Weekend Wanders in West Salem

We’ve found a destination perfect for wandering travelers to call home. The Village of West Salem is a glowing surprise found in the scenic beauty of Coulee Region bluffs! Opportunities for boating on Lake Neshonoc, hiking the La Crosse River State Trail, adrenaline rushes from racecar events at the La Crosse Speedway, and outstanding local dining found in the wonders of West Salem, Wisconsin.

Camp like locals!

Western Wisconsin’s most picturesque camping resort is Neshonoc Lakeside Campground. Achieve the wanderlust feeling between the rolling hills and settle in around the campfire with friends and family looking up at the glowing star-filled sky.

Foodie Alert!

If you’ve had one too many hot dogs roasted on the campfire, ditch the outdoor cooking for top choice BBQ only a short ride away from Neshonoc Campground! That’s right… Big Boar Barbecue is known for their smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, plus in-house-made sauces and rubs from scratch- I need not say more, this place is smokin’ from breakfast until dinner!

For visitors who want to get their game on, head over to the Features Sports Bar and Grill & get the ball rolling at their eight-lane bowling alley! Since 1985 Features has had the perfect atmosphere for any watch party with over a dozen flatscreens and signature bites to match. Go for the dive at their outside sand volleyball courts after diving into their Big Feature burger, loaded with Wisconsin Cheddar, fried onion straws, bacon, Features special sauce, and more!

Did someone say cheese, please? Le Coulee Cheese Castle is your Wisconsin cheese heaven serving over 50 different cheeses to happy wanders since 1981. Their local sausage, honey, syrups, hand-dipped ice cream cones, and of course– cheeses make for the ideal picnic charcuterie board in the nearby bluffs while watching the relaxing waters. Bring your West Salem trip home with you or share your travels with loved ones by sending a cheese gift box anywhere in the United States!

Ways to spend your West Salem days

West Salem offers action-packed activities for all wanderers! With special events occurring throughout the year, we’ve highlighted some standouts specific to West Salem.

Standout Activities

Get lost in the enchanting fall colors of Wisconsin in the Hidden Trails Corn Maze. A family fun favorite, pick your perfect pumpkin out of the patch, be swept away on wagon rides, and venture through their 12-acre corn maze. Next, Meet local neighbors and new friends while learning more about regional beers and wines at the Horstmann Homestead Farm and Events Thursday Night Bonfires. It’ll be the charming spot for your next reunion, wedding, or party for years to come.

Festival Favorites

When in Wisconsin, you must attend one of the many annual festivals that fill our calendars and often our stomach with local food vendors. West Salem is known for June Dairy Days celebrating Wisconsin’s Dairy farmers with live music, parade, and fireworks. Later in summer, you’ll be kickin’ up your boots at Country Boom, featuring country music’s hottest artists. When fall rolls around, you’ll be rockin’ out at Features Fest’s crowd roaring music concert. Finally, Mississippi Mayhem will transport you back to 1959, a festival inspired by grasers, car clubs, pin-ups, bikers, vintage enthusiasts, and music lovers alike!

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