AMISH TOURS OF HARMONY: Experience the Amish lifestyle, guided group bus, mini bus or car tours, Spring-Fall, located in Sugar Plum House on the Village Green & 45 Main Ave. N Harmony, MN, 800-752-6474, www.amish-tours.com.
AREA REGION FARMERS’ MARKETS: WEDNESDAY, La Crosse, WI, Bridgeview Plaza, 8am-1pm, Holmen, WI, Square, 3-7pm, West Salem, WI, corner of Jefferson & Mills, 3-6:30pm. FRIDAY, La Crosse, WI Cameron Park, 4-8pm. SATURDAY, La Crosse, lot 3rd & State, 6am, Galesville, WI, 8am-noon. SUNDAY, Onalaska, Crossing Meadows, 8am-1pm.
Barn Quilt Tours, Caledonia, Mn Enjoy at scenic drive through Southeast Minnesota where over 60 barn quilts adorn agricultural buildings. Pick up a map at area locations or go to www.visitcaledonia.com for self-guided tour routes. 507-725-TOUR (725-8687)
CAFFE GALLERIA AT GROUNDED SPECIALTY COFFEE: 308 Main St. La Crosse. Showcasing art produced by local artist on a monthly rotating basis. Many of the pieces are for sale and no commission is applied. Stop in during regular business hours. www.facebook.com/GroundedLaCrosse or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF LA CROSSE: 207 5th Ave. S., La Crosse. Three floors of hands-on exhibits, climbing wall (open limited hours—call ahead), party/meeting rooms, gift shop and more! For ages 1-12, with adult. $5/person (infants and members FREE). Programs, birthday parties, summer day camps, and more. Open Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 (closed Mondays & major holidays). 608-784-2652. www.funmuseum.org.
DAHL AUTO MUSEUM: The Dahl Auto Museum celebrates the Dahl family’s involvement as automotive dealers spanning over 100 years and 5 generations. Also featuring the history of Ford Motor Company automobiles, mascot collection and restored classic automobiles. Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Admission: Adults $4, Children 9-16 & Seniors $3, Children 8 & under free. www.dahlauto.com/welcome.htm, 711 3rd St. S., La Crosse. 608-791-6494
ELVIS EXPLOSION 2014: Hosted by Ronny Craig, Semifinals: September 5-7, Friday 7pm and Saturday 2:30 & 7pm. Sunday FREE gospel show, 10am. Finals: Sunday, September 87, 1pm. www.elvisexplosioncontest.com
GALLERIES IN LA CROSSE: La Crosse has many art galleries that feature local, regional and national artists in all types of media. Call the Pump House at
608-785-1434 for more information.
GHOULEES IN THE COULEES: Norskedalen’s spooktacular, treats-hot apple cider at the homestead, storytelling, fortunetelling, concessions, glow items-haunted barn and more! Reservations & Prepayment Required, call 608-452-3424, www.norskedalen.org.
GOOSE ISLAND COUNTY PARK: 3 miles S. of La Crosse on Hwy. 35, this county park is an island in the Mississippi River. There are winding driving and walking trails and small craft boat launches. The back slough Mississippi River scenery is spectacular. Camping is available. W6488 County Road GI, La Crosse, 608-788-7018.
GRANDAD BLUFF: East on Main St., La Crosse or from Hwy. 33 & F. This 540 ft. bluff offers a panoramic view of our Mississippi River Valley and three states. It has been voted one of the most scenic views.
GREAT RIVER ROAD: The Great River Road in Wisconsin goes from Prescott south to Prairie Du Chien, Cassville, Tenneyson and the Illinois border. It is one of seven suggested American Drives to take according to Reader’s Digest, www.wigreatriverroad.org.
GREAT RIVER TRAIL: This 24-mile trail starts in Onalaska and continues to the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. There are 18 bridges. Skiing & snowmobiling allowed on sections. www.dnr.state.wi.us.
HERITAGE TOURS: “Village of North La Crosse Heritage Tour” and the south side “City of La Crosse Heritage Tour.” Self-guided, 608-782-2366.
HIDDEN TRAILS CORN MAZE: Get lost in over 4 miles of paths! September 1-November 1 (weather permitting). Mon.-Thurs. 1-6pm, Fri. 1-7pm, Sat. 11am-7pm, Sun. 11am-6pm. Call 608-786-2489, on Hwy 16 between West Salem & Valley View Mall, www.hiddentrailscornmaze.com.
HISTORIC BLUFF COUNTRY: in Southeastern Minnesota, easily accessible communities to enjoy biking and hiking trails, Root and Mississippi River activities, cultural, historic and Amish attractions, antiques and unique shopping, bluffs, valleys and caves. Relax in the many fine lodging establishments and restaurants. Drive the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway Hwy 16, 1-800-428-2030, www.bluffcountry.com.
HISTORIC RIVERSIDE PARK, RIVER LEVEE AND RIVERWALK: Created by the world famous architect John Nolan, beautiful Riverside Park is located at the confluence of the 3 rivers, Mississippi, La Crosse & Black Rivers. View the paddlewheelers on the historic levee & enjoy a walk on the Riverwalk. At the park stroll through the International Friendship Gardens, La Crosse.
HIXON FOREST: Public bluffland located off Hwy. 16 & Losey Blvd. in La Crosse. 13 miles of free hiking and also specially designated trails for biking. La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, 400 La Crosse Street, 1st Floor City Hall, La Crosse, 608-789-7533.
HIXON HOUSE: Tour an extravagant Victorian lumber baron’s home. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1800s by lumberman Gideon Hixon and preserved with the original furnishings, winter tours by reservation, 429 N. 7th St., La Crosse; 608-782-1980, www.lchsweb.org/hixon.html.
HOLIDAY FAIR: November, La Crosse Center, South Hall, La Crosse, WI. Photo opportunities with Santa, appearances by Rudolph, door prizes every hour, 130 crafters. Show Hours: Thursday Noon-9pm, Friday Noon-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. www.lacrossecenter.com
LA CRESCENT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER: La Crescent is located on the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota – just three easy miles from downtown La Crosse. The area is renowned for river bluff scenery and beautiful apple orchards. Visit La Crescent businesses which proudly offer many quality products that can only be found in the “Apple Capital of Minnesota”. 109 S. Walnut, Suite B, La Crescent, MN, 507-895-2800, 1-800-926-9480, Fax: 507-895-2619, www.lacrescentmn.com.
LA CROSSE AREA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU: Pick up free brochues on area attactions, dining, & shopping. Check lodging availability, web links to area businesses. Located in Riverside Park, 410 Veterans Memorial Drive, 1-800-658-9424 or 608-782-2366, www.explorelacrosse.com.
LA CROSSE CONCERT BAND: Riverside Park, La Crosse, summer concerts, FREE, Wednesday at 7:30pm July-August, rain site Central High at 8pm.
LA CROSSE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY: Wisconsin’s only NASCAR sanctioned race track, Races April through Oktoberfest weekend, West Salem, WI, 608-786-1525, www.lacrossespeedway.com.
LA CROSSE QUEEN: May-Oct, Paddle wheeler boat for individual and group cruises on the Mississippi River Riverside Park in La Crosse, 608-784-2893, www.lacrossequeen.com.
LOCK & DAM NO. 7: Just off I-90 and Hwys. 14-61, near La Crescent, MN. Navigation season, mid-March thru mid-December. No charge. One of 29 locks which provide a water stairway on the Mississippi River. For locks 6, 7 & 8: www.recreation.gov, click on Mississippi River.
MINNESOTA MARINE ART MUSEUM: The region’s access to Monet and Picasso, 800 Riverview Drive, Winona, 507-474-6626 www.minnesotamarineart.org
MOUNT LA CROSSE SKI AREA: Downhill skiing and snowboarding, chair lifts, tows, races, rentals, instructions and run for all ability levels. 608-788-0044, www.mtlacrosse.com.
MYRICK PARK CENTER: Nature Center, environmental education, and facility rental. Located on the north end of Myrick Park, the Myrick Park Center borders the La Crosse Marsh and is connected to numerous trails featuring
scenic views of the marsh and blufflands. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm and outside of business hours for events or facility reservations. 608-782-2494, myrickparkcenter.org
NIAGARA CAVE: Harmony, Minnesota. Open April to Oct. Take a guided 1 hour tour underground to see stalactites, fossils & 60-foot waterfall! Well worth a visit. Rated Top 10 in US! Memorial Day thru Labor Day-Daily 9:30am-5:30pm, April & Oct. – Weekends 10am-4:30pm, May & Sept. – Daily 10am-4:30pm. Located 2 miles South of Harmony, then 2 miles West, 1-800-837-6606, www.niagaracave.com.
NORSKEDALEN: Access via US Hwy 14/61, follow signs on county roads P and PI to the center 3 miles off of US Hwy 14/61. Excellent birding year-round, but especially during the migrations along the Mississippi flyway. Norskedalen has prairie, oak-savanna, wetland, and deciduous and coniferous plots. Birds of note include many species of warbler, bald eagle, raptors, songbirds, blue heron, orchard and Baltimore orioles, eastern bluebirds, scarlet tanager, and so much more ! Norskedalen also has eight miles of walking trails through the oak-hickory savanna, prairie, and wetland areas full of flora and fauna to be appreciated. Leave no trace, only footprints. All visitors check in at the Thrune Visitors’ Center, 608-452-3424. N455 O Ophus Rd., Coon Valley, WI, www.norskedalen.org.
OLD COUNTRY CHEESE: Watch cheese made fresh at this factory outlet, on Hwy D just 7 miles from Westby. Cheese gift boxes, Amish crafts, candy, & maple syrup. www.oldcountrycheese.com,
ONALASKA AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 741 Oak Avenue South (Onalaska Library), 608-781-9568.
PEARL STREET BREWERY: Fresh beer crafted with Wisconsin malted grains, tours & shop. Sample their fine brews, too, at many area retailers and establishments. 1401 St. Andrew St., 608-784-4832, www.pearlstreetbrewery.com.<
PEARL STREET WEST: Historic walking mall featuring quaint shops & eateries, Pearl Street between 2nd & 3rd, Downtown La Crosse.
PHONECO INC.: Phones of every description in the showrooms and museum and for sale; antiques, reproductions and novelty phones. Make an appointment for a tour! Hours Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm. In Galesville just off Hwy. 53 north of La Crosse; 19813 E. Mill Rd.; 608-582-4124, www.phonecoinc.com.
PLEASONING SEASONING PLANT & OUTLET STORE: Sample 30 different Gourmet Seasoning blends. Spice racks, aprons, hats, t-shirts & cookbooks. Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm, 2109 Ward Ave, La Crosse, WI. Plant tours for groups of 20 or more by appt.; 608-787-1030, www.pleasoning.com.
PUMP HOUSE REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Features exhibits of local artists and performances on many weekends. 119 King St., La Crosse;
RIVERSIDE MUSEUM: Located in Riverside Park near downtown La Crosse. Open year round, Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm and weekends June through October. 608-782-1980.
ROOT RIVER TRAIL, MN: Sample Local Flavors along the Root River Bike Trail System. Enjoy a local experience. Savor the fare of great cooks and local culture. We’ve got your tastes covered. Taste Testing of Local Foods. Three Saturdays in September, 10am-3pm. Visit www.rootrivertrail.org for more information. Sponsored by Harmony, Peterson, Preston, and Rushford.
ROTARY LIGHTS: Driving or walking tour through Riverside Park on La Crosse’s Riverfront, over 2 million lights and a winter wonderland experience for entire family, 5-10 pm nightly. After Thanksgiving through December 31st. Donation for local charities suggested. 608-784-9993, www.rotarylights.org.
SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: See the Shrine, Shrine Church, and visit the Votive Chapel, gift shop and restaurant, and devotional areas throughout, walk a 1/2 mile meditation trail with a breathtaking view of bluffs, Southside La Crosse, 608-782-5440, www.guadalupeshrine.org.
ST. ROSE CONVENT CHAPEL: Experience a taste of Europe in this beautiful chapel which is over 100 years old. Tours year-round: Mon.-Sat. 9-10:45am & 1-3pm. 701 Franciscan Way, La Crosse; 608-784-2288, www.fspa.org.
SWARTHOUT MUSEUM: Continually changing exhibits. Open year round Tues.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. & Sun. 1-5pm. Admission is FREE (donations appreciated) 112 S. 9th St., downtown La Crosse; 608-782-1980.