The Southwest Region
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You'll feel as though you've stepped into an impressionist painting when you set foot in southwest Wisconsin. The majestic Mississippi River, winding coulees, scenic overlooks with eagles soaring overhead, and emerald green valleys define the landscape. It is so different from any other part of the state, as an afternoon drive on the Great River Road will attest.
Southwest Wisconsin is referred to as the Driftless Region; this link explains why: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driftless_Area
The Prairie du Chien area is rich with historic sites. Take Villa Louis, for example. This Victorian estate, built in the 1840s with fur trading money, was named Wisconsin's first state historic site.
History buffs, art lovers, and antique enthusiasts will surely find themselves drawn to Mineral Point, the first city in Wisconsin to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In La Crosse, its nine-day Oktoberfest draws thousands for authentic German foods, brew, music and, of course, “gemutlichkeit.” It's an ideal time to visit, with the leaves changing from summer green to brilliant fall gem tones. Farther north, the city of Sparta is recognized as the juncture of the Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails.
In Muscoda the Morel Mushroom Festival is held annually the weekend after Mother's Day.
We asked our innkeepers to update you on 'what's to do' in their area:
Canoeing, Mississippi Riverboat tours, winery and brewery tours. Hike in state parks and wildlife refuge, bike on state trails: all are open.
Cities within the Southwest region: