Day Trip Idea: Menomonie

Menomonie is a quaint town with a whole lot to offer: Historic and local art, delicious dining, and plenty of breathtaking scenery. It’s a short drive from many of Wisconsin’s major cities, making it the perfect place for a day or weekend trip. Here are a few recommended stops in the area:

Mabel Tainter Theater – Truly a hidden gem of Menomonie, this restored Victorian theater is a piece of art in itself. A designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site, the building contains intricate hand-stenciling, hand carved white pine archways and gleaming brass fixtures. It’s open daily for self-guided tours, but you can also catch a matinee show or stop by the gift shop. Don’t miss the working Steere and Turner tracker pop organ with 1,597 pipes!

Red Cedar State Trail –This trail joins with the Chippewa River State Trail to form a route of 37 miles connecting Menomonie and Eau Claire. Perfect for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, the trail offers beautiful views of forests, farmlands and unique rock formations. Be sure to read up on trail etiquette and get your State Trail Pass and then start exploring!

Das Bierhaus – If you’re hungry, stop by Das Bierhaus, an authentic Bavarian Brewery and Restaurant. Treat your taste buds to fine brews like Dunkel or Hefeweizen and get your fill of hearty sausages, spiced camembert cheese, pork schnitzel sandwiches and other delicious Bavarian cuisine.

Lucette Brewing Company – Stop by the brewery and sample Lucette’s hand-crafted beers. Tour times vary so be sure to check the schedule in advance and see how the tasty tappers are made!

Acoustic Café – Delicious hoagies, brag-worthy beer cheese soup, coffee, beer – you name it! Most weekends, you can enjoy live music while you cozy up by the fireplace and take in the great décor from local artists.

Legacy Chocolates – Who can resist delicious, and dare we say nutritious, handmade chocolates? Legacy Chocolates boasts chocolate delicacies made with local butter and cream – no preservatives here! The shop also features cup-at-a time coffee, fine teas, local food items, milks and meats. Stop in for a treat and take some home for later!

These are just a few of our favorites, but you can always find more Menomonie accommodations, attractions, dining and events on

Approximate drive time from:
- Madison: 3.5 hours
- La Crosse: 2.2 hours
- Wausau: 2 hours
- Eau Claire: 30 min.

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