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Tips for a Great Date Night in Galena
Tips for a Great Date Night in Galena

Let us help you have a romantic evening from beginning to end Galena, Illinois is a favorite destination of history buffs and families, but the city is quickly starting to become popular with another group of folks: couples. No matter the season, people come from all over to experience the many romantic attributes of this small town. And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would put together a guide that will help you and your sweetie have a great date night when you visit, whether you’re in a new relationship or one that is decades old. Begin with a drink A glass of wine is always a fine way to start a night, and Galena has several wineries where you can enjoy some excellent vintages. If beer or perhaps something a little harder is more to your liking, there are also many other great choices. Just remember to plan ahead if you’ll be driving. If this will be a double or even a triple date, be sure to have a designated driver. Otherwise, a cab or ride-sharing service is a good option. Time to eat Once everyone is nice and relaxed, it’s time to head over to […]

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Weird and Unusual Facts You Probably Don’t Know about U.S. Presidents

Skinny dipping, pet raccoons, a White House yard sale, and other fun tidbits about our Commanders-in-Chief During your school days, did you ever get the feeling that there was more to what you were being taught? History especially seems to be rife with intrigue. Sure, we’re fed a lot of names and dates, but what about the juicy stuff? Well, let us fill you in on things you almost certainly didn’t learn in history class: George Washington was part hippo It’s common knowledge that Washington had dentures, but it’s a myth that they were made of wood. In fact, they were comprised of several elements, including both human and animal teeth and hippo ivory. Washington was an avid wine drinker, and some historians think staining gave his teeth a wooden look, which could be where the wood theory came from. Thomas Jefferson wasn’t much of a speaker Jefferson hated speaking in public. In his entire administration, he only gave two speeches, one in each term. His State of the Union speeches were actually submitted to Congress in writing and read by a clerk. It wasn’t until 1913 when Woodrow Wilson ended this practice. John Quincy Adams loved swimming au naturale Many […]

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8 Tips for Taking Good Vacation Selfies

Impress your online friends with your photography skills Though they may not yet be considered an art form, the ubiquitous selfie is no longer ridiculed as much as it once was. Pretty much everybody with a smartphone has at one time or another reversed the built-in camera to take a photo of him- or herself. And while fun to take anywhere, selfies become much more interesting when there are some unique things in the picture to go along with your smiling face. The next time you travel and want to capture yourself or perhaps friends and family in some pics, these tips will take your selfie game to another level: Showcase your destination If you take a look at almost anybody’s photos on their social sites, you’ll almost certainly see a theme with their selfies: the person encompasses most of the frame. This is pretty much the definition of a selfie, but a vacation selfie should be different. You’re in a new and special place, so you definitely want that to show. Be sure not to zoom too closely so you can get some of the things in the shot that you came to see. Don’t (always) just stand there […]

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Don’t Forget to Bring These Things on Your Next Road Trip

These seven must-have items will help everyone have a great time There’s nothing like packing your bags and hitting the open road. American is a gorgeous country, but often travelers only see it from 30,000 feet on the way to their destination. A road trip, however, allows you to really appreciate the journey. But in order to have a good time being cooped up in car, you need to do some planning. When preparing for your trip, you will definitely want to include these items: Food Let’s start with an easy one. If you’re only going somewhere that will take an hour or two, it may not be necessary to bring any food. However, if you’ll be in the car for several hours or the trip will take days, you better make sure everyone’s appetite gets satisfied. Nothing can derail a car ride faster than hungry, complaining little people in the backseat. Audiobooks These days, many people don’t go anywhere without a mobile device and earbuds. And if you’ll be traveling with friends, they may just want to listen to their own music or podcasts. But, if it’s a family trip, a good audio book can keep everyone entertained and […]

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Why Galena Can be Both Fun and Educational for Kids

They’ll have a great time and learn stuff too If you’re thinking about taking a family trip this year, you certainly have a lot of options. Beaches, amusement parks, resorts; there are tons of places to choose from. But if you want you and your brood to do more than lounge around on a towel or wait in long lines for rides, this narrows things down. The best family vacations accomplish two things: they provide everyone with a fun and relaxing time and also impart a little knowledge. The latter is especially important for kids. While you want them to have a great time, children should always be learning. This is what makes Galena the perfect destination for a trip. This Northern Illinois town is bursting with fun things to do, and because of its link to history, there are also tons of learning opportunities. Here are some can’t-miss spots when you visit: The fun stuff P.T. Murphy Magic Theater Galena has a theater completely dedicated to magic, and this is where master magician P.T. Murphy has been wowing folks with his tricks and illusions for years. The show is always a crowd pleaser, and it’s great for families with […]

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The Best Galena Restaurants

Whatever you have a hankering for, these nine spots will fit the bill There are so many reasons to travel. It gives you an excellent opportunity for new experiences. You get to meet interesting people. You can see and do a variety of things not available in your town. And, of course, traveling gives you a chance to try some great food! When you visit Galena, you’ll be enthralled with its history, mesmerized by its natural wonders, and thrilled with its entertainment. You will also have a tough choice on your hands: Where will I eat today? Galena is home to many wonderful eateries, and the best part is that you’ll never have to dine at a fast food or chain restaurant. Here are some of the best: Otto’s Place If you’re looking for a true home-cooked meal, Otto’s is the spot. Their breakfast menu is filled with an assortment of egg dishes, along with grits and pancakes. For lunch, you’ll have your choice of several sandwiches, including classics like a BLT or grilled cheese. Otto’s also has a large variety of cocktails to choose from, making it a prime brunch location. Fritz & Frites Fritz & Frites let you […]

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6 Clever Ways to Keep Kids Entertained During Long Car Trips

Make sure everyone stays sane even after many hours of driving All parents know the joy of having kids. They are at times cute, funny, weird, and amazing. But they can also be a real pain in the neck. If you have ever had to spend time with children on a long car ride, you have almost certainly experienced this firsthand. So, if your plans this year involve a road trip and you want to lower the stress level, what can you do? You have a few choices. First, you can drop the kids off at their grandparents’ house and take an adults-only vacation. A decent option, but if the goal was to go away as a family, it kind of defeats the purpose. You could always fly instead of drive. While you’ll probably get to your destination faster, this raises a couple of issues. Even if you’re not going very far, flying can be very expensive. Plus, once you arrive, you’re probably going to need a car anyway, so that means renting one. But perhaps your best bet is to figure out ways to make the trip as fun for your kids as possible. This will cut down on […]

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Holiday Events Happening in and Around Galena

Tis the season … to visit Galena. Home for the holidays may be on your calendar, but Galena for the holidays is a tempting alternative. The historic city goes all out for the holiday season, making it a perfect destination for a romantic weekend or a family get-together. You’ll feel the sprit as soon as you arrive. Galena’s garland-lined Main Street sets the festive tone as you make your way through the city. Some of these events may already have come and gone, but make note of them so you can plan to catch them next year. Nouveau Weekend – This year, it was November 9-12, and it’s in preparation for the pairing of the most popular wine for your Thanksgiving dinner. Wine lovers from all over the country come to Galena to celebrate the French-inspired tradition of opening and tasting the newly bottled wines from the fall harvest. Festival of Trees – The festival kicked off this year on November 25. It was the 6th holding of this annual event, which is hosted by the DeSoto House and held in its opulent ballroom. Open to the public, the Festal of Trees features unique and spectacular trees, wreaths, and other […]

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6 Fun Gift Ideas for Travelers

Cross off the jetsetter on your list or perhaps just get something for yourself With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, hopefully you’ve taken care of everyone on your gift list. But, if you’re like most folks, there’s always somebody on there who is difficult to shop for. For whatever reason, you can just never seem to find the right thing for them. But if they do a lot of traveling, or perhaps have a trip coming up, we’ve got you covered. Here are six great – and affordable – gift suggestions. Sleep kit Some people have trouble sleeping anywhere but their own bed, even in luxurious accommodations. But a sleep kit – with a light-blocking mask and soundproof earplugs – will help them get some shuteye no matter where they are. These items are also good for the journey, either on a plane or in a car (not for the driver, however). Solar-powered charger These days most people carry around an assortment of devices, and they don’t seem to hold a charge for very long. But instead of scrambling to find an outlet at the airport or in a car, a portable solar-powered charger will ensure that there’s […]

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5 Great Winter Activities in Galena

There’s always something fun to do in Galena, even when the temperatures drop While many folks decide to take their vacations in the summer, there’s something to be said for waiting until later in the year to get away. Traveling in the winter offers special benefits, including fewer tourists, off-season pricing, and no need to worry about whether or not you still fit in your swimsuit. Galena is the perfect destination for your winter trip. In addition to the city’s historical sites that you can check out any time of year, there are things that you can only see and do during the winter. If you’ll be visiting soon, here’s what you can look forward to: Skiing There are hills to ski down in Galena, but the best skiing is of the cross-country variety. The Galena River Trail is almost 3.5 miles long. Winding through Galena Junction, it will take you to the Mississippi River, and along the way you’ll marvel at Galena’s natural wonders. The trail is also good for snow-shoers and hikers. Bird watching If you’ll be in Galena in the early part of the year, you’re in for a treat. Every winter thousands of bald eagles converge […]

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