10 Perfect Christmas Shopping Getaways
Like ornaments on a giant Christmas tree, fanciful 1800s homes and red brick shops decorate this town amid the hills of northeast Illinois' Galena River Valley (85 miles west of Rockford). Garlands of lights outline gables, steeples and rooftops. Old-fashioned trolleys depart for Yuletide tours, and Santa greets visitors on weekends.
More than 100 stores and galleries, as well as a selection of restaurants, line Main Street. Fritz and Frites serves a full menu of both French favorites and traditional German dishes, while Fried Green Tomatoes offers fresh Italian fare such as a smoked Gouda-Gorgonzola mac and cheese with sausage. Best bets for an overnight include the luxury suites and cottages at the Goldmoor Inn or lodging at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa.