Fall Bucket List
An Eau Claire fall cannot be beat. Crunching around in the colorful leaves and picking the perfect pumpkin is what autumn is all about, and you'll be able to do all of that and more this season. During your visit to the area, we want you to live like a local and experience all the musts of the Chippewa Valley.
1. Experience the fall colors
Oh, the colors! Eau Claire and the surrounding areas have the best views of the all of the fall colors. There are plenty of routes to drive, bike or walk; whatever you're feeling. Check out the best routes and viewing places here.
2. Sip your way through the Chippewa Valley
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. Are you up for the challenge?
3. Pick a variety of apples in our famous Orchard Country
The Chippewa Valley is known for its abundant autumn harvest and that is never lacking in 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 of your favorite apples in orchards like Ferguson's, Bushel & a Peck and McIlquham, or just all over the Eau Claire area in general. You know what the means? Apple pie, apple cider and caramel apples galore.
4. Take advantage of the last few days of the golf season
Just because the leaves are falling does not mean that there's not time for another round of golf. There is still green to be seen, and where there is green, there is golf! 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.
5. Fill your pots with festival autumn adornments
The rich colors of autumn can be featured beautifully in your yard after a stop to Down to Earth Garden Center this season. This store features everything from lawn care supplies to beautiful flowers to coffee and sandwiches at their cafe. In addition to their regular services, the garden center also offers a variety of classes and workshops.
6. Pick the perfect pumpkin
Have some 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 to enjoy. Take a hayride through the hills and fields and choose from pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples and fall decorations. Is there any better way to spend a fall day? We think not.
7. 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 checkpoints and take the little ones through the fantasy trick-or-treat corn maze. Don't forget your costumes! Get creative this year.
8. Take a step back in time at Fanny Hill Victorian Inn and Restaurant
A weekend away at Fanny Hill featuring wine tasting, live music and relaxation? Who could say no to that? 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.
9. 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 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.
10. Celebrate Halloween in Eau Claire
Eau Claire knows how to do holiday's, and Halloween is no exception. A holiday made especially for showing off your creativity in the form of a Halloween costume and decorations? You bet the artistic community in Eau Claire thrives during this season. Whether you're looking for a night out on the town, a day of trick-or-treating with the kids or a relaxing day spent at the pumpkin patch, you're sure to find a city full of celebration.
11. Experience the history at Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp is a place full of history. A family can make a day out of visiting the museum to 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. Who knows, maybe this could even inspire that Halloween costume we were talking about?
12. 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. This cozy atmosphere fits in perfectly with the autumn vibes outside.
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