One of my dreams is to take my family to spend Christmas in Galena, Illinois for the Christmas holiday. It’s a quaint, historic tourist spot just 2 hours away and probably has more Bed and Breakfast homes than any other place in the U.S. It’s popular for antiques shopping and was home to Ulysses S. Grant. I’ve visited idyllic Galena numerous times in my life, but have yet to spend the holidays there. (Photos are not mine but links to photo sources are provided.)
Historic buildings line the streets of downtown Galena.
It’s beautiful any time of year. Fall is probably the most spectacular season, though.
I’ve never stayed at the Farmers’ Guest House, but it’s a popular bed and breakfast.
Cindy at Applestone Cottage shared her visit to Galena, Illinois.
She stayed at this beautiful B&B, the Annie Wiggins House.
The Park Avenue Guest House is another popular bed and breakfast in Galena.
Actually, I could say they’re all popular! It’s such a beautiful town.
This panoramic view of Galena showcases its historic buildings dotting the rolling hills.
Just outside of Galena lies the rolling hills of its countryside dotted with red barns.
I love exploring the country roads of Galena, like this one just outside the Inn at Irish Hollow.
Here’s one of the beautiful bedrooms at the Inn at Irish Hollow.
If I planned a trip to celebrate Christmas in Galena, the whole family could stay at the Inn.
One of the many historic buildings in Galena. Are you starting to see my attraction to this small town?
In December, Galena has a Night of the Luminaria festival.
I’ve not seen it yet … but someday I probably will since it’s only 2 hours away.
You can also enjoy old fashioned carolers in December when you visit Galena.
Isn’t this scene perfect for a Christmas card?
I’ve always wanted to go on a horse drawn sleigh ride through the snow while drinking hot chocolate.
Some day I will spend Christmas in Galena … but for now, I’ll enjoy dreaming about it!
Have a safe and blessed Christmas Eve!