How should you spend your time in Eau Claire?
There’s Friday night fish fry’s at most restaurants, some epic local breweries and, of course, pride in anything Wisconsin. But it’s also more than that. Eau Claire is a revitalized mid-sized city, and when you visit here you need to head to these staples:
First thing’s first, browse around some local businesses
Local is cool; local is fun; local is fascinating because you get to see what kind of stores locals shop at, which is why you should check out some local stores when you’re here. Interested in some local art? Downtown has no shortage of shops that promote local artists, like Tangled Up in Hue or The Local Store. Or maybe you like arcade games and funky soda? Try Eau Claire District Company, where they love their retro games and unique sodas. Or maybe you’re cool with browsing around any kind of store? No problem, Barstow Street has a great selection of quirky stores that one can get lost in. So don’t hesitate, come on down.
Bring your bike
Eau Claire has bike trails galore, so if you’re trying to take your bike for a scenic ride, Eau Claire is your place. Want to bike along the Chippewa River? Bike on the Chippewa River trail, starting from the High Bridge onto the Northside of town to Caryville and back. Want to go mountain biking? Lowes Creek has awesome mountain biking, with wooded courses and beautiful scenic overlooks. Interested in cool bridges? Eau Claire has cool converted “train bridges into bike bridges” that give the city a little flavor, so you'll have to check them out.
Try interesting restaurants
Eau Claire has some impressive local restaurants. If you’re looking for some interesting twists on classic American food? Try 44 North, a gastropub in River Prairie full of games and upscale bar food. What about some fancy Italian? Mona Lisa's will have to be your go-to. Or maybe you’re in the mood for some Mexican? Cancun has some tasty burritos and margaritas. Or maybe you’re in the mood for some sushi? No problem, Ninja has more kinds of sushi than you can imagine. So while you’re here, make sure to try some local restaurants.
Do you like Breweries? You're in luck
If one thing’s for sure about Eau Claire, is that there is no shortage of breweries here. Want to visit a large, nationally popular brewery? Try going to Leinenkugel's in Chippewa Falls, where $8 gets you a tour and some sample beers. Want to visit a smaller, more local brewery? There are plenty of breweries in Eau Claire alone; Lazy Monk, The Brewing Projekt, Modicum and K-Point all with their own specialty beers. So if you like breweries, Eau Claire definitely has you covered.
The first time visiting a new place might be the most stressful time, because you might not know where to go; however, hopefully, this list gives you an idea on some of the great places to check out while you’re here. Make sure to share your adventure with us using #CaptureEC.