Valley. Hal and Wendy were great hosts and run a terrific property! Highly recommended to all!!

Great Place!

5 on July 30, 2013

Went with my mom and daughter, It is so quiet and peaceful-enjoyed walking around the grounds. Breakfast was great and the rooms was nice an clean.

Restful & Relaxing

4.6 on July 28, 2013

We booked this stay for rest and relaxation after a week at a childrens camp. It met all of our expectations and more. We really enjoyed being out in the country among the wildlife,farm fields and birds.The hospitality was great!

Excellent getaway

5 on July 27, 2013

This place is an excellent getaway. It is quiet, clean, and relaxing. The food was wonderful with very large portions. We enjoyed sitting on the porch watching all of the birds, deer, & butterflies as well as the sunset. There is also a stocked pond, a gazebo, & a walking trail. The property is only about 7 miles from Galena with a nice scenic drive. Wendy & Hal are very friendly as well as helpful. My wife & I decided we will visit every year if not a few times a year.

Relaxing Stay

4.6 on July 17, 2013

We stayed in the main house for two nights in June 2013. Nestled in the hills of Galena, Hawk Valley has a small pond with fountain, walking trails, screened in Gazebo and great bird watching. Other nice extras include a large home cooked breakfast, cookies in the main house, a DVD library to borrow from and a refrigerator in each room. The owners were friendly and accomodating. We also noted that the rooms were nicer than the pictures. I think they have been updating things. One thing to note, it is pretty quiet at night but we could hear the televisions and conversations in the other rooms. Fortunately, everyone went to bed around the same time, so it wasn't a big deal. We plan on staying here again. However, next time we might bring a white noise machine just in case we need it.

Loved It!

4.6 on July 15, 2013

A lovely place to stay while in the area. A bit pricey but we had a great time.

Nature at your doorstep!

5 on July 12, 2013

We had a wonderful stay. The food was excellent. The best part was you could enjoy Galena and then have the peace and quiet. The setting was gorgeous with your own private deck.

Very pleased

5 on July 10, 2013

Great cabin! Lovely hosts, Wendy and Hall!

Best kept secret in the midwest!

5 on July 08, 2013

We had the best experience staying with Hawk Valley. Hal and Wendy were very friendly and made our visit well worth the drive.

Great night at Hawk Valley Retreat

5 on June 24, 2013

Had a great stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. Plan on going back some day for a longer stay. Great host and hostess, great view, and great food. dwn

Weekend Getaway

5 on June 05, 2013

The Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages was very well kept and the outside area was very pretty. Also the innkeepers were very nice and always willing to help and give suggestions of places to go and things to do. Would definitely recommend it to friends and family and would stay there again myself. Also the breakfasts they made every day were amazing.

Great first time at a B&B

4.2 on June 03, 2013

This was my first time at a B&B. It was great! The home was very nice. The rooms where so comfortible. Bathrooms had all and more than what I needed. Food was super. This place has set the bar very high for future B&B's I stay in.

Beautiful and Peaceful

4.6 on May 27, 2013

Wendy and Hal have a beautiful and peaceful property situated ideally between Galena, Elizabeth, and Scales Mound, only 10 minutes from each.

Weekend Stay

3.6 on May 26, 2013

Wonderful place to get away from the city to relax. The resort is well taking care off and the new owners are wonderful. The breakfast are delicious. Hal and Wendy will spend time talking about your day at breakfast and welcome any feedback. Love what they added to their property, the new gazebo and the fountain in the pond. We will definitely will go visit again.

"Cozy Cottages"

4.6 on May 14, 2013

First time at a B&B and I'm so glad I chose Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages. My Husband and I were there for our 1 year anniversary and Hal & Wendy made us feel right at home...I didn't want to leave. My Husband was able to do a little fishing on the grounds and each morning the breakfast was terrific. We will definitely be back.

The best Anniverssary trip ever!

5 on May 06, 2013

My husband and I spent four nights at Hawk Valley and couldnt have been any happier! We have never been to a bed and breakfast before, so we were a little nervous about sharing breakfast with strangers, but we gave it a whirl and had a great time. Wendy and Hal (the innskeepers) are amazing and sweet people. The breakfasts were beyond awesome and filling. When we went to check in they were so easy to talk to and they gave us some great spots to visit. Now our cottage was down right perfect for what we wanted. We stayed in the Sommerset, and by far the most comfortable space we have ever been to. The living area was comfortable and had a flatscreen television with cable as well as an electric fireplace. We treated the cottage as if it was our own place, and respected that we didnt need fresh towels everyday, we like to conserve as well. Our cottage allowed us to see the sunsets every night and the privacy and quiet was wonderful. The bed was comfy and the whirlpool hot tub was amazing and relaxing. We booked a couple massage, which couldnt have been greater! Two wonderful massage therapists came right to our cottage and they were both outstanding! We also had the romantic dinner package, and let me tell you the food that Hal and Wendy cooked up was fantastic and plentiful. Needless to say we were stuffed and had left overs! The grounds were clean, and beautiful and the deer, wild turkeys, and all the birds were something we dont get to see all the time living in Chicago. And my goodness the stars at night were incredible. It looked as though you could pluck them out of the sky. The only thing that I would say was lacking was maybe a radio. I can not say anything bad about this place. The town was about a 10-15 minutes drive (which was beautiful and easy to navigate). There was a fishing pond, which my husband enjoyed, and the walking trail all around the grounds was perfect.

Hawk Valley Retreat

5 on May 05, 2013

Excellent room, clean, private. Nice surroundings, quiet and peaceful. Lovely hosts and outstanding breakfasts.

our stay was great

4.0 on April 24, 2013

We had a great time. It was very relaxing. The owners are very nice & very helpful. It was a great weekend!

Great Get a Way

5 on April 06, 2013

This was our second stay at Hawk Valley and was just as good if not better than the first. Very nice location outside of Galena and the service and food are wonderful. We highly recommend Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages!

wedding day

5 on April 06, 2013

This place was amazing. We chose it for our very small intimate wedding. We had about 22 people who attended all family and they were all welcome and made to feel like Hal and Wendy's own family. The cottage was clean and perfect. They accommodate us in every way possible and made it a stress free enjoyable day for all. We will be coming back as Will our parents. It was exactly what we never new we wanted.

Wedding day

5 on April 05, 2013

My baby sister had her wedding here today. She and the groom stayed in one of the cottages. The cottage was immaculate and well kept with lovely amenities. The wedding was very small, immediate family, and very simple. The innkeepers handled all of it for my sister. It was exactly what she needed. The innkeepers had exactly the right mixture of warmth and service. They made the day ALL ABOUT the family, while attending to every detail. They set a beautiful service for coffee, cake and lemonade after the ceremony in the gazebo with fabulous views. They were also very patient with the children in attendance. There were board games in the common areas that the kids loved to play with. My sister says that they were made to feel right at home immediately. I can certainly believe that as the rest of the guests did as well.

1st anniversary

4.2 on March 13, 2013

Excellent all the way. Food was great. place was peaceful. Will be a return customer for sure.

wonderful place to stay

4.6 on March 06, 2013

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Their breakfasts were amazing.

Perfect Getaway

5 on February 27, 2013

We stayed her for our anniversary. Once we got there, we didn't want to leave. The grounds were beautiful, and we enjoyed the walking trails even in the snow. The food was absolutely fabulous. We definitely plan on returning.

Hawk Valley Resort --- None Better!

5 on February 27, 2013

This was a fantastic get away! Secluded cabins, with nature all around you. Hal & Wendy are excellent hosts and their meals are fantastic. We will be going back and this is the only place we will stay at when we do this again!

Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages

4.4 on February 20, 2013

My wife and I had a fantastic time! The area and the cottage were beautiful. Our hosts were extremely friendly and treated us like famiy. The food was to DIE for!! We plan on going back!

wonderful stay

4.4 on February 06, 2013

Very peaceful and romantic for my husband and I. It was the perfect get away.

Wonderful experience

5 on February 04, 2013

Although it has been several years since our visit to Hawk Valley, it was one of our most memorable vacations. The experience from first phone call to check out was extremely pleasant. They rooms, service and comfort were all well above standard, & the breakfast was one of the best I have ever had,they gave us a personal tour of the property along with brief history and went above and beyond to make our stay most enjoyable. Would recommend and visit again in a minute.

Amazing weekend getaway!!!

5 on February 02, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in private cabin. Beautiful views, EXCELLENT service!! Had a romantic in-room dinner, prepared by the owner - it was beyond delicious!!! I have told family and friends about the wonderful experience and we will absolutely be back again!!! Thanks!!!

Fantastic B & B!!

5 on January 28, 2013

Close to Galena, quiet country location, beautiful setting, & Outstanding Dining Experience !! Can't spread the word enough !! I am soooo ready to go back !!!

We had a great time!

5 on January 02, 2013

My girlfriend and I found Hawk Valley through a Galena travel website. We were hoping to do some hiking/ bird watching. We drove out and found that Galena was covered in snow, which made any hiking a little more difficult. We were not disappointed though. We rented the Hillside cottage. The cottage was a good size. We were greeted by Wendy and Hal upon our arrival. Wendy and Hal were very nice. We felt at home as soon as we walked in. Our daily breakfasts were very good. Service was excellent. Our room was turned down while we ate breakfast. The next days menu was posted and a fresh batch of cookies was left in the cottage. We sprung for the couples massage. I would recommend that. Wendy and Hal were very helpful in giving recommendations on what to do and where to go around Galena. We wanted to see some birds while we were there. Hal gave us some directions to Dubuque, Ia where we saw several bald eagles flying around a dam. The retreat is on a beautiful plot of land. You will see a beautiful view in any direction you look. I had a very relaxing stay at Hawk Valley. I am looking forward to going back.

The Perfect City Getaway

5 on December 05, 2012

Hawk Valley is a great location for an outdoor getaway. Quiet countryside, but close to plenty of activity around Galena. The owners were very friendly and accommodating as well. I highly recommend it!

Wonderful Stay at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

5 on November 28, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our stay ever so much at Hawk Valley. The Cabin was adorable and perfect for a romantic get away. I can not say enough about Wendy & Hal the owners they are fantastic and the food was fantastic. We will plan to go again when budget allows.

Excellent, Romantic Stay

4.6 on November 19, 2012

What a great time.. My husband and I really enjoyed our 2 night stay in a lovely cottage. We will definately stay again at Hawk Valley.. the breakfast was so yummy.. bath tub in room was so romantic, with fireplace etc.. all the little touches meant a lot.. thank you, Wendy and Hal!

Beyond Outstanding

5 on November 07, 2012

We were hoping for a quiet getaway and we were thrilled with Hawk Valley Cottage. The cabin was warm and cozy with all the necessities. We had breakfast two mornings, and a dinner one evening brought to our cabin on china and crystal. The food was absolutely delicious and so romantic! We had a wonderful weekend!

Beautiful stay!

4.6 on October 31, 2012

What a beautiful and peaceful place to stay. Great cottages and delicious breakfast. Wildlife abounds. Definitely recommended!

Weekend Away

4.6 on October 30, 2012

We went for a weekend away. The breakfast was great and the room really clean. We had our own bathroom too which was nice. Would def. go back.

awesome getaway, very private

5 on October 29, 2012

We were able to get in at the last minute only due to a recent cancellation. I can see why it was booked! What an awesome get- away. Very private, great food, beautiful views. Hope to be back again.

Great place to stay!

5 on October 29, 2012

Hal and Wendy were great hosts! They were great to chat with and if you wanted to just go outside and enjoy the country, they would respect that! The breakfasts were awesome with fresh cut fruit and a different delicacy every morning. We had a sausage and egg quiche that were individual servings. Outstanding! The room was clean, expansive, and wi-fi, sat TV and a great big bathroom was included. There was even a small in room refrigerator! The bed was very soft with lots of comforters and pillows. The drive out is beautiful and is close enough to Galena that its not a problem. However, its nice to get out of the hustle and bustle to a nice place in the country. We will be back! Thanks to Hal and Wendy!

Hawk Valley

4.8 on October 24, 2012

Very nice accommodations. Cabins are quiet, private, and modern. Kitchen only has a microwave, so if you are going to cook everything muse be done on a gas grill.

Weekend Getaway

4.4 on October 22, 2012

We booked hawk valley relatively last minute for a weekend getaway and it was exactly what we needed. The food was awesome and the bed was comfy. The grounds were pretty and I only wish it were a little warmer so we could have enjoyed them more.

A home away from home.

5 on October 22, 2012

What a delightful stay we had with Wendy and Hal at Hawk Valley Retreat. Even though the weather was rainy, mornings were bright and sunny with Wendy cooking international cuisine and Hal serving in the open dining area that overlooked a beautiful valley. Rooms were cozy and warm and the private entrance made it especially nice. We intend to go back next spring and highly recommend Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages, a setting that is close to nature, with tranquility and peaceful surroundings. Nature lovers paradise.

Perfect getaway

4.0 on October 12, 2012

Our trip to Galena was capped with our stay at Hawk Valley. Wendy and Hal are extremely gracious hosts with superb knowledge of the area. I highly recommend the on premise dinner for two, Hal is an excellent chef! We even left with a doggy bag! Very warm and welcoming, I would highly recommend!

Fall Getaway

4.6 on October 11, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Hawk Valley for a weekend trip, our last trip before our baby comes! We were very impressed with the peacefulness of the location which was something we were hoping for! We really enjoyed the breakfasts each morning and felt like the hosts went out of their way to make sure that you were comfortable. We will be back!

Perfect getaway

5 on October 08, 2012

What a great find, We had the best time at Hawk Valley resort. We will be returning again. The cottage was perfect, the views were perfect. It was nice to have a grill because we much rather cook then eat out. Breakfast were wonderful. Wendy and Hal were the perfect hosts.

Just what we needed

5 on October 04, 2012

This was a great combination of private cottage and B & B amenities. We had our own space but also had a lovely breakfast in the main house. The setting was beautiful with a private porch, nice views, a walking path, wildlife and a pond. I spent an entire afternoon on the porch, reading and listening to the breeze in the white pines. The owners were very friendly and seemed to have thought of everything -- it didn't rain but I noticed an umbrella, just in case. The whirlpool tub was great, the bed was so comfortable (I slept very well!) and the magical cookies that appeared when we came back from town were a nice touch. It was nice to have Galena nearby for dinners and sightseeing. We were also close to other day trips such as a river cruise at Chestnut Ridge and a trip to the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Iowa. Even closer than Galena is a local winery. I definitely recommend this B & B!

Thank you, Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

5 on October 03, 2012

Comfortable cottage and accommodating, helpful hosts. Delicious breakfasts!

Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

5 on October 02, 2012

We had a wonderful time in our Cottage. Hal and Wendy (and Sue) were all very friendly and gave perfect service. They were also informative about things to do in the area. We had dinner in our cottage the second night and it exceded our expectations. First we enjoyed spinach artichoke dip, followed by salad (home croutons and dressing were fabulous) and manicotti.... and then to finish it all off was my favorite dessert, creme brulee.... The breakfast served both days were also delicious.... All in all, our stay there was perfect and can't wait to get another little getaway at Hawk Valley Retreat and stay in another Cottage.

Beyond Expectations

5 on September 26, 2012

Our stay at Hawk Valley was beyond expectations. It is obvious that the owners of this fine bed and breakfast spend the time and thought to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. The location was perfect for those that want a short drive to town to escape from the crowds and noise. Hawk Valley is very tranquil with beautiful scenery and is a great place to escape for a peaceful relaxing stay. Additionally, the breakfast was remarkable and rivals any establishment in Galena. We will definitely be back for a future stay. Thanks Wendy and Hal for making your home feel like ours.

Great relaxing retreat

4.8 on September 25, 2012

We loved our stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. The bed was very comfortable and everything was so clean. Wendy and Hal were great hosts. We would recommend Hawk Valley to everyone!!!

Beautiful & Relaxful

5 on September 21, 2012

My wife and I enjoy the peace and quiet of the country and we found it all here! From the moment we entered the area we knew we chose the right place to stay. We stayed 2 nights in the Fox Glen Cottage. If you are looking for a place to jut get away and relax, this is the place for you! We wanted to stay in the Galena area but didn't want to spend much time in the downtown area. The property is beautiful. We did enjoy the bird watching...and yes there are white tailed hawks here. Hal, Wendy and Sue treat you like family, it was a joy to get to know them. We are telling family and friends about Hawk Valley and look forward to going back again.


5 on September 19, 2012

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. Of all the B&B's we have stayed at in Galena, IL, we enjoyed this one the most. Jane and Hal are GREAT hosts and the food was OUTSTANDING. We will be paying another visit soon. We recommend to ALL!!!!!

Excellent bed and breakfast!

5 on September 13, 2012

My husband and I had a wonderful time at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages. We booked the Fox Glen cottage. It had more than we expected! It's the best place to go if you want to relax and have beautiful scenery. Our hosts were extremely nice and helpful. Breakfast was very delicious! The prices are pretty decent as well. WeI would recommend this place to anyone...and in fact, we already have!

Perfect Retreat!

5 on August 30, 2012

We live in the country and were looking for a country setting to get away from farm work for awhile. Hawk Valley Retreat was the perfect place for us! We stayed in one of the cottages and it was so quiet and relaxing there. We did go into Galena to go to some museums and do just a little shopping but the trip to town was quick and the scenery on the way was BEAUTIFUL! We are already planning a trip there this fall and possibly in the winter as well. The food was AMAZING! We can't stop talking about how good of a cook Hal is. We also requested a dinner in our cabin one night and there are no words to describe how delicious it was. We definitely recommend this retreat to everyone.

Wonderful Stay

4.8 on August 28, 2012

Hawk Valley is a beautiful place to stay. The cottage where my wife and I stayed was very clean and was very comfortable. Hal and Wendy were very gracious hosts and provided us with all of the comforts of home. They were warm and personable. I would recommend Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages to anyone.

Restful retreat!

5 on August 23, 2012

Awesome place! Very clean! Wendy and Hal were very friendly! Would definitely go back there!

Beautiful surroundings and great food!

5 on August 17, 2012

We spent two wonderful days at the Hawk Valley Retreat and can't wait to go back! Hal and Wendy are great hosts - the breakfasts were absolutely delicious, and they even left fresh baked cookies in our cottage! The cottages are just lovely - very clean and spacious, and well-appointed. We were able to enjoy nature and star-gaze at night. Overall, we had a fabulous experience and we will definitely return!

Only place to stay in Galena!

5 on August 12, 2012

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Been here many times, will come back again.

Good Fishing!

5 on August 08, 2012

Comfy bed, great breakfast, and great fishing in the pond. Many bass and bluegill! Nice place to stay!

Relaxing B&B

4.4 on August 08, 2012

We reserved our rooms at Hawk Valley B&B 7 months before the wedding we were attending in August. It worked out great for us! The B&B was centrally located to everything in the area. Wendy and Hal couldn't have been nicer and the breakfasts were delicious! The beds were very comfortable, and the rooms clean and nicely decorated. Best of all, the fishing pond holds lots of hungry bass - so don't forget to bring your fishing poles!

Great Hospitality

4.6 on August 02, 2012

The setting was secluded and peaceful. The food was delicious and the owners friendly and engaging. We rented one of the small rooms in the main house. They have individual cottages with more room at a higher price. We made our reservations only 2 weeks in advance. We got a good price and a great deal overall.

Thank you for an outstanding vacation!!!!

5 on July 31, 2012

If you are looking for a place to get away and relax, you cannot go wrong with Hawk Valley. Hosts Wendy and Hal are friendly and welcoming. The studio cottages provide an amazing place to just relax. We will be going again.

Wonderful Time at Hawk Valley

4.8 on July 30, 2012

My wife and made a recent trip to Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages for a short two-day getaway. We had a wonderful time during our stay, and the breakfasts were wonderful! The rooms in the main house (where we stayed) were small but very clean and well decorated. I was able to use the wireless without a problem. We plan to go again at some time in the future, and will pay the premium to have one of the cottages which are more private and have a little more space it seems. The site is about 8 miles east of Galena, but we got used to the time (about 12 minutes) it took to get there. Be advised: the last 1/2 mile to Hawk Valley is on a dirt/gravel drive that is well maintained. But the surrounding countryside is beautiful and we saw many himmingbirds and other birds and wildlife. All in all a wonderful experience and well worth the trip!

Wonderful B&B in a Beautiful Region

5 on July 25, 2012

We stayed 3 nights with Wendy and Hal at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, while attending our nephew's wedding in Apple River, IL. Everything about this B&B was outstanding. We will definitely return to Hawk Valley, if we have reason to visit the region again.

the best of the best

5 on July 18, 2012

An absolutely wonderful experience. If you are looking for a quiet retreat in the Galena area, look no further. THIS is what you are looking for. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Review of Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages

4.6 on July 16, 2012

We were so pleased with our choice to stay at the Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages. Wendy and Hal were wonderful hosts! The place is very romantic, relaxing and beautiful. Also great food!

Galena 2012

5 on July 15, 2012

Super stay, I would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to everyone. The breakfast is cooked fresh daily by an expert and was super. The Nature in the area is spectacular, and the proximity to Galena perfect, close enough to drive, and far enough to provide peace and quite at night for an undisturbed sleep every evening. 10/10 David and Silvia Foster

Wonderful anniversary stay!

5 on June 22, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Hawk Valley! It was beautiful and peaceful and a nice place to get away for the weekend! Delicious breakfast and wonderful hosts!

Nice Retreat

4.2 on June 15, 2012

Wendy and Hal are perfect hosts; providing great food, service and conversation. The setting is beautiful also.

A Beautiful, Welcoming Place to Relax

5 on June 15, 2012

Hawk Valley Retreat is a lovely, peaceful place to stay outside of the busy town of Galena. The spacious property has a pond,walking trails and beautiful garden areas filled with a variety of birds. We stayed in the main house. It was very private, and the room had a cool breeze from ample windows and a full screen door(and no bugs!) My sister and I sat out on our deck every morning drinking our coffee in a nice, quiet setting. Hal and Wendy were warm, gracious hosts, but not at all intrusive.. We had a gourmet breakfast each morning and had a mini-fridge in our room with cold water as well as cookies for snacks. The bed was really comfortable and there were a variety of DVD's available to watch in bed at night under our soft, light featherbed. We would love to come again in the fall to see the colors on the beautiful rolling hills surrounding the house. Hawk Valley Retreat is well-kept, delightful place to stay!

Best B&B

4.8 on June 06, 2012

Cannot say enough good things about this place. We stayed at Hillside, and it was PERFECT! Not only was the cabin great, but we could not have asked for better host. Hal and Wendy are fabulous!! I don't think this place can be matched. Great cabin, great views, fantastic breakfast and wonderful host.... we will definitely be back.

Cozy and charming bed and breakfast

4.8 on June 04, 2012

My husband and I loved this bed and breakfast! The cottage was fabulous, the whirlpool was great, and the food was fantastic. There was some incredible birdwatching and nature scenes that really transported us to another world. Thanks so much for a great escape, Wendy and Hal!

Peaceful Retreat

4.2 on May 23, 2012

The cottage was charming, well-equipped and tastefully decorated. The breakfasts were wholesome and tasty, including homemade baked goods and granola, and fresh fruit. Best of all was the peace and tranquility of being out in the country.

The Perfect Getaway

4.4 on May 15, 2012

This was a great Bed and Breakfast. It was the perfect place to get away and relax. The owners were very welcoming. It felt like we were staying at a friends place. I would totally recommend staying here and hope to return!

Weekend get a way

5 on May 06, 2012

We really enjoyed to the peace and quite. Enjoyed the walk around the property and sitting outside. The food was out of this world.

Hawk Valley is awesome

5 on May 02, 2012

If you want to get away for a romantic weekend in the quiet countryside, enjoy the huge variety of birdsong that greets you in the morning, and dine on impeccably prepared breakfasts, then Hawk Valley is the place for you! Swing on the swing on the front porch, take a walk around the pond or down then road, breathe in the quiet and loveliness of the place. You will come back again and again. Hal and Wendy are superb hosts.

great retreat!

4.2 on April 29, 2012

My wife and I had an awesome stay that was very relaxing and just what the doctor ordered! I would recommend to anyone for a laid back relaxing retreat, this is the place!

Birthday trip to Hawk Valley

4.8 on April 26, 2012

Everything about our stay, and our hosts, was delightful. We can't wait to go back! And thanks for the amazing weather!

Weekend Stay

5 on April 26, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at the Hawk Valley Retreat. It was a nice romantic getaway for our anniversary. It really exceeded our expectations

What a relaxing trip away from the big city!

5 on April 15, 2012

My wife and I were looking for a chance to get away from the stresses of the busy Chicago life. This was just the thing. A cottage all to ourselves! We just laid around and watched movies, enjoyed the jacuzzi tub, and walked around the grounds for some rejuvenation. On top of that we were able to see the sites of Galena and take in some history and quaint shops. Hal and Wendy were very accommodating and really aim to please!

great weekend

5 on April 11, 2012

The owners made a special weekend even more special. We had a great experience and would love to return in the future.

Quiet, Peaceful Hospitable Retreat

4.0 on March 12, 2012

Stayed at the Fox Glen Cottage for New Years Eve. We wanted to get away from all the noise and ring in the new year in a quiet, rejuvenating way. Right when we pulled into the long driveway, we saw a hawk flying above! Our cottage was very private and very comfortable! Wendy and Hal were very laid back, yet so welcoming and friendly. I felt so comfortable around them. They provided AWESOME customer service! The breakfast they made was OUTSTANDING! And they accommodated my vegetarian needs. You get your own table (or you may have to share with 1 other couple.) Hal and Wendy only stay and talk if you want to. If you and your party want to focus on eating and talking with each other, Wendy and Hal recognize that and don't intrude. They are very good at recognizing the customer's needs. They let us borrow any DVDs to watch over the weekend. Plenty to watch with the satellite TV. The TV/DVD player was very updated. Thank goodness for the wireless internet access too! The fireplace is actually an electric fireplace which you can adjust the settings on. This is better than a real fireplace because it doesn't emit heat unless you want it to. We purchased a spa package and got a couples massage. Wendy arranged for a massage duo to come to our cottage and set up tables and gave us a massage right there in our room! Wendy set everything up for me, and communicated via email about times/dates. This was definitely a treat, and the ladies who gave the massages were super nice and very personable. They assessed our needs and really worked hard to give us the best massage. We walked around the grounds a bit and enjoyed the nature surroundings. SO QUIET AND AMAZINGLY PEACEFUL. I felt so rejuvenated after staying here. I highly recommend Hawk Valley Retreat. It is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.

Peaceful Retreat

4.4 on March 09, 2012

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. We stayed in the main house. Our room was very comfortable and we felt right at home. Breakfast each morning was excellent and very filling. The grounds are stunning. We usually stay in town, but loved the peaceful, serene setting just a little outside of town. Can't wait to go back!

Hawk Valley is my "Happy Place"

5 on March 02, 2012

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this beautiful B&B. I think the most telling thing I can say, though, is that when my husband and I stayed here from 2/26-2/28/12, it was our 6th visit since 2006. We are coming back in May for visit #7. Hal and Wendy are great hosts, and do such a good job of making you feel relaxed and welcome. Hal makes some amazing breakfasts, and Wendy is always quick and helpful with advice on how you might spend your day in Galena. The grounds are gorgeous (just look at the pictures!) - in fact, my husband and I had our 2009 wedding at Hawk Valley, and filled up the house and cottages with family members. To this day, everyone talks about how it was the most beautiful wedding they've ever attended. So I encourage you to visit and make some wonderful memories! My family plans on doing so for years to come.

Wonderful place, new owners also wonderful!!!

4.4 on February 26, 2012

We've visited Hawk Valley numerous times & always enjoyed our time there. The new owners have put their own touch on the place. We will be back!

Winter wonderland at Hawk Valley

4.0 on February 25, 2012

We woke up Friday morning to freshly fallen snow and a wonderful breakfast with the new owners at Hawk Valley. Really a nice time, and the cottage was terrific.

Just what we were looking for!

5 on February 08, 2012

When we entered our cottage we were thrilled! The pictures did not do justice to what we found. Hal and Wendy were very prompt in delivering dinner at the time agreed upon and the food was fantastic. I could not believe how wonderful it was for such a reasonable price. All around great experience. We came back refreshed and relaxed. We are already discussing when to go back again.

You Must Experience The Serenity

4.0 on February 05, 2012

Outstanding everything. Beautiful cottage, terrific food, awesome views, close to downtown Galena. Everything a couple who wants some "time away" could be looking for. Already booked for October trip.

It was perfect!

5 on January 09, 2012

We went there for New Year's and we had our 2nd anniversary. Our cottage was Hillside cottage and was PERFECT! We will definitely come back and will definitely have the same cottage. Wendy and Hal are very nice people and I wish them the best!

40th Anniversary Getaway

4.4 on November 16, 2011

The whole visit was better than expected. We wanted to get away so my wife could get some rest and recharge. She had been spending 10-14 hours a day helping my daughter with her 6mo old triplets and needed a break. This place was pefect. The beds were great, the hot tub so relaxing and starting out with a great breakfast served by Hal and Wendy each day was the icing on the cake. The country setting is relaxing and I'm only sorry that my wife and I were having walking problems or we would have been all overthe grounds. We will be back!!!

We LOVED Hawk Valley!

5 on October 28, 2011

Hal welcomed us as soon as we walked through the office door and was courteous and very helpful to recommend dining and shopping options in nearby Galena, IL. When we saw our room, I immediately knew that we would be happy at Hawk Valley. It was spacious, clean, and the bathroom was huge. The flat-screen TV is a nice touch. The property has a great little pond, and we spent a couple of hours each day sitting by the pond in the Adirondack chairs and drinking a bottle of wine from nearby Galena Cellars. The location is about 8 miles outside Galena, so the only other sounds we heard were from the nearby farm equipment as the farmers were harvesting their corn for the season (and those were a bit far away, so it wasn't a loud sound, by any means). Breakfast was quite yummy - and Hal makes wonderful homemade English muffins and pancakes. Those who are into stargazing will love the very dark skies in the area...we saw the Milky Way with absolutely no trouble. All in all, we were exceedingly pleased with our stay, with the property, and with the service we received. We highly recommend Hawk Valley and we definitely will be back!

Great Place to Stay!

4.6 on October 23, 2011

We were going to the Country Fair in Galena and chose to stay at Hawk Valley because it was a little out of town. We could enjoy the crowds during the day and then be able to get away from it all at night. It was a great decision. We had dinner in Galena-went back to Hawk Valley and enjoyed a couple beer around the pond, enjoying the night sky and the sounds of nature. Saturday morning Wendy and Hal got up extra early to make us breakfast so we could get back to Galena for the start of the show. They went above and beyond to make our stay relaxing and comfortable. They even provided us with frosty mugs for the night we brought back a growler of local brew. The sugar cookies they have out all day and night are unbelievable. We tried to stick with just 2 a day but it was really hard. Highly recommend Hawk Valley and will definitely be back next year!!

Awesome Autumn & Fabulous Fall Retreat

4.6 on October 18, 2011

The grounds at this B&B are exceptional. Glad we chose to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Wendy and Hal were very accommodating and served two wonderful breakfasts. Loved the homemade granola and the mouth watering rolled crepes.

Our week-end at Hawk Valley was wonderful!

4.8 on October 12, 2011

We really needed a get-away, and this was the perfect place for it! Very serene and peaceful. By the time we made our reservations, the smallest room was the only one available, but we sure weren't disappointed. The hospitality was super-friendly, the food scrumptuous, and the accommodations were great. We're thinking next time we'll try one of the cottages! We know one thing - we'll definitely be back!

Another Awesome Stay!!!

5 on October 12, 2011

My wife and I love returning to Hawk Valley.. We love the view. We love the breakfast. We love the conversation! Thanks

Can't wait to go back

4.0 on September 17, 2011

This was such a great get-a-way for us! Out in the country, wonderful room, fantastic hosts and great breakfasts! We just can't wait to go back.

Loved our B&B

4.0 on August 11, 2011

Such a warm and wholesome experience. Especially loved the breakfast!

The best anniversary ever!

5 on August 05, 2011

Just stayed with Wendy and Hal the new innkeepers at Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages. Had been there before and didn't think it could get any better. Then it did. Highly recommend staying at any of the cabins or guest rooms. Never have I seen a place so well taken care of, providing the well deserved restful get away my wife and I needed.

Perfect for a Relaxing Weekend!

5 on July 13, 2011

My husband and I were hoping for a relaxing weekend and that is exactly what we got! The breakfasts were amazing and the innkeepers were wonderful and hospitable. We took walks around the pond and enjoyed the many species of birds. Our room was clean and perfect for us. I would recommend this B&B to anyone!

Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages in Galena

4.0 on July 12, 2011

The place is still unchanged from the old owners, which was great news. Breakfast was actually a bit better than with Jen & Fritz, same friendly and relaxed atmoshpere, but we miss the 10% off come back discount :) It was a great perk to coming back and looks like it is gone with the new owners, even though it was our 4th time coming back to Hawk Valley


4.0 on July 11, 2011

Really nice location, superb innkeepers, terrific breakfasts! Avery good value for anyone seeking a quality B&B in a true natural setting!


5 on July 06, 2011

This was my first experience at a Bed and Breakfast. I have to say that our stay was an absolutely wonderful experience. Our first night, we had the romantic dinner for two and I can honestly say that I have never had a better meal. Hal is a great chef! He and Wendy made us feel welcome and completely at ease. Kirk and I will be making trips to Galena regularly now and we will always stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. Thanks again for such an amazing experience, Wendy and Hal!!!!

Great Peaceful Stay

4.6 on July 01, 2011

My wife and I have stayed at several b & b's. This is one of our favorites. We stayed in the Hillside cabin. Hal and Wendy gave us a warm welcome and went above and beyond our expectations to accomodate us. They gave great advice about restaurants and things to do in the area. They are very nice and we enjoyed visiting with them. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast is great. Very tasty. Being in the country and having our own cabin made our stay very peaceful. We liked having our own cabin, however, we had an opportunity to see the guest rooms in the main house. These rooms are also nice and they have their own entrance. I am sure we would have liked staying in any of these rooms. We really enjoyed our stay and we definitely recommend staying here!

Wonderful getaway 10 mins from downtown Galena

4.8 on June 29, 2011

My wife and I stayed in one of the cottages, basically a 24'x24' house with king bed, sleeper sofa, TV, DVD, kitchenette, full bath, and in-room whirlpool tub for 2. Plenty of free bottled water. The king bed was perfect (I like plush and my wife likes firm, yet we both were satisfied with this Verlo mattress -- very rare experience for us to both like the same mattress.) Hal and Wendy were great hosts, very warm and friendly. Breakfast is 8-9 each day (including weekends) during which we met other lodgers, including those who stayed at the main house. Breakfasts were better than I expected, enough to fill my big appetite. Hal has some great recipes, including bacon and cheese quiche in a puff pastry, blueberry pancakes with fresh blueberries in the batter, home made granola, and maple crepes. Juice, water, and coffee at each breakfast, although maybe they had other options (I didn't ask). They have a collection of movies, jigsaw puzzles, and board games that you can borrow, plus fishing equipment if you want to try to catch the 7 lb bass another traveler said was in their pond. Next time we might even bring the kids, but it was a perfect getaway for just the two of us.

Weekend in Galena

4.8 on June 29, 2011

Hal and Wendy were great. The food was unbelievable. Was some of the best breakfasts I've had in a long time. The property was great, and the fishing was good too. Close enough to Galena to get there, but far enough away for peace and quiet. We will definitely be back.

Excellent choice for Quiet Retreat

4.0 on June 28, 2011

Enjoyed walking the country lane with my kids. We observed a fawn, muskrat, a bullfrog, and a variety of birds. Excellent beds for sleeping. The environment is wonderful.

Far beyond what we were expecting

4.8 on June 26, 2011

What a great 2 nights we enjoyed in the Pines. We were so surprised with how great the cabin was and breakfast in the mornings. We are coming back soon!

Fabulous place!

4.8 on June 13, 2011

Highly recommend! The food and hospitality were amazing! Hoping to go back in the near future!

Great for a Weekend Getaway

4.4 on June 09, 2011

We had a lovely time. The view is also beautiful. My only recommendation is that the coffee table should be lighter so it is easier to rearrange the living room and pull out the couch so an extra person can stay. Otherwise, Hawk Valley is a wonderful place to stay with lots of little touches like bath salts to use in the whirlpool and some interesting things to read about the history of Galena.

First Time in a Bed & Breakfast

5 on June 08, 2011

This was mine and my husbands first time staying at a Bed and Breakfast and it far exceeded all our expectations. We decided for our 5 Year Anniversary that we wanted to try out a B&B. Hal and Wendy were wonderful!! You would think that they've been doing this for years, and yet, they only started a couple months ago. The room (Woodlands Room) was very clean and just the right size for us. The room has it's own bathroom as well as a private entrance from the deck which is nice if you come in late, you can go straight to your room without disturbing anyone else in the house. Hal is a wonderful cook. Breakfast was delicious!! They are planning on fixing up the barn with a professional kitchen to hold Cooking Classes. I can't wait for them to get it done, so I can go back!! They have a wide selection of DVD's for you to take back to the room and watch. The property has a nice pond that you can fish in with Bass and Catfish that you must throw back. We didn't fish, but it was just nice walk the path around it. Hal and Wendy are some of the nicest people i've ever met. They like to talk and get to know their guests which was nice. They are also very informative of the places in town. If they don't know of a place and you try it out, they love feedback so they can let any other guests that ask about it. I can't wait to go back. They definitely have repeat customers :)

Quiet scenic country getaway

3.8 on June 08, 2011

We stayed in a very small room but were prepared for that. The properties, service, and breakfast were outstanding. Would highly recommend the accomodations to anyone.

New owners, but still amazing

4.6 on June 02, 2011

My husband and I have been coming to Hawk Valley for 5 or 6 years now (in fact, our wedding was there 2 years ago), and were a little nervous when we heard the B&B had changed hands. Well, I'm pleased to say that after staying 3 nights in mid-May, I'm confident the new owners, Hal and Wendy, will keep Hawk Valley the little slice of paradise that it is. The new owners are still learning all of the ins and outs of the Galena area, but are eager to share what they know and hungry for advice and opinions from repeat visitors like us. The breakfasts were great, and the grounds still look amazing - I cannot recommend this B&B highly enough for people who need some time to relax and unwind.

Hawk Valley Review

4.4 on May 13, 2011

This is a wonderful B&B. The only trouble was that we were 3 and the third bed was not satisfactory. The food was gourmet, the "new" owners very, very nice and gracious. Very peaceful surroundings and fantastic bird watching. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

An Enchanting Stay with a Chef's Breakfas in Perfect Surroundings

5 on May 08, 2011

The moment we drove through the entrance road of Hawk Valley we knew that enchantment of the surroundings was going to be the bewitching element of our stay. The fishing pond, numerous bird species flying about just as many feeders and then the warm greeting from our hosts who immediately offered us coffee and lemonade. Then there was our cottage for the night with every possible convenience and a whirlpool bath that took off every care we might have had for 30 minutes ...heaven! The next morning we were treated to a true chef's offering of fruits in a fruit cup with homemade granola followed by fluffy blueberry pancakes all topped with just brewed coffee. While drinking our coffee we had a chance to revisit the magnificent views followed by observations of migrating birds using the several binoculars and bird books on the premises. We would highly recommend Hawk Valley for couples, families and retirees. We will return again later in the summer and recommend the retreat to our friends.

First time at a B & B

4.0 on May 04, 2011

We stayed in the Hillside Cottage. This was our first trip to a B & B and Galena. We had an excellent and relaxing weekend...just what we needed. The service was outstanding and the cottage was more than we could hope for. We will return soon!

A wonderful, peaceful place

4.8 on April 23, 2011

New owners Hal and Wendy and doing a great, enthusiastic job at being hospitable. The breakfasts were wonderfully done and generous. The place is quiet with plenty of places to walk or run or just sit and enjoy the wind blowing through the pine trees. The cottages are spacious. The rooms in the main house are smallish but pleasant with outside entrances and a good deal of common area to use. No stairs. One room is handicapped accessible including the shower. What they don't yet know of Galena -- having just moved to the area in early April -- they make up for in graciousness and appreciation of the area . . . and an eagerness to learn. We have stayed at two other B&Bs in Galena and this is the only one we want to come back to and invite friends to join us.

The Great Escape

4.4 on April 11, 2011

We spent the weekend at Hawk Valley and stayed in one of the private cottages. This was our second time staying at the resort and found the acommodations and food to be excellent on both occaisions. The morning views across the valley were wonderful and provided the opportunity to view deer and wild turkeys in their own element. I would recommend the resort and plan to stay there again in the future. The resort is also very convienent to Galena and a number of great wineries in the area.

Amazing stay for rest and relaxation.

5 on April 06, 2011

We stayed in the Somerset cottage and the view was amazing. You are only about ten minutes out of downtown, so you can get there quick but you are away from all the crowds. The breakfasts were great. We did the massage package; massage in the room, which was the best we have ever had. If you are looking for a place to get away from the burdens of life and just relax, soak up nature (or a nice nap), and just enjoy the company of your significant other I highly recommend Hawk Valley Retreat.

April 1st stay

5 on April 03, 2011

We stayed here on April 1-3 and had a fantastic time. We found out the owners just took over the business and they did a fantastic job. There were four cottages on site but we ended up staying in the main ranch house in the Woodlands room. We definitely recommend the cabins because of the privacy and views. The location itself couldn't be more peaceful and it is just a 4 minute drive from town. Plenty to do in downtown Galena itself but we heard from another couple that the in room massage was the best they ever had. Breakfast on day one was buttermilk pancakes made from scratch (simply amazing) with bacon, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. We talked to the new owners a while and I guess he grew up in the south with southern cooking which explains why it was so good. Day two was scrambled eggs, sausage, freshly made home fries, and home made egg mcmuffins (yes made from scratch!) with jelly, fruit, coffee and juice. They also had fresh lemon drop cookies throughout the stay which were a nice treat. We went to town for lunch and dinner each day but would have rather ate at the B&B had that been an option. Overall it was a fantastic weekend. We wanted to get away from it all, see a beautiful part of the country, eat good food and simply unwind and we will definitely be back to Hawk Valley.

A lovely paradise

5 on March 23, 2011

Beautiful place to get away. Many activities to choose from. The hospitality was wonderful and breakfast was delicious. We will definitely be back.

Just Gorgeous

4.8 on March 16, 2011

very peaceful place to stay, Great Free Breakfasts Included, Cottages are very clean and gorgeously decorated, 13 min. to town where theres multiple places to have dinner, 30 min. to casino

Hubby loved it

3.6 on February 24, 2011

We got iced in. However, it was very comfortable. We had fridge, microwave, and hubby's favorite, the spa tub.

Great weekend at Hawk Valley

4.4 on February 16, 2011

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Hawk Valley. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

Great Getaway

4.4 on February 13, 2011

Very nice and comfortable place to spend some quiet time. Surroundings are peaceful and beautiful. Not too far from town. Jane is friendly and helpful and makes you feel at home. Would love to be here in the spring.

Wonderful place and outstanding host

5 on February 09, 2011

We had a fabulous stay and really enjoyed the fabulous breakfasts. Jane was so gracious and so informative on places to visit in Galena and the area. We plan to return!

Hawk Valley Retreat is my paradise

5 on January 24, 2011

Hawk Valley was our favorite B&B to visit. The countryside was lovely and much more relaxing than staying in town of Galena. The morning breakfasts were delicious. Jane made us feel very comfortable and was very welcoming. Everything we needed was right there for us. The cottage was beautiful. My boyfriend and I will definitely be back in the near future.

MLK Weekend

4.4 on January 22, 2011

This was our first stay at the Hawk Retreat and it was a pleasure to meet the owners. The breakfast provided was great and the property was first rate. We would stay again.

Hawk Valley Getaway

3.4 on January 09, 2011

It was very quiet and relaxing at the cottage. It is close enough to town that it is easy to go and get something to eat or do some shopping, but it is just far enough away that you really can enjoy the experience of the cottages. Breakfast was also great.

Perfect place for a family gathering

5 on January 05, 2011

This was the 4th time we stayed at Hawk Valley Retreat for a family gathering. It feels like home to the 13 of us but we don't have to cook breakfast or clean up after it. Our hostess Jane let us use the large dining room table for an evening of games. She also provided us with sleds and snowshoes to enjoy the beautiful snow. During our last visit in August, we used her poles to fish in the pond and built a bonfire to cook hotdogs and marshmallows. We'll be back!!!

Wish we could have stayed longer!

5 on January 04, 2011

We recently returned from another great stay at Hawk Valley. We stayed in the main house (Swan Lake room & the kids in the Woodlands room). The rest of our group were out in two of the cabins. The property was a lovely winter wonderland. Something for everyone - sledding hill and snow shoe hikes for the adventurous, beautiful wooden puzzles to challenge the mind and comfy chairs for relaxing/reading/watching the sledding crew. Jane's breakfasts are still some of the best food in Galena. The baked french toast, egg casserole, pecan rolls, etc - let me just say there is no need to eat until dinner. This was our first winter visit as a family and it was easily as wonderful as the summer trips have been.

Our Favorite B&B

5 on January 03, 2011

We love Hawk Valley just outside of Galena; it is relaxing and lets us refresh & recharge. We have stayed in both the cottages & in the house and we like them both though the cottages do offer that extra level of privacy. The accommodations and service are great but it’s the little things that sets this place apart. A highlight each day is the delicious & full breakfast (enough that no one leaves hungry) and talking to the other B&B guests. I’m always surprised at the number of repeat customers (like we are) and how many say they wanted to stay right in Galena but for some reason went to Hawk Valley and now that’s where they always stay. It’s just 10 minutes to Galena and there is so much more you can do at Hawk Valley that you cannot get in town. With this visit being in the winter, we happened to be there when there was about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Jane, the innkeeper, had snow shoes so we hiked around the property one morning. There was a rafter of 40-50 wild turkeys that were in some corn fields adjacent to the B&B. Of course, we could not get too close before they flew away into the nearby woods. The other morning we went walking along the road and could see a deer bounding through the deep snow, the grace was beautiful to watch. Another guest went for a morning run along the road. In the common area in the house, Jane had a lovely wood puzzle that we helped with. Jane always has suggestions for interesting local excursions besides downtown Galena. Once Jane had us go to Shullsburg, WI and we found a local cheese shop; now my wife makes a stop there every visit. Our kids got to sled with their cousins right on the B&B property. These are some of the things that keep us coming back to Hawk Valley. We highly recommend it.

The Place to Relax

4.2 on January 03, 2011

We have stayed repeatedly and just love the quiet. The food is marvelous and abundant. Our kids love to sled down the hills and play games in the house. We like to relax in this little paradise.

Wonderful romantic cottage!

5 on December 20, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Hawk Valley a few weeks ago. It was a little off the beaten path but once we got there we were not disappointed. It was only 15 minutes from town. Jane,the innkeeper, was so friendly and accommodating. Her home cooked breakfasts every morning were well worth the 8:30am serving time. We stayed at the Somerset Cottage. It was such an amazing little cottage. It was so clean and adorable. We immediately felt at home. There was a kitchenette with everything you could possibly need. The bed was so comfortable, the whirlpool was wonderful....everything was fantastic! We had such a wonderful time and we can't wait until we can go back again! This is the PERFECT place for a romantic weekend!

Winter Getaway to Galena

4.6 on December 07, 2010

We enjoyed our stay very much at Hawk Valley! We would love to stay longer(or even forever) if we could it was beautiful and restful. Our cottage was much larger than I anticipated and cozy. Next time we go to Galena we will go on a weekend or maybe in warmer months when there is more activities. Jane was a wonderful gracious hostess! Thank you so much!

Very good bed and breakfast - would stay again

3.8 on November 28, 2010

We stayed at Hawk Valley for 2 nights. The room was very comfortable, and had a tv with a dvd player. The scenery around the cottage was beautiful, even in November. We looked at several other places but this one was by far the best value for our money. We would definitely stay here again next year.

Wonderful place

4.6 on November 21, 2010

We stayed in Pines cottage. It was above and beyond our expectations. Beautiful locale. We will be back.

Hawk Valley Visit

4.6 on November 20, 2010

Really enjoyed our stay! Great breakfast, lovely home, gracious hostess and great scenery!

Great Place to Stay!

5 on November 15, 2010

This is a great place to stay. Not only peaceful, but plenty of things to do for kids. It is our grandsons favorite place to visit. They went fishing, found trails and kept busy for 3 days. The hosts and food are fabulous, cottages spotless and adorable. This was our 2nd trip and we will definately go back.

"Somerset Place"

5 on November 05, 2010

While traveling, we always stay at a B&B and have yet, to find a nicer retreat than Hawk Valley. I don't know if it's the quiet serenity, double whirlpool bath, great breakfast or warm hospitality of Jane and Fritz, that keep luring us back. Actually, it's all of the above, that keep us coming back, again and again. Sincerely, Charlie & Diane

Great Bed & Breakfast!

5 on November 05, 2010

My husband and I loved Hawk Valley Retreat! We stayed in one of the cottages and it was exactly what we were looking for. Hawk Valley is a great place to stay if you are looking for a quiet place to just sit back and relax in between of going to downtown Galena, which is not a far drive. The breakfast every morning was outstanding!! We will definitely be going back.

Great Place

3.8 on October 18, 2010

Our first time at a B&B and we had a great time. Nice clean friendly place and friendly people. Will go back again.

Wonderful place to stay!

4.6 on October 17, 2010

Great, Quiet place to stay. Food was fantastic, and so were the hosts. Not much more to say. Stay here if you like a country setting and a place to relax.

Quiet and peaceful

4.6 on October 16, 2010

Beautiful, quiet setting in a valley. Friendly owners and excellent breakfast. Very good value.

Awesome Bed and Breakfast!!

3.2 on October 06, 2010

Lovely property and Lovely host! Jane is an amazing woman and a pleasure to stay with. Breakfasts were awesome and the views of the night stars are something we don't see here in Chicago. Simply awesome!!! I would stay there again and again and again!! D. Zaitz Lake in the Hills, IL

A Piece of Heaven

5 on September 27, 2010

I need a nice quiet place to get away from it all. I could not have found a better place to go. The rooms were amazing and the food was to die for. There was alot to do and a quality place to do it in. I would recommend Hawk Valley to anyone that was looking for a quiet romantic getaway or for a soul searching experience.


5 on September 25, 2010

We spent our anniversary at the Hawk Valley Retreat and it was amazing! The cottage was so nice - clean, private, and cozy. Jane was the sweetest! Her breakfast was the best. The place is close to downtown but far enough away to really enjoy the quiet and beautiful landscape. Dave & Mary

Hawk Valley - Somerset cottage

4.0 on September 20, 2010

My wife and I recently visited Galena, Illinois for a few days of rest, relaxation and sightseeing. We had visited the area previously and elected to select a different place to stay this time. Fortunately for us we selected a cottage at Hawk Valley. From the time we arrived it was exactly what we were looking for. Jane, one of the owners greeted us and provided us with details of their place as well as the sights to see around town. Hawk Valley is close enough to be in town in a few minutes, but far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the country. The cottage was very clean and neat and the grounds provided us with sights to see during the evening walks. Jane started us on our day with a super breakfast and a recipe to try when we get home. Hawk Valley is definitely the place we will stay when we return to this area.

our honeymoon

5 on September 12, 2010

My wife and I thouroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was very private, comfortable and clean. The whirlpool was very relaxing and enjoyable ... especially after the 10 month wedding planning. The massages we received. Were just what we needed to complete our short getaway. The hospitality was second to none, and we enjoyed the short walk to breakfast each morning. We plan on making this bed and breakfast our little getaway each year for our honeymoon. Thank you for the wonderful service, hospitality, friendliness, and morning conversation. We truly had a wonderful time.

Great Place for a romantic getaway!

4.4 on September 08, 2010

The drive up was stunning and the view from The Somerset cottage was outstanding. It was a perfect place to relax and destress. Just wish I would have spent more time there than running around in Galena. The breakfasts are superb and Jane was a great host. The grounds are gorgeous and if you love bird watching, this is the place for you. We'll gladly come back over and over.

made my weekend amazing!

4.6 on August 24, 2010

it was a short trip, and even having traveled all the way from texas, i would do it again! not going to lie, the decor is a bit "southern grandmotheresque" but the grounds are kept and they are super clean! not to mention the super comfy king sized bed. i highly recommend it! and if i had more time, i would go on and on...

Best place to stay in Galena

5 on August 18, 2010

I've stayed here several times and don't have any complaints! Loved it!!!

Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, Galena, IL

5 on August 16, 2010

This was a VERY relaxing place to stay! The innkeepers thought of EVERYTHING! There were even 'packages' we could buy to have ready for us upon arrival. We got a bottle of wine and a cheese/fruit basket. Then, we just sat back and enjoyed! There were even wine glasses and a corkscrew in the kitchenette area! I had not really thought about it, but there was also a small grill, charcoal, and lighter fluid in case we wanted to stay in for dinner and cook out on our back porch area. We live really busy lives daily, so it was SOOOOO nice to go to a place out in the country that was quiet where we could look out and see the stars at night. I could hear frogs down by the water, and we got to watch a couple of really beautiful sunsets. I would really recommend Hawk Valley for anyone who needs to unwind and get away from the big city, traffic, and the daily grind! FANTASTIC!

Relax and reconnect

5 on August 10, 2010

We returned to Hawk Valley again this year for yet another wonderful long weekend. We stayed in the main house in the Woodlands with the Bunny Hutch for our teenager. The food, as usual was great. I will be emailing Jane for the recipe for the oven baked french toast - so good, no syrup needed. Highlights - fishing at the pond (they have equipment if you don't), cooking out, waking up to see deer up behind the mainhouse, and sitting in any of the many nooks around the main house enjoying a book or playing games with our family. Jane and Fritz run a beautiful, relaxing property - great place to recharge and reconnect.

Home away from Home

5 on July 28, 2010

Our 4th stay at Hawk valley was every bit the relaxing 5 days we knew it would be. There is no other place we would rather spend alone time together! Jane & Fritz are wonderful people. It was a delight to meet Jane's grandson David as well. The view from the Somerset Cottage is like a beautiful dream. We have already booked the cottage for our trip next year! We would recommend Hawk valley to anyone wanting a quiet, beautiful place to reconnect, meditate & realx. Jane serves Gourmet breakfasts that are second to none! Go! See for yourseleves! You wont be disappointed. Tell them Justin & Missy sent you!

Weekend Getaway

4.0 on June 07, 2010

My fiance and I needed a nice weekend to get away and work on our relationship. This was the perfect place it was quiet, well maintained, nice rooms, especially the jacuzzi. It is not far from downtown Galena so we were able to drive very easily back and forth. Jane was awesome and made our weekend a very enjoyable one.

Quaint and peaceful

3.8 on May 21, 2010

The Hawk Valley Retreat is a great place to relax and enjoy nature while meeting new and interesting people, including the hostess, Jane. Nice accomodations and great food. They go the extra mile to provide great customer service and ensure that your stay is memorable.

Hawk Valley Retreat

4.8 on May 16, 2010

If you are looking for a wonderful tranquil get a way, this is the perfect spot. Jane was a wonderful host...her meals were Paula Deen like...absolutely delicious! The grounds were very well kept and the cabin was very comfortable and accessible...we had an absolutely wonderful time. We hope to be back soon~


5 on May 12, 2010

We love staying at Hawk Valley because it truelly is a peaceful retreat for us. We sit outside, grill, read, and just relax. We love the mid-week special of staying two nights and getting a third night free. Jane is the best cook. We love her breakfasts. Come, rest and find peace.

Great choice in Galena

4.0 on May 10, 2010

We recently spent 3 nights at the Hawk Valley Retreat with our 1-year old son. Jane was very welcoming and helpful right from making the booking throughout our stay. She offered us good advice on the best things to see and do in the area and provided lots of useful maps and tips. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful grounds and relaxing by the big pond. Hawk Valley Retreat is in a great location and if we're back in the area will consider this B&B first.

i keep coming back!

5 on May 09, 2010

wonderful place, beautiful inn keepers, awesome environment! will keep coming back....i promise!

Rainy Days on Boy Scout Weekend

5 on April 29, 2010

My daughter and I had a relaxing weekend, even with the rain. We joined my son for his boyscout activities in town. We shopped and visited different sites. Returning to a peaceful room was a great way to close our night. Jane was fabtabulous and cooks like a pro. Thanks Jane for treating my daughter with extra care. P.S. The grounds are amazing and well kept.

Fourth Stay

5 on April 16, 2010

This is the fourth time at Hawk Valley. We love the quiet and watching all the beautiful birds. Jane and Fritz are great host. The breakfast is wonderful. My husband loves to fish in their pond. Great place to stay-close to Galena but yet alot quieter. We will go back.

You wont be disappointed here!

4.0 on April 02, 2010

My husband and I wanted to stay at a place that could give us the feeling of nature, peace and tranquility but still have the pleasures of nice surroundings and gourmet food....we found the place! Our hostess was also such a pleasure to deal with and she did everything she could to make our stay enjoyable. We will definitely be coming back..

Hawk Valley is Great!!

4.4 on March 30, 2010

From the moment we called to check on availability, Jane was at our service. Once we reserved the room, she sent a map and directions to their lovely property. They were very hospitible and gave you the sense of welcome. Within 20 minutes of our arrival there were three hawks soaring above the field outside our porch door. Wake up early, Jane has coffee or tea waiting for you and the breakfast is AMAZING!! I left with the recipe for her baked french toast that we liked so much. All in all, money well spent and time well spent...we are going back for sure in the summer.

Best relaxing time I have had in a long time!

5 on March 20, 2010

I needed to get away from life and this was exactly what the Dr. prescribed. Thank you to the Fuchs for keeping some a wonderful place!

Relaxing and Quiet

4.0 on March 20, 2010

What a great place to relax. We enjoyed visiting downtown Galena, but our favorite part was returning to the cottage. We were able to enjoy a dinner of gourmet leftovers in a romantic setting. No time commitments, no work to be done. The cottage was extremely clean and the kitchen was completely furnished with everything we needed for our dinner. Although you are in the country, far from noise and light, the cottage is first class - nothing rustic about it. The whirlpool tub was very large and bath salts were even provided. It was a perfect getaway and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to escape the everyday routine and relax.

The Woodlands room at Hawks Valley Retreat--HEAVEN!!

5 on March 10, 2010

My wife and I checked in on Fri., Feb 26th, all set for a nice getaway! We’ve been to Hawks Valley before, so I knew it was going to be a great weekend. We told some friends about it, so they made reservations too. Jane, the Hawks Valley Innkeeper, is extremely friendly, & very knowledgeable about everything that goes on in Galena, she even has a print out she gives you with information of what’s going on while your there! Our room couldn’t have been any more comfortable! The bed was like sleeping on a cloud! Besides that, Hawks Valley is located in the middle of forests, hills, and open fields, nothing but pure relaxation! When you arrive, your blood pressure drops to nothing, all stress leaves your body, & you don't want to leave!! The main house where the B&B rooms are is beautifully furnished, wood floors, area rugs, comfortable couch and chairs. There are books, DVD's, and puzzles (the innkeeper Jane LOVES puzzles!). By the windows, there are sets of binoculars, for peering out over the landscape and pond. We looked past the fields, & saw animals in the forest! Jane was able to make reservations in town for us at "Fried Green Tomatoes", you HAVE to go there! The breakfast Jane serves is just amazing, an entire gourmet meal! The dishes, the dining room, are beautiful antiques & era pieces; it all comes together in a whirl wind of warmth! There are (2) dining tables, enough room to accommodate everyone! She has homemade cookies out all day, fresh coffee and tea. There’s pop in the fridge, and you can put your own items in there as well! Our room had a over sized tub, great for soaking alone or with your spouse! If you want TV, Hawks Valley is setup with satellite along with the DVD/VHS player for movies, there’s a selection in the office to choose from! We left Sunday, our batteries recharged, & smiles on our faces! We’re already planning our next visit to Hawks Valley! Thanks again Jane, we had a GREAT time!! Sincerely, Chris & Jenny

Absolutely peaceful and inviting

4.4 on March 04, 2010

I enjoyed the seclusion of the inn, it was away from the main strip. But Main St. and all of Galena's attractions were only 10min away. The inn have wonderful hiking trails, the room rates were very reasonable. Jane was very welcoming and the breakfasts were delicious. I had a wonderful time and would recommend to anyone wanting to get away for a little while.

Our Visit to Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

4.0 on February 28, 2010

This is the perfect get-a-way place from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The area surrounding Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages is county and picturesque. This was my 2nd visit to Hawk Valley and my husbands sixth. We woke up on Saturday morning to the snow covered wonderland. This was our first time to stay in one of the cottages. It was lovely and equiped with every convience. I enjoyed relaxing in the whirlpool. Jane serves up a lovely delicious breakfast. Birding from the living room window is a treat at Hawk Valley. Be sure to put this on your "bucket list".

we had a good time here

3.0 on February 23, 2010

We had a good time celebrating our first anniversary at Hawk Valley. Our cottage "Fox Glen" was nice. I searched online and called around for prices and availability before I made this reservation. Fritz was the only one nice with me on the phone. With patience, he gave me answers to all my questions without being rude because of my accent. But I didn't understand why he or Jane didn't say "Good-morning" to us at breakfast.I spoke with Fritz on the phone but I didn't see him till this morning at breakfast when he told us without greeting us, to take the shoes off and to put the slippers on. We enjoyed the breakfast:good, to early, not enough for us(it's at 8:30am, not 9am). Jane came with refills for water and coffee but not for juice or anything else( we don't drink coffee, we got milk). We had a lot of fun sledding and we took a walk on the pretty propriety using the snowshoes. Thanks to Jen who had to brig the sleds from the garage;nobody used those recently;but it's fun in winter, if you decide to go there.Also, take your towels, bath robes and some kitchen bowls if you decide to have a salad for dinner or pop-corn during a movie. We couldn't enjoy the whirl-pool on the first night at Fox Glen.Not even a shower. The hot water wasn't hot. Jane came right away when I called her.On the second day morning, the water was the same even if we waited all night for that 80gallons of water to get hot. We spent all second day on downtown Galena and Dubuque-it's worth to visit!! Jane and Fritz took care of water-problem when we were gone...but they said it was no problem. The whirl-pool was kind of small for us also(I'm 5'8 and my husband 6'2- a lot of legs, I know!). After breakfast and at night we were going for a walk on the propriety's road:quite & beautiful views! We'll like to go there again and we recommend this place to everyone who doesn't let "the ugly little things" to screw up your day.

Perfect Get away!

4.8 on February 22, 2010

Hawk Valley was amazing!! Very peacefull and the pefect place to go to get away. The Sommerset cottage was so relaxing and just the perfect place to get away from everything. The snow shoeing was not only a great workout but also a great way to get into nature and fell like you are away from it all. Jane's cooking was wonderful and she even accomindated to me and my husbands special dietary needs.

Loved it!

5 on February 21, 2010

This place was outstanding, breakfast amazing, the rooms were even more lovely than they appeared online. Highly recommend to all.

The Place to be!

5 on February 09, 2010

my wife and I recently stayed at the hawk Vallet Resort and it was just what the doctor ordered. It gave us a nice change of events. Jane was very welcoming and the food was good. We stayed at the fox glen and it was like walking into a home away from. I would recommend satying here to anyone who asks.


5 on January 13, 2010

We stayed at the Hawk Valley Retreat in one of their cottages. The cottage was cozy and inviting. You get all the comforts of home but none of the worries. If you are looking for a nice relaxing getaway this is the place to visit.

A Great Escape

5 on January 10, 2010

After surviving the hustle & bustle of this holiday season, there was no better place to escape than to Hawk Valley Retreat. The quiet & serene setting was perfect, as we were able to unwind & relax. The breakfasts that were served were to die for and their hospitality and friendliness were beyond our expectations. Jane & Fritz absolutely have a little piece of heaven right here in Galena, Illinois. GREAT PLACE, GREAT HOSTS, AND WE WILL BE BACK THIS SUMMER!!!!!!

Our 1st Anniversary

4.6 on December 10, 2009

We celebrated our 1st Wedding Anniversary staying in the Somerset Cottage. We were here last year for our honeymoon and returned for our anniversary. We are already booked again for another visit in 2010. Hawk Valley is a very peaceful place with out of this world breakfasts. It is only a short drive into Galena and Dubuque. Hawk Valley Retreat is a great place for anyone to rest and relax and Somerset Cottage has the best view of all.

Can't wait for a return visit!

5 on September 20, 2009

This was our second stay at Hawk Valley, and it will not be our last! We love that is set apart from the main town of Galena; we can go into town for shopping and the hustle and bustle, and come back at night for a truly serene and quiet evening. Jane is so wonderful, and her breakfasts are simply to die for. Her French toast bake is too delicious for words! She will help set up reseravations for dinner, and even mail you items you forgot after check-out. :) Cottages are so quaint, and we love the hot tub and kitchenette.

Will never stay anywhere else when In Galena

5 on August 20, 2009

My Husband & I always enjoy our stay at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages! We have just past our 2nd year, but intend on many many more years of spending our anniversary there. The Cottages are so cozy and private. The Breakfasts are so decadent. The Innkeepers make you feel like family. When we visited this last time a guest suggested a bon fire & Jane was happy to oblige. We roasted marshmallows, and made s'mores, talked & mingled. The grounds are beautiful and the nature trails are spectacular. If you like being out in the country, this is your place to be! We have already booked our stay there for next year! Counting down the days until then....

The best weekend get-away

5 on August 13, 2009

We just had a weekend getaway to Hawk Valley and everything was perfect. The grounds were beautiful with the flowers in bloom. The pond was full of life with frogs, fish, and turtles. We caught a bunch of bass with some in the 3-4 lb range and lots more bluegills. The bird watching was great with blue herons, green herons, blue birds, hummingbirds, etc… It was amazing to sit on the deck and have the hummingbirds fly right next to you to get to the feeders. One night Jane, the innkeeper, helped us with a campfire down by the pond. Jane provided skewers so we had a cook-out. Breakfast each day was so wonderful my wife asked for the recipes. We went to Galena and Dubuque, IA for shopping, sightseeing and dining. We had a great time. But the highlight of the trip was Hawk Valley and its great hosts, Jane and Fritz. Thanks for making our weekend perfect.

Wonderfully relaxing!

4.8 on July 31, 2009

Beautiful property! If you are looking for a relaxing, secluded spot, this is it! Set in the country it has beautiful landscaping, mature trees, and nice pond with picnic table and fire pit. We absolutely loved it! Jane was a wonderful hostess and made a very yummy breakfast (baked french toast). We are definitely coming back and will stay in one of the cottages!

Hawk Valley offers peace and quiet and a slower pace.

5 on July 30, 2009

We loved staying at the Somerset cottage in Hawk Valley, enjoying the awesome view of the valley from the deck. Accommodations were roomy yet cozy. We enjoyed the jacuzzi, the walks on the grounds, fishing, and the swing at the main house. Jane and Fritz are welcoming and wonderfully helpful. It is nice just to get away from the hubbub of the city and slow down the pace. Since it is outside of Galena, the stars are spectacular at night. The bonfires at night are great and the breakfasts are delicious!

Perfect Getaway

4.8 on July 24, 2009

We need a quick getaway for peace, quiet and relaxation. We found just the place. Our own little cottage on Jane's grounds. It couldn't have been better. It ended up to be just what we were looking for and more. Each morning Jane fixed us the most outstanding breakfast that we have had in a B and B in a long time. Everything was just wonderful and we are looking forward to our next visit. Remember to try "Fried Green Tomatoes" in town, it's the best dinner around. Way too much food. We did bring our own coffee and maker for the early riser, as there is only a four cup in the room. Other than that just perfect.

Fantastic Getaway!

5 on July 18, 2009

My husband and I stayed at this Retreat on a last minute whim. The booking process was quick and easy, just the way I like it. I found the accomodations spacious, comfortable, and quiet; I never wanted to leave. If you aren't sure about booking this retreat, the french toast entree Jane serves is delicious!

Better than I imagined

4.8 on July 12, 2009

I started planning our first miny vacation just the two of us in over two years. I started looking at Galena and then I found Hawk Valley. I couldn't believe we could book a cottage for that price and the property sounded so beautiful. I wasn't sure my husband would be interested in it though, so I found a couple other hotels and B&B's for him to look at. He kept comparing everything to Hawk Valley. So I called Jane and booked the last available cottage for the days that we could get away. Then I got nervously excited - what if it wasn't as nice as it sounded, but yet I wanted to get there right away instead of waited the two weeks. Finally the time came and we dropped the boys off at my parents. Wow, what a gorgeous drive it was to Hawk Valley. We arrived early, so we spent time walking through the nature trails, enjoying the beautiful gardens, and walking around the pond. Our room was wonderful. My husband felt instantly comfortable in the Pines Cottage. He is a hunter and the hunting atmosphere of the cottage was perfect. We couldn't help but relax, the furniture was very comfortable. During our two night stay we also enjoyed the swing on the deck and admiring the fountain in the garden just off the edge of the deck. I even was able to complete a puzzle, something I haven't done in a long time. The breakfasts in the morning were delicious. I felt like we were in a restaurant. Jane is a great cook and is wonderful to talk with. I don't know how many times in the last three weeks since our stay, that my husband hasn't said, "Yep, we will definitely be going back to Hawk Valley" and I completely agree. Hawk Valley was exactly what we needed and we can't wait to go back.

A Much Needed Getaway

3.6 on June 22, 2009

Jane was very nice and welcoming. The room was great and the breakfast was wonderful. It was raining while we were there so we didn't have a chance to enjoy the walking trails or fishing/campfire atmosphere but Hawk Valley is a very relaxing and peaceful place to visit. We are definitely considering going back next time we can get away.

Country Cottage

4.2 on June 22, 2009

This cottage was more than what we imagined, very nice setting in the country, we will be back again!

Wonderful place for a getaway or small wedding

4.8 on June 09, 2009

I cannot say enough good things about this B&B! My (now) husband and I have stayed here three times in the last 4 years, the last stay being May 27th-31st 2009 for our recent wedding. The location is wonderful, Jane and Fritz (the owners) are friendly and helpful, and the breakfasts every morning are absolutely delicious. For our first two stays, my husband and I took advantage of their midweek special, and even ending up exending our stay one day during our 2008 vacation. For the wedding, Jane and Fritz couldn't have been more helpful. We had a perfect event, and we couldn't have done it without their help arranging and coordinating various things. This is a great place to stay for a romantic getaway, or when you need to unplug from city life for a while. It is a short (10-15 minute) drive to downtown Galena, so you really get the sense of quiet and isolation while still being able to easily get to shopping and dining. The evenings are best spend relaxing with a glass of wine on the private decks that are a part of every cabin and room, stargazing or just soaking in the calm. This is also a wonderful place for a small wedding (~30 people), I couldn't have picked a more picturesque setting!

Just splendid!!!!!

4.0 on May 28, 2009

Our recent stay at Hawk Valley retreat was a wonderful quick trip to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. The room was beautifully appointed, the welcome warm. We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet, the lively conversations around the breakfast table with couples present for the same reason-wedding anniversary and reconnecting. We were able to explore the town, and every recommendation for eatery was right on the money. we had not had such good sleep in ages, so much so that we made a return reservation for the Octoberfest. We are definitely looking forward to enjoying Jane and Fritz's hospitality and the fall foliage. Who knows? might try our hand at some fishing too, along with horseback riding and shopping at the Galena Canning Company.

It was a wonderful and romantic birthday stay at Hawk Valley

5 on May 13, 2009

Our stay at the Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages could have not been better. The accomodations were clean, private, and spacious. Everything in the room worked perfectly. The setting nestled in the valley was gorgeous and the grounds were maintained in immaculate fashion. The hiking trails were a nice touch as was the setup for birdwatching. We didn't see Fritz much but Jane was an excellent hostess and a gourmet cook. The breakfast meals were scrumptious and immensely gratifying. We look forward to a return trip to Galena and would not consider staying anywhere except Hawk Valley. Thanks for a wonderful and romantic experience. Jeff and Nancy

Perfect Place

5 on May 10, 2009

Exactly what we were looking for. Breakfast was awesome! It was very enjoying and relaxing. Great place to get away and enjoy nature. We will be back. (Loved the cookies!)

Beautiful country place

4.8 on May 06, 2009

We stayed for 4 nights and were wishing for more. It is a gorgeous country setting among the hills and valleys outside of Galena. Only about a 10 minute drive back to town. Our cottage was comfortable and very clean. The jacuzzi was nice and large. We had a wonderful view of the surrounding area from our deck. The only sounds are birds and cows. There is a pond stocked with fish and poles to try and catch them. The breakfast is outstanding. Jane is a very good cook. She is the most gracious hostess and is filled with ideas to make your visit to Galena special. I can't wait to go back and spend some more time in this piece of heaven.

Hawk Happiness

4.2 on April 28, 2009

Was very peaceful and quiet. Cottage is nice to be seperate from main house. Accommidations was comfortable and food was very tasty. Handicapp accessibility in cabin was great. Listing 'kitchinette' was a little miss leading since there was no stove top or oven. Location was perfect -- not too far or too close from tourism spot.

Peaceful Retreat

4.4 on April 27, 2009

Beautiful scenery, wonderful hosts and awesome food! Provided for an absolutely wonderful weekend away!

Very Nice Stay

3.6 on April 27, 2009

We had a very nice stay at Hawk Valley. I would recommend it mainly because of the incredible surroundings. It wasn't too far from the things we wanted to do and Jane and Fritz were very helpful and nice. Plus, they have a kitty!

Wonderful getaway

5 on April 13, 2009

Our stay at Hawk Valley was everything we thought it would be. The country view was breathtaking and the getting away from the hussle and bussle of the city was great. Our room was cozy and we didn't want to leave. Jane's homemade breakfast was excellent and visiting with Jane and others over "comfort food" made our day start well. Driving into Galena is not far and is a beautiful drive. We will stay there again soon.

Hoonymoon retreat

4.0 on April 02, 2009

It was a wonderful place. We spent a long weekend their over the wine lovers weekend. We had a great time and recommend this to our friends.

nice b&b

4.0 on March 30, 2009

We enjoyed our stay. The place is very nice, peaceful and serene. The breakfast was wonderful. Very nice place to stay.

Hawk Valley

4.6 on March 27, 2009

We had a wonderful stay. Jane was a wonderful host; her breakfasts were the best. She made us feel at home – she is an excellent conversationalist. The cottage was clean and tastefully furnished. It was good to stay outside Galena – very quiet. We ran in the hills around the estate and it was very peaceful and scenic. Recommend a visit to Galena Museum. Its small but interesting. Also went into Dubuque and visited the excellent art museum.

Excellent Getaway

5 on March 13, 2009

We took a winter weekend and were thouroghly impressed with the very nice cabins and the peace and quiet. The breakfast was better than you would expect anywhere and the hospitality was great. The only thing that would have made it better would be in the spring or fall when there was more green grass and leaves on the trees. We really enjoyed our stay and plan to return.


5 on March 13, 2009

Just got back and this is the best B&B we've stayed at. It is very relaxing and Jane and Fritz are great hosts. Breakfast was wonderful!!!!!!!!!

Our weekend getaway

5 on March 03, 2009

We had such a wonderful time at Hawk Valley, where we stayed in the Somerset Cottage. The views were spectacular, the cottage was very clean, and perfectly decorated. As we both lead such busy lives, it was so overwhelming to have stayed at such a relaxing, friendly, well kept facility, what a great change!! Breakfast was fantastic in the main house, shopping on main street was so much fun! Jane was a great host, we will definitely recommend this facility to our friends, and can't wait to come back again during the summer! Thanks again for such a great weekend! Lauren and Joe

Wonderful stay

4.8 on February 22, 2009

The cottages are very clean and up to date. A fireplace and large corner hot tub make this a romantic getaway. The innkeepers are very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was delicious! A very affordable stay!

Hawk Valley Retreat - Best of the Best

5 on February 15, 2009

Jane and Fritz are like old friends from the first time moment you meet them. We loved our cabin and the gorgeous view. Hawks View was the best get-a-way we have had in a long time. Very peaceful and relaxing. The bed was the most comfortable we’ve slept in Absolutely the cleanest lodging facility we have ever stayed at. Jane’s breakfasts alone are worth coming back for. . We will be back to enjoy the other seasons. Thanks for the hospitality!!!

hawk valley retreat review

4.6 on January 20, 2009

This is our second stay and we will continue to come here when we visit the Galena area. The location is lovely, the innkeepers are gracious and helpful.

So relaxing!

4.0 on January 09, 2009

This was a perfect couple getaway! It was really nice to have Jane to get ideas for day trips and dinner reservations. I really appreciated their hospitality and was so relaxed the whole time we were there. I highly recommend doing the massage package, its done right in your cabin!

Wonderful first B&B experience

4.4 on January 01, 2009

My girlfriend and I have never stayed at a B&B, but this was the perfect place to start. We had such a good time, we booked our next visit before we left.

a perfect get-away

4.8 on December 31, 2008

Here are just three of the many things that make Hawk Valley Retreat so special: The country setting with ever-changing views. Jane and Fritz's warm hospitality. Breakfasts that fill your tummy and your soul. I can't wait to go back!

Best in the World

5 on December 30, 2008

The service was excellent. The food was delicious. Jane and Fritz were wonderful and they gave us some good ideas on what to do while we were with them. We will definitely be coming back.

Romantic Weekend Getaway

5 on December 03, 2008

This was a wonderful place to getaway for a weekend! We stayed in the Pines Cottage and enjoyed ourselves tremendously! We are already looking at our calendar for when we can plan to return!

We didn't want to leave

5 on November 29, 2008

This was a first small va-ca for us as a couple. This will definitely be an annual visit. Jane was such a wonderful host. I would recommend Hawk Valley and a trip to downtown Galena to anyone.

Great Time

4.4 on November 21, 2008

Great room: clean, beautiful decoration, well equiped. It was quiet and relaxing. Breakfast was outstanding. Would definitely go back. Can wait!

Quiet Retreat

4.0 on October 27, 2008

Beautiful view great food wonderful innkeepers. Out of town but not too far.

love the country

5 on October 26, 2008

The Hawk Valley Cottege was perfect for our aniversary weekened. The Retreat was only 10 minutes from Galena in the country. It was so peacefull with only the sounds of cows and birds. The cottage was very clean and beautifully decorated. The king size bed was comfy with it's oversized pillows. The wirlpool tub was a great way to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. The view from cottage was both breathtaking both day and night. Breakfast was outstanding! A full hot breakfast served on elegant dining ware. First class B & B in the peacefullness of the country.

Hawk Valley is the best!!!

5 on October 24, 2008

We stayed at Hawk Valley Retreat and also had our wedding there. Everything was outstanding, and definitely exceeded our expectations. The property is beautiful, and so are the rooms and cottages. The innkeepers were very accomodating, and took care of every last detail with the wedding. It all went smooth and was very relaxing. We will go back for sure!

Best Place To Stay!!

5 on October 23, 2008

This was our third stay here. We always stay in the Somerset Cottage. It's perfect in every way. Jane's breakfasts are the best I've ever had! Her baked pancakes with strawberries are my favorite! You feel like you're at home when you stay here. You're set far enough away from the town to have utter peace and quiet. And yet close enough to get to town lickety-split. My husband and I plan on staying here at least once a year. Whenever we go, we never want to leave. Stay in the fall - it's gorgeous!!

Save room for us.

4.8 on October 23, 2008

This was our second stay at the Hawk Valley Retreat; the reason for my title review is as more and more people learn of this wonderful B&B, it will be so popular that we will have to book our trip further in advance. Jane and Fritz are very nice, friendly, and make it very easy to have a very needed get away. We will be back, we just might have to book our reservations earlier. The Rosenbaum's of Glen Ellyn, IL

Hawk Valley, Galena

4.8 on October 13, 2008

Beautiful grounds and facility in a stunning area near Galena. Hawk Valley is impeccably clean and well-maintained. Exceptional breakfast combined with friendly, welcoming, helpful and enjoyable service. Jane is the best.

Fantastic Retreat

4.6 on September 17, 2008

Our 4 day stay at Hawk Valley Retreat was terrific. The grounds are expansive and beautiful - the kids all loved running around, rolling down the hills, fishing, hiking....we never ran out of adventures. Fritz and Jane were warm, friendly hosts who made us feel welcome and comfortable. Jane made fabulous breakfasts every morning, and weekend nights were capped off with cozy bonfires. We can't wait to go back!

Had a great time at Hawk Valley

5 on September 09, 2008

Cottages were clean and comfortrable, the grounds were beautiful and the food was fantastic.

Hawk Valley Retreat a Must

4.8 on September 08, 2008

Jane and Fritz are excellent hosts who treat you right. Breakfast is outstanding (efforts to kidnap Jane have failed). The cottages are perfect for couples or, as in our case, small familes to stay (two families of three and one family of four). The location is perfect "out in the sticks" away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to reach downtown Galena in about 15 minutes.

Can't wait to return!

5 on August 19, 2008

Just returned from a long weekend stay at Hawk Valley in Aug 2008. Everything was fabulous - as always! From the beautiful property to the mouthwatering food (s'mores never tasted so good) to the blissful night's rest it was a wonderful end to the summer.

Family Gathering in the Valley

5 on August 19, 2008

Our family gathering in Hawk Valley this year was so enjoyable. I looked forward to breakfast every morning wondering what new treat would be served - and I was never disappointed. I enjoyed reading a book on the porch, watching the hummingbirds around the feeders, fishing in the pond and making samores around the bonfire in the evening. What a lovely way to spend a weekend. Thank you Jane and Fritz for being such wonderful hosts - and we look forward to coming again next year.

God's Beautiful Country

5 on July 26, 2008

We stayed in the Hillside Cottage from July 18 - 21, 2008 and it was a perfect weekend. Their website photos do not do this cottage justice. It is very spacious and clean. Many BnBs have too much "stuff" that just collects dust. This cottage was quiet and had a nice deck with a beautiful view of the sunset. Jane and Fritz are wonderful hosts and invited us to the bonfire on Sunday night. They were there giving us each a sticks, marshmallows, chocolates, plates and napkins for our s'mores. What a delightful and perfect evening. The breakfasts are wonderful with incredible sausages, fresh fruit and a fresh-from-the-oven-pecan-rolls. I highly recommend this BnB. The drive from the BnB to downtown Galena is very scenic. Try to have dinner at both Fried Green Tomatoes and The Cove restaurant at Apple Canyon Lake. Sit on the deck at The Cove to watch the sunset on the lake because it is spectacular!!!

Weekend away

5 on July 23, 2008

I had a great weekend, very relaxing and private. all efforts were made to insure you have a great getaway without missing a thing. We had the massage in our room! everything was executed perfectly, i hope to return next year :)

Fabulous Hawk Valley

4.0 on July 22, 2008

We just returned from a relaxing four day stay at Hawk Valley Retreat in the Galena area. Accommodations are immaculate, service is prompt and dependable. Jane, one of the owners, makes fabulous breakfasts and is friendly, makes great activity suggestions, and is quick with a smile, giving directions, and just about anything you may need. If you are looking for relaxation and just getting away from it all, spectacular views, as well as up to date amenities and downhome hospitality, this is a great haven of peace and renewal.

Romance and Family a Trip to Remember...

5 on July 13, 2008

We have never stayed at a Bed&Breakfast before, but my brother was getting married in Galena so we thought we'd try one out since we usually stay at a resort out there to ski (but this time we were staying in July). I took my boyfriend, and my brother's family to Hawk Valley and it was the most beautiful trip we have had together in so many years we actually planned another family trip to follow. The property is gorgeous, the cabins and house are beautiful and the hosts are friendly. We absolutely LOVED the food! We will definately stay there again in the future and bring even more people next time! Thanks again for the great stay!


5 on July 08, 2008

We celebrated our 1st anniversary here in July 2008. It was our first time in Galena. Jane was wonderful in recommending places to see and dine. The cottage was perfect and the grounds were great. It was so quiet , peaceful and relaxing. The breakfast in the morning was delicious and always a surprise. Meeting other couples and having conversations over the breakfast table it felt like one big family. My husband and I will be back next year in the fall to see all the beautiful foliage. Thank you to Jane for a wonderful time.


3.6 on July 08, 2008


Fabulous Time

4.6 on June 18, 2008

Very clean and orderly rooms. The breakfast was beyond our expectations as well as complimentary coffee and drinks being offered all day. The pond area had wonderful options: catch n release, a sitting swing area to observe the beautiful spectrum of birds, and a sitting area for campfires. This is an outstanding bed and breakfast that we will never forget

Peaceful and romantic getaway

5 on June 16, 2008

Breathtaking. Refreshing. Peaceful. These are just a few of the words I would use to describe our stay at the Hawk Valley Cottage. We were there to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary on Fri and Sat nights. Fri eve we were served a pork tenderloin meal in our cottage by candlelight. Included in the meal package was a bottle of wine. The meal was quite tasty and the scenery was wonderfully romantic. Later that eve we ran the water in our whirlpool bathtub when we noticed a hot-air balloon in the sky. We watched it carefully as it headed our direction. We ran out to meet the crew of 12 as it landed within 20 yards of our cottage. What an exhilarating view and unique experience! Sat morn we were served a spectacular breakfast at the main house and then two massage therapists arrived at our cottage for a 60-min massage. So, so relaxing, need I say more... Afterwards we headed to Galena Cellars for some wine tasting, made our purchases and then sat out on their verandah for a lite lunch of cheese, crackers and, of course, a bottle of wine. The sky was blue and the countryside was breathtaking. We headed downtown Galena to enjoy the rest of our afternoon looking inside their unique shops and then went to our 5:30 dinner reservations. Upon arriving back to Hawk Valley that evening we caught up with the friends we made at breakfast that morning and sat on the main house deck for hours of countryside sounds (bullfrogs, hummingbirds, etc) and good conversation. The following morning we had another delightful breakfast at the main house before we checked out and headed for home. I would highly recommend a weekend at the Hawk Valley Retreat. We will be returning the following season as we want to experience each of the fours seasons at this resort. To experience the beauty and quietness would only be a vow to return to it. Enjoy!

Back to Nature

5 on June 16, 2008

A stay at Hawk Valley was just what our relationship needed! We had a gorgeous cottage to ourselves, complete with fireplace and whirlpool, that was set apart from the main house. The grounds are breathtaking and there is a stocked pond that we enjoyed hours of fishing at. Only minutes from Galena, we were able to enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural environment and then go into town for shopping, a trolley tour and dinner. Jane is very sweet, knowledgeable and makes amazing breakfast! This was a great place to help us relax, unwind and get to know each other again.

You must stay here!

5 on June 16, 2008

Jane was so friendly on the phone. She treated me kindly and assured me this was a very safe place for me and my partner. The seclusion and privacy was perfect while the hospitality was just enough. I was amazed at the variety of birds around. Binoculars were available along with bird books to make bird watching valuable. Jane & Fritz accommodated the vegetarian traveler with no problems. Jane is an excellent Galena travel guide. The other couples that were there were fabulous as well!

Incredible Re(Treat)

5 on June 07, 2008

What a wonderful find. Truly a healing experience for mind, body and spirit. The cottage was so comfortable, we hated to leave for jaunts to Galena. Peaceful, quiet, private...was anyone else there? Hats off to the owners who clearly are not only sincere, welcoming hosts, but for their vision and dedication to providing this sanctuary for widlife and humans alike. The breakfast was perfect...satisfying in both taste and portion. I especially enjoyed the hot stone massage...right in our cottage..and by a skilled massage therapist! Wow. How perfectly relaxing. I will return...sometimes alone, sometimes with my partner... to recharge, restore and relax. I know I will be warmly welcomed, truly accepted and sincerely appreciated.

Relaxing, Quiet Bed and Breakfast

5 on June 02, 2008

Enjoyed the season of the year with nature's colors and sounds. Very stress free and excellant hosts.

Hawk Valley Retreat a Treat

4.0 on May 02, 2008

We really enjoyed our stay at Hawk Valley. The cottage and breakfast were very homey but yet a treat. Not too many B & B's that we have visited include a kitchenette with plates, silverware, utencils, plus microwave and mini fridge. The location was great. The cottage was very private. It was far enough away from Galena to be in the middle of nature yet close enough to be in town within 10 - 15 minutes. We loved your breakfasts and conversations. We'll be back!


4.0 on April 08, 2008

The Cottage was wonderful, it couldnt have been nicer and the veiw was spectacular.

Great B&B with Super Nice Innkeepers

5 on March 11, 2008

My wife and I came to Hawk Valley Retreat with some friends this past February (08) to see eagles and we were not disappointed. Fritz and Jane Fuchs were so helpful in pointing out the best spots to go looking for eagles. Seeing these awesome birds for the first time was very special. But beyond the eagle-watching, Hawk Valley is full of nature. From the delicious breakfasts in the dining room with good company and birds feeding right outside the window to deer wandering over the road at sunset, to the namesake hawks wheeling in the sky overhead. If you want a quiet retreat from the world to enjoy nature and perhaps learn a little about it, Hawk Valley is for you. And Fritz and Jane will make you feel very comfortable.

Wirklich hervorragend !!!

5 on November 27, 2007

Das B&B liegt inmitten eines romantischen Tales an einem kleinen Teich. Das Gaestehaus ist sehr freundlich eingerichtet. Die neuen Appartmenthaeuser sind mit allem Komfort ausgestattet.Reichhaltiges Fruehstueck,Sauberkeit und bester Service sind selbstverstaendlich fuer die netten Vermieter.Unbedingt weiter zu empfehlen!

Wow! What a wonderful experience!

5 on November 23, 2007

My wife and I came to The Hawk Valley Retreat to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. What a wonderful weekend it was. The location and setting is outstanding. We enjoyed the Hillside cabin. The breakfasts were outstanding. Jane and Fritz made us feel so welcome. The bird watching was a lot of fun! We can't wait to return.

wonderful retreat

4.8 on October 05, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. I was just beatiful. Very clean, the owners are very nice. We will be staying here again. I will also recommend to friends!!!

An amazing resort in the country

5 on March 10, 2007

I have stayed at Hawk Valley many times since it has opened, and I love every minute of it. There is never a dull moment while staying at this wonderful B&B. When I arrived the numerous times I have gone, the scenery takes my breath away and makes me very tranquil. The hospitality of the owners is above the rest around, from chatting in the morning over breakfast to the afternoon chats around the property. I have never seen two people love what they do so much like Mr. and Mrs. Fuchs. They bring something more to the table when you stay at Hawk Valley. If I had the choice, I would never leave.

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