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Thrift in the Driftless, Galena Country

Posted on March 9, 2019 by Rose Noble

Steeped in history, Galena Country is the perfect setting for antique treasure hunting. Admire ornately carved legs of an antique coffee table or, perhaps, a funky lamp with a hand-molded base. Though many items have lost their luster, they stand with glory and pride intact.

Steeped in history, Galena Country is the perfect setting for antique treasure hunting.

Red's Wholesale Barn offers a unique thrifting experience in Galena. The Barn stores hundreds of metal items waiting to be customized into a piece of art. The Yard, located downtown, showcases cast iron, yard décor, weather vanes and even whiskey barrels.

The Galena Antique Mall, located on Highway 20

There’s also The Galena Antique Mall, located on Highway 20, just two miles east of downtown Galena. This mall includes more than 55 dealers selling antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture and vintage toys.

Galena’s historic Main Street, is home to Grammy's Attic and Gustafson & Grey Ltd. These stores feature antiques, fine jewelry and unique finds.

Galena’s historic Main Street, also known as the Helluva Half Mile

Bookworms enjoy sifting through 30,000 quality used books at Peace of the Past! These books are surrounded by other interesting finds, including vintage advertising memorabilia and retro furniture. Speaking of retro, Tin Pan Alley carries pieces that span centuries, including art deco, mid-century modern and primitives.

Common Cents Resale

Explore Elizabeth for exciting antique gems! Located just a few miles outside of Galena, Elizabeth is known for antiquing. Check out Common Cents Resale. They pride themselves in keeping the shop fresh by treasure hunting for product throughout the country. Here, you will find a large amount of furniture as well as art pieces, ornaments, crockery you name it!

A Bushel and a Peck

While perusing new, used and antique furnishings at A Bushel and a Peck, stock up on local, and uber tasty, homemade and homegrown products. The Shop on the Hill’s antique selection fills the entire first floor of a Victorian home.

Elizabeth Grand Antique Co. promises to keep one occupied for hours on end with its 28,000-sq. ft. antique mall. Touch a piece of history at every turn and imagine the life lived at the time of its creation.

Check out Sullivan's Antiques in Hanover

Need a bit more of a thrift fix? Check out Sullivan's Antiques in Hanover, which offers antique and vintage furniture as well as a little bit of rock-n-roll! Antiques Etc. is a 100-year-old farmhouse in Stockton, showcasing ever-changing collections. Dusty’s Closet Antiques in Warren, welcomes shoppers to explore their 1856 brick house full of beautiful antique furniture, vintage collectibles and small gifts. Treasures await!

We have a history of seeing things others don't, and when you're here, you'll see and do things you won't see anywhere else... we call it being original! Start planning a trip today by browsing the latest Galena Country Visitors Guide and book your accommodation early. 


8 Ways to Host an Eco-Friendly Wedding in Galena Country

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Fallon Oldenburg

Even small changes can make a big impact.

Protecting the environment is important! With new technologies and innovations, eco-friendly finds are now more accessible than ever. Share your love for the environment with a 'green wedding' in #GalenaCountry.

1. Green Wedding Locations

One of the best ways to cut down on energy is to get married outdoors, where mother nature can provide gorgeous lighting and a comfortable breeze. Those planning to elope or host a small wedding may want to consider Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, Cloran Mansion, Galena Brewing Company or Jail Hill Inn. All gorgeous locations with unique details for an intimate event. AuClair at Ramada Galena Hotel & Day Spa can accommodate those with a longer guest list. This stunning venue features hair and make-up preparations, lodging, ceremony/reception space and is minutes from Galena's historic Main Street. Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

2. Guest Lodging

Encourage guests to 'go green' and book accommodations at these following properties (in addition to above): Aldrich Guest House - 900 3rd Street (815)-777-3323 Alice's Snyder House Bed & Breakfast - 1000 3rd Street (815)-281-2336 Annie Wiggins Guest House - 1004 Park Avenue (815)-777-0336 Augustus Chetlain Home & Log Cabin Guest House - 11661 W Chetlain Lane (815) 777-4777 Belle Aire Mansion Guest House - 11410 US Hwy 20 W (815)-777-0893 Country Inn & Suites by Radisson - 11334 Oldenburg Lane (800)-456-4000 Farmers Guest House - 334 Spring Street (815)-777-3456 Aldrich Guest House photo by @bonoraf

3. Wear Again Clothing

Think twice about wedding attire for the wedding party, parents and grandparents. Choose to wear a family heirloom gown or suit, and select dresses for the bridesmaids that can be worn to another event - they will thank you for it! Parents and grandparents can wear something they already own or select something that won't collect dust in the closet. Find many wear-again options at I do Bridal in Galena! Photo by: @megmcmillin_

4. Edible Favors

Weddings are loaded with love. Between the wedded couple, parents, guests... it's certainly something to celebrate! Of course, you want to thank everyone for sharing the excitement and offering support in this new chapter. A lovely and tasty way to show thanks is by treating everyone to delectable favors from Chocolat 229. With different shapes, colors and flavors, these beautiful chocolates will add color and flavor to the table!

5. Spread the love

Decorating a wedding with organic, locally grown flowers are always in style! With lovely picturesque backgrounds in #GalenaCountry, flowers only add to the already present beauty. What happens after the wedding? Surely you can gift some flowers to family and friends, preserve the couples' arrangements, but what about the rest? One thoughtful idea may be to take them to the local nursing home or hospital to create some smiles and brighten days.

6. Eco-Friendly Appetizers

Purchase food from eco-friendly businesses like Galena River Wine & Cheese. With an exceptional assortment of meats, cheeses, wine & beer, it's likely you'll find a reason to purchase a tray or two for more than just the 'big day'. While tasting and selecting for the event, order yourself a gourmet grilled cheese. Yes, it's as amazing as it sounds.

7. Gifting

It's no secret that Galena Country is home to extraordinary shopping, especially on the Helluva Half Mile. It's likely that during the wedding planning process, you'll need to purchase a thoughtful gift for the wedding party, parents, grandparents... yourself? Gift options are available at any of the above locations as well as these 'green participants': Noty Kity, Outside the Lines and River Bend Gallery.

8. Honeymoon in #GalenaCountry

After the big day - take some time for yourselves! Stay, explore, relax and enjoy each other. Perhaps check out one of the other eco-friendly lodging properties and start a new tradition! Start planning today, click here to download the 2019 Visitors Guide or contact galena@visitgalena.org for more information.