As the weather turns cooler and the trees begin to show their spectacular fall color, savor a slower pace when you travel midweek to Galena and stay at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel.
Whether you are meandering along leaf-strewn country roads on a scenic drive, weaving in and out of shops on Galena's Main Street, or sampling seasonal specialties and drinks, the Galena experience reaches new heights this time of year.
In autumn, Galena and the Mississippi River valley's rolling hills, rocky outcroppings and dense woodlands are quite dazzling. Kayak and river tours along the Mississippi and Galena Rivers offer an unforgettable opportunity to spot wildlife and experience the region from a new perspective. Hiking and biking trails are plentiful. Jump on the Galena River Trail, conveniently located near downtown Galena, and take a brisk walk to the Buehler Preserve, a hilly woodland area and large floodplain, great for bird and wildlife watching, hiking and fishing.
It's a shame if you don't take a moment to get off the main roads and experience the rural countryside. The 40-mile long Stagecoach Trail picks up at the north end of Main Street. This two-lane road is one of the most scenic in the state of Illinois. A bit like a roller coaster, the road twists, turns and changes elevation quite frequently as it passes through small, yet all-American towns. The trail intersects with US-20, where you can loop back to Galena.
It's no secret that Galena's Main Street boasts an eclectic, yet amazing collection of clothing boutiques, specialty food stores, art galleries and gift shops. Shopping midweek allows for a slower pace. Chat with shopkeepers to discover the latest arrivals. Sample a seemingly endless variety of specialty food products at Galena Garlic Company and Galena Canning Company. Take your time perusing the shops to find trendy accessories to brighten up your fall wardrobe.
Autumn is the ultimate time of year for a foodie getaway. Comfort foods and seasonal drinks emerge on menus and delightful autumn treats are every where you turn on Galena's Main Street. Stop at One Eleven Main, the epitome of local flavor cuisine and check out the daily features. Scrawled on a chalkboard just inside the front door, these features change every day and showcase in-season freshly harvested local produce and meats. For a sweet harvest treat, try Apple Pie a la Mode popcorn at Great American Popcorn Factory!
Four award-winning, family-owned wineries are nestled in the countryside just a short drive from Galena. Wine lovers take a leisurely drive through the picturesque rolling hills to sample at a vineyard tasting room. For a unique sweet wine, try Galena Cellars Caramel Apple Wine, which is crafted of apples harvested from the Gays Mills area in Wisconsin.
After your autumn adventure, return to The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel for a relaxing evening — read a book in the W.B. Yeats Library, unwind during a soothing spa service at Galena Day Spa, or dine at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill where live entertainment graces the stage most evenings in October.