The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse is a beautiful destination. Visitors to the lovely wooded area find lots of opportunities for peace and reflection. Whether or not you’re religious, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a place worth visiting.
Be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide for more information about the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe as well as other Driftless events and activities. You’ll find everything you need to know to plan the perfect vacation to our area!
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the dream of Bishop Raymond L. Burke. Most of the 100-acres was donated, and the ground breaking began in 2001. Now, the peaceful walking trails, gorgeous church architecture, art, and cafe make this a popular destination for pilgrimages of all kinds. So let’s take a look at the three best reasons to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
1. The Shrine Church Art and Architecture
Built high on a hill, the Shrine’s campanile and dome are visible from miles away. The Shrine was designed in a classical Italian style. Stained glass windows in the ceiling let in beautiful light. Naves frame the Shrine on both aisles leading up to the marble alter. A mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe hangs behind the alter. Paintings of saints and other church fathers hang in the Shrine, and many sculptures are featured as well.
2. Walking Trails and Devotional Areas
The 100 acres of property that surround the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe give it a sense of peace and tranquility. Walking from the parking lot/Pilgrim Center to the Church is approximately half a mile. A shuttle service is available for those who can’t walk that distance. The Meditation Trail is one mile, round trip, and has many benches for resting and reflection.
Many also enjoy the Votive Candle Chapel, from the warm glow of the candles to the colorful stained glass windows and porcelain tiles.
You’ll also find many devotional areas, as well as the opportunity to walk through the stations of the cross and a rosary walk. You don’t have to be religious to soak in the quiet and natural beauty! A map with Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe hours is available on the website.
3. Cafe and Gift Shop
Take a moment to explore the Culina Mariana Cafe, as well as the gift shop. The cafe serves both breakfast and lunch. You can see their hours here. The gift shop is full of unique and special gifts to serve as a reminder of your trip or to purchase for someone special. You can preview some of their offerings online.
Make Westby House a Part of Your Pilgrimage
The Westby House Inn is waiting for you just a short drive from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our lovely rooms are full of modern luxuries and amenities, without sacrificing comfort. In the morning, our full, gourmet breakfast will delight your taste buds and fill you up for wherever your travels will take you. We hope you’ll take the time to fall in love with the Driftless area of Wisconsin. And if you need tips or ideas, check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. We look forward to hosting you soon.