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Historic, Great Architecture, Wonderful Restaurants
Not easy to differentiate from other towns like it
In a nutshell
Quiet, place that's thrums with activity every weekend.
It was imperative for us to drive a car to Galena. There is no direct public transportation from our home to Galena. And, since we stayed in a time share 8 miles outside of Galena, we need a car to drive everywhere that we needed to go.
True, at this time, gas prices are quite high; however, we had no alternative. By the way, gas prices were such cheaper in Iowa; thus, we made sure to fill up each time we were on our day trips to Iowa cities. It was a significant difference in price (at least thirty centers less expensive there).
And, to tell the truth, two women need a car to carry their clothing and shoes, and, in our case, supplies for cooking at the time share.
Updated Jun 10, 2007
When we decided to take a road trip to Galena, we were unaware that it was a special Ladies Getaway Weekend! This year  was the 14th annual event for Ladies Getaway. This year, it took place September 7-9.
This weekend includes wine tastings, cooking classes, a fashion & trunk show, an auction, live theater, and, of course, shopping.
The weekend was "kicked off" with a fashion show at The DeSoto House Hotel on Friday and was sponsored by Main Street merchants. They also had refreshments, door prizes, and a cash bar at this event.
On Saturday, they conducted a Quartermania Auction, also held at The DeSoto House Hotel. Aportion of the proceeds benefitted "Relay for Life". At the intermission of this even, a Getaway Raffle was conducted for lodging, restaurant, and shop gift certificates plus a $500 Main Street shopping spree!
But the funny event was Sunday morning when "ladies were encouraged to roll out of bed and head for Main Street in their pajamas. From 7 to 11 a.m., participating shops offered special bargains." Mickey and I were out taking a walk that morning and saw several women in pajamas. [See 2nd photograph]
Updated Sep 11, 2007