Light Up Eau Claire
Located south of Lake Menomin in Wisconsin and named after a Native American tribe, Menomonie is filled with cultural artifacts, agriculture, and history of the lumber industry's impact on the area in the 1800s. Plan a day trip my visiting some of Menomonie's historical and outdoor areas!
A designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts was constructed in the late 1800s as a memorial to young Mabel Tainter, an enthusiast for music and the arts. Constructed with local resources during the Victorian era, this magnificent treasure was spared no expense when it was designed and created with hand stenciled walls and ceilings, marble staircases and floors, exquisite fireplaces, and arches with hand carved details to frame the main entrance. This historical gem in the Menomonie area offers a full performing arts season, a Gallery Store featuring local art, as well as guided tours.
The Dunn Country Historical Society invites its guests to step into the moments of yesterday and experience the lumbering era and early life in the Chippewa Valley. With many historical museums to choose from, you’ll learn much about this area and its way of life. For example, visit the Colfax Railroad Museum for a hands-on look at the history of railroading in western Wisconsin or check out the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum for an unforgettable experience. This museum encompasses history, geography, technology, and twists and turns of fun facts around every corner! In addition, visit The Knapp, Stout & Co. Company to learn of the economic boom along Main Street from the logging era or the Empire in the Pine Museum to experience the life of the lumberjacks. Whichever adventure you choose, you’ll be sure to have fun-filled day!
Lake Menomin Park is a great way to spend an afternoon during any season! In the summer you’ll find its visitors fishing and hiking or bring a picnic lunch to its many shelters and picnic tables. In the winter this location is ideal for snowshoeing and exploring along its many trails!
Thousands of visitors each year enjoy this outdoor recreational area for biking, birding, walking, running, and even cross-country skiing. The trail runs along the Red Cedar River for 14 miles from Menomonie to the banks of the Chippewa River. Open for recreation and enjoyment all year round, the Red Cedar State Trail reveals unsurpassed natural beauty in every season. Picnic areas and benches are located along the trail and there is little interruption from highway crossings for optimal safety. Relax and enjoy the great outdoors in the greater Menomonie area!
Visit a European inspired winery located right here in northern Wisconsin! Taste wines from around the world as well as wines that are Wisconsin grown. Participate in a tasting and take a stroll outdoors through the beautiful landscape. The quaint country cottage atmosphere makes for a relaxing and enjoyable addition to any day trip!