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OSTHOFF RESORT TURNS 25!

2020 marks the quarter-century birthday of the The Osthoff Resort! Opening May 19, 1995, The Osthoff Resort was constructed on the same location as the historic Osthoff Hotel, a popular resort destination from 1886 to the 1950s. Throughout its 134-year history, the resort has hosted travelers, locals, and industry professionals, with its historic past, beautiful scenic location and local amenities.

In 1995, the newly opened Osthoff Resort consisted of the main building, and a year later, the south building was added providing additional guest rooms and amenities. In 2005, the north building was built featuring additional guest accommodations, world-class Aspira Spa, a 100-seat restaurant with panoramic views of Elkhart Lake, and a state-of-the-art conference center beautifully designed for groups of up to 1,000 people.

Today, The Osthoff Resort is known for its lakeshore setting on crystal clear Elkhart Lake, a total of 245 spacious suites, award-winning Aspira Spa, and an impressive collection of amenities that include two lakeside restaurants, gift boutiques, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant ballrooms and meeting venues. “As part of our year-long celebration, we are thrilled to announce that we have started to invest in renovations and enhancements across our Resort,” said Jamie Skelton, Marketing Manager of The Osthoff Resort. “In the near future, we look forward to delighting our guests and members of the community with exciting enhancements to guest premiere suites, dining areas, lobbies and public areas.” The Osthoff Resort looks forward to the next 25 years of making memories, and to help kick off the celebration is offering new overnight promotions:

Anniversary Package

Continuing to celebrate its quarter-century mark celebration, The Osthoff Resort is offering anniversary promotions on behalf of the original room rates from the year it opened, with rates starting at $199.50, and additional milestone promotions all year long. For all anniversary specials, visit Osthoff.com/25th-anniversary. To make a reservation, consumers can call 844.566.4392.


Autumn Overnight Package

September 2 – October 29, 2020: Stay one night in an elegant guest room from $236 in September and $210 in October and receive a $25 dining credit and 25% discount at Aspira Spa (Sunday – Wednesday only).

About The Osthoff Resort
The AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort is a Wisconsin tourism landmark featuring elegant suites and guestrooms, a stunning lakefront setting, two restaurants, Aspira Spa, year-round recreation, spa and gift boutiques, and grand conference rooms and meeting spaces. It is located just one hour north of Milwaukee, less than two hours from Madison and approximately three hours from Chicago. For additional information about The Osthoff Resort, visit www.osthoff.com, call 844.566.4392, or follow The Osthoff Resort on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

DOOR COUNTY

By Robin Mosley × Vaughn Lowery

In Door County, Wisconsin you can expect a luxurious stay where you’ll get the best of both worlds — nature and an artisanal experience featuring exceptional food and beverage options, as well as artistic features. Door County has always been a welcoming place to visitors since the beginning of its inception. 

Historically, it’s been home to Native American tribes such as the Potawatomi, the Winnebago, the Ojibwe, the Sauk, the Menominee and the Ottawa. European settlers also were a part of the Door County community. But the peninsula has always had residents with many dating back 12,000 years ago. This is to say, Door County, Wisconsin is welcoming to people from all walks of life.

Book a stay at Glidden Lodge Beach Resort in Sturgeon Bay. The property has everything you need to enjoy your stay as a family, a group of friends and as a solo traveler. Their one, two- and three-bedroom units all offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and beachfront access. Other properties in Door County include bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cottages and houses, hotels, log cabins, resorts and wheelchair accessible lodging to fit your needs. 

Your stay can begin at Sturgeon Bay, where you can visit an array of museums, nature sites and rustic food businesses such as Sturgeon Ship Bay canal, Potawatomi State Park and the preserves. 

If you are looking to shop and dine, then Door County’s historic shopping districts have an array of dining and beverage options. One such place is Renard’s Cheese, a family owned, and operated business ran by third generation cheesemakers. You can then follow that up with a stop at Door County Candy, which will satisfy your sweet tooth with handcrafted chocolates and treats. 

After if you’re interested in the art scene, then check out the Margaret Lockwood Gallery, featuring Lockwood’s award-winning abstract paintings, which highlights the beauty and landscapes of Door County; or go see incredible art from over 198 artists spanning drawing, printmaking, and photography mediums at Miller Art Museum. After enjoying a fully packed day, you can finish your day off with dinner at Crate Restaurant with some of the best food — a mix of fresh seafood, steaks and high-quality sushi.

Sister Bay is known for Seaquist Orchards where the cherries are tart, and apples are crisp. With over 1,000 acres of cherries and 30 acres of apples and acres of apricots and pears, you’ll be around nothing but beautiful nature and artisan treats. To keep the orchard experience going, have brunch at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, where the goats grazing on grass the roof in the summer will fit the bill. 

The Norwegian and Moravian roots of Ephraim are part of its modern life. At the Ephraim Historical Foundation, you can learn about the Moravian religious community, founded by the Reverend Andreas Iverson as well as see some of its historic sites such as The Moravian Church, the Pioneer Schoolhouse and the Anderson Store. The Hardy Gallery is located on Ephraim’s historic Anderson Dock and features local and regional artists. The Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio contains a gallery located in an 1860s renovated farmhouse surrounded by pine trees and a beautiful garden. 

Ellison Bay has an artsy vibe. The Clearing Folk School founded by architect Jens Jensen is a 128-acre school surrounded by forests and meadows which overlook the Green Bay shoreline. All year round, the school provides classes and workshops following folk traditions of fine crafts and natural sciences. From painting, writing, quilting, birding, wood carving, rustic furniture making and more, you will have an incredible time. Before your departure, you should stop by Rob Williams Studio to witness unconventional landscape paintings.

If you’re looking for old Swedish traditions, you should stroll down the marina, play in the parks and beaches and dine on the finest goods in Fish Creek. Fish Creek has the largest single store retailer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, The Oilere. Or you can visit the Swedish-American bakery, Fika Bakery & Cafe and Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market, where during the summer you can purchase freshly picked Montmorency cherries. Around dinnertime, the Fish Boil at Rowley’s Bay Resort in Ellison Bay serves freshly caught Lake Michigan whitefish that is cooked over an open fire. Finally, end your evening under the beautiful night sky at Northern Sky Theater located in Peninsula State Park.

To end your time in Door County you can look at the waterfront in Egg Harbor. You can also visit the Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, or the Plum Bottom Gallery where you’ll see handcrafted porcelain and stoneware first-hand. Harbor Ridge Winery is a great place that makes award-winning wines in a fun atmosphere. Then head next door to Wisconsin Cheese Masters which sells only the finest Wisconsin produced cheeses. Finally, have dinner at Glacier Ledge which celebrates cheese through their small plate menu. 

There’s a lot to do in Door County and anyone who’s looking to enjoy nature, art and artisanal goods will find every part of this trip worth their time. This location would be great for anyone who prefers a more elegant and rustic stay. For more information on what Door County could provide, visit www.doorcounty.com

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NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS

Three, two, one… Happy New Year! From parties lasting late into the night to day-time celebrations for the entire family and more, the country’s Midwest cities are hotspots for some of the greatest New Year’s traditions and events. Forget watching the ball drop in Times Square from your hotel room – the Midwest Marriott properties allow travelers and locals alike to ring in the New Year at their choice of festivities with convenient proximity. Whether looking to have an intimate New Year’s Eve with close friends or attending the largest gala, guests need not look far for the best lodging accommodations, some even with popular celebrations all their own.

Chicago,Illinois

• Travelers looking for an upscale celebration in the Second City have options aplenty. The JW Marriott Chicago offers its own NYE Soiree, boasting two concurrent events throughout the hotel. Featuring Chicago’s hottest live music cover bands and DJs, multiple rooms of entertainment and a four-hour all-inclusive premium package available, JW Marriott Chicago invites guests to leave the worries of the past year behind and embrace 2020 with full enthusiasm. Gala fans may enjoy “NYE 2020” at the W Chicago – City Center, an extravaganza with over-the-top entertainment, all-inclusive packages, pre- and post-parties and more in the heart of Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. For guests looking to enjoy Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Chicago Resolution Gala, which is held annually in the Aon Grand Ballroom, is a lively option, while those traveling with children may prefer the spectacular display of Navy Pier’s Fireworks or enjoy time together at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve and the Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve. Several top Marriott properties are located just steps from these events, including The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North.

Minneapolis,Minnesota

• Those visiting the Twin Cities have prime pickings for luxurious and comfortable Marriott properties to stay at, no matter what their plans. All within walking distance or short driving distance from some of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular celebrations, Hotel Ivy, Elliot Park Hotel, Aloft Minneapolis, Le Meridien Chambers, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Emery and Moxy Minneapolis Uptown are in the center of the action. One of the most notable events for New Year’s in Minneapolis is the Crystal Ball, which offers guests 21 years of age and older the opportunity to dance, sing, laugh and play the night away, with live DJs, Piano Karaoke Lounge, an arcade game room with interactive LED games and more. In a similar fashion, Countdown Minneapolis is held annually at The Minneapolis Club, the extravagant festivities occur on multiple levels of the club with top DJs and a midnight countdown. For music lovers, the Snowta NYE Festival is a must at the famous music venue, The Armory.

Detroit,Michigan

• New Year’s in Detroit often comes with its own Motown Twist. The luxe Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney is the perfect on-site hotel for those looking to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the historic David Whitney Building, which known for beautiful art deco architecture stylings and an enclosed five-story atrium covered in marble with a skylighted roof. The party features Epicurean catering, a champagne toast, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres and live music for the evening. For travelers and locals looking to explore the city elsewhere, top celebrations include the classic Detroit Princess Riverboat New Year’s Eve Motown Dinner Cruise, which allows guests to “rock the boat” on the Detroit River, the Resolution Ball at The Fillmore Detroit, which is billed as the most exclusive NYE party in the Midwest, and NYE Bleuout at Bleu Detroit, all convenient celebrations under three miles from Courtyard Detroit Downtown, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and The Henry.

Kansas City and St. Louis,Missouri

• Whether in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District or beyond the locals and visitors know how to celebrate. At the iconic Union Station, thousands of people gather each New Year’s Eve to countdown at the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, big band style. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center each offer a relaxing haven after an evening out, just a mere seven minute drive from Union Station and within walking distance of the Power & Light District, which hosts NYE! Live at the KC Live! block of the popular neighborhood. A fan favorite for individuals looking to get their party on into the early hours of the New Year, The View hosts a premium event with gourmet food options, DJs and a see-and-be-seen environment. Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve at Science City, which is also conveniently located at Union Station.

• Across the state in St. Louis, similar festivities are held including NYE Live! At Ballpark Village in the dining and entertainment district downtown that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and Magnolia Hotel St. Louis are each conveniently located less than a mile from the heart of Ballpark Village and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West is about 10 minutes from the action.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati,Ohio

• The three “C Cities” in Ohio are each hotspots for New Year’s Eve, boasting their own can’t-miss bashes. The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party is held every year until 2 a.m. With several rooms each with their own vibe and entertainment, attendees have their choice of live band entertainment, DJs and the opportunity to enjoy a premium open bar, while being on-site at the beautiful hotel, keeping the evening safe and fun.

• In Cincinnati, visitors may enjoy a “Happy Zoo Year” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is ideal for “party animals” of all ages, and the Fountain Square New Year’s Eve Blast, which welcomes thousands of attendees each year for a family-friendly, free day featuring goofy games, dancing, delicious food, musical performances, an ice skating rink and celebration finale of fireworks. Adults may prefer New Year’s Eve at Winterfest or a pre-fixe dining experience at Nicholson’s Palomino, The Palace and more, with the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel close by to rest before and after the festivities. The city’s Courtyard Cincinnati Blue Ash and Courtyard Cincinnati Covington hotels offer comfortable accommodations a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown celebrations.

• Upscale travelers looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve should make their way to Cleveland’s top events including the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Nautica Queen, which never fails to sell out each year due to extreme popularity and the Decades and Diamonds at The Vault, an upscale cocktail bar in the heart of downtown. After the night of lavish fun concludes, The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland offer accommodations sure to match the satisfaction of celebrating the start of a new year.

ComplexCon Comes To Chicago

You heard it! Complex Networks is bringing ComplexCon to Chicago next year!

More than 60,000 fans attended ComplexCon in Long Beach last month, making it the most successful ‘Con in the event’s three-year history, and now ComplexCon is expanding to the heartbeat of the Midwest. For fans who can’t wait until next November for the annual ComplexCon in Long Beach, Complex Networks announces today that it is adding to a ComplexCon in Chicago on July 20 & 21, 2019 at McCormick Place.

Those who know, know that ComplexCon is the expertly curated, groundbreaking convention and festival that brings the world of Complex to life through pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.

ComplexCon Chicago will pay homage to the city’s unique and distinct influence on pop culture.

Then into ComplexCon.com and follow ComplexCon on Instagram for details about ticket on-sale dates and other important information.

“Wardrobe Panic” 36 Times A Year

As the winter months conclude, spring brings an array of new style (and organizational!) opportunities for million across the U.S.! Many make key lifestyle changes, but plenty don’t take time to review their wardrobes leading to frustration going into the new season. To help consumers make sense of their wardrobe, Trunk Club launched a new study examining the wardrobes of 2,000 men and women to discover their personal experiences and behaviors with their clothing selection.

Trunk Club and SWNS found that consumers experience ‘wardrobe panic’ 36 times a year and over 2,8000 times in a lifetime because they feel they have nothing to wear! To combat this problem, Coabi Kastan, Head of Styling for Trunk Club shared this tip, “As you approach building your wardrobe, start with the essentials. When you build the fundamentals of your wardrobe first, you’re able to lessen the ‘wardrobe panic’ that’s so common.”

Did you know…?

•     Nearly thirty percent of the items in the average person’s closet have never been worn or have gone untouched for over a year.

•     Results showed that the average person has about 53 items in their closet, but they typically don’t wear 15 of them. And six percent of people own nine or more items in their closets that still have the tags on them!

·         The average respondent polled spends eight hours per month in their closet agonizing over what to wear, which is nearly 100 hours per year.

Men vs. Women

·         Men typically clean out their closets at a higher rate than women. 61% of men said that they clean out their closets at least once a year, while only 48% admitted to doing the same.

·         More than two times as many men use Marie Kondo’s organization method for their closets than women!

·         Most women said they were confused or sad when they open up their closet, while men are joyous or excited when opening their closet.

Regional

·         The Northeast enjoys a clean closet: 10.6 percent of participants from the Northeast clean out their closet every week while only 5.05 participants do from the Midwest

·         The Midwest and Southeast love to give back: The Midwest (81.42%) just barely edged out the Southeast (81.40%) when it comes to donating old clothes to charities

o   The study showed that the Midwest also sells the highest percentage of unwanted clothing at 17.43 percent

·         The Northeast enjoys time in their closet: On average, people from the Northeast region spend over 8 minutes a day in their closet, which is close to an hour per week. To contrast, people from the Midwest region spend less than 6 minutes in the closet per day.

Eau Claire

By Hannah Audrey Lowe x Vaughn Lowery

The electric sensation of innovation and creativity was in the air as the 360 team walked through the quaint streets of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, whose name is French, meaning “clear water” because of the Eau Claire River. We couldn’t resist but make our first stop at Leinenkugel’s. Here the beer is German-style, crafted expertly with a Wisconsin vibe. The traditional fusion 150 years strong, founded by Jacob Leinenkugel, is a perfect example of what the citizens strive for; a well-rounded very cultural society infused with the Midwest pride.

In an interview with Linda John, the Executive Director of Visit Eau Claire, she responds to the city being compared to the very diverse Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas: “Yes, I like those! Those comparisons paint the right picture of imagination, independent spirit, music, and art, and that’s spot on. Yet we also hold on to quintessential Wisconsin traditions, we’re protective of our untouched natural resources, and, of course, we also throw in a little flavor of winter.”

As we continued our walk, it was impossible to miss the Sculpture Tour. The Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is a non-profit organization dedicated to making art accessible and interactive. One-of-a-kind sculptures by artists from all over North America are displayed as an interactive art exhibit. The pieces are owned by the artists and loaned to the city of Eau Claire eleven months at a time, replaced every May with new creations.

Next stop! Lazy Monk Brewing for a bite to eat and more great beer. The owner, who is originally from Czechoslovakia, moved to Eau Claire about twenty years ago. He found himself puzzled when he had trouble finding a local brewery that brewed their beers traditionally, like he was used to at home. For years, he perfected his craft sharing with friends and family along the way. Finally, the time came to open Lazy Monk Brewery LLC. With a passion for promoting local artists and workers, everything involved with the brewery was contracted locally from the storage design to the artwork to the plumbing. It goes without saying that this city is inspirational, figuring out the perfect fusion of so many different cultures and that of the Midwest.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has played a huge role in the goal of constant improvement in the city. The success to Eau Claire is grounded on remarkable collaboration. On our visit, it was evident that love and teamwork is in place and keeps the city running. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire have a spectacular relationship. The university allows the community to book sporting events and conventions. The university is at the community development table, eager to partner with and aid in increasing tourism for those events. In 2007, a community wide process named “Clear Vision”, led by the citizens of Eau Claire and facilitated by the National Civic League, was created. In the first year of establishment, several hundred people came together to discuss and tackle any issues that needed attention. Despite much conflict and difference of opinions, they began to make headway in modernizing and improving the city in which they all live. The need for an arts center was identified. With much pride, the Confluence Arts Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, followed closely by the plans to open an events and a convention center.

Our next stop, Revival Records. Nostalgia hit the 360 team as we wandered through the endless isles, sifting through countless vinyls. This is the place to find tracks that take you back to your childhood or introduce you to a brand-new genre. Each year the store commissions an artist to create a poster that will go for sale on National Record Store Day, which falls on April twenty-first this year.

The theme of collaboration rings through the events, partnerships and businesses in Eau Claire. Our final stop in Eau Claire was The Classic Garage. What was once an auto repair garage, is now a classic 50’s diner decorated by timeless trimmings such as black and white checkered flooring and red and white booths. Rick Peyton’s Cadillac collection is rotated around the shop so that “Rick’s classic Cadillac of the day” is showcased underneath the canopy. Visiting this family friendly locale is a must when in Eau Claire.
As we concluded our tour, we left happy with an enlightened sense of what community is. Eau Claire works hard as a community focusing on innovation, encouraging established and new artists, modernizing their thinking and yet still preserving their values and Midwest Indie culture. It’s no doubt that they are forging their way into a great present and a fantastic future.

Top 5 restaurants to hit:

Mona Lisa’s

Randy’s Family Restaurant

Milwaukee Burger Company

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

The Nucleus

Top 5 coffee shops to relax in:

The French Press

Eau Claire Downtown Coffee

Goat Coffee House

Acoustic Cafe

Caffe TEMPO

Top 5 sites to see:

Crystal Cave

B-Framed Galleries

Sculpture Tour

Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

Autumn Harvest Winery

EAU CLAIRE

 

Eau Claire, Wis., has been owning its role in bringing an indie sensibility to the Midwest for several years now, with music, art, culinary and recreation offerings drawing favorable comparisons to a young Austin or mini Portland. For 2018, this university city situated at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in the northwest part of the state brings it, with new businesses and events that will appeal to travelers with a similar independent spirit and penchant for the original, artful and playful. For more travel ideas and sample itineraries, log on to the official tourism website, www.VisitEauClaire.com.

Brand New for 2018

Artisan Forge Studios Expansion: Home to nearly 40 artisans, this artists’ guild, led by metalworks master Greg Johnson, recently added 16,000 square foot to its already 20,000 square foot garage-like space, with the addition filling up quickly with artists and businesses including a potter’s studio, a bike remixer who creates art out of old bikes, and a pop-up coffee shop to fuel all that creativity. One of the existing tenants, Eco Urban Timber, is introducing its first urban wood furniture line in 2018, reclaiming beautiful quirky urban wood and giving it new life as furniture. Outdoors, there will be a full courtyard experience for large-scale art installations and community gatherings. Artisan Forge Studios hosts events all year long, including Uptown Art Jams, artisan markets, outdoor muralist creations, and album release parties.

Confluence Arts Center to Open: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, in collaboration with the entire community, will be opening its Confluence Arts Center in late 2018. This center will include a 1,200‐seat theatre and a flexible 400-seat theatre; visual arts studio and galleries; and labs for sound, lighting, set design, recording arts, and costume design. It will also be the new home for Visit Eau Claire’s interactive visitor center, located on the first floor.   

Mash-up of Coffee and Gears at Shift Cyclery: This full-service bicycle repair shop in downtown Eau Claire happily coexists with Soul Brewed Coffee Roasters. Get your necessary intake of caffeine at the craft coffee bar while your bike is tuned up.

Run to Blue Ox Running: Serious runners will appreciate that this specialty retailer in downtown Eau Claire is operated by two UW-Eau Claire alum who met when running cross country and track at the university.

Try Aerial Yoga at Sky Yoga: Yet another downtown business, this one is a yoga studio offering a variety of drop-in classes including aerial yoga, barre, strength and toning, and more. They even have classes for young yogis.

Candlewood Suites Caters to Extended Stay: Scheduled to open in fall 2018 on the city’s far south side, the Candlewood Suites Hotel will have 81 suites well suited for business travelers on extended stay. Guests will have access to 24-hour laundry facilities and a gym.

Pop-Up Shop Style

Tangled Up in Hue: Known for hosting pop-up artist showings, meet the maker events, and classes, this art collective supporting more than 100 artists will have a full event calendar for 2018.

Red’s Mercantile: This women’s lifestyle shop is planning a variety of group workshops for the coming year, like a clay bowl workshop during which participants create their own bowl for keeping jewelry and keepsakes safe, and a “learn how to make bath salts” workshop with attendees leaving with some Zen -inducing salts to take home.

The Local Store: The goods at this shop are either made locally or evoke a sense of place in the Chippewa Valley. Look for an expanded schedule of in-house events including night markets, meet the maker nights, author book readings, and film screenings.

For Those Who Live for Live Music

Chippewa Valley Blues Society: This group is responsible for the wildly popular Tuesday Night Blues concerts, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018. This is the only free concert series in Eau Claire, and the show goes on rain or shine at the bandshell in Owen Park. Crowds of upwards of 2,000 music lovers are not unusual.  

Chippewa Valley Music Festivals: This group puts on Rock Fest, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. Along with the live music, festival goers flock to the more than 7,000 campsites for their overnight digs. Set for July 12-14 in nearby Cadott.

The Master Singers: This is also the silver anniversary for this choral ensemble which presents seven performances each season. Over its 25-year history, more than 240 area musicians have performed with this group.

Revival Records: Each year this vinyl shop commissions an artist to create an original poster for sale exclusively on National Record Store Day, which celebrates the culture of indie record stores. In 2018, it’s April 21. Ask the store staff and they’ll even play your favorite album while you shop. The owners plan to add more live music events to the in-store schedule for the coming year as well.

For Foodies

Forage at Banbury Place: Aspiring home chefs and those who aspire to a career in culinary can both find a place at the table at Forage cooking classes. They also have a “Little Hands” class for kids. Check their calendar for meal events too, like pop-up Saturday brunches and food and wine pairing dinners.

430 Water Street: The owners of Mona Lisa’s, representing the finest of fine dining in the area, jumped at the chance to occupy the space next door upon learning it would become available in 2018. Look for a combo food/drinks/shopping experience, with a spring wine fling in April to kick things off.

The Nucleus: This bistro-style eatery is so popular that people line up outside waiting for the door to open for breakfast. In addition to their a.m. and lunch offerings Wednesday through Sunday, The Nucleus is now open for dinner and wine Thursday through Saturday.

The Lakely at The Oxbow Hotel: Look for full new line-up of food and music pairings in the Lakely Limited Series. The culinary team here is also planning Wandering Spirits craft cocktail demos and cooking classes with Chef Nathan Berg. 

Cowboy Jack’s: Just opened in June 2017 in neighboring Altoona, this restaurant gained a fast following thanks to its menu of handcrafted burgers and BBQ entrees paired with live music that leans country. In 2018 they’ll be enclosing part of their outdoor patio so patrons can enjoy views to the Eau Claire River in the winter months too.

Wagner’s Lanes: It may sound like a broken record, but this place is popular for its food and music pairings too, with concerts regularly selling out. For 2018 they’re building a new bar and restaurant area. Patrons can burn off the calories playing the lawn game Kubb, bowling, or playing indoor sand volleyball under a bubble.

A Decade for The Livery: Come 2018, the culinary team at The Livery restaurant will be celebrating a decade of serving up modern comfort food. This eatery in downtown Eau Claire’s North Barstow District is housed in a historic building that once served as a livery in the 1880s, later evolving from the horse transportation trade to life as an auto garage at one point as well.

 

 

Beer, Wine and Spirits

Brewing Projekt: This craft brewery opened its taproom in April 2015 and within two years outgrew its space at 2000 N. Oxford Ave, so it scoped out larger digs and found just what it was looking for across the street in the much larger 1807 N. Oxford building. The brewery has just settled in to its new space which now includes riverfront seating. In the spring, they’ll set up Kubb lawn games and feature food trucks too. The owners source ingredients locally whenever they can, including maple syrup and honey.

River Bend Vineyard & Winery: Husband and wife owners will be releasing their first ever Pinot Noir in fall 2018. Visitors to this winery in nearby Chippewa Falls can also enjoy live music events and partake of wood-fired pizza. They also have a “grain-to-glass” distillery operation, with 100% Wisconsin-grown vodka, a white whiskey ideal for summer sipping, and a gin derived from grapes.

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery: What makes this winery unique is its urban location. The owner sources ingredients from around the country, supporting American growers and suppliers. Look for a new array of “Experimentals,” wines and spirits made in extremely small batches, to be available exclusively in their Tasting Lounge, including a Wisconsin Spirit made from products the state is famous for including cranberries, cherries, dairy, maple syrup, and grain. Most recent releases included an apple malt whiskey and a sassafras chardonnay.

Arts, Culture and Film

Hmong New Year’s Celebration:  Immerse yourself in authentic Hmong culture during the 30th annual Hmong New Year’s Celebration Nov. 10-11, 2018. There will music and dance performances, a traditional “pov pob” ball toss competition, crafts, and food.

Downtown Sculpture Tour: This sidewalk sculpture tour in downtown Eau Claire is brand new beginning every May, with some three dozen sculptures revealed at that time. Visitors and residents may cast their vote for their favorite sculpture, with the winning sculpture purchased by the city for permanent display.

Micon Cinema: The Micon’s Downtown Budget Cinema is getting reserved seating following a recent remodeling. This downtown landmark, built in 1946, hosted the first-ever Eau Claire World Film Fest in fall 2017, as well as the first Midwest Weird Fest, an independent film fest that honors the horror genre.

City of Bridges

Downtown Eau Claire: The downtown district group gets credit for the river lights at Phoenix Park that will now recognize major holidays with different light shows for each holiday. In addition, the organization is spearheading re-decking, widening and general beautification of Grand Avenue Footbridge in 2018. Staying with the bridge theme, the new Haymarket Plaza at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers and adjoining pedestrian bridge will open in 2018.

Carson Park Drive Bridge Spruce-up: The bridge leading in to Carson Park from the historic Randall Park neighborhood and crossing Half Moon Lake has been widened and enhanced for the hiker and biker. The newly-christened bridge has multi-use trails along both sides plus bike lanes, and it now connects with the Chippewa River State Trail. This new causeway also includes ADA accessible fishing piers. Once inside the grounds, families with young children will love the all-new playground equipment in Carson Park.

Chippewa River Water Trail: A new trail map of the Chippewa River, with emphasis on downtown kayak, canoe and tubing put-ins and safe navigation along a four-mile urban route, is available online and at the city’s visitor center. The map also points out historical reminders of the area’s lumber era found along the way.   

Sports Report

Eau Claire Marathon: During the weekend of May 5-6,2018, runners will take to streets and bridges for the 10thannual Eau Claire Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifying race. There’s also a half and relay, along with a 5K run/walk. All races start and finish in Carson Park.

National Beep Baseball Association World Series: The world series of baseball for the blind and visually impaired comes to Wisconsin for the first time. This competition for ages 15-45 takes place at the Eau Claire Soccer Park, July 31-Aug. 4.

2018 USA Curling College Championship: The season-ender college curling championship will be held in Eau Claire in 2018, with the Eau Claire County Expo Center, home of the Eau Claire Curling Club, the host facility. The competition takes place March 9-11.

Eau Claire Express Baseball: This collegiate summer baseball team, part of the Northwoods League, is looking to spruce up its facility at Carson Park with artificial turf, expanded restroom and concession areas, improved handicap accessibility, and permanent stadium seating. They’re hoping to break ground in 2018 once fundraising wraps up.

First Full Year

Metropolis Resort started “Airobics” classes in its new trampoline park in 2017 and the craze has taken off. They also installed an outdoor motorized zipline that takes riders in reverse for 700 feet before bringing them back down to the starting point.

Ramone’s old-fashioned ice cream parlor opened in summer 2017, with lovers of the frozen treat gobbling up gallons of specialty flavors with names like Superman, Fat Elvis, and a caffeinated Iced Latte-Da. This family-run business is also big on giving back to the community, with a “tip jar” program that has employees choosing the charity they’d like to donate to.

River Prairie Park and Development is located in neighboring Altoona on a bend of the Eau Claire River, and has quickly become a destination for kayakers and canoers eager to take off on a river adventure from the landing there. There’s also an amphitheater where local musicians perform and a pet-friendly trail system. Three event spaces for rent, with the largest able to accommodate 250, feature an indoor/outdoor bar and double-sided fireplace. This mixed-use development also includes shops, a hotel, and restaurants.  

The Chippewa Off Road Bike Association – CORBA, for short – test drove, so to speak, a CORBA Kids program in 2017, and it was such a success they’re growing it for 2018. This introduction to mountain biking is both free and fun, with an expanded series of events and rides planned for “kids and their keepers.” The volunteers who run CORBA describes themselves as “advocates to be outside and to make the outside a better place.” 

For up-to-date information on these businesses plus a calendar of events, log on to www.VisitEauClaire.com.

 

About Visit Eau Claire

Visit Eau Claire is the area’s official tourism marketing organization with a role to better the city for all who live, work, study and play here and a mission to bring visitors to the area. With encouragement and support from Visit Eau Claire and benefiting greatly from the independent spirit of those who call the community home, this northern Wisconsin university city is making a name for itself as a creative hub with a hip and homegrown music and arts scene and a robust entrepreneurial culture. This city of bridges sits at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, a breathtaking backdrop that inspires originality and encourages a love of outdoors at every turn. Midwest indie? Yes, really.

 

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Eau Claire 2018 Events 

2018 Events that Shout Midwest Indie: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

Silver Mine Ski Invitational,http://flyingeaglesskiclub.org/events

SILVER MINE HILL | JANUARY 19-21

Thrill to the sight of ski jumpers from all over the world lifting off at the Silver Mine Hill during this invitational. It’s not unusual for them to soar the length of a football field. Now in its 132nd year.

 

Powder Keg Snowshoe and Fat-Bike Races,http://chippewaoffroad.org/powderkeg/

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY EXPO CENTER | JANUARY 27

It wouldn’t be a Wisconsin winter without a snowshoe race. Each year, the Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association hosts snowshoe and fat tire bike races on the Lowes Creek County Trails.

 

52nd Street at Eau Claire Jazz Festival,http://www.eauclairejazz.com/events/52nd-street/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | APRIL 20

Downtown Eau Claire is transformed into a recreation of New York City’s historic 52nd Street, with the city’s bars and restaurants morphing into jazz nightclubs for this annual jazz festival.

 

10th Annual Eau Claire Marathon,http://www.eauclairemarathon.com/

EAU CLAIRE | MAY 6

Explore the trails, bridges and riverside views in an entirely new way. If you’re not running, cheer marathoners along as they log miles on the Chippewa and Eau Claire River route, or be the first to buy the “congratulatory” pitcher.

 

Blue Ox Music Festival, http://www.blueoxmusicfestival.com/

WHISPERING PINES CAMPGROUND | JUNE 14-16

The rich sounds of bluegrass plus music of modern string bands fill the outdoors in this family-friendly weekend festival, one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

 

Country Fest, http://www.countryfest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JUNE 21-23

This fest is three full days of darn good country music, camping, Fest Olympics, giant games, food, drink, and photo-ops. Don’t overlook the side stages either, giving fest-goers more reasons to kick up their heels.

Fourth of July at Carson Park

CARSON PARK | JULY 4

Historic field, baseball, stadium food, games and fireworks. There’s not much more families looking to ring in Independence Day in classic style could ask for than this little slice of Americana.

 

Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival,http://eauxclaires.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 6-7

It’s as magical as you’ve heard. Taking place right along the Chippewa River, the diverse music, art installations, dance moves, and glowing smiles let first-time visitors know they’ve made the right decision. Now in its fourth year, this is the creative brainchild of Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon.

 

25th Annual Rock Fest, http://www.rock-fest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JULY 12-14

This festival has been rockin’ for decades. Featuring the best of active, classic and legendary rock musicians. Set on 320 acres of picturesque land with thousands of campsites. Considered the largest “rock and camping fest” in the U.S.

 

U.S. National Kubb Championship,http://www.usakubb.org/championship-info.php

EAU CLAIRE SOCCER PARK | JULY 13-15

Known as the Kubb Capitol of the U.S., Eau Claire is the home of the U.S. National Kubb Championships. For the unfamiliar, Kubb is a cross between bowling and horseshoes and is the game Vikings played. Join the “blockheads” as they compete for the Kubb King title.

 

Country Jam, http://www.countryjamwi.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 19-21

The hottest country music stars converge in Eau Claire each year for this outdoor music festival. Rabid fans shell out for the VIP Experience to get the best seats in the house, then camp under the stars.

 

Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week

CHIPPEWA VALLEY | SEPTEMBER

Eau Claire is known for its Instagram-worthy dishes, so it makes perfect culinary sense that there be a celebration in honor of farm-to-table edibles and garden-to-glass libations. Special menus plus food-themed events that raise money for community causes are all part of this 10-day foodie favorite.

 

Light Up Eau Claire New Year’s Eve,http://www.visiteauclaire.com/lightupeauclaire/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | DECEMBER 31

Replicated in honor of Australia’s “Lismore Lantern Parade” celebrating the winter solstice, Eau Claire brings a little bit of the outback to the Midwest with its own lantern parade to ring in the new year. Live music at a variety of stages. A flourish of fireworks caps off the night.