The title of this entry is a bit misleading in that I have been to Galena, many many times, but only straight to Chesnut Mountain Resort, I had never spent any time in the town. So when my buddy asked if I wanted to get out of town for the day and check it out, I naturally said, “yes”.
It’s an easy hour and a half drive up Highway 61 in Iowa, then you cross over the Mississippi River in Dubuque. We got really lucky with the weather we had that day, it was windy but the breeze was warm and the sun was shining oh so brightly. It was perfect.
Galena is a super cute town. Tall brick buildings filled with shops up and down a crowded street. We visited on a Sunday and weren’t the only ones with the idea of a day trip to the city, the streets were bustling with folks of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
We decided on eating lunch at One Eleven Main, a farm to table restaurant, a menu filled with local fare and handmade concoctions, a place right up my alley. I ordered a bloody mary and a cheeseburger, a fairly standard order for me, both were delicious.
I clearly had to stop at the Galena Brewing Co. I have had several of their beers before, in fact their Coffee Porter was the first beer I ever tapped at REB. I was impressed by their output given the space they have to work in.
Afterwards we stumbled into Jamie’s Wine Studio and had a guided tasting with Jamie herself. It was fun, there was another couple there too and the 5 of us ended up spending a good amount of the afternoon in there together. The place is a gorgeous wine store with a bar in the back. They serve cocktails as well as glasses of wine. It was a little pricey but a good time.
I loved my time up in Galena, it was far too short of a visit. I look foward to returning again soon. Next time we’re staying in a Bed and Breakfast and I look to explore the nightlife of the little town.