by Connie Cherba

Located in the rolling hills of northwest Illinois, Galena is a small town with a long list of tourist attractions making it perfect for a getaway vacation. Whether you visit for an afternoon or a couple days or even a week, you won’t run out of amazing activities to keep you and your family entertained. The Galena area offers hiking trails, fine dining, a winery, a historical museum and old house tours, kayaking on the Galena River, quaint stores, art galleries, and much more.

Planning on spending a night or two in Galena? The Little White Church, a 19th century landmark recently restored and converted into an Airbnb by Carolyn Wettstone and her husband Terry Swails, might be just what you’re looking for. The couple created a warm, inviting space with modern amenities, a soaring stone fireplace, high-beamed ceilings, and original stained-glass windows. The church has a fully-equipped, modern kitchen along with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a garden space complete with a fire pit, and two decks that offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the Galena River Valley.

To read this and other featured articles in their entirety, pickup the June 2023 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine. Click to subscribe for convenient delivery by mail, or call (563) 557-1914. Single issues are also available in print at area newsstands and digitally via the Issuu platform.

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Julien’s Journal, the Dubuque area lifestyle magazine, is a monthly regional feature magazine for and about Dubuque and the tri-state region.


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