These days, date night may not look like sharing a bottle of wine at a romantic restaurant, singing together at a concert or snuggling up in a movie theater, but with a little creativity, you can still have fun together in the comfort of your vacation rental, or if you're a local, at home while still supporting local businesses in Galena Country!

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Set the Mood

No matter what you’ll be doing... no date would be complete without that romantic ambiance we all love. Set the mood for your special night by ordering a few floral candles from Galena Candle & Bath Co. or Scent Workshop.

Kiss the Cook

Find a fun recipe that neither of you has tried before and visit the following local online shopping stores for the ingredients or even utensils that you may need: Grateful Gourmet, Galena Spoon Co., Galena Canning Company, Galena Garlic Company, Pasta Perfetta, and Spice & Tea Merchants. Divvy up the kitchen duties and enjoy some undivided couple time. Feel like a grill instead? Grab a Date Night Grill Box from Log Cabin Steakhouse. If not a lot of cooking gets done (no judgment here)... there is always a curbside pickup, drive-thru or delivery service!

Wine Tasting for Two

Fergedaboudit, Galena Cellars, Massbach Ridge and Rocky Waters wineries are waiting for your curbside pickup orders! Spend the evening tasting award-winning local wines while deciding which of the two is the better sommelier. Pair these delicious vino's with gourmet cheese and sausage from Galena River Wine & Cheese. By the end of the night, you will have your list of favorites for future date nights.

Sip & Paint

Speaking of sipping… why not get a little crafty at the same time? All you need is some poster board or canvas, paint, markers, perhaps some glitter and your creativity! If wine is not your thing, grab a growler of your favorite brew from the Highway 20 Brewing CompanyPecatonica Beer Co. Tap House or Galena Brewing Company, pick up a Cocktail Kit from Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. or a Quarantine Extravaganza Party Pack from Grape Escape Cocktail Bar. Be sure to frame your masterpiece for future reminiscing!

Refresh Your Love Nest

Spring is the perfect time to change things up a bit! Rearrange the furniture, paint over that decades-old color in your bathroom and throw out that chipped vase. Out with the old, in with the new… choose a new rug or lamp from Vignettes Home, a gorgeous sunset picture from River Bend Gallery or a beautiful functional piece from Eshelman Pottery.

Holiday Shopping 

In Galena Country, there's something for everyone on your list! More than 135 independently owned stores are open, stocked up, and decked out in their magical Christmas attire! If you feel safer staying indoors, grab a hot cup of cocoa and check out these exciting online stores instead. You can always take a drive to enjoy the Christmas cheer from your car. On Dec. 5, watch out for the spectacular fireworks display in Galena called Holiday Fire in the Sky and on Dec.12, take a drive or walk through Galena to witness the Night of the Luminaria where more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries light the streets, steps, and sidewalks - a magical sight! 

Snuggle Up

Did you know that some of the scenes filmed for the award-winning movie, The Field of Dreams was filmed in Galena? Grab some popcorn from Great American Popcorn Company, snuggle up with your sweetheart and see who can spot Galena first! While you're snuggled together, browse the Digital Visitor's guide and make plans to explore more of Galena Country when you feel safer to do so in the future! 

In Galena Country, we know the importance of taking the time for the things that matter most... it's what unites us all!