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... sculpted into shapes of animals, birds and other objects by ancient Indian tribes. We watched an interesting short film and went for a short hike through the woods up to a bluff above the river where some of the best preserved examples are located. It also gave us great views over the river and we encountered plenty of wildlife such as various types of squirrel and a garter snake which caused some consternation for Donelle. The wildlife hasn't been in ...
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After our many meets (meetings) and eats (being invited out) in Lima, we took a very early morning taxi to the airport and said good bye to the new and improved city of Lima, Peru and headed for Bogota, via Panama City, Panama.
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Rode down to start the trans Wisconsin adventure trail just outside Dubuque Iowa. When I left the house it was 37 degrees. Overall temp was 50-55 the rest of the day. We found some fun twisties after miles and miles of corn fields. Made a few stops for rest, gas and food and ...
... offered gained us the knowledge that the buffet was $7 tonight and we also had the possibility of our points being 5x to 25x value. Both Denis and I got 5x. We had dinner, played some and both were up so we left but checked with the security guard about parking the motorhome and is it okay overnight. Yes, so we went and closed up the curtains and decided we could return to the casino as long as we only played a little and still left ...
... the middle of the river. A few of them are privately owned but anyone can use the others (government owned) for recreational purposes for up to 2 weeks at a time. There are lots of little turtles sitting on submerged logs but the take a dive when they spot us - we have to be quick with the camera. 45 years ago there was only one breeding pair of bald eagles in the area due to DDT. As DDT has now been banned and more ...
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My husband and I were looking for a unique place, in the Galena area, to stay for our honeymoon in October and we thought at first to stay at TierraLinda, but chose the historic log cabins instead. It was the biggest mistake we ever made and RUINED the first two days of our honeymoon due to the fact that we had to find alternative accommodations because of a GROSSLY incosiderate owner; that experience was a HORROR story. After my husband returned home from being over seas in March, we decided to try a "second honeymoon"/ vacation to make up for our past ordeal...this time we chose TierraLinda. Not only was the owner INCREDIBLY personable, but he offered us COMPLETE privacy for the weekend we had booked. We didn't accept this generous offer, but were grateful for that opportunity. Arriving at TierraLinda, we immediately were drawn to the beautiful views and with a warm greeting we received from the owner, we went to unpack our things. The room was FANTASTIC! Real hard wood floors, the most comfortable bed and bedding we've ever slept on, and a deep victorian style tub. The room was cozy and romantic, but primarily comfortable...no problems falling asleep here. Although we had our daily excursions to the Galena shops and Dubuque River Museum, we truly couldn't wait to get back and sit in front of the fire or cuddle outside looking at the views or soaking in the tub reading a book. The owner was very considerate of our privacy, but we found ourselves looking forward to his company....every now and then. We can't wait to go back! Not only did we FINALLY have the ultimate romantic and spicy honeymoon we dreamed of, but we also had the best salsa ever....made fresh by the owner. :)
Actually, we've been to Tierra Linda (Beautiful Earth in Spanish) seven times. We keep going back because it's the loveliest, most serene place we've ever found in Illinois to escape from routine, relax and surround ourselves with glorious nature. The Victorian farmhouse's guestrooms are comfortable and cozy and the breakfasts yummy (sometimes eaten al fresco) and lovingly prepared by host Armando Villa, but the real reasons we to go to Tierra Linda are the tranquility and beauty of the land, gorgeous any time of year. What's to do? Mostly nothing. That's the beauty of this place. Swing in a hammock, hike the surrounding woods, build a bonfire, enjoy the birds and butterflies, read a book, ride a bike, swim, kayak, fish and spot frogs and turtles in the nearby pond, listen to the waterfall, let your dog run free (it's dog-friendly) and soak up the splendor of the cedars and cottonwoods, prairie grasses, wildflowers, sunrises, sunsets, planets and stars. The shops, galleries and restaurants of downtown Galena are a few miles away by winding country road, so the "action" is not too far if you want some of that. But Tierra Linda is secluded. And it's definitely not a lace doilies and tea cozies B & B. No chintz love seats and flower arrangements in crystal vases at Beautiful Earth. Just peace, comfort, relaxation, clean air, open vistas, good food, good conversation with Armando and a place to refresh your soul.
This is my first review, so I apoligize if I start rambling on....My wife and I spent a wonderful weekend at Tierra Linda celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary. I did alot of searching on BnB in the Galena area and as a result of my procrastination, a few of my top choices were completely booked...however I was forwarded a website from my brother's neighbor about a BnB in Galena that is just inside town but off the main path. As soon as I saw the main page, I knew that this would be perfect for us. Armando, the owner, was there to great us upon our arrival (Very Important to follow his directions on the website and not Yahoo or MapQuest). Armando is great to talk with and his hospitality is top notch. Make sure that he makes his salsa for you down by the beach. When we saw the house for the first time, I was not sure what to expect, it was not exactly what I pictured a BnB home to look like but the inside and everything else about Tierra Linda overwelms that first impression. Inside the house is great wood floors, a sitting area to read, and excellent photo's that Armand has taken. Our room (El SOL) was great, it was a very, very comfortable queen bed and also had a private bath and shower...plus a fan that kept us very cool. The only time that we spent in the house was to either sleep or enjoy the great breakfast that Armando cooked (save some bacon for the puppies). The majority of our time at Tierra Linda was spent on the beach around the fire pit. Armando has done a remarkable job with the property...his love for nature and the work that he has done to preserve the area is phenominal. The sand on the beach is magnificant and the water in the lake is the cleanist. Make sure that you walk on the bridge over to the small island...very intersting walk. Watching the huge catfish eat is quite a sight. Once you walk thru the woods on the many trails you truly feel like you are lost in another world...I can not wait to see the amphitheater when its done. The best part of the trip though has to be sitting at night next to the fire pit on the beach and looking up at the stars. It is so clear that you can watch satelites and also see a shooting star or two (don't mistake the fireflies for shooting stars). The bull frogs will sing along with the other creatures around the pond. We also had a great time in town doing shopping and eating at a few resturants (Benjamins, Fried Green Tomatoe, and another small Vodka bar). The popcorn store was alos great...alot of samples and unique combinations of spices. Overall we had a wonderful time. I can not give the beauty of Tierra Linda enough justice... If you are looking for a fancy, extravegaent meals, type of BnB...Tierra Linda is not for you....but if you have dogs, love nature, and want to experince a relaxing, peaceful time, then give Tierra Linda a chance.
Confession: I've known TierraLinda's owner Armando for many years since we were colleagues in a previous professional life. So I was delighted but not surprised to discover what a lovely spot he has carved out of the Galena countryside.
My wife and I wanted to take an island vacation similar to our honeymoon in Cozumel. The problems were several: 1) we only had 10 days, 2) it was Summer and weather can be big problem in Island country, and 3) we are insanely in love with our 75 lb dog and feel sick whenever we are forced to leave her.
My husband and I needed a weekend away from our hectic schedules, so we chose Galena. He wanted to go to a B&B downtown, but as soon as I found TierraLinda on the internet, I knew that was where we needed to be. Just 5 miles from downtown, but it's such an escape from all the commercial kitsch. The owner, Armando, is so interesting and such a warm and inviting host. He has the cutest airdale puppies, not to mention the chickens, who provide the most delicious breakfast eggs. The grounds surrounding the house are incredibly peaceful and gorgeous, with a pond, a bridge to a tiny island, the woods, filled with morels at the time we were there, a sandy beach, great places for kids of any age to play, and much, much more natural beauty. It inspired me to draw the many trees, the waterfalls tucked away in the woods, and the beautiful pond and bridge. My husband totally agreed -- he tired quickly of all the shopping downtown, and was so happy to have this wonderful space to relax in. The rooms were adorable -- La Luna y El Sol. The decor was fantastic and eclectic. I appreciated all the original art on the walls, including some really cool photographs of Chicago, some by our host, Armando, who is a professional photographer, but very humble about it. Having never been to Galena before, I was so captured by it, I can't wait till our next opportunity to return.
Peaceful & Relaxing!
This is where you want to stay if you need to get away for the weekend! Very relaxing and full of wonderful sounds of nature. Don't waste your time if you only need a bed for the night, you will want to enjoy all Tierra Linda has to offer; swimming, fishing or just reading abook in a hammock listening to the orchesta of bullfrogs or the trickle of water from the springs. You can even hit the shops in Galena for a few hours and come back and grill over an open fire on the beach. I have even thought of staying in the winter since it is so close to Chestnut mountain Ski Resort but a a more reasonable rate to spend the night.
If you need a weekend away from trafic, the stress of the work week, I highly reccomend!
Tierra Linda - Relaxation!
Great place to take your dog! Our dog was able to run around the grounds off leash and stay with us.
The property is beautiful with private walking trails and private pond. A great place to go and relax.
Armondo is a great host. He had a bonfire waiting for us when we got there along with the other guests. His homemade salsa is excellent!
My wife and I have been to TierraLinda (TL) several times now. We are from Chicago and things get pretty hectic and stressful in our daily lives. There is no better retreat from the mechanics and electronics of a city than TL. It is pure nature.
Tierra Linda is aptly named -- Beautiful Earth. My children and I love it there, and adore the proprietor. With only two rooms (very comfortable beds and private bathrooms) in a charming old farmhouse, an idyllic pond that is perfect for swimming, fishing, or enjoying a bonfire on the beach, and trails through the woods next to a meandering stream, it is a perfect get-away for anyone who wants a break in the country. Once you're there it hardly seems worth the effort to go to the shops in Galena. It is much more fun to buy some steaks or catch some bluegills and cook there. No TV is heaven for me -- it's much nicer to listen to the bullfrogs and birds, or chat with the owner about the meaning of life. Winter is lovely, too, with a fire in the gorgeous potbelly stove in the living room, skating on the pond, and a short trip to an excellent ski hill.