The Essential V-Day Checklist

V-Day shopping is hard, finding a romantic dinner may be even harder…💗 but you can earn the praise without the stress by checking out this La Crosse Region Essential V-Day Checklist specially curated for the upcoming holiday!

Great River Popcorn & Ice Cream

With over 40 flavors of high-quality gourmet popcorn, this family owned business is perfect to snag a gift for the companions that prefer savory-foods! Using only the finest ingredients, Great River Popcorn is famous for testing new and unique flavors to add to their broad menu. From Bacon cheddar and buffalo ranch to cookies and cream and mint cascade, the flavor selection is endless! Oh, and don’t forget about their adorable gift-wrapping options!

Finnottes Nut & Chocolate Shop

Finnottes is another legendary, family-owned shop featuring nut and chocolate candies – both old fashioned and new favorites! They help you show how much you care year-round but are also offering specialty Valentine’s Day heart boxes, nut and chocolate gift boxes! Shop inside or order online from this fabulous, hometown favorite.

The Charmant

The Charmant Hotel marks the transformation of an 1898-built Candy Factory into a culturally relevant and locally inspired hub of activity for visitors and locals alike. The property is the first independent luxury hotel in the area, and includes a restaurant with ample outdoor seating, a lounge and a rooftop bar, as well as functional event space. Be sure to embrace the Valentine’s Day specials with your partner and end your night with some fine dining.

The Sweet Shop

Located in North La Crosse, the Sweet Shop is famous for their homemade, hand-dipped chocolates and ice cream. Some of their most popular candies include turtles, sea salt caramels, and maple creams. Tradition runs deep in their 92-year history influencing their craft of candies made the old-fashioned way – one batch at a time! Your companion is sure to love an assortment specially curated by you or handpicked by the staff!

The Pearl Ice Cream & Confectionary

Opened in 1993 and a well-known must-stop in the La Crosse Region is the Pearl Ice Cream Parlor and Confectionary. Get ready to pre-order Pearl Dipped Oreos or pick from a wide selection of homemade, chocolate gift sets made the old-fashioned way. You’ll love the tradition of this celebrated confectionery, and your companion will love you for the specialty gift!


The Pogreba Restaurant uses fresh ingredients that showcase the vision of our chef and staff with selections ranging from charcoal steaks and seafoods to hand made pastas and new selections each season. The bar offers Happy Hour specials Tuesday through Friday as well as serving 16 draft beers, hand selected wines by the glass and bottle, as well as hand crafted martinis. One of the best places for a romantic dining experience with your loved one!

Crescent Jewelers

Specializing in diamonds, colored gemstones, and watches, Crescent Jewelers is a great stop for that extra-special Valentine’s Day gift! Located in the heart of Downtown La Crosse, they offer something for everyone. They have been family-owned since 1957 and their stones are ethically sourced and environmentally responsible. No wonder they are known for building lasting relationships!

Handmade Natural Beauty Boutique

Help your special someone “treat themselves” with a gift from Handmade Natural Beauty Boutique! This charming boutique offers handmade bath and body products including soaps, lotions, lip balms, bath salts, bath bombs and more! The boutique started in 2001 and is offering Valentine’s Day Collections of natural beauty products! Get ready to give the gift of natural beauty!

Mary Cody’s Restaurant and Maggie’s Lounge

Welcome to Mary Cody’s Restaurant and Maggie’s Lounge, a place where comfort and classic dining meet. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, locally renowned chef Mary Cody offers New American cuisine, using high-quality seasonal ingredients prepared in innovative ways, alongside classic American favorites. Celebrate the upcoming holiday with a lover’s dinner or a sweethearts brunch, full of V-Day specials. If you’re looking for fine food with your special someone in a casual, cozy atmosphere, you’ve found the right place.