Wisconsin Getaway Idea: Eau Claire
Last Updated: 5/2/2014
Nestled in the northwestern corner of the state, Eau Claire embodies the perfect mix of bustling college town and quaint, down-home charm. You can capture some breathtaking views while snowshoeing or hiking the trails along the Eau Claire or Chippewa rivers or head indoors for museums, wineries and more.
Sold yet? Excellent because here are our recommendations on where to eat, where to stay and how to have a truly unique experience in Eau Claire.
Where to Eat
The Coffee Grounds – A unique, family-owned business that offers freshly roasted coffee, tea and all the fixings. Their menu changes monthly, featuring different handcrafted sandwiches, salads, soups, scones, and pastries. You’ll also find the largest selection of micro-brewed beers in northwestern Wisconsin, wine and spirits, artisan cheeses, fine chocolates and a walk-in humidor.
Mogie's Pub & Restaurant – If you’re craving pub foods, then head to the home of Eau Claire’s greatest burger! They’ve got a great atmosphere for catching the big game or just catching up and boast 17 tap beers, plus a full bar.
Fuji Sushi & Steak House – It’s a steak house AND a sushi bar. Enough said, but we’ll go on: this hidden gem combines fresh sushi with authentic Japanese hibachi entrées prepared right in front of you, smoking onion volcano included.
Where to Stay
Metropolis Resort –Inside the resort you'll find Action City Family Fun Center – featuring the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest, laser tag, a super arcade, bumper cars, homemade pizza and more. And when you’re really ready to let loose, toss on a swimsuit and make a splash at Chaos, the comic book-themed indoor water park.
Fanny Hill Victorian Inn & Dinner Theatre – This bed and breakfast offers a nostalgic approach to vacationing; their Victorian suites feature cozy fireplaces, over-sized whirlpools and breathtaking views of the scenic Chippewa River valley.
Where to shop
Downtown or within the surrounding area, Eau Claire offers a number of specialty boutiques:
- Tangled Up In Hue – Chippewa Valley’s best spot for handmade gifts, jewelry and art. Supporting over 90 local artists, the shop sells paintings, photography, pottery, textile creations, woodwork and more.
- The Local Store – A retail store featuring apparel, books, music, art prints, glassware, gifts and more—all produced by, for, or about people in the Chippewa Valley community.
- Details – Specializing in fine accessories and apparel from both well-known and lesser-known designers.
- Down to Earth Garden Center Transform your yard, patio or home with ideas from Down to Earth Garden Center, offering unique landscapes, water features and outdoor goods.
What to Explore
Silver Mine Invitational & North American Ski Jumping Championships: Friday, January 17 – Saturday, January 18
A 128-year old tradition, Silver Mine Hill hosts an annual competition featuring ski jumpers from all over the world. This year is even more important than ever, as the event will also serve as the North American Ski Jumping Championships and will include members of the U.S. Ski Team. When you’re done watching all that jumping, warm up to the cracking bonfires, heated tents, food, drinks, live music and fireworks.
Leinenkugel Brewery – Just a beer hop, skip and a jump away from the city, the Leinenkugel Brewery, located in Chippewa Falls, is a must see (and taste!). They’ve been brewing for over 145 years and have quickly become a staple in the state. Take a tour and sample some of the award-winning beers. And before heading out – be sure to hit the Leinie Lodge® gift shop to commemorate the epic time you experienced while visiting.
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