Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 
 

Gateway to the Northwoods...   

 
         
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Nestled within the rolling hills in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairy country, Eau Claire is a pleasant small city with plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Several scenic parks provide recreation for visitors and locals, the city’s museums preserve the area’s history and culture and the brewing industry thrives in the area.

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron began his professional career as a member of the Eau Claire Bears minor league team. This historical tidbit is commemorated with a sculpture of Hammerin’ Hank at the entrance to the Carson Park baseball diamond, now home to the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League. In addition to the stadium, the heavily wooded Carson Park is also home to the Chippewa Valley Museum... preserving the area’s history... and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, an authentic logging camp illustrating the history of the area’s logging industry. A 15 foot statue of Paul Bunyan and his trusty ox "Babe" stand near the museum’s entrance providing an irresistible photo opportunity. The 134 acre park also has several hiking trails and other recreational activities.

Founded in 1867, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is a regional beermaker located in Chippewa Falls, just north of Eau Claire on the banks of the Chippewa River. Currently operated by the fifth generation of the Leinenkugel family, Leinenkugel’s has become known for it’s craft beers and the brewery has a cult following of sorts. Leinenkugel’s offers free tours where knowledgeable guides explain the process from beginning to end.

The Northwoods Brewpub is a popular Eau Claire restaurant where they brew several varieties of their own fresh beer on site. The lively restaurant is outfitted in rustic decor with log beams and furniture and plenty of wood trim... giving the appearance of a northwoods lodge. A huge stone fireplace keeps visitors warm during the winter months. The rec room is filled with pool tables, TVs and video games. The beautiful unpainted walls are decorated with mounted animal heads, hunting and fishing gear, neon beer signs and Green Bay Packers banners. Their award-winning handcrafted beers include Floppin’ Crappie, Mouthy Muskie Ale and Prickly Pike’s Pilsner. Their diverse menu includes several steak choices, including elk. They feature local fare including fresh walleye, trout and bluegill... and battered, deep-fried cheese curds, a regional favorite. The servers are friendly and attentive. Visitors can take home souvenirs like t-shirts, beer steins and half-gallon growlers of their favorite Northwoods brew.

Eau Claire’s Metropolis Hotel is a delightfully different lodging experience. Decidedly unlike its rustic Northwoods environment, the Metropolis provides an urban hotel experience in this small midwestern city with particular attention to interior design. The art deco rooms come in a variety of sizes, all adorned with modern wallpaper, contemporary art, coordinated bedding and pillows... all brought together with decorative lighting. The Metropolis has several unique specialty rooms and suites like the Paris Apartment, Dolce Milano, New York Loft, Las Vegas Suite, LA Glamour Suite and the Miami City Suite. The lobby bar and grille, the Aqua Lounge offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and other light entrees and features daily happy hour specials. The rooms are reasonably priced, the beds are comfortable and the hotel offers several great amenities... free internet access, free parking and a free, unlimited hot breakfast which includes made-to-order eggs and omelettes, hot waffles, sausage gravy and biscuits as well as cold cereals, juices and Wisconsin milk. The Metropolis Hotel is adjacent to Action City, a family fun center with go karts, bumper cars, video games, climbing wall, mini-bowling, laser tag and other family activities. The newly opened Chaos Indoor Waterpark adds to the family fun. Conveniently located just off I-94, the Metropolis is a unique comfortable experience for families and business travelers alike.

         
 

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