9 of the Best Ways to Experience Fall in Wisconsin

You might have noticed that a lot of our blogs have been focusing on fall in Wisconsin. That’s because it’s just around the corner, and we don’t want you to miss out on all the fun autumn activities!


Fall in Wisconsin

The leaves will be turning soon, and that means it’s time to start turning our attention to fall! We know we aren’t alone in loving this season: the hot apple cider, the sweater weather, the harvests, and pumpkin spice everything! Fall in Wisconsin is especially enjoyable, so don’t miss out on our favorite ways to experience autumn in Wisconsin.


1. Hike, Bike, or Drive for the Best Fall Leaves in Wisconsin

With so many great hiking trails close to Westby, there are lots of walks and hikes that showcase the beauty of the leaves changing color. Whether by car or motorcycle, autumn in Wisconsin is also a perfect season to just go for a drive. The foliage is on full display as you twist and turn on these fantastic routes. We are also privileged to have some of the most unique bike trails in the country, built on the old railroad paths. Plus, the tunnels are not to be missed!


2. Catch Some Frisky Trout

As the water gets cooler, the trout become more active and will begin migrating to their spawning habitat (often in a smaller tributary). This gives you the possibility of snagging a larger trout that’s been hiding in deeper water. (September is the ideal month for this!) The Kickapoo River and its tributaries offer great fishing spots, and Timber Coulee and West Fork are excellent as well. And here’s our top five favorite fly fishing spots.


3. Scare Yourself Silly at the Haunted Halls of Terror

If Haunted Houses are your thing, you’ve got to check out the Haunted Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien. The Halls of Terror are recommended for ages 12 and up, but if you have younger ones, check out the Kid Friendly Lights. Follow their Facebook page for specifics.


4. Harvest Apples at the Gays Mills Apple Festival

The orchards at Gays Mills during the Gays Mills Apple Festival showcase the fall apple harvest season! Held annually on the last weekend of September, this could be the start of a great family tradition.


5. Harness Racing at the Vernon County Fair

The Vernon County Fair in September is the best in the state. Harness racing is always a hit. Plus there’s tons of great food and drink, family activities, and fascinating exhibits.


6. Experience the Best in the Arts at the Driftless Arts Festival

This September event is full of fun for everyone: the best vinters, brewers, restaurants, and farms in the state will make sure you enjoy every minute of the Driftless Arts Festival music, exhibits, and shopping.


7. Celebrate German-style at Oktoberfest

La Crosse’s Oktoberfest remains one of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the nation. The authentic German food and beer, carnival rides, parades, and entertainment make this a fall festival to keep on your annual “bucket list.”


8. Load up on Fall Produce at the Viroqua Farmer’s Market

At the Viroqua Farmer’s Market, the fall in Wisconsin season will be on full display! Choose from a gorgeous array of seasonal items: pumpkins and squash of all colors, along with apples and other plants and vegetables. And with the large array of handmade items, you’re likely to find some perfect Christmas gifts too!


9. Cozy Up at Westby House Inn

Our cozy and luxurious rooms here at Westby House offer you the perfect place for your fall in Wisconsin retreat. And if snuggling up by the fire sounds like a perfect evening, check out the Atrium Room and the Victorianne Room! Both are complete with gas fireplaces and double whirlpool tubs! And our gourmet breakfast is a fresh way to begin your fall explorations. For more ideas on fall activities, check out more of our blog posts, and download our complimentary Vacation Guide as well. And don’t forget about the “Fall for Our Spectacular Color” deal (book by August 31)!