Thanks to everyone for your responses to my initial survey! Based on the answers I've determined that people would prefer a Friday to Sunday vacation and that the best time lies somewhere between late November and early January. And I was really excited that some non-Midwestern people responded. PLEASE TO BE COMING TO OUR FAIR CORNFIELDS.
The nice thing about Galena is that they have MANY bed and breakfast choices because a lot of wealthy people built mansions there during the pre-Civil War era. Because there are so many choices I'm going to determine where to book our stay based on how many people could feasibly attend. The largest B&B I found can fit up to thirty. And we will be able to accomodate couples on this trip so feel free to bring along your significant other!
More news will come later regarding activities but I've several in mind including an optional spa trip, sleigh ride, ice skating, hot air balloon ride, river cruise, fine dining, and a formal photoshoot with a photographer!
So the $64,000 question is:
Which date(s) is/are best for you?
Please select at least three from the list below:
Nov 16 - Nov 18
Nov 30 - Dec 2
Dec 7 - 9
Dec 14 - 16
Dec 21 - 23 (Hahahah, we can celebrate my birthday)
Dec 28 - 30
Jan 4 - 6
Jan 11 - 13