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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:

SIP & SAVOR Driftless Wisconsin Wine & Cheese Trail

Event City: Westby
Event Details:
Introducing Wisconsin's premiere wine and cheese trail that welcomes you to enjoy agritourism at its delicious best! Tour southwestern Wisconsin's stunning natural beauty while enjoying award-winning wine and cheese at seven estate wineries and seven creameries. On two event weekends per year each stop will welcome you in a special way. This is your chance to meet the winemakers, cheesemakers and the families you support by buying local. These amazing businesses are conveniently located between the Madison area and La Crosse, Wisconsin. Plan your trip now.
Event Dates:
Apr 13, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018

Event Time:
10:00

Event Contact Phone:
608-634-9463

Event Web Site:
driftlesswinecheesetrail.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 18, 2018 to May 20, 2018

Event Time:
day and night event

Event Contact Phone:
608-634-4011

Event Web Site:
www.westbywi.com

Wild West Days

Event City: Viroqua
Event Details:
Horse Parade on Friday Evening, followed with a concert at Temple Theater. Visit a 1800's frontier town on Saturday. Shops, music, stagecoach rides, saloon and hog-wrassling.
Event Dates:
Aug 17, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018

Event Time:
11:00

Event Contact Phone:
608-634-4112

Event Web Site:
www.wildwestdays.info

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 13, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018

Event Time:
11:00

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 15, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018

Event Time:
12:00

Event Contact Phone:
608-624-3600

Event Web Site:
www.DriftlessAreaArtFestival.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 21, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018

Event Time:
11:00

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 28, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018

Event Time:
11:00

Event Contact Phone:
608-735-4341

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

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 29, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018

Event Time:
11:00

Event Contact Phone:
608-784-3378

Event Web Site:
www.oktoberfestusa.com

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:
Feb 01, 2019 to Feb 02, 2019

Event Time:
11:00

Event Contact Phone:
608-634-3211

Event Web Site:
www.snowflakeskiclub.com
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