The SpaceThere are two bedrooms with brand new beds and cozy new bedding. The master has a queen size bed and the second room has two twin beds. There is a new pack n play for infants to 30 pounds. The living room has a large flat screened TV (with cable), a gas fireplace, and a couch with a fold out queen size bed, so you can sleep up to 6. You have one full bath with a shower.
There is a full kitchen with an eating area and also an island with two stools. The kitchen has everything you need, including a dishwasher.
To understand what makes this place unique, all you have to do is look out your living room window or walk out your door and turn left. The Mississippi River is your backyard. You have a private screened in porch and shade deck. There is also a sun deck and a shady beach to enjoy. The dock is new this year. We added a pergola for a bit of shade. Guest Access*You may the use the dock (children 12 and under and non-swimmers MUST always wear a life jacket when on the walkway or on the dock! ) for lounging, fishing, and swimming. Experienced swimmers only! There are four adult life jackets and 4 child life jackets for your use. They are on the porch of your apartment.
*We have 3 adult bicycles for your use. (Please bring your own helmet.)
*There are fishing poles if you want to try your hand at fishing. (you need to buy a license)
* We have four adult life jackets, 2 child life jackets for 50-90 pounds, and two life jackets for children 30-50 pounds.
*If you bring a boat, the public landing is just a quarter of a mile from our dock. You can tie up here for as long as you stay. (extra charge of $10.00 per day)
*You may use the dock for lounging, fishing, and swimming (for experienced swimmers)!
*We have an outdoor Finnish Sauna for your use if you choose. (built by our Finnish friend!)
*The laundry room is shared and available for use. Just let me know.
* Right off your deck is a gas grill for your private use.
* free wi-fi
* outdoor fire-pit (s) One in the perennial garden and another on the beach.
* there are beach towels for your use
*brand new pack n play for your use, for infants up to 30 pounds
**Non-swimmers and children must wear a life jacket on the dock Interaction with GuestsWe live upstairs so we will usually be around to help you with information and make sure that you have what you need. (do not be afraid to ask) Guests have looked for items and thought that we did not have something and we actually did.
We have started a guidebook and keep adding information as we go along. Please let us know your needs and we will find the answer if possible.
If we are out on the dock or enjoying a fire on the beach, you are welcome to join.
We want you to have the privacy that you came to enjoy, but we also love meeting and visiting new people. The NeighborhoodWhen you drive onto the island you won't realize that behind all those homes is a respite from the real world. Once you settle in you have no reason to go off looking for beauty unless you want to. The Mississippi River is your backyard and every day it is different. You might see eagles catching fish or Great blue herons standing on the dock. Lately we have had visits by two otters. There are great places to eat, lots of biking trails, several parks, a ski hill, antique stores, and so much more. Getting Around*From the airport you would need a taxi which is around $20.00. It is 7.7 miles away.
* We have several adult bicycles for your use (bring your helmet).
* A bus line with pick up about 1/2 mile from here.
* Taxi service is available and not very expensive. (About $5-$6 dollars)
* It is about a 42-minute walk to the center of downtown La Crosse. Other Things to Note*La Crosse has just made it into the top 12 cities for food scene, culture, and outdoor activities in "Outside Magazine." It was featured in September 2014 magazine.
*Business Insider ranked La Crosse, WI #2 most exciting small cities in America
Our Historic downtown area offers several great restaurants, bars, entertainment, and locally owned shops.
*We have MOSES Organic farming conference in February, La Crosse Riverfest in late June/ early July, Irish Fest in August, Oktoberfest in late September/early October, Holiday Fair is in November, Winter Rec Fest in late January. The Rotary lights are in Riverside Park from Thanksgiving through January 1. It is spectacular. Especially if it is not too cold and you can walk!
*If the river freezes right, we shovel off a nice sized skating rink.
*Another great winter sport is skiing and snowboarding. At Mt. La Crosse you can do both.
*Living on the Mississippi River ...boating and fishing is a standard form of entertainment from early spring until late fall (weather permitting). Once the water freezes you can spend your time ice fishing. There is also duck hunting in the fall if you are so inclined.
*La Crosse offers an amateur hockey team called THE CHILL (we are about 1/4th of a mile from the indoor rink.)
*In the summer a semi-pro baseball team called The LOGGERS plays here. They are part of the NORTHWOODS League.
*La Crosse Community Theater, Weber Center, La Crosse Center, Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse Fine Arts Center, and The Pump House offer plays, concerts, and various other entertainment throughout the year.