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