Weekend Trip Ideas: Viroqua and Westby

Imagine a quaint city nestled among the hillside. You wander its streets picking up fresh produce and fish at markets, popping into antique shops and visiting with locals in its lovingly restored historic buildings. If you think towns like this only exist in storybooks, you’ll be charmed by neighboring cities, Viroqua and Westby.

Home to a large Amish community, Viroqua and Westby are destinations for farm-fresh produce, local crafts and scenic biking trails. Meet the locals, and maybe get a little workout. What’s better for an afternoon?

Head for Viroqua’s Main Street on a Saturday morning and pop into a few specialty shops, including the Ewetopia Fiber Shop and Driftless Fair Traders. When you’re hungry for lunch, grab a bite at the Viroqua Public Market, an award-winning shopping center in the town square. Along with farm goods and organic ice cream, you’ll find wares from more than 90 local merchants. Also on Main Street you’ll see the 80-year-old Temple Theater, a Classical Revival anchor of the neighborhood, which re-opened in 2002 following an extensive restoration. Take in a musical or theater performance – if you’re lucky, with the theater’s 1922 Wurlitzer organ. Stop by the Driftless Café for fresh pizza and sandwiches, and drive seven miles north to downtown Westby. The city’s Scandinavian culture is best experienced on two wheels. Pick up a map at Westby’s Information Center, an authentic Norwegian stabbur, and navigate the hills and ridges of Vernon County's Amish country. Don’t leave before picking up fresh cheese curds at the Creamery. Feel like hanging around awhile?  Ask for a room at the circa-1890 Westby House Inn & Restaurant.

Happy travels everyone, and as always, let us know if you go!

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