Housing, Food, and Transportation


Students must make their own housing and dining arrangements.

The Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau has information about housing here.

Luther College also maintains an extensive up-to-date list of area housing options here. And there are many local accommodations offered on airbnb.

If you have trouble finding housing, please call Vesterheim at (563) 382-9681 for assistance. There may be other options for accommodations in the area. A short list of private home stays is made available to registered students.


A variety of moderately priced restaurants are within walking distance from Vesterheim. The Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau has information about area restaurants here.

The Westby-Torgerson Education Center has a student lounge located on the third floor. Facilities include a refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, coffee maker, pop machine, and tables and chairs.

There are also tables outside the museum’s Main Building and there are many near-by parks for picnics.


Decorah is just under a 3-hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and about a 2-hour drive from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is approximately 60 miles from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and 80 miles from Rochester, Minnesota, and Waterloo, Iowa.

Go Rochester Direct,, runs regularly scheduled shuttles between the Minneapolis airport and downtown Rochester, Minnesota. There are car rentals agencies near the shuttle drop-off to continue your trip to Decorah.

Hometown Taxi,, or 563-382-3155, in Decorah will pick you up at all area city airports, train stations, and shuttle drop-offs with advanced reservations (at least 48 hours). Generally, rides are $1.25 per mile while you are in the car. There is no charge for extra riders. There is a wait charge if your plane or train is delayed.