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Meeting Jane and Al, December 2009.
Dan and I were very lucky this past week-end! We got to meet some of the nicest, warmest people you would ever hope to know! Many of you will recognize the pretty lady above as Jane, also known as Blondie! If you haven't met Jane, head over after this post to Blondie's Journal
and tell her Cindy sent you~ Dan and I met Jane, and her husband Alan this past week-end in Beautiful, Galena, Illinois! Jane and I had been talking for months about meeting and after lot's of planning, we were all headed to Galena. Galena was a good half way point, about a 3 hour drive for both of us~ Here you see Jane and her husband Alan, shortly after we met at an Italian Restaurant called Vinnie Vanucii's! But it wasn't just lunch, we had 2 days to spend getting acquainted!
Jane had found this lovely B and B with just the cutest name, Annie Wiggins for us to stay in! More on that later.....
We were off to shop and visit and eat and enjoy beautiful Galena!
Galena is this beautiful, historic little town located on the Illinois river. Ninety percent of the town is on the National Historic Registry. This is also the hometown of President Grant and I did an earlier post on touring his beautiful home. This shop owner sure had a brilliant idea! This was the cutest store window ever! Jane, Al, Dan and I spent a lot of time in this cute little store! Besides the darling store windows.....
More cuteness! They had a Guy Cave equipped with a big screen tv and beverages! Jane and I shopped while the guys hung out in the Man Cave, but of course Jane and I had to crash the party!
We had so much fun just visiting and getting acquainted! It was like old friends getting back together! After a fun afternoon of shopping, eating and visiting we head over to the beautiful Annie Wiggins!
Here Santa greets us at the door!
It looks like a picture postcard and I am so excited! Jane and Al had arrived the night before to celebrate their Wedding Anniversary, Congrats Jane and Al!! so they already know their way around. Let's take a tour inside~
Our room is located on the 2nd floor and has a private entrance complete with fireplace and our own private balcony.
Our romantic looking bed!
We had a charming 2nd story porch filled with wicker furniture! Jane and Al are one floor up, I will let Jane fill you in on that story! After a little R and R we head down to the parlor to meet Al and Jane for cocktails, and dinner out!
As you head into the beautiful parlor, you will see a Victorian home built in the 1830's dressed in all its Christmas Splendor!
The gorgeous tree!
The owner, our hostess had decorated many of the rooms with these beautiful gowns! Very Victorian looking!
The beautiful wallpaper in the foyer.
A view up the lovely staircase!
After some fun parlor games, ( isn't this just the neatest set!) we have the Union and Confederate soldiers facing off, we're off to dinner. We had a lovely evening at Fried Green Tomatoes! This fabulous Eatery, in downtown Galena, served the most awesome food! I don't have any pics, (too busy eating and visiting) but Jane may have some to share! If you ever visit Galena, this should go on your Must Do list!
After a lovely evening of visiting we all retired to our rooms. We will meet in the dining room for breakfast, but first I wanted to share with you the view I woke up to the next morning! The Belvedere Mansion was right next door and although they are not a B and B, they do have tours! This was our lovely morning view! I don't ever recall seeing a more picture perfect postcard view! The recent snow glistening and the trees lovingly flocked by Mother Nature!
What a gorgeous Mansion!
Our hostess had the dining room gorgeously set! Her collection of Johnson Brothers Old British Castles just took my breath away!
A dish lover's paradise!!
Jane and I just loved this tablecloth! The food was scrumptious!
Just look at that Apothecary Jar! It would have been perfect for Marty's Cloche Party!!!
A gorgeous vintage Vignette! After packing up, Jane, Al, Dan and I head downtown in search of some big screen tv's! Now what could be more perfect than this! My hubby, a rabid Green Bay Packer fan and Alan, a loyal Chicago Bears fan are in a border battle today! Now if you follow football you probably know, that the border states are generally big time rivals! For us it's the Vikings and the Bears! Jane and I, have Dan and Al pinky swear to still like each other no matter what team wins! LOL!!
Jane and I spend the next 3 hours visiting, visiting and visiting some more! Occasionally, we even check on the guys and the progress of the game!
The guys view!!! After a very close game, the Packers were able to pull off a win, and it was time for us all to hit the road! Dan and I had one of the most magical and fun week-end's ever! Jane and Alan are just the nicest, most gracious people and a whole lot of fun too!!!! If you ever get to meet a Blogger friend, don't hesitate! I have been blessed to have met several and they will be friends for life!!! I know this post was long so I am adding on to several Blogger Parties! There are so many and so little time, and I doubt I will do much more posting before Christmas but I will be around to visit you all soon! ( Pinky Promise!)
Thank-you Jane and Al for a fabulous, fun filled week-end, one we will never forget!!! Cindy