Get ready to fall in love — just as thousands of others do when they first discover the beauty and magic of Decorah and Winneshiek County in northeast Iowa. Just an hour’s drive from La Crosse, Wis., visitors to the area find incomparable scenic beauty, rolling farm land, towering limestone bluffs, cascading waterfalls, and stunning vistas of the Upper Iowa River.
The area is also rich in history, fascinating museums and attractions, architectural beauty, quaint shop and boutiques, award-winning restaurants, recreational opportunities, and fun-filled festivals and events.
Nature lovers, canoers, bikers, hikers, anglers and others cherish the area for its recreational offerings. Decorah and Winneshiek County’s extensive and growing trail system is the ideal setting for a romantic evening stroll, power walk, or challenging bluff-side workout. Biking enthusiasts at all levels love the area for its diversity of trails. In fact, mountain biking in the Decorah area was recently named one of the “52 Great American Weekends (under $200) in the United States” by Men’s Journal magazine.
The Upper Iowa River offers some of the best canoeing in the tri-state area, but don’t take our word for it. National Geographic Adventure magazine called it “One of the top 100 adventures in the United States.” This is what their editors had to say: “Sections of the Upper Iowa River have deep, narrow valleys heavily wooded with pine and cedar, maple, birch, oak and hickory. Steep limestone bluffs — some are 300 to 400 feet tall — create massive, craggy backdrops to the river’s tight bends.
Cliffs have been carved into unusual palisade-like configurations by eons of weather and water. The most outstanding are the tall, slender conical bluffs, called chimney rocks, about four miles upstream from Bluffton.
After the days of summer and fall have passed and the midwest winter is in full-force, the Decorah area is a warm, cozy and romantic escape to make you feel like you are a world apart. With plenty of distinctive bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins and lodges, and a number of well-appointed hotels, the area is the perfect spot to unwind or rekindle a romantic spark. Excellent restaurants, bistros and tea rooms also abound, and boutique-style shopping offers something unique for everyone.
There is no shortage of enticing events in Winneshiek County. Annual events include Women’s Weekend Out, Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Nordic Fest, Fort Atkinson’s Rendezvous Days, and the Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour, to name just a few. Museums like the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, with its extensive campus of more than 12 historic buildings in downtown Decorah, also host a wide array of celebrations and folk art classes.
Knitting & Crocheting supplies. Unique locally made items. Fine yarns. Select fair trade yarns. Books & patters. Spinning & felting fiber. Classes offered: beginning knitting, felting, socks and more... call for details!
We’re in the Driftless, a part of the country the glaciers missed, leaving hills, rivers and limestone bluffs that draw outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. When you visit, be sure to bring your bike, your binoculars, a kayak or two, and an interest in all things Norwegian. And don’t forget to pack your fly fishing gear, along with your love of craft beer, bald eagles, charming downtowns, and your passion for Laura Ingalls Wilder.
We're a craft beer bar located right in the heart of driftless region aka Decorah Iowa! If beer isnt your jam try a cider or a glass of wine! (We do not serve food but allow deliveries or carry-ins).
Dragonfly Books is a family-owned general interest bookstore located on Water Street in downtown Decorah, Iowa. We are your one-stop shopping place for books of all kinds. Whether you enjoy mysteries, history, fiction, or looking for cookbooks and children's books, you will find it at Dragonfly Books.
The Oneota Community Food Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store specializing in organic, local, and sustainably produced products since 1974. For over four decades we have been providing whole foods at a reasonable cost, with an emphasis on organic, local, and bulk foods. Everyone is welcome at the Co-op!
Oneota Film Festival’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage viewers and filmmakers in compelling issues of our time by building and sustaining a community of film lovers through film, discussions, and other media to engage a large and diverse audience in Decorah and surrounding communities.
Your Decorah destination for everything garden. Full service garden center. Experienced landscaping design and installation. Don't forget the bakery. Stop in for sandwiches, homemade fudge, pie and other sweet treats. Fall family fun too! Pumpkin patch, hay rides, playgound, corn maze and more.
Our 3 story farm house, built in 1914, will comfortably sleep 13 guests scattered on 3 levels with a full bath on each level. An additional 1,100 square foot common space is perfect for your family gatherings, quilting retreats and more.
Dinner Hours: Wednesday-Saturday opening at 5pm. Sunday brunch: 9am-1pm. Happy hour: Wednesday-Saturday 5-6pm. Private dining room available, seating up to 50 people. Great for rehearsal dinners, reunions, birthdays, holiday parties. Check out our wine shop for a variety of wines to take home. Gift certificates available in any amount with no expiration date. A great gift for anyone. Iowa's most extensive wine and beer list.
Nestled in the West side of Decorah, The Landing Market is a modern food hall. We are home to local vendors, assorted craft beverages, grab and go options and so much more! The owners, Pete and Kari Espinosa, wanted The Landing Market to provide opportunities and support for all groups of people in Decorah through positive interactions and inclusion. This vision of warmth and community delivers a comfortable and convenient setting to relax and indulge, while also extending a welcoming opportunity to engage and employ our friends at The Spectrum Network.
The Silver Birch Christian Books and Gifts is a locally owned independent bookstore located in Decorah, Iowa, and serves the Driftless Region in northeast Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, and southwestern Wisconsin. We are grounded by our core values, which guide us through all aspects of the bookselling industry. We take enormous pride in our stock, and we are committed to offering a carefully curated and diverse selection of books and gifts for customers of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Our commitment to carrying “only the best of the best” extends to all sections of the store.
A national treasure with the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world, plus festivals, classes, store, group tours and more! Open all year in Decorah, IA. Preserving a heritage. Connecting us all.
Enjoy a fun, friendly wine experience amidst the beautiful, rolling hills of Northeast Iowa. Voted "Best Fruit Wine" at the Mid America Wine Contest. Wine tasting, outdoor seating, gift shop, party room.