2018 Vernon County

hiddenvalleys.com | 23 VERNON COUNTY The Heartland | driftlesswisconsin.com Welcome to Vernon County Sunrise on the Kickapoo River Recreational opportunities abound throughout the county. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you can hike, bike, camp, hunt, fish, canoe, horseback ride, or take photos of wildlife. If indoor activities are more to your liking, visit our many artisans, antique stores, B&Bs, and unique shops. Vernon County is located midway between Chicago and the Twin Cities, about a four hour drive; it is a short drive from Interstate 90/94 and the La Crosse airport. It is an enjoyable drive of 1.5 to 2.5 hours from Rochester, Dubuque, Madison, Wisconsin Dells, and Eau Claire. The pace here is a little less hectic, with only three stoplights in the entire county. For more detailed information on our communityevents,recreationopportunities, parks, camping and accommodations, contact our advertisers or the village offices via their email, websites, or by telephone. Visit vernoncounty.org andclickonTourism. n ACCOMMODATIONS Lodging and camping facilities, rental cabins, motels, B&Bs, farm vacations, business retreats, gourmet dining, and reception facilities are conveniently located throughout Vernon County. Come enjoy all we have to offer. If you like breathtaking scenery, enjoy history, or are seeking recreational opportunities, Vernon County can provide them all. Picturesque strip-contoured farmland, rock outcroppings, shadowed hollows and soaring ridge tops, hillsides studded with maples, oak and birch, winding country roads, and hidden valleys contribute to the quiet beauty and lure of Vernon County. Untouched by the glaciers that flattened the eastern part ofWisconsin, the steep hills and meandering valleys of Vernon County areasinvitingtodayastheyweretoNorwegian, Italian, German, Czech, Bohemian, andother immigrant groups in the 1800s. Vernon County communities are proud of their heritage and history, a legacy of land stewardship,senseofcommunity,hardwork, and commitment to friends and family. The work ethic is evident in the co-operative effort and volunteer spirit of Vernon County communities and organizations, which sponsor a multitude of events, fairs, and festivals throughout the year. Our history is preserved in numerous museums throughout the county. Vernon Countyhasmore roundbarns thananyother county in the nation. Don’t Miss… • Snowflake Annual Ski Jumping Tournament • Kickapoo River (One of the most crooked rivers in the world) featuring Canoeing & Kayaking • Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center • Viola Horse & Colt Show • The “Stabbur” in Westby • Cesky Den (Hillsboro) • “Syttende Mai” Festival  • Amish Settlements • Wildcat Mountain State Park • Round Barns of Vernon County • World-Class Trout Streams