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Two Lane Gems Tour, Vol. 1

Last October I began a companion site to The Local Tourist that highlights what I like to call "Two Lane Gems." Drive By Towns is a travelogue whose goal is to fuel your wanderlust and provide travel inspiration and tips.

Long Hollow Canopy Tours

Have you ever ridden a zipline? Experience what it's like to ride a zipline with Long Hollow Canopy Tours in Galena. It's an experience you'll never forget, and one you'll want to repeat.

Goldmoor Inn

Goldmoor Inn Bed & Breakfast in Galena, Illinois, is an elegant getaway located on the Mississippi River.

Traveling Family - photo courtesy of Allianz Travel Insurance

Summer’s just about over. The kids are back in school, the campgrounds are quiet, and the beaches are empty.

Lake Galena in The Galena Territory

As you approach the extreme northwest corner of Illinois the flat horizons disappear. Known as the driftless area, this is a place the glaciers missed. It's an area of valleys and bluffs, of scenic views and varying elevations and rolling hills.

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa

If you're looking to get away for some R, R, & R - rest, relaxation, and recreation - Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is the place to go. Located just seven miles from Galena, the resort is set amidst rolling hills on a private lake. Even if you avail yourself of the many activities on the property itself and in the surrounding area the gorgeous setting makes for a serene getaway.

Chef Randy cooking morels by Lake Galena

When you're considered one of the Midwest's best resorts your restaurants are held to a higher standard. The cuisine needs to meet and exceed expectations of excellence. The staff should be loyal and passionate. The ingredients must be fresh and, when possible, local.

In the world of gourmet cuisine the mighty morel is a much-desired delicacy. The distinctive mushroom is considered by many to have the best taste of all the wild fungi.

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