Light Up Eau Claire
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.
Oh, the colors! Eau Claire and the surrounding areas have the best views of the Fall colors. You can't miss this. Check out the best routes and viewing places here. You won't regret it!
Make your way through a 'guided' craft winery, brewery, and distillery trail. Visit each location and get a stamp. If you are able to stamp all eight establishments, you receive a Trail Guide certificate that is redeemable at any location.
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 McIlquham and all over the Eau Claire area!
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!
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!
Bring the whole family for old-fashioned fun at Pleasant Valley this season! There are adventures waiting at every turn in the Land of No Return Corn Maze and Spooky Ridge Trail. In addition to bounce houses and the straw stack play area, there are patches of pumpkins for everyone! Take a hayride through the hills and fields and choose from pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples, and fall decorations!
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 checkpoints and take the little ones through the fantasy trick-or-treat corn maze! Don't forget your costumes!
From live music and wine tasting to a close to home weekend getaway, Fanny Hill has lots to offer visitors and locals! The Victorian Inn and Restaurant will whisk you away to the days of yesteryear and provide a relaxing escape. Just a short hop, skip, and a jump from Eau Claire you'll get the getaway you need without going too far!
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 popcorn 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!
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!
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!