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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:

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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