Five Gay Friendly Illinois Places (Outside of Chicago) – Gay Star News

Author: , July 11th, 2018

Aldrich Guest House - Galena, Illinois

There’s no denying Chicago, the largest city in the state of Illinois, is a bona fide bucket list destination.

With its futuristic skyline, explosive dining and extensive LGBTI scene, the blockbuster supercity is up there with the likes of New York City and Los Angeles as one of America’s most famous destinations. But there is so much more to Illinois than just Chicago.

Here are five charming and historical places to visit in The Prairie State, all driving distance from Chi-town, several via the iconic Route 66…

1 Galena

Firstly, with a population of just 3,255 people, is Galena in northwest Illinois. This tiny town makes a huge impression. Located near the Wisconsin boarder, it’s worth a visit for a photo op on Main Street alone. This iconic street is perfectly preserved with colourful, charismatic 19th century houses.

Why not visit the charming boutiques and coffee houses before mixing it up with a whiskey at the Blaum Brothers distillery? Or perhaps Amelia’s Galena Ghost Tour? The town is believed by many to possess ghoul-infested historical buildings. For blood pressure-friendly activities, head to the Galena Historical Society and Museum or the Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery.

For upscale accommodation options try Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast [above], the Jail House Inn and Inn at Irish Cottage.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Belle Aire Mansion Guest House – Galena Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 21st, 2018

Belle Aire Mansion Guest House - Galena Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

The Belle Aire Mansion is a Pre-Civil War, Federal style home, located on 11 well-groomed acres, featuring a barn, windmill and many beautiful trees and flowers. For accommodations we have two suites and three rooms, all with private baths.

The guest rooms are warm and inviting, furnished in antiques and reproductions. All our rooms have Dish satellite TV and VCR’s and we have a large video tape library for our guests enjoyment.

Guests are welcome to gather at the kitchen table to talk, or use the parlor to read, relax, or share conversation with other guests. They may feel free to browse through our books and magazines, walk down a tamarack-lined driveway, or just sit on the porch and enjoy the day.

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Aldrich Guest House – Galena Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Aldrich Guest House - Galena Gay Bed & Breakfast

At Galena’s Aldrich Guest House, we provide you with with luxurious surroundings coupled with professional and intuitive, yet unobtrusive, service. We have renewed the interior and decor to provide relevance in the 21st century yet maintain the inspiration of the origins of the house from 1845 by highlighting the architectural beauty and craftsmanship that put this house on the National Register of Historic Places – no doilies here!

We invite you to take advantage of all that this Galena mansion has to offer and make yourself at home. You are encouraged to walk through the nearly half acre of lawn and gardens, relax on the screened in porch, play games or enjoy wine and listen to music of your choosing in the parlor, or let us schedule a massage for you in the library.

Or maybe you would like to explore Galena and visit the historic sites, shop along Main Street, or see the wineries, distillery, or brewery. For those who enjoy the outdoors, kayak or canoe down the Galena River, walk or bike along the riverfront trail, cross country or downhill ski, or explore any of the nearby national and state parks. All of this is just a five minute walk from Aldrich Guest House and is waiting for you!

Whether it’s a getaway from the stress of the city, a romantic couple’s vacation, a friends or family reunion, a sightseeing adventure, or anything in between, Aldrich Guest House is your premier boutique bed and breakfast in Galena. We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon!

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Jail Hill Inn – Galena, Illinois

Author: , May 25th, 2017

Jail Hill Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Jail Hill Inn is a boutique inn located one block from downtown historic Galena Illinois, prominently situated to overlook Galena and its stunning countryside. Choose from 6 different, 800-square-foot, luxury suites for your perfect getaway.

Embracing environmental and socially sustainable practices, Jail Hill Inn is proud to have earned the Galena Green Lodging designation. Keeping a strong respect for the earth in mind, we supply Aveda plant-based products in every suite and are pleased to offer our guests two charging stations for their electric vehicles during their stay; a Tesla station and a universal station.

When you stay at Jail Hill Inn in Galena, you will enjoy a wonderful reception of wine and cheese on your arrival and in your suite chocolates and chilled champagne awaits you. After a great night’s rest, you will enjoy a 3-course, gourmet breakfast in our 1st floor dining room.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Belle Aire Mansion, Galena, Illinois

Author: , February 7th, 2015

Belle Aire MansionPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Welcome Home To Our Home!: Come relax and renew in our whirlpool and fireplace suites. We also have three double rooms that are cozy and comfortable. Friendlist innkeepers in town.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Aldrich Guest House, Galena, Illinois

Author: , November 22nd, 2014

Aldrich Guest House, Galena, Illinois

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Galena’s Premier Boutique Bed and Breakfast: Come experience luxurious surroundings combined with intuitive service. Whether you’re looking to unwind with a glass of wine on the screened in porch, relax in the library, or cozy up to the fireplace in the parlor, or if you prefer to take advantage of all that Galena has to offer, Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast provides the perfect getaway.

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Traveling with Pride in Illinois

Author: , October 9th, 2014

Gay Pride Boystown

Illinois Gay CoupleSo you missed summer in Chicago and all of the outdoor music fests and neighborhood block parties that come with it? Never fear! There is so much to do in Illinois in the fall and – as the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage – we are proud to offer plenty of options for LGBT couples looking for a fun and friendly getaway.

Whether you are looking for romantic hideaways to escape and unwind or exciting cities to explore vibrant LGBT neighborhoods, we have it here in Illinois. From Chicago’s bustling Boystown scene, to picturesque Galena on the western border of Illinois, to the state capital of Springfield to the sprawling Shawnee National Forest in the southern region, there is so much for couples to see and do in Illinois. At all of these destinations, you’ll find Travel Alternative Group (TAG) approved hotels, certified based on their diverse staff and commitment to the LGBT community.

Chicago – Boystown

Boystown, ChicagoOut Traveler recently named Chicago’s Boystown as the best gay neighborhood in the world based on reader votes. That’s right… in the world! Boystown was the nation’s first officially recognized LGBT village in the United States and continues to be a popular destination for locals and travelers today.

To celebrate its rich history and progress, the neighborhood plays host to Chicago’s Pride Parade & Pride Weekend every summer, one of the most legendary LGBT celebrations in the world. As someone who frequents the neighborhood’s restaurants, art galleries, shops and bars, I can vouch that it really is the best… and it is continuing to get even better!

Galena

GalenaAbout a three-hour drive from Chicago, Galena is home to charming bed and breakfasts, great shopping and celebrated wineries. The European-style town on the Mississippi River is a wonderful place for couples to escape on a romantic retreat. Stroll along Historic Main Street to see nineteenth-century storefronts and dine at nationally acclaimed eateries, such as the Log Cabin Steakhouse and One Eleven Main.

Don’t leave without paying a visit to Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape Lounge, a local favorite with great cocktails and, of course, the famous Miss Kitty!

Springfield

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumHistory comes alive in Springfield, located in central Illinois. Home to more Abraham Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation, the capital city is a great place for couples to have an education experience together. Explore the Lincoln Home, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum & Library and Lincoln Tomb to discover the legacy of one of our nation’s greatest Presidents.

While at the Lincoln Tomb, rub the nose on Abe’s bronze statue for good luck. Springfield is also home to one of Illinois’ largest LGBT celebrations, Springfield PrideFest. Mark your calendars for May 16, 2015, which will be the city’s fifth annual celebration!

Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National ForestActive couples who want to get out and explore nature should consider vacationing in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. The region’s hiking trails, bike paths, and lakes for fishing and swimming offer endless activities, and nothing is more romantic than the expansive view from the Garden of the Gods lookout point! After exploring by day, relax at a cozy bed and breakfast, woodsy resort or even luxurious treehouse!

Happy travels!

This article was written for Purple Roofs by Jen Hoelzle, Illinois State Travel Director. For even more trip ideas in Illinois, visit EnjoyIllinois.com and make sure to check out the “LGBT Travel” Trip Ideas section.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn at Irish Hollow, Galena, Illinois

Author: , August 8th, 2013

Inn at Irish Hollow - Galena, IllinoisPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Romantic Hideaway in Upstate Illinois: Spectacular cottages offering personalized comfort, superb hospitality and lush amenities, including wood burning fires, whirlpools. Award winning kitchen creates gorgeous meals from field fresh, organic ingredients, including seven-course dinner. World class massage services, 500 acre estate with miles of hiking trails, streams, forests. Favorite of New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Midwest Living, Glamour and Country Living.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Belle Aire Mansion, Galena, IL

Author: , August 6th, 2011

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Belle Aire MansionThe Belle Aire Mansion is a Pre-Civil War, Federal style home, located on 11 well-groomed acres, featuring a barn, windmill and many beautiful trees and flowers. For accommodations we have two suites and three rooms, all with private baths.

The guest rooms are warm and inviting, furnished in antiques and reproductions. All our rooms have Dish satellite TV and VCR’s and we have a large video tape library for our guests enjoyment.

Guests are welcome to gather at the kitchen table to talk, or use the parlor to read, relax, or share conversation with other guests. They may feel free to browse through our books and magazines, walk down a tamarack-lined driveway, or just sit on the porch and enjoy the day.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bernadine’s Stillman Inn B&B, Galena, IL

Author: , May 20th, 2011

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn B&B, Galena, ILWelcome to our historic Galena, Illinois bed and breakfast inn – Bernadine’s Stillman Inn is a romantic B&B located in Jo Daviess County, in Illinois’ far Northwest corner.

Our Historic Inn is close to the Mississippi River – take a Mississippi River cruise, or stroll through the many antique shops and stores in beautiful Galena.

Our two acres of garden filled courtyards are our pride and joy – we love sharing them with guests – it’s just one of the many amenities at this historic property that we invite you to enjoy!

We’re constantly upgrading our amenities to give you with all the comforts you could want.

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