Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meyer Weekend 2010

The annual gathering of Karen's mom's extended family did not include a wedding this year, and fortunately did not include a funeral either. Our destination this summer was Galena, Illinois where we stayed at the LeFevre Inn and Resort, a comfortable little group of buildings on a few acres of rolling grass with a grand view of Galena and the Mississippi River Valley.

This is the gazebo as we found it on the evening we arrived. A few family members chatting inside while the sunset moves from one beautiful shade to another.

The grounds at the LeFevre Inn were not heavily landscaped, but nicely kept, very quiet, and afforded us more elbow room than we required. Even though we weren't the only guests at the resort, we were definitely in the majority, which we took to mean we could hold the family Olympics in the pool, and shoot the potato gun at will across the yard.

Speaking of yard, here's a view off the deck outside our room. This view is facing northwest, and the Mississippi River is between the light green grass in the foreground and the dark green hills in the distance.

This shot is looking more directly north toward Galena. Bucolic (or pastoral) farms in the foreground give way to the city of Galena in the middle distance. The brick building with the clock tower midway between the barn and the water tower is an old school refurbished into condominiums. It sits on the bluff overlooking downtown Galena, which is not visible in this shot.

Karen and Lily relaxing with Laura after breakfast. The two larger buildings on site were connected by this multi-level walkway that allowed for even better views, and easy access between the buildings.

The main attraction for this trip to Galena was the shopping in the old downtown. Eighty five percent of the buildings in town are in a National Register Historic District, and with charm like that, even hicks like us can enjoy a few hours of shopping.

Fortunately, there are plenty of antique stores in Galena. So many, in fact, that we didn't visit them all before it was time to head back to the resort for lunch. The image above made me think of someone that probably could have found something she liked in this store.

Karen came across this delightful little doll house sewing machine that reminded her of the doll house furniture she used to play with.

What really caught Karen and Lily's attention was the clothing and vintage patterns (who would have guessed?). In this shot Lily is examining a lacy dress that was almost a hundred years old, and unfortunately priced much higher than we could justify.

This collection of books made me think of our church family at Providence. The title: "War of the Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies." The titles should not be surprising since Galena was U.S. Grant's adult home.

Here's the old school we could see from our resort, and yes, I could see the resort from the street in front of this building.

Gretel enjoying a cold drink after a hard afternoon of playing in the pool with cousins.

These are the buildings that comprise the accommodations at LeFevre Inn: two single family, two bedroom cabins on the right; a larger building with eight spacious motel-type rooms on the left; and a larger gathering area in the middle building. The stone area at the top of the grassy slope in front of the cabins has outdoor furniture around a fire pit. We entertained ourselves by watching the younger children make smores over the fire one evening.

Finally, another sunset over the 1 acre pond just before the bats moved in to find an evening meal. Thanks for visiting!


  1. Oh my! What a lovely spot to gather with family... I love the "yard." And could Gretel be any cuter?

    As for that store scene, I saved the picture on my own computer and am tempted to make it my screensaver;-) My personal fave is the Bliss coffee, lol.

  2. Diane -- the accomodations were more than adequate, but the view was my favorite feature of the resort. Thanks for the Gretel compliment, we think she's pretty cute too (but don't tell her, or she might get a big head!)