RoundRiver Institute LLC is located in the Romance Valley, at the western end of Southwest Wisconsin’s Vernon County. Known at the “Driftless Area” – this was the only area of the state to remain free of the massive ice shields of several ancient glaciers.
Left free of the grinding force of the Ice Age, the Driftless Area is a unique land of steep valleys, clear, twisting trout streams and ancient lore. Dense stands of hardwoods cover the rugged hillsides and ragged outcroppings of limestone provide dramatic perches for wildlife and wandering hikers.
The Romance Valley is 20 miles south of La Crosse and 13 miles west of Viroqua. Travel time from Madison is approximately two hours and a tad over three hours from the Twin Cities.
To find RoundRiver get on Hwy. 56, running east/west between Viroqua and the Mississippi River hamlet of Genoa, WI. Just west of the village of Romance turn north on Newton Road. (Also known as “Newton Valley Road”.) Proceed about 2.2 miles to Post S4061, on the west side of Newton Road. (Should you reach the “T” intersection at Dudley Hill Road you’ve gone about 1 mile too far on Newton Road.)
For additional information contact:
Mark L. Taylor, Owner
RoundRiver Institute LLC
S 4061 Newton Road
P.O. Box 35
Genoa, WI 54632-0035
Phone: (608) 483-2730
Coming for a Visit…
If you are coming to visit RoundRiver there are a few things to remember:
What to wear: Dress for the weather – and any likely changes in the weather. RoundRiver Institute LLC is out in the country and most programs will include time to get outside for a brisk walk or a little solo time in the woods. Dress in comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
Footwear: Wear comfortable walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots – loafer or lightweight dress shoes won’t go home looking the same! Since the meeting room floor is concrete, wear heavy socks or bring a pair of slippers.
Paperwork: Be sure to bring along any registration paperwork for your workshop and a check or cash for any fees that are due (sorry, credit cards are accepeted, only for online registrations). Pack along a pen, notebook, journal or anything else you would normally take to a workshop. If you haven’t been here before don’t forget to have a copy of directions to RoundRiver.
Pets: Sorry, other than guide dogs, please leave pets at home.
Extras: There is a lot of wildlife in the Romance Valley so birdwatchers should bring along a pair of binoculars and perhaps a favorite fieldguide. If you plan on taking a noontime hike a walking staff would be handy. There are plenty of spots to curl up with a novel or collection of poetry.
What to leave behind: That pesky collection of beliefs, pre-conceptions and assumptions we all carry with us in life. Let your visit to RoundRiver be a chance to be introduced to something new.