Getaway Galena

The Streets of Old Galena, Illinois

The Streets of Old Galena, Illinois

To celebrate our 43rd anniversary, my husband and I took an over-night trip to Galena, Illinois.  Breath-taking views as we turned onto Highway 20 reminded us the northwest corner of Illinois is a refreshing departure from flat prairie.  We spent our time browsing the shops fueled by gelato and chocolate.  I found a pair of Euro slacks at Collette’s that may just change my life.  They are so slimming–I love them!  Savvy Scavenger’s carries close-out fashions at fabulous prices.  I purchased a soft fall scarf in pumpkin and slate.  My new slacks just happen to be the color of gray slate.

Our home-away-from-home was The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel featuring an authentic pub restaurant, O’Dowd’s.  Good food and some traditional Irish specialties such as Shepherd’s Pie are served in a traditional atmosphere with a nice view of  woods and hills.  The pub features live entertainment on stage Friday and Saturday evenings.

Although it is The Irish Cottage, the cozy refers to the environment not the amenities.  They offer an indoor pool, fully equip workout facility and spa.  Breakfast is complimentary and served near the library and lounge.  Each room is given a basket with fresh fruit and scones–to-die-for scones.  They were soft and delicious!  Guests can help themselves to an additional breakfast assortment of English muffins, eggs, yogurt, juice and coffee.  We ate on a raised dais in the library filled with works from well-known Irish authors.  Baskets of large shiny red apples decorated the side tables for “help yourself.”

Comfy leather furniture, woodwork and books--the library.

Comfy leather furniture, woodwork and books–the library.


O'Dowd's Pub

O’Dowd’s Pub

Hotel Entrance

Hotel Entrance

Welcome to the Irish Cottage!

Welcome to the Irish Cottage!

This very comfortable hotel made our short stay feel much longer.  It is located near Grant’s Home in Galena on Route 20.




About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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