Are you in need of a creative boost of elegance and culture in a social setting? Be sure to plan time to visit one of La Crosse’s more artsy and stylish sections of town, which can be found just off the southwest corner of UW-La Crosse, where Campbell Road meets State Street. Located equidistant between downtown and the bluffs, this dramatically angled T-intersection offers the perfect location for chic and trendy shopping and dining, all very easily within walking distance.

This little two-block gem is home—but not limited to—places such as McCaffrey’s Coffee, which offers a full menu of catchy, Irish-themed sandwiches, Soups du Jour, baked goods and—of course—various coffee drinks, while featuring local art that is bound to strike up interesting conversations and creativity. State Street Gallery offers unique and unusual gifts ranging from jewelry to paintings and everything in between. Nordeen Design Gallery offers fresh, sophisticated design ideas for home interiors, and includes services ranging from fabrics and material selection to space planning and construction coordination.