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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.

Events within the Southwest region:

Applefest

Event City: La Crosse
Event Details:
Across the Mississippi River from La Crosse is home to the La Crescent Applefest. A tribute to its apple industry. Orchard tours, arts and crafts, flea market, parade.
Event Dates:
Sep 20, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014

Event Time:
varies

Event Contact Phone:
507-895-2800

Event Web Site:
applefestusa.com

Driftless Area Art Festival

Event City: Soldiers Grove
Event Details:
Visual arts of exhibits and sales from Driftless Area artists. Culinary arts featuring regional food from organic to local to heritage selections. Performing arts by Driftless area artists, musical groups that provide continuous entertainment.
Event Dates:
Sep 20, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014

Event Time:
11-4

Event Web Site:
www.DriftlessAreaArtFestival.com

La Crosse Oktoberfest

Event City: La Crosse
Event Details:
Two festgrounds. Ethnic festival with parades,arts and crafts, music, sporting events, rides, food and beverages.
Event Dates:
Sep 26, 2014 to Oct 01, 2014

Event Time:
day and night

Event Contact Phone:
608-784-3378

Event Web Site:
www.oktoberfestusa.com

Warrens Cranberry Fest

Event City: Westby
Event Details:
Fun weekend with cranberry tours, photo contests, bicycle tour, parade, music, food, antique/flea/farmers market. Arts & Crafts. Warrens is north of Sparta and 45 minutes from Westby.
Event Dates:
Sep 26, 2014 to Sep 27, 2014

Event Time:
varies

Event Contact Phone:
608-378-4200

Event Web Site:
cranfest.com

Gays Mills Apple Fest Weekend

Event City: Westby
Event Details:
Gays Mills is located 25 miles south of Westby. Events are held at the apple orchards and the Community Hall building. Celebrating the apple harvest with parades, carnivals, arts & crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, food & festivities.
Event Dates:
Sep 26, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

Event Time:
varies

Event Contact Phone:
608-735-4341

Event Web Site:
www.gaysmills.org/Apple_Festival.html

Westby's International Ski Jump

Event City: Westby
Event Details:
It is a tradition that has gone on since 1923, and has put Westby on the international ski jump map. I think it has given Westby some recognition and identity, said Dr. P.T. Bland, who has been a major supporter of the annual event for more than three decades. Skiers come from 10-15 countries. Since the event has been a Continental Cup competition, we get skiers who are just one notch away from World Cup status and possible Olympians. We have Olympic medal winners jump here. Located just 1/2 mile North of Westby on County Road P. Visit www.snowflakeskiclub.com for more information.
Event Dates:
Jan 30, 2015 to Jan 01, 2015

Event Time:
Friday night Jumping

Event Contact Phone:
608-634-3211

Event Web Site:
www.snowflakeskiclub.com

Westby's Syttende Mai

Event City: Westby
Event Details:
A Norwegian Folk Fest that is an annual festival celebrating Westby, Wisconsin's Norwegian heritage and the historic day of Norway's independence. Always held the weekend closest to May 17th, enjoy arts & crafts, ethnic foods, car show, parades, and local Norweigian artisans.
Event Dates:
May 15, 2015 to May 17, 2015

Event Time:
day and night event

Event Contact Phone:
608-634-4011

Event Web Site:
www.westbywi.com
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