Family Weekend is fast approaching on Sept. 21-23. WSU invites all relatives to visit their students for three days of fun, but first you’ll need somewhere to stay. There’s a plethora of options for overnight booking in Winona, so, hopefully, this list will be of use when you make reservations.
Holiday Inn, The Plaza, and AmericInn
These are the more commercial options for hotels in Winona. You may be familiar with the two chain hotels, but The Plaza is equal in size and comfort. The Green Mill restaurant is also a great place to stop for dinner even if you aren’t staying at The Plaza.
Riverport and Super8
The smaller hotels are fine choices as well and tend to fill up less quickly than the larger chains. The Super8 is right across the street from the Holiday Inn and The Plaza. Riverport Express Suites is right next to Target and closer to campus. Riverport also sports Brewski’s Pub and Grill, which is right next to the pool and hot tub.
The first of several gorgeous bed and breakfasts Winona has to offer, the Carriage House has the added advantage of being right across the street from Main Campus. Its old-world charm ensures an authentic, traditional Winona experience. There’s even a lovely sun-room, patio, and front porch to relax in the morning with a cup of coffee.
For the height of historical high-society living, there’s no better place than the Alexander Mansion. As its name suggests, you can explore the expansive house and garden. Breakfast is famously delicious and the five-star reviews speak for themselves.
This lovely lavender house has a beautiful view of the park across the street. It’s only three blocks from Main Campus and five blocks from downtown Winona. You certainly won’t have to travel far to get to family events at WSU or the many restaurants and shops.
About a half an hour north of Winona sits the historic town of Alma, Wisconsin. The Hotel de Ville has the added bonus of offering suite-style rooms for increased comfort and each room has a different theme! Explore the expansive gardens while the warm weather lasts. It even has its own ice cream shop, coffee house, and antique store.
Fifteen minutes south, between Winona and La Crosse, sits the quaint Historic Trempealeau Hotel right on the Mississippi. Known for its excellent restaurant and saloon, good food is not far. They also host live music and events from the patio most weekends. This is a great option if you’re coming from the Wisconsin side of the river.
Protip: make your reservations for any hotel or bed and breakfast early. Family Weekend is a popular time to visit Winona, so rooms can go fast.
If you need information on additional lodging offerings, check out Visit Winona.
No matter where you stay, we’ll know you’ll have fun seeing your student at WSU. After all, you’ll want to do more than just stay in your hotel room while you’re here.
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