Illinois December 23, 2017
The Most Charming Town In Illinois Is Perfect For A Winter Day Trip
During the long winter months, it’s nice to take a little break. Here’s a charming little town in Illinois that’s perfect for a winter day trip.
The little town of Galena is home to fewer than 3,000 people, but it's chock-full of places to see and things to do.
Take a jingle-bells sleigh ride with Shenandoah Riding Center.
These hour-long rides include a halfway point stop with a bonfire and cocoa. Make your reservation in advance by calling (815) 777-9550.
Go for a stroll downtown and shop at the quaint stores there. During Christmastime, the shop windows come alive with holiday displays.
Galena's downtown area is so quaint and charming that you'll want to spend an entire afternoon there. You'll find shops selling local goods, art museums, cafes, and coffee shops.
Visit the historic homes and museums.
Galena is full of historic homes and buildings. Take the guided tour at the home of Ulysses S. Grant (shown here) to learn more about this charming home's history. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at 500 Bouthillier Street.
Go sledding, skiing, or snowboarding at Chesnut Mountain Resort.
Grab your cold weather gear and head for the hills for a morning or afternoon of snowy fun.
Go for a winter hike.
Strap on a pair of snowshoes (you can rent them in town or bring your own) and explore the natural areas.
Tour the Blaum Bros. Distilling Company.
Take the brewery tour, where you'll learn how this little home-grown company creates craft spirits.
9380 W Highway 20.
Dine at one of the many restaurants in Galena.
Fried Green Tomatoes (pictured here) is just one of many great dining options in this foodie town.
Have you visited Galena in the winter? Tell us about your adventures there!
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