Must Experience Fall Activities in Eau Claire, WI

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With fall in full swing, there are many “must experience” activities for you and the family to visit in Eau Claire and the surrounding areas. Wisconsin is a state rich in woodland, state parks, beautiful scenery, and family friendly experiences. The Chippewa Valley is the perfect place to surround yourself with fall activities and to experience the arrival of fall the right way. Here are a few different ways to celebrate fall this year.

Experience the beautiful views

Eau Claire and the surrounding areas have breathtaking views, especially over the next couple of weeks. The Eau Claire area is known to have the best views of all the fall colors in northwestern Wisconsin. You can start your fall activities at any time, but the best time to go sightseeing is the third week in October. Below is a link to all of the routes that you can bike, hike, or walk to check out all the beautiful sights Wisconsin has to offer. To know when exact peak time is for specific areas, follow Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report.

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Fall Color Routes


Orchards

Would it be fall if you weren’t making an annual trip to the Orchard? Eau Claire is surrounded by Apple orchards that are family friendly and that also provide fun events for all. Along with events, you also get to check out the views of the amazing Rolling Hills that Eau Claire has to offer. Below is a list of orchards in Eau Claire and the surrounding areas to check out this fall.

Pumpkin picking and corn mazes

One of the best ways to celebrate fall is to get outside and visit pumpkin patches and corn mazes. The top picks are:

All of these venues are family friendly and also provide fun activities for all!

Experience Fall Through Taste

Although the fall has beautiful sights, you can also experience this through taste!Eau Claire’s breweries and wineries offer many fall inspired drinks.

Breweries in Eau Claire

Wineries in Eau Claire and Surrounding Areas

Dixon's Autumn Harvest Winery

Dixon’s Autumn Harvest Winery is just a short drive from Eau Claire. It is located in the rolling hills of Chippewa Falls. They offer 15 different varieties of wine which are produced at the winery. In addition to all the different wines they offer, they also have live music every weekend! They are known for their wine, music, local food trucks, beer options, and wine slushies!

Dixon’s Autumn Harvest Winery is open May-October. During their last fall months, they offer signature fall drinks that people absolutely love! In addition to drinks, they also offer several intimate venues that are available at the winery to rent for events, weddings, and parties.

HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11am-6pm. Friday and Saturday 11am-8pm *Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

River Bend Vineyard & Winery

River Bend Winery is open seasonally, May-December. River Bend specializes in growing and producing wines made from the grapes grown right here in Chippewa County. Their tasting rooms offer complimentary wine samples as well as sales by the glass and bottle. In addition to wine, they also offer gifts and accessories available for purchase.

At River Bend Vineyard & Winery, you have the opportunity to learn and participate in the wine making process which happens every year in their fall grape harvest. When participating, you will be compensated by plenty of free wine!

HOURS: Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11am-7pm Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery 

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery opened in 2010 and have developed a wide variety of wine and spirits. They offer samples, wine by the glass, specialty drinks in their Tasting Lounge, and Tour & Tasting sessions. When fall comes around, they change their drink menu and offer fall drinks such as an Apple Malt Whiskey and Caramel Apple Martinis. Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery also provides live music every week along with indoor and outdoor seating areas depending on the weather.

HOURS: Tuesday-Wednesday 2pm-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm * Closed on Mondays

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Downtown Eau Claire Relocation Guide

Moving to Eau Claire? Here are a few recommendations to familiarize yourself with the area.

 There are nearly 9,000 people that call Downtown Eau Claire, WI home. That number continues to grow as new developments, businesses, and attractions are added. There are so many different reasons why Eau Claire is known throughout the Midwest. According to Leader Telegram, Eau Claire is the fastest growing small city in Wisconsin. Eau Claire has an amazing quality of life, low cost of living, entertainment, arts, attractions, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and so much more! If you are relocating, here is a helpful place to start with just a few of the many activities that make Eau Claire special to its residents. 

Get Outside!

EC offers year-round outdoor activities that connect residents to nature.

 Eau Claire has more than 35 miles of trails, half a dozen bodies of water, and thousands of acres of forest surrounding the historic downtown. As a result of its trail system and different opportunities to get outside, Eau Claire was ranked the 4th best place to live by Outside Magazine

Parks & Bike Trails:

Eau Claire has dedicated more than 1,000 acres to parks. The parks in Eau Claire hold huge community events, the perfect place to sit back and relax, and so much more! The region also has state parks that are filled with trails and six different campgrounds within 50 miles of Eau Claire for a weekend getaway. With miles upon miles of trails to explore, Eau Claire is a popular destination for bike riding and hiking. Eau Claire residents and visitors enjoy a variety of trails ranging from smooth and flat trails to rough terrain and steep inclines. There is a biking trail network that weaves through the city of Eau Claire and along the edges spanning between two rivers and bridges. Besides paved trails, the system also includes off-road trails specifically for bikes if you’re looking for a more challenging bike ride. If you don’t own a bike, there are many places that you can rent a bike for a low price for the day!

Here are just a few of the many places to rent a bike! 

Rivers & Lakes:

In addition to land outdoor activities, Eau Claire offers many different opportunities to spend time on the rivers and lakes. There are six boat landings that are maintained by the city of Eau Claire that allow you access to the waterways. Listed below are more options to choose from for you to get out on the water! 

Floating the River:

On a hot summer day, you will find out quickly that floating down the Chippewa River is a top pick for many. Many locals invested in their own tubes, but if you don’t want to purchase one you can also rent tubes from Loopy’s Dock. A benefit of renting a tube through them is that you are offered shuttle service up which include pickup and drop off. If you aren’t renting a tube, the most popular place is to launch right from Phoenix Park (located right across the street from Andante). Your float can go anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour, which makes it the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax! Click here for the map guide to your float!

Kayak Rentals:

Another way to explore Eau Claire through the rivers and lakes is to rent kayaks. Two places that you can rent kayaks from are

1. Loopy’s Saloon, Grill & River Rentals  

Loopy’s is located in Chippewa Falls and offers a variety of rentals to explore the river, lakes, and ponds. In addition to renting kayaks, they also offer a shuttle service that will transport you to and from Loopy’s. Renting from Loopy’s is a great way to explore what Chippewa Falls has to offer.

2. Environmental Adventure Center at UW-Eau Claire

If you want to explore more of Eau Claire, the Environmental Adventure Center is located on the upper campus of the Hilltop building. They offer their equipment to locals, visitors and students for a very affordable price. 

Enjoy the Arts

Eau Claire values artistic expression 

Sculpture Tour:

Eau Claire is well known for its creative vibe and artistic flair which is showcased throughout the City and within its events. The Eau Claire Sculpture tour is one of the largest sculpture tours in the nation. The tour includes over 70 sculptures throughout the streets of downtown, Water Street, West Grand Avenue, and on the Mayo Health System campus. Each year, the residents and visitors of Eau Claire get to vote for their favorite sculpture.The winning sculpture gets to stay in place, while the other sculptures get replaced. The sculptures are original pieces designed by national, regional, and international artists. Each of these sculptures is on display throughout the year and replaced every May. 

To access the self-guided sculpture tour, you can access it online or stop in to grab a brochure at these local businesses: 

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Music:

Since Andante is right across the street from Phoenix Park, this also means that you’re right next to music in the park and Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. The Summer Concert Series is put on every Thursday night from June-August from 6-8pm. In addition to the Summer Series, there is also music that continues throughout the fall and winter. Here are just a few fall music series you won’t want to miss! 

Experience Agritourism 

The City of Eau Claire is the county seat of Eau Claire County, a region known for agriculture. Locally grown food is a staple at farmers markets, restaurants, wineries, orchards, and much more. 

Dining:

These restaurants are known for the local and regional ingredients in their menus: 

Farms:

Throughout Eau Claire County, there are several farms that contribute locally as well as nationally. Many offer Farm to Fork and Together Farms., where the community is invited to dine on ingredients that have been directly sourced from the specific farm. Govin’s Meats & Berries is located in Menomonie, WI and is the perfect location for family-friendly fun. They have a “Lambing Barn & Baby Farm Animals” event each year that always draws in a crowd.

Farmers Market

One of the biggest attractions in Eau Claire is the Farmers Market that begins in May under the Phoenix Park pavilion and occurs every Saturday. The idea of the Farmers Market is to showcase the connection between Eau Claire and the community. The Farmers Market gives the residents of Eau Claire the opportunity to meet face to face with the farmers that provide them with fresh food. Besides the Farmers Market in the summer, the cold doesn’t stop it from occurring! During the winter, the Farmers Market is held at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center. They offer many different fresh items such as local vegetables, mushrooms, meats, cheese, eggs, bakery items, honey, hummus, baba ghannouj, chips, maple syrup, beverages, and other products. This is such an amazing opportunity to support local farmers while also exploring Eau Claire!

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Downtown Eau Claire Relocation Guide