Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our Family's Galena, IL Discoveries

Main Street in Galena, IL is lined with historic buildings taking you back in time.

Galena is a delightful location for a little family getaway. The town is historic and picturesque. There is plenty to do and explore yet the pace is relaxing.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

West Street Sculpture Park in Galena, IL

Bill and Hillary Sculpture at West Street Sculpture Park in Galena, IL
We did have a chuckle when we discovered this Bill and Hillary sculpture from 1994.
The outdoors and art. An enjoyable combination! Mixed in a lovely wooded setting, we savored an amble through the West Street Sculpture Park during our Galena visit.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Dubuque Incline Delivers Historical Experience with Grand Views

The cars of the Dubuque Incline escort visitors to magnificent views of the city.

Prior to our Galena trip, my daughter had never visited Iowa before. Since we were so close, we made a stop in Dubuque to ride its historic incline.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Street Fest, Shakespeare, Pokemon and more}

Music and merriment at Bristol Renaissance Faire
Don't forget to visit Bristol during its last two weekends!
Weekend full steam ahead! Definitely be sure to get out and explore this weekend as summer is winding down! Here are my picks for this weekend:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Glenview Haus Oktoberfest September 17, 2016

Beer stein outdoors

We are inching our way to fall! If the impending change of season has you down, don't forget we have Oktoberfests to think about! One to put on your calendar--Glenview Haus' Oktoberfest on September 17 11AM-11PM. There will be a bouncy house from 11AM-5:30PM and face painting throughout the day. Admission is free. More info on the entertainment, food and beer below:


Hiking during our Galena Weekend

Pedestrian Bridge, Galena IL

A trip to Galena provides a refreshing change of scenery for us Chicago suburbanites. On the drive from our home to Galena, we enjoyed marvelous views of rolling farmland. Some turns revealed spectacular views of valleys. During our weekend adventure, we took advantage of beautiful weather and explored on three hikes.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

U.S. Grant Home in Galena, IL

The historic Ulysses S. Grant home in Galena, IL is built in the Italianate style.

Galena was home to nine Civil War generals including Commanding General of the Union Army Ulysses S. Grant. Being a Civil War buff, I jumped at the chance to visit the Ulysses S. Grant Home while on a recent weekend trip to Galena.