Galena Girls’ Weekend

Every summer, a couple of my girlfriends from high school and I try to get together for a couple of days. Well, mostly every summer, I think we’re 3 out of the last 4 summers, which is pretty good, if you ask me.

This year, we decided to check out Galena, IL. Two of us, K and I are from Western Wisconsin, so it was just under a 3 hour drive for us. It was a bit longer of a drive for E, who was coming down from Minneapolis.

K and I decided to drive together. K lives about 30 minutes from me and we’ve been friends since elementary school and spent our 5th hour of our Senior year locked in a janitor’s closet watching Disney movies and gossiping as the only two students in Spanish V. Her son and Kiddo are about 1 month apart in age. So, of course, it makes perfect sense that we haven’t seen each other in about six months. It was great to get the time to catch up.

We rolled into town about lunchtime on Saturday and met up with E for lunch at a place called Durty Gurt’s (after spending about 20 minutes searching for parking). Lunch was delicious, a burger, an alcoholic milkshake, and the star of the show, some delicious chili cheese fries.

We followed lunch with a little bit of shopping until we could check into our hotel. We stayed about 20 minutes outside of town at the Chestnut Mountain Resort. It was a nice hotel, and the views were absolutely gorgeous.  We took some time to freshen up, grabbed a light dinner at the hotel restaurant, and then headed back into Galena for a haunted pub crawl.

The view from our hotel room! Beautiful!

 Now, I’m a fan of ghost tours and haunted history, so I was excited for this. I ended up being a bit disappointed, though. I was expecting to visit some haunted pubs and hear stories about the ghostly occurances in that spot. It was more of a sit in a bar and listen to some local ghost stories. Still interesting, but I think I prefer the traditional ghost tour to the pub crawl ones.

Sunday started with a delicious breakfast and an excellent Bloody Mary at a place called the Victory Cafe.

It could have been breakfast all by itself!

We followed that up with a day of shopping. Seriously great shopping. For me, no shopping trip would be complete without a trip to a yarn store and Fiber Wild! in Galena did not disappoint! The sign outside the door reminded me that I needed yarn.

Who am I to argue with a sign?

I ended up with a kit to make the Galena socks and a kit to make the Meloudious Wrap. I’m excited to start both projects!

Galena sock kit

Melodious Wrap kit


After a long day of shopping, we wrapped up the evening with another fabulous dinner and dessert at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub and Grill. We then retired to our hotel room and hung out and relaxed.Before heading out the next morning, we headed to the Golden Hen Cafe for breakfast. They had fresh (like squeezed in front of you) orange juice and fantastic food. K and I then said our goodbyes to E and began our drive back home.

It was a fantastic weekend full of much needed relaxation and girl time. Galena is a great weekend destination and I’d be willing to visit there again.


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  1. […] to plan a quick get away. We’ve been to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Stillwater, Minnesota, and Galena, Illinois. This year, we decided to check out Duluth, […]


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