Welcome to Eau Claire, business travelers! For your next business endeavors in Eau Claire, let us help you make the most of your travels and have a worthwhile time in town. If you're considering bringing your meetings or business events to town, these reasons might help you make your decision! Check out these 5 reasons why downtown Eau Claire is perfect for business travelers.

a group of people gathered at a meeting table with laptops at CoLab in Eau Claire

Photo: The Coven

1. There are coworking spaces

Downtown Eau Claire is home to The Coven, a community coworking space that welcomes business professionals, entrepreneurs, and students to collaborate on projects or work in private. The Coven offers a variety of workspaces including conference rooms, private desks, offices, collaborative, open tables, phone booths, and more. The layout is designed with a noise level range so that you can comfortably work amongst conversation or in quiet zones, depending on your preferred work setting. Teams are welcome to work at The Coven and bring their ideas and discussions to the coworking spaces, and it's also a great opportunity for solo business travelers to network and meet other like-minded business professionals. Check out our blog that highlights The Coven, and learn more about the coworking possibilities in Eau Claire!

Woman sitting on a King bed in a suite at the Lismore Hotel

Photo: The Lismore Hotel

2. There are affordable and convenient hotel options

The Lismore Hotel and The Oxbow Hotel are both located in downtown Eau Claire, and each location offers its own unique lodging experience. The Lismore Hotel sits in the heart of downtown Eau Claire and is home to The Informalist restaurant, Eau Claire Downtown Coffee (ECDC), and Dive bar. Our blog highlights why The Lismore is the perfect one-stop shop for comfort, cuisine, cocktails, and coffee. The Oxbow Hotel is located on Galloway Street in downtown Eau Claire and offers a retro and culturally rich environment. The hotel rooms are groovy and stylish, and the attached restaurant & cocktail lounge, The Lakely, is the hub for unique drinks, live music, and entertainment. Check out more reasons to visit The Lakely and The Oxbow Hotel, here!

A girl and guy walking the streets of downtown Eau Claire

3. Downtown Eau Claire is walkable & safe

No need to rent a vehicle if you're staying in downtown Eau Claire for your business trip! Everything you'll need is located within walking distance including some of the area's best restaurants, bars, and outdoor scenes. Whether you need to stretch your legs or you'd like to explore the city, the Eau Claire River Walk is a great way to get some fresh air and get some steps in! The bridge in Phoenix Park and the Grand Avenue Bridge connect to the Chippewa River State Trail which can bring you to many notable locations in Eau Claire. By walking or biking, you can get to the High Bridge, Lazy Monk Brewing, The Brewing Projekt, Owen Park, Carson Park, and so much more. Check out our trails page to learn more routes to take in Eau Claire!

Two baristas making coffee orders at Shift

Photo: Shift Cyclery & Coffee Shop

4. There are many coffee shops & dining options

You don't have to go far to find delicious lunch options or coffee orders in downtown Eau Claire! When in town for business get a glimpse at the dining scene in Eau Claire including Guac N' Roll, Acoustic Cafe, and Madden. Grab sushi and other Japanese entrees at Ninja, or find classic, American dishes at The District. If you're looking for a little play to follow your meal, Reboot Social is an arcade bar that serves up tasty food and a large bar menu. Even when you have a sweet tooth, local ice cream shops like Olson's Ice Cream and Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor are within walking distance! Grab your morning coffee or an afternoon pick-me-up at coffee shops like Shift or ECDC in downtown Eau Claire!


a band playing at The Plus in Eau Claire

Photo: The Plus

5. There's entertainment throughout the workweek

Come to Eau Claire to work hard and play harder! You don't have to worry about having a boring work trip to Eau Claire because there is live entertainment available nearly every night of the week. Catch live bands at downtown locations like The Plus or The Lakely, or even get to those locations on time for open mic nights. Various downtown bars offer trivia night challenges, Bingo events, comedy shows, and other events to keep you moving through the week. Check out our blog that highlights all the things to do during winter weeknights in Eau Claire!

Bonus! You can shuttle from Chippewa Valley Regional Airport

You're in good hands from the moment you land in Eau Claire at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport with various transportation options at your reach! If you do fly into Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (MSP), The Landline Company does provide shuttle services to and from Eau Claire. Once you're in town, you can set up your rides with Green Fleet, a sustainable and luxury transportation company that exclusively drives Tesla SUVs for services. There are also several ride-hailing services including Lyft and Uber in Eau Claire, as well as a variety of car rental companies.

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