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Crunching around in the colorful leaves and picking the perfect pumpkin is what autumn is all about! On your visit to the area we want you to live like a local and experience all the MUSTS of the Chippewa Valley! Do you have a personal bucket list? Visit Eau Claire compiled a list of area attractions, events, and businesses to create the ultimate Eau Claire bucket list to assist in planning your visit. Be sure to incorporate the following items for the vacation of a lifetime in the Chippewa Valley.
Go on the Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour October 1 - 2, 2016
The Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour takes you on the backroads in the Augusta, Fall Creek, and Fairchild areas and provides opportunities to stop at the art studios of the artists along the way. There will be 32 artists at 18 locations. This tour gives you a chance to view the new creations of these artists and to see some beautiful scenery as you leisurely travel the country roads. The tour is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Enjoy a show at the State Theatre
One of Eau Claire's artistic treasures, the State Theatre, is well known for showcasing classics like Oklahoma! and The Little Mermaid! An engaging performance is a must for visitors and locals alike as the voices of the cast are accompanied with the symphony orchestra in the pit with multiple set changes and extraordinary talent.
Pick a variety of apples in our famous Orchard Country
The Chippewa Valley is known for its abundant harvest in the autumn and that does not leave out the apples! Just north of Chippewa Falls is a region known as Orchard Country with apple trees that reach as far as the eye can see. From Macintosh to Honey Crisp you can find all your favorites in orchards like Ferguson's, Bushel & a Peck and Autumn Harvest Winery and all over the Eau Claire area!
Sip a glass of wine as the leaves fall
Fall is a great time to sit back and enjoy the world around us including the beautiful scenery of a gorgeous countryside! Why not add wine to the occasion? Visit one or more of our many wineries and vineyards including Autumn Harvest Winery, River Bend Vineyard & Winery, and Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery. With wonderful events and local music performances this is not something you'll want to miss!
Take advantage of the last few days of golf season
Just because the leaves are falling does not mean that the snow is coming that soon! There is still green to be seen and where there is green there are golf balls! Head on out to Wild Ridge Golf Course or Princeton Valley Golf Course for a round or a great Friday Night Fish Fry! Be sure to check for their weekly specials to get your fix!
Fill your pots with festival autumn adornments
The rich colors of autumn can be in your yard after a stop to Down to Earth Garden Center this season! From lawn care and landscaping to a cafe and country store you'll be set for the coming months! In addition to their regular services the garden center also offers a variety of classes including a Fall Porch Pot Workshop, Terrarium Workshop, and a Putting Your Garden to Bed Class!
Pick the perfect pumpkin
Bring the whole family for old-fashioned fun at Govin's Meats & Berries this season! There are adventures waiting at every turn in the Garth Brook's themed corn maze and 3 acre kid's pumpkin patch. In addition to their corn maze and pumpkin patch, take a wagon ride and enjoy the jumping pillow, mini golf, pig races, and more!
Meander through countless corn mazes
Schultz's Country Barn has the perfect family outing this fall season! Take a challenging tour through the corn maze to see if you can find all of the check points and take the little ones through the fantasy trick-or-treat corn maze! Don't forget your costumes!
Cheer on the local Blugolds with a cup of hot chocolate
The UW-Eau Claire Blugold Football Team takes on another season as students flood into the city of Eau Claire this fall! Take a trip down to historic Carson Park and spend a sunny afternoon in the bleachers with pop corn and good friends. When the sun goes down past the pine trees bring out the blanket and hot chocolate as the Blugolds compete until the final seconds!
Experience the history at Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
Paul Bunyan logging camp has history, fun, and activities for all ages! A family can make a day out of visiting the museum and can learn a lot about the life of a lumberjack! Take a step back to the days of a blacksmith living in the lubber era of the Chippewa Valley and see real artifacts from that time!
Applaud local entertainers at Acoustic Cafe
Acoustic Cafe, located in downtown Eau Claire on Barstow Street, is a hotbed of activities every night of the week and things don't slow down in the fall! You can bet on a knock out musical performance and a stellar menu filled with signature hoagies and soups! On the chillier nights when the leaves are falling relax in a booth with friends and a hot cup of tea!