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Old 03-02-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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Hello everyone. My wife and I will be in La Crosse the week of 3/19-3/23 and would like to hear anyone suggestions on a few topics. What are some of the best places to eat, beer to taste, area to look at for homes/apartments to live, and any sites that we must see. We are both in our mid 30's and everything we have read about the area we like. Any help/suggestions are appreicated.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:56 AM
 
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Best place to grab a beer is The Bodega. It bills itself annoyingly as a brewpub but it does not have any house beers. That said, it has a craft beer selection to rival some of the top beer houses in the country. The bottle selection is particularly expansive. The tap selection isn't big on quantity but it makes up for it in quality.

You don't say where you're from but if you're not familiar with the area, the best local/regional craft beers available in the La Crosse area would be New Glarus and Surly.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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Thanks. We are coming up from Mobile, AL. There is a limited amount of craft brews around my area. Abita & Sweetwaater are 2 of the main selections of the area. I have never been to Wisconsin, but I'm a packer fan.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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Downtown LaCrosse will have a variety of bars for you to check out. Go to Woodmans Grocery Store they have about the largest selection of specialty beers for you to take home with you, if you call haul it. You may also find yourself enjoying some of the out lying taverns as well like Bluffside at the base of Grand Dads Bluff, Nick's in Barrie Mills, Features in West Salem or Holmen, Red Pines on Brices Prairie, Great River Road House by Desoto(sort of a long drive). There is a smaller place called the FieldHouse on Keil Coulee Rd. & Smith Valley Rd. which has some specialty beers on tap as well. This place is close to Valley View Mall area.

Housing can vary but the nicer places are likely to be found in Onalsaka, Holmen and West Salem areas
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Thanks for the help. Also has anyone had any dealing with Gundersen Lutheran hospital? And how is the area around the hospital? I'm asking because my wife has a interview with them, and we are seriously considering moving here.
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Gundersen is considered a very good clinic and hospital. They have done a lot of growing and are currently in the process in what I would call c new build at the current location in LaCrosse. The also have a newer rather large campus by Valley View Mall area, I90 & Hwy 16 plus many other clinics in the communities nearby.

If you are wondering about housing around the main LaCrosse Clinic, I would say to look around a little ways away from the Hospital as that area tends to be the more run down area of LaCrosse. If you look at a map, the area south of Cass St: west of West Ave to the river tends to be more of the run down rental property.

Something you will want to look at is which location your wife would be working out of as that will make a big difference as to where you want to live. If she is at the main Hospital, even LaCrescent MN is an easy drive with nice housing(not intended to steer you from LaCrosse).
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: La Crosse, WI
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Hi CutlerMan,
I was wondering if you guys ever made the move to La Crosse, WI?
La Crosse is a beautiful place and I love living here btw!

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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Not yet. We are coming back on the weekend of May 24-26 for a house hunting mission. We will offical move the first week of July. We have been 2 times, and really like the La Crescent & Onalaska areas. We would like to rent at least the first 6 months, just to make sure we like the area where we're living. We would also like to do a rental lease with a possible purchase option if we can.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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I'll dm you about a specific Real Estate company in LaCrosse to avoid like the plague. I found the perfect house to buy in LaCrosse and lost it due to realtor inaction. That's the problem with looking for a house from long distance!
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: La Crosse, WI
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We would like to rent at least the first 6 months, just to make sure we like the area where we're living. We would also like to do a rental lease with a possible purchase option if we can.
CutlerMan,
My advice would be to not do a lease with purchase option. I have never heard any good stories from those, mostly just horror stories from very upset people. I would recommend renting for the first six months like you seem to be planning to do.
La Crescent is a very nice area and taxes are very reasonable. Onalaska is the same and a great area close to a shopping mall and wal-mart, target, shopko, best buy, etc.
Also, just a little tip, if you are in need of a mortgage then check out houses on the east of SandLake Rd. You can get a way better rate.
My wife and I right now live in La Crosse next to Gundersan Lutheran and we are making the move to Onalaska at the beginning of April. We spend a lot of time in Onalaska and not a lot of time in La Crosse so it makes sense for us. We looked into La Crescent but the housing market is scarce. Probly because no one wants to leave cuz it's so great living there.
Good luck with the move! If you have any questions I can answer please let me know I would love to answer them.
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