Westby Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast
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Westby, located in the heart of the Southwest Wisconsin's Driftless Area, is 25 minutes southeast of La Crosse and 23 minutes south of Sparta.
The long and winding road … rivers…and trails
In Wisconsin's Driftless area, you’re not likely to drive, paddle, or hike a straight route – all the better to take in the scenery untouched by the ice age. The 125 miles of the crooked, winding Kickapoo River - the longest tributary of the Wisconsin River - covers only 65 miles in distance. Perfect for canoeing and kayaking. 52 miles of Highway 35 along the Mississippi River and Bluffs are part of the 250-mile Wisconsin Great River Road. Marie Cimino, innkeeper at the Westby House Inn says “Take the Driving Tour I’ve mapped out to explore the area's Driftless Region of steep hills, deep valleys and rivers.” Wildcat Mountain State Park has 3603 acres, offering mostly wooded exact hiking trails. Need more to explore? Try the Kickapoo Valley Reserve’s 8569-acre natural area trails.
Ski-jump, ski, run, bike, fish, golfBesides the ‘agony of defeat’ clip from Wide World of Sports, have you ever seen ski jumping? Catch the Annual International Snowflake 108K Ski Jump Tournament held first weekend of February. This 5-jump facility (the largest is a 118 meter Olympic-sized hill) is used for national and international competitions. For those who prefer to keep their skis on the snow, there’s downhill skiing on Mount LaCrosse. In warmer weather (usually) the Syttende Mai 5K Run/Walk is held on Saturday of Festival weekend closest to May 17th. On the first Saturday of October, the Dam Challenge Triathlon at Kickapoo Valley Reserve is held. Spanning spring-summer-fall, bikers pedal the 20-35 miles of the Elroy-Sparta Trail through at least one of three tunnels. The Westby area has over 200 miles of top-rated trout streams…a fly-fisherman’s paradise. Golfing? Yes – back at the Snowflake Ski Golf Course.
Fests for all seasons
Pair an outdoor adventure with a festival or the arts. La Crosse, just 30 minutes from Westby, hosts Oktoberfest from the last weekend in September through the first October weekend. 30 minutes south of Westby, Gays Mills’ Applefest is held the 3rd weekend in September. Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center in rural Coon Valley hosts Midsummer Fest in June, the Threshing Bee in September, and Old-Fashion Christmas in December. Vernon County Museum hosts a July 4th Strawberry Ice Cream Social at historic Sherry-Butte House Museum. Peruse the work of local artisans at the Viva Art Gallery in Viroqua.
Explore the Cashton Amish Community and their farms. Built in the bluffs and valleys near Mississippi River and La Crosse is the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe a 200-acre pilgrimage complex. A place of devotion to Mary, Pope John Paul II gave his Apostolic Blessing to establishing this place of pilgrimage. Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts Shop is just steps from the Westby House Inn; walk to more unique stores, antique shops, and get squeaky-fresh Cheese Curds at the Creamery.
Authentic, upscale dining awaits at DiSciascio's Italian Restaurant in nearby Coon Valley. Experience a delectable lunch or tea in the Westby House Inn's tea room, which is open to the public with seasonal hours. Serving the finest meals and bakery specially prepared for the pleasure of your palate, the Westby House Inn's restaurant & tea room's elegant atmosphere and pleasant wait staff will make your meal or tea time an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
Westby House InnPhone: 608-634-4112
Toll Free: 800-434-7439
A Wisconsin B&B with best-value lodging destination. Offering the right levels of history, comfort,and hospitality for pleasure or business. Enjoy Anniversary and Birthday celebrations. Getaways. Minutes from Viroqua and La Crosse. Private breakfast table. Whirlpool tubs. Spacious rooms. WIFI
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