On one of my trips back to Iowa, our friends took us to Galena, IL. I had never been there but what a treat this was! It's the cutest little town (similar to what Madison IN used to be when more shops were open) FILLED with shops of all kinds! It's right across the river from Dubuque, IA. There were antique shops, specialty shops, restaurants, art studios, jewelry shops and so much more.
Since all that shopping made us very hungry - we stopped at Vinny Vanucci's Little Italy on Main Street for some lunch.
Why Should You Go? Well - it is a treck for my Cincinnati followers - but I have to say - a weekend in Galena is really a wonderful time. There's a Mississippi River museum across the river in Dubuque that our friends love to visit. There are so many great shops - we really loved Mangelsen's - definitely some of the most beautiful nature photographs we have EVER seen. They have ghost tours, skiing and so much more. It's a great little town. But oh yeah - the food - Vinny's was great! We all loved our dishes and it was some great Italian food - better than anything I've had in Cincinnati.