Tuesday, August 05, 2014

My Dream Weekend Getaway & What's in my Overnight Bag

In less than a month we will be going on our annual Labor Day Weekend getaway up to Galena Illinois.   Galena is very near and dear to our hearts, for me, it's a dream getaway weekend because it's where Joe and I have made so many memories together.  We took our honeymoon in Galena and have gone back to stay there for our anniversary the last two years.  Galena is a quaint little town with tons of shopping, art galleries, restaurants, wineries, bed & breakfasts, antiques & lots of other activities.  You can enjoy scenic or historical tours, home tours, river cruises, and more.  There are activities you can enjoy during any of the four Illinois seasons including hot air balloon rides, golfing, snow skiing, kayaking, and more.  The scenery is absolutely beautiful, and it’s one of the main reasons we love going there. 

If you love to golf or be pampered, this is your place.  This is where we stayed for our honeymoon and on our anniversary trips.  Seriously, 63 holes of award-winning golf!  Amazing!  This is also the place where you can take hot air balloon rides.  It’s a pricier hotel, but definitely worth the money!
In the winter of 2013 we took a ski trip and stayed at Chestnut Mountain.  There were HUNDREDS of people there skiing.  In the off-season, Chestnut has the Alpine Slides that you can ride down on plastic toboggan-like sleds.  Joe and I will usually stop in the summer & take a ride.
Galena Brewing Co has only been in operation since 2009, but it’s one of my favorite breweries ever!  They have amazing food and a 2 pound soft pretzel with 3 different dipping sauces that is to die for!

The best Octoberfest wine that I’ve very tried, plus a bevy of some of my other favorites including a mimosa wine, and a margarita wine!

If you're in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Iowa, I highly recommend taking a trip to Galena sometime.  There are many hidden treasures there and something for everyone!  It may not be too fancy, but it truly is fabulous! Perfect for a romantic getaway, a girls-only weekend, a mini vacation before school starts back up, you can truly make Galena into your dream getaway.

Packing a Bag for the Perfect Weekend Getaway…
Obviously, what you pack depends on what time of year you are traveling, but there are always those absolutely necessary essentials that come with you no matter what.  Unfortunately though, there can be times when a weekend getaway can be threatened by the dreaded Aunt Flo!  For me, being on and off the pill & on tons of different hormones and & medications for IVF she can show up anytime and almost always unexpectedly!  This is when a really reliable product can be a life saver.  For me, that reliable product is U by Kotex with 3D Capture Core!  

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  1. I for sure will be checkign this out since i live right over the cheddar curtain (aka wisconsin)! It would be perfect for the first weekend of fall, I think! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Wow girl! Galena looks amazing! So rustic and cute! And those alpine slides look like so much fun!

    <3, Pamela

  3. Galena looks like such a cool place - the alpine slides look so fun!!

  4. Galena looks perfect!! I got to ride my first alpine slide in Denver in May, LOVED it :)

  5. Galena looks/sounds like an awesome place to go! I'm excited for you and your upcoming trip! Gotta had that damn AF for ruining trips tho! Nothing like being prepared! ;)

  6. That looks like such a beautiful place! I really need another vacation after seeing this ;-)

  7. Galena looks so beautiful and relaxing!!

  8. What a fun place to vacation! And so cool that it has such a special meaning for you and hubby as well.

  9. That getaway looks so lush and green and altogether amazing!

  10. I have been wanting to check out Galena for the past few years, it's looks beautiful, my husband and I are going to need to plan a trip there!


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