I mentioned last week that we were trying to plan a little getaway, and we did! It took us a few versions of the plan before we settled on a doable Plan B, but I think it worked out for the best because we’re hoping to be able to follow through on our Plan A later this summer.
Plan A involved frequent flier miles and hotel loyalty points for a short trip to the beach. Unfortunately, trying to make all the rewards line up on short notice is like trying to follow the rules on one of Gabe’s homemade games…impossible! When I was nearing a panic attack over trip planning, we decided to shelve that trip in favor of one that would be a lot less anxiety-provoking to plan. That’s how we ended up in the quaint little town of Galena, a tiny gem in the northwest corner of Illinois.
I have to admit that when we arrived and started walking around the delightful shops, I felt a little wistful that we had to exert ourselves anymore than it takes to lay on the beach and turn a magazine page. But it didn’t take long for me to be charmed by the picturesque streets, and we had a really lovely time.
While we were gone, we tried to remember the last time we’d been away without kids. I’m not certain, but it has been a while! We decided we need to do this more often.
We ate at several yummy restaurants – Cannova’s and Otto’s, if you happen to be in the area. They were really tasty and not super expensive.
I’d also recommend the Galena Garlic Company if you like olive oil and vinegar. I tried almost every flavored vinegar they offered, and each one was as delicious as the last. They even have a chocolate vinegar – amazing!
Apparently they were having some Memorial Day festivities later in the weekend, but we were leaving before they began so I’m not sure what they were like.
These signs made me laugh. The store wasn’t opened while we were there. I would love to have seen what was inside!
My favorite find for the weekend was some amazing yarn – chunky and variegated in beautiful jewel tones with a little sparkle woven in. I have grand plans to knit a new winter hat for Isla…in all my spare time, right?
We didn’t do any of the historical tours while we were there, but I feel like we saw all we needed/wanted to see on our little overnight. I’d definitely recommend Galena for a fun little getaway. More than that, I’d just recommend any sort of getaway at all! It was nice to have full conversations, fully prepared meals, no housework, and limited access to technology. Can’t wait to do it again at the beach!