One of my favorite weekend trips is a visit to historic Galena, Illinois. Even Midwest Living magazine has featured it on many occasions. Home of Ulysses S. Grant, Galena’s main street is a shopping mecca of boutiques, antique stores, and many restaurants. But what I love most about Galena is its rolling hills and historic architecture.
Brick homes abound in Galena. My uncle used to live here before retiring to Arizona.
He lived in one of the many old brick homes and was the local dentist.
Painted wooden shutters and white trim seem to be the norm around town.
Hubby and I enjoyed a day trip to Galena, wandering the streets and snapping photos.
And dodging the trolleys that kept passing by with tourists.
Stupid trolleys kept running me off the street, interfering with my important photo shoot.
Galena is riddled with Bed and Breakfasts … like this grand one.
This is the Victorian Mansion, an Italianate home where you can spend the night.
Not all of the homes are grand. But they’re still charming!
Even the simplest of homes have unique details like this front porch.
Some aren’t so simple. This one sits atop a hill with a charming lamp post to light its walk.
I can only imagine the magnificent hilltop views from the cupola’s little arched windows.
I would love for this to be my bedroom window.
Wrought iron details are quite common along the cobblestone streets.
Notice the shutters protruding outward on the small 3rd floor window.
Several homes had shutters positioned like this.
A two-story porch! I’ve always wanted a two-story porch like this.
Right across the street from this house on the hilltop ….
… is this long, steep staircase that takes you to the center of town.
This photo gives a better perspective of the length of the staircase.
See the trolley down there at the very bottom in the heart of town?
When we got back down to the bottom of the hill, we spied this yummy little truck!
I want it!! Wouldn’t it be great for hauling flea market finds?
Here’s a view of the countryside just outside Galena. Those black specs in the lower right are cows!
I took a lot more pics but will share them in a future post.
For today, it’s all about the little brick houses in Galena.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of this charming Illinois town in northwestern Illinois.