Much like the rest of our trip along the Great River Road (read Part 1 here and Part 2 here), we were very open to where we stopped and when on the way to our last destination in Dubuque, Iowa. We did have one stop planned along the way during the final leg – Potosi Brewing Company – but this stretch of our drive ended up, very unexpectedly, being our absolute favorite.
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After leaving the winery in Alma country, we ventured back onto Great River Road and drove south towards our next stop: Lansing, Iowa.
Initially, we were going to spend the night in La Crosse, Wisconsin. However, hotels and inns there were a bit out of our price range, and the more we read about it, the more touristy it seemed. We wanted the towns we stayed into be affordable and a little off the grid, so we decided to spend an afternoon there instead of staying.
Following our Eaux Claires experience, Jeremy and I decided to take the scenic route home. We planned a rather loose, three day itinerary that took us south along Great River Road – which runs alongside the Mississippi River – through the “driftless area” of Wisconsin and a bit of Iowa before cutting across back into Indiana.
I’ve been in love with Bon Iver for years. It’s kind of at that obsessive, “fangirl,” impressive-yet-a-wee-bit-sad level. I was able to see the head of the band, and my biggest man crush, Justin Vernon, perform with Volcano Choir (one of his many other creative projects) in Broad Ripple a few years back, but was still incredibly gutted that Bon Iver had decided to disband before I got a chance to see them live.