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The Area

Quilt & Craft Shops

Dragonfly Retreat is close to several crafting stores and quilt shops. Some of our favorites are listed below.

Quilt Corner       Quilt Corner, Sparta, WI – More Info

Olive Juice Quilts


Olive Juice Quilts, Onalaska, WI – More Info





River Road Quilt Shop & Nelson Flag     River Road Quilts, La Crosse, WI – More Info

Quilt Basket n' Creations


Quilt Basket ‘n’ Creations, Viroqua, WI – More Info






JOANN Fabrics and Craft Stores     JoAnn Fabrics, Onalaska, WI – More Info 


Michaels Craft Store Michaels, Onalaska, WI – More Info 

Hobby Lobby Craft Store Hobby Lobby, Onalaska, WI – More Info



Looking for some great local cuisine to enjoy while you’re staying at Dragonfly Retreat? Some of our recommendations are listed below.

The Purple Cow Ice Cream & Sweet Shop

Purple Cow

Located 1 block away in a remodeled historic building, you will find hand scooped ice cream, paninis, salads, wraps, and candies.

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Village Inn Pub & Eatery

Village Inn

Home cooked American style food just 2 blocks away.

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The Vault Pub & Eatery

The Vault

Located in a bank converted to a bar in Rockland is our vote for best local pizza.  The bank drive up window is put to good use for picking up your take out order when you call ahead.

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Linda's Bakery

Linda’s Bakery

Nearby in West Salem, Linda’s is a local favorite with some of the area’s best homemade baked goods. If you can bake it, they most likely make it, from delicious pastries to wedding cakes.

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Big Boar BBQ Restaurant

Big Boar BBQ

West Salem’s home town barbeque that recently expanded to downtown LaCrosse. Not to be missed.

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Features Sports Bar

Feature’s Sports Bar

Sports bar in West Salem with good pizza, fish fries, burgers, and other American food. Catch a game on the areas largest big screen or knock over some pins with your friends in their bowling alley.

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Golden China Restaurant

Golden China

Chinese restaurant in West Salem with take out or dine in menu.

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Ginny's Cupboard

Ginny’s Cupboard

Delicious homemade soups and sandwiches in an eclectic 1950s atmosphere, located in Sparta just up the street from Quilt Corner.

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Pizza Villa

Pizza Villa

Pizza delivery from West Salem.

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Onalaska Area Restaurants - Olive Garden Pasta and Breadsticks

Onalaska Area Restaurants

The City of Onalaska offers a wide variety of restaurants within a 15 – 20 minute drive, including Olive Garden, Panera, Hu Hot, Manny’s (Mexican), Texas Roadhouse, Shogun (sushi), Ciatti’s (Italian), and a host of others. These are in close proximity to Olive Juice Quilts.


Here are some fun activities which can be enjoyed during your stay at Dragonfly Retreat within moments of leaving the front door.

Elroy Sparta Bike Trail

Bike Trails

La Crosse River Trail (21.5 miles) can be accessed ½ mile away and connects with the Great River Trail, Elroy-Sparta Trail, and 400 Trail for some of the most beautiful and well maintained bike trails in the Midwest.

Snowmobile Trail Wisconsin

Snowmobile Trails

Join the La Crosse county snowmobile trail system from the back yard of Dragonfly Retreat for a beautiful day of exploring the scenic bluffs of this area.

Hiking in the Coulee Region

Hiking Trails

Hixon Forest, Grandad Bluff, ice age trails, bike trails, state parks…this area has too numerous beautiful trails to list. You will find everything from challenging hikes to gentle walks.

Cross Country Skiing


Many of our local hiking trails are used by cross country skiers in the winter. Downhill skiers head to Mt La Crosse on the south side of La Crosse.



Housewarmings is a fun shop with antiques, rustic items, and crafts located only a few blocks away. A large retail area is located in Onalaska, a 15 minute drive from Dragonfly Retreat. You will find a diverse array of shops including Valley View Mall, Outlet stores, and many small shops including a favorite of ours, Savvy Home.