My First Trip to Galena, Illinois

galena-mainThe 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.

galena-mainWe 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.

IMG_2206 IMG_2205Afterwards we just meandered up and down the street, popping into different stores selling anything from antiques to toys to lingerie to wine and cheese, Galena has a little something for everyone.

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.

IMG_2212 IMG_2211We popped into the Great American Popcorn Co. It was amazing. They handed out samples of any popcorn you wanted to try as well as spoonfuls of warm caramel they use for their caramel corn. Mmmm.

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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.

1913873_1027592503930439_2985098380543061510_n 1186852_613513302005030_1126608578_n 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.

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