Western Wisconsin Spring Break Staycation Ideas

Wondering what to do for spring break in Western Wisconsin? Here are our best tips!

Get out on the town!

Many people think of Western Wisconsin as a bunch of sleepy little towns (which we kind of love), but there is plenty to do if you want some live music or entertainment!

Leo and Leona’s tavern near Bangor, WI has live music and is a neat place to check out!

Go skiing

Did you know there are 30 ski and snowboard resorts in Wisconsin? The largest downhill ski resort (Granite Peak) has the highest vertical drop and an amazing lift system. There are 75 trails so whether you're a beginner or advanced, there will be something for you. It's about 2.5 hours from our office in Western Wisconsin so make a day trip of it!


Perrot state park is one of our favorite places to hike in Trempealeau, WI. There are nice views of the river and surrounding bluffs. The Hixon Forest in La Crosse has great views of the city and river valley. A third option is Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota which has 12.5 miles of cross country ski trails and snowshoeing trails!

We also suggest Kinnickinnic State Park. It is awesome, even in the winter!  There's also mountain biking trails in there. The red trail trailhead area of hiking in the park is awesome - you get to see fields, valleys, rivers and everything on the bluff! There is also great variations of trails if you are going with kids.

Take a retreat

If you want to go fishing and also have all the up-scale ammenities of a beautiful cabin, check out the new Trimbelle Cottage (we helped the buyers of this property!) It is located near River Falls, WI and has 7 acres of riverfront property to enjoy while sitting out in the hot tub. It is just 1 hour from the Twin Cities and sleeps 6, making it the perfect family getaway.

Another great high-end vacation spot in Wisconsin is Waterfront hotel on the Mississippi River. It is located in Prairie du Chien, WI and they have little details that set it apart like welcome chips and salsa, a delicious burger and happy hour!

Our final suggestion is Wild Rice Retreat in Bayfield, WI. You get the full retreat exerience here as it is nestled in nature and has many classes in which you can participate.  They have instructor-led guided retreats (if you want) which include wellness classes, their restorative amenities, and healthy and locally sourced meals. Makes sense why it was named #3 resort in the Midwest!

Check out a distillery or brewery

608 Brewery in La Crosse is popular and AMAZING! La Crosse Distilling Co. has an awesome fireplace and makes handcrafted organic spirits.

Tattersall Distillery in River Falls has lots of events (like film festivals and galas) and delicious, high end drinks. You can also take a distillery tour and you can eat there while having drinks.

Do a day trip to River Falls

River Falls has some fun antique stores if you're into that. There's a movie theater that's cheap and fun. The Swinging Bridge Brewery is a really cool brewery and also cocktail bar that's great. The llama farm would be a great place to bring the kids and do a farm tour! 

Do you have other activities you would suggest for Spring Break in Wisconsin? Let us know in the comments below!

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