A Late Summer Trip to Galena

Every year, I make a point to head out to the small town of Galena, Illinois – one of my favorite day trips from Chicago. Ted and I first visited the historic town when we were in college.  We have so many happy memories there.  My favorite is, of course, when Ted proposed to me our senior year in college!  Over the weekend, Ted and I made the drive out on Sunday and had a perfect summer day. The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and we spent the whole day outside! You can also download my free travel guide on My Petite Joys!

Here are some of our Galena favorite places:

Peace of the Past

Books line the walls and antiques fill the entire store – what isn’t there to like?! Whether you are a book lover (both new and old) or a collector of sorts, you will find something unique in this store.


One Eleven Main

This is our favorite restaurant – we eat dinner here every time we visit! Galena is surrounded by hundreds of farms, and One Eleven Main’s signature offering is that it serves only locally grown food. Everything tastes amazing and so fresh!

House Hunting

Settled in the 1800s, Galena has many of its old original houses. Its a mecca of sorts for those who love old houses. Ted and I love looking at the old homes and finding our “dream house.” We find a new one each time, our current favorite being the one below, built in 1830 on two wooded and pasture acres. Does it not look perfect?!

I hope you make a trip out there and if you do let me know and I’ll give you some great options to suit your interests! Check out some more travel posts on Girl Meets Party! Also be sure to download my free travel guide below!

Meet Jen

I’ve always had a love affair with creation. Since I was a child, I handmade my gifts or combined toys to design something new. Fast forward twenty years, and I’m still making my gifts every holiday and designing new ways to do things.


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