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Galena’s Haunted History

Learn about some (very) long-time residents you may meet One of the best things about visiting an old town is that it’s probably chock full of history. And while you might be able to see artifacts in a museum, history really comes alive when you can immerse yourself in it. In Galena, visitors have the chance to explore numerous buildings that are hundreds of years old, and even walk where luminaries did, including Ulysses S. Grant and even Abraham Lincoln. Another exciting aspect of a historical town is the stuff you probably won’t read on placards or find in pamphlets; the darker, supernatural elements under the surface. Now, not everybody believes in ghosts and spirits, but what we all can agree on is that there is a lot that goes on this world that can be pretty hard to explain. Galena is certainly no stranger to the paranormal. After all, why would a town of only about 3,000 residents have four – yes, four – different ghost tours? Whether you want a guide or just to explore yourself, here’s what you may find lurking in the shadows of Galena: The Lady in Black The story of the Lady in Black […]

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A Guide to the Wildlife You May Encounter in Galena

Keep an eye out for these animals It’s been a long and cold winter, but spring is finally here! For many people, this means venturing outside and reconnecting with Mother Nature. When the sun is shining and the colorful flowers start blooming, staying inside can be difficult. This is one of the reasons why so many people come to Galena every year. With its many parks, trails, and scenic vistas, the town is a nature lover’s paradise. And of course, this means that when visitors go exploring, they are bound to meet some native inhabitants. If you plan to spend time outdoors when you come to town, these are the animals you might come across: In the woods If hiking is your thing, Galena won’t disappoint. For some amazing hiking, one of your first stops should be the Galena river trails. These trails are of different lengths and allow you to experience the beauty of the area. And while you’re sure to spot squirrels or chipmunks, don’t be surprised to see a white-tailed deer or two looking at you. Other animals you may encounter include red fox, beaver, and maybe even a coyote. If you find yourself walking after dark, you […]

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5 Ways to Protect Your Home Before Taking a Trip

These tips will help ensure you don’t have any surprises when you return There’s nothing quite as nice as saying goodbye to your job and other daily obligations for a little while and setting off on a vacation. If you don’t have many chances to get away from it all, this time is valuable for relaxing, recharging, and just having fun with your friends or family. But there’s nothing worse than realizing – several hours after you’ve left – that you may not have done all you could to keep your home safe. Worrying about your house and belongings is no way to enjoy a vacation. This is why it’s important to address everything ahead of time so you can have the best time possible. Use this as a checklist before you embark on your next trip: Use Timers If it appears as if someone is home – or won’t be gone for long – chances are a burglar won’t try a break-in. But just keeping some lights on all day isn’t a great tactic. Not only will this waste electricity (and money), it will look suspicious to someone peering inside. Instead, put timers on a few lights so they […]

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Why Galena Makes the Perfect Place for a Destination Wedding

If you’re getting married soon, we’ve got six reasons to come to Northwest Illinois Weddings are a pretty big deal. Putting aside the life-long, ‘til-death-do-us-part commitment, there are a million things to consider. Food, dress, flowers, cake; the list goes on and on. And if you’re planning a destination wedding, that’s one more thing to think about. Almost a quarter of weddings now are of the destination variety, which means couples have to spend a certain amount of time trying to come up with just the right place. Let us help you cross that one off your to-do list. Here’s why you should have your nuptials in Galena, Illinois: Gorgeous natural settings There is nothing wrong with getting married in a church or other indoor venue, but if you want an outdoor ceremony, Galena is the ideal spot. There are numerous state parks and farms that can provide a beautiful and rustic location for a wedding. And because Galena is especially nice in the spring and summer, you won’t have to worry too much about getting bad weather. Amazing food options Once the ceremony is over, it’s time for the real fun to begin at the reception. And one of […]

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