Galena, Illinois

We took a little road trip this week to Galena, IL.  It was especially fun because we were meeting up with lovely friends from Iowa and Wisconsin, and Galena was an easy drive for all three couples.

Galena is a small town on the Mississippi River on the west side of Illinois, just across the river from Iowa.  Much of the city has been preserved or restored to reflect its heyday back in the 1800s, when it was a thriving steamboat destination and had many lead mines in operation.

We planned our lodging ahead of time, and opted for a B&B package that offered one night’s stay at each of three different Bed & Breakfasts:

The Avery Guest House:

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The Steamboat House

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The Cloran Mansion

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All three of these homes were amazing, the innkeepers were welcoming and informative, and the food was very good to excellent.

My personal favorite home was The Steamboat House.  The billiard room is pictured in the header of this post.  There was also a lovely library, a music room, and an upstairs sitting area that made for lovely gathering spots within the mansion.  The library:

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Our room at the Steamboat House:

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I will share a bit more about Galena in a future post, including a bit about Galena’s most famous resident:  Ulysses S. Grant.

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