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!
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!
Christina has always felt like an old soul and is a lover of tradition and all things vintage. A typical Libra, she loves beauty and is always trying to balance her love of cozy nights at home with her adventurous spirit (23 countries and counting). By day she works for an international accounting firm. By night she works on her blog, My Petite Joys. On her site, you’ll find her featuring topics on travel (near and far), baking adventures, crafting, and thoughts on life’s simple joys. She lives in Chicago with her husband and high school sweet heart Ted. In her spare time she enjoys bookmaking, watching documentaries, and yoga.