The Cording Event Barn at Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages is the perfect place to host your Galena Destination Wedding. Hawk Valley Retreat offers a turnkey solution to your intimate wedding in the beautiful Galena, Illinois countryside. Offering accommodations for up to 14 people to stay on the property and a completely renovated event barn for wedding receptions of up to 40, the Innkeepers at Hawk Valley Retreat have you covered. We want to eliminate your stress by simply allowing you to show up and experience the magic of your dream wedding.

Your Dream Galena Destination Weddings Made Simple

Let us handle your Galena destination wedding details for you so you can relax. Our Ultimate Wedding Package contains all the essentials, including the location, the officiant, a bouquet and boutonniere, and even the wedding cake! We can also handle all of your meals, from our hearty farm breakfasts to a rehearsal dinner, and the reception. All catering includes linens, serving pieces, candles, centerpieces, and dinnerware. We want you to simply relax and enjoy your special day surrounded by your special friends and family.

Award Winning Accommodations

Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages is an award-winning bed and breakfast that can accommodate up to 14 overnight guests. The four private cottages and three guest rooms all have a private bathroom and soothing amenities like Comphy brand Sheets, Crave Mattresses, and Turkish Cotton Towels. Everyone who stays on-site gets a daily treat and a full breakfast. In addition to the cottages and rooms, you have exclusive use of our main house living and dining room which are perfect for relaxing and reconnecting. We can help you find additional nearby accommodations if you need more rooms.

Custom Designed Wedding Ceremony

During the warmer months, our 10 acres of manicured grounds have multiple locations for the perfect outdoor wedding. We supply the decorated wedding arbor and the seating for your guests. Inside the Cording Event Barn, our rustic Barnwood and tulle “arch” is a picture-perfect fit for the original timber frame structure. Our officiant will work with you to coordinate music and create a custom ceremony just for you. 

Delicious Homemade Catering Options

With over  60 years of combined catering experience, our Innkeepers can keep you and your guests happy and full. Our catering menu has a wide range of options from appetizers, plated dinners, buffet dinners, and don’t forget dessert. While our breakfast keeps you going through the day, there is also the option for box lunches or sandwich platters to keep you fueled up for the big event. Reception meals are available for up to 40 people. Our barn loft is also open for appetizers and late-night snacks.

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We are here to help you plan a magical wedding day

At Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages, a Galena Bed and Breakfast, we are experts in the local area. We can help you find photographers, hair and makeup, spa services, and bridal gifts. Our goal with every wedding is the same:  we want you to have the wedding you want! We don’t believe in cookie-cutter, one size fits all events. We will work with you every step to ensure that everything from the ceremony, the space, the food, and the entire day is the perfect Galena destination wedding for you. Remember, we want to eliminate your stress by simply having you show up and experience the magic of your dream wedding.