Several weeks ago my special guy had to travel back home to Illinois for business. His invitation to fly up for the weekend was irresistible so away I went.
When business was taken care of we decided to check out a winery recommended by dear friends from the area but lost our way and found ourselves in the delightful town if Galena. Their claim to fame is being the hometown of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.
Don't be fooled though. This was no sleepy little town. Among the graceful Victorian homes, some dating back to the 1800s and lush gardens we stumbled onto a bustling street lined with historical store fronts housing charming shops and restaurants.
This cool little gazebo was made from the elevator doors of one if the old hotels in town. Doesn't it look like a giant birdcage?
President Grant gave a public speech from this very balcony. That was a little bit before we got here so we didn't get to see him.
Can you say RETAIL THERAPY?
My favorites were Fairy Tales Too, an awesome shop full of interesting and eclectic gifts and decor
New Earth, a sweet little shop for all of us pet lovers. I was bummed they were completely out of Schnauzer Monopoly but found some other gifties for Bailey and Beasley and even a cute tee for me.
After a rigorous morning of shopping it was up the hill to Vinny Vanucchi's for a delicious Italian lunch.
After lunch it was off to Chicago to board a flight back home. Lots more places to share. Stay tuned,