We decide to take a weekend trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin. I was up in the area already to photograph a wedding and it was during Mother’s Day weekend. Nothing like saying to the kids: “have fun at grandmas, we’ll see you in a couple days”. They absolutely love visiting there, and we loved having some time to reconnect together.
The drive wasn’t too bad and most of the day Friday was spent with an amazing couple and their family and friends. The day went by so quickly!
We stayed at the Charmant Hotel. This hotel has been my TOP spot to stay since it opened up a couple years ago. What was once an old candy factory, had me so giddy the minute we walked through the doors. From the wood floors, to the beams and exposed brick, it has hard to get me to leave the front lobby.
On Saturday morning, after sleeping in past 8:00AM (which was glorious by the way) we grabbed our clubs and went for a round at Forest Hills Golf Course which had some pretty great backdrops for my not so great tees off the green.
We didn’t have to go too far from the Charmant Hotel for lunch and it was the best pick of the weekend as far as food went: La Crosse Distilling Co. A more farm-to-table style menu had us trying all the things. From the skirt steak tacos, the grilled asparagus alambre, to smoothered fried chicken, and pickled rock shrimp tostada.
Enjoyed the amount of natural light that came through the garage-like windows. It filled up quickly by the time noon arrived (which was a great sign). Took a couple bottles home (of course) whiskey for him, vodka for me. In our minds, this made our weekend trip to LaCrosse, Wisconsin absolutely perfect!
Chris had the chance to hang out at 608 Brewery in La Crosse during the wedding day with the groom and the rest of the guys, so we continued the brewery tour at Pearl Street Brewery.
So we sampled a good portion of what they had on top and even had a chance to do some local craft vendor shopping at the same time. Our top picks: dreamsipa, shitty lyte beer, and pearl street pale ale.
I made Chris stop for dessert (before dinner) as we headed back to the hotel. I was told the Pearl Ice Cream Parlor was a must stop. From the line that collected outside the door as I was ordering, that definitely said something about the place. It was like stepping back into a time machine. I loved every bit of it!
We enjoyed the sunset at the rooftop bar at the Charmant Hotel and a couple more delicious cocktails before we made our way to the Freighthouse Restaurant for dinner. A couple of people had mentioned this place is a must-go for the evening. While we had high expectations…to be completely honest with you all we were extremely let down by it. We of course had the salad bar and steaks for our choice but the overall atmosphere and experience was sub-par.
We wanted to try our hand at ax-throwing (something neither of us have done) at The Driftless Axe that evening but with the amount of reservations already made and just being the two of us (groups of 4 or more are ideal) it was hard to get a spot. So we reverted to finally watching the new Marvel movie: Avengers, Infinity War at La Crosse Movie Theater.
Before we left for home, we quickly made our way up to Grandad Bluff Park. It has amazing views of the city and rivers. Great ending to a quick weekend trip away to La Crosse. We will definitely be back soon, I have a couple hiking trails on my list now. Would also like to take the kayak out on the water too. Heck maybe even trailer the motorcycles as well and check out more of this driftless region during the fall.
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