By Cassandra Lueck, Events and Marketing Director at The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely
It’s summertime in Eau Claire, and we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be. Except maybe on a bicycle… exploring our amazing city and its awesome bike trails.
You with us?!
Here at The Oxbow we take the outdoors seriously, and we hope you do too. Sure, our indoor spaces and courtyard host a lot of action you won’t want to miss, but our big goal while you’re here is getting you outside to truly enjoy the rich landscape of this city. We’re talking 32 miles of beautiful, paved bike trails (in the city alone), two gorgeous rivers, and a gleaming oxbow lake. At some point during your visit, we’d love to get you out on those trails, seeing our beautiful city up close.
CHECK IT OUT…
Included with your stay is full access to our fleet of bicycles (singles, a tandem, and a burley) free of charge; first come, first served.
That’s right, complimentary bikes with your stay! We’re lucky enough to have a bike trail right out the front door of the hotel — seriously, step outside the next time you’re here and look across the street and to the left — that’s it right there! Also, we offer helmets. No matter how big of a rebel you are at home, we want to send you on your way safely. Don’t worry, you can take it off for your selfie in front of our Oxbow Artist in Residence Mural, Cascade, which is just a hop, skip and a jump across the street.
And speaking of being safe, we take pride in keeping our bikes clean and well-maintained… this includes sanitizing them before you hop on, so you can enjoy your excursion and have total peace of mind.
Sounds good, right?!
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In a recent interview with Downtown Eau Claire Incorporated (DECI), Cassandra Lueck, the Events and Marketing Director at The Oxbow Hotel, talks about the venue’s strong local vibe, and creating an inclusive place for all to hang out and absorb local culture.
“It’s a hub of unique, cool, authentic Eau Claire vibes,” said Cassandra Lueck, describing The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely—a restaurant, bar, and venue offering farm-to-table fare, craft cocktails, and live music. To keep the community safe amid COVID-19, The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely closed in March 2020, but aim to reopen in Summer 2021. “When we [re]open our doors, we want everyone to come in and have a drink. . .raise a glass to coming as far as we have as a community,” said Lueck, Marketing and Events Director with the property.
Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin
By Cassandra Lueck, Event and Marketing Director at The Oxbow Hotel
It’s no secret that we love intimate events; and with a property that encourages and conveys intimacy so well, how could we not? You’ll find it in our nooks and spaces, in the warm – yet modern – lighting, and in the atmosphere we’ve created. Some of our most-beloved intimate gatherings are microweddings and minimonies — that is, small wedding celebrations of thirty or less and mini-ceremonies.
Now more than ever, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, couples are opting to have smaller weddings with fewer guests… but that doesn’t mean that they are sacrificing their dream wedding. In fact, they are doing the opposite. Many couples are postponing their weddings and instead holding a minimony — a mini ceremony — on what would have been their original wedding date. This allows them to still get married and have a very special, intimate experience, while continuing to plan for their “sequel wedding” — the larger, full experience wedding that they will still have at some point after the pandemic with all of their guests — in the future.
Couples who choose to have a minimony are doing it with flare; they’re inviting a very small group of guests, generally no more than ten, and they’re curating a very intentional experience culled from the design of their sequel wedding. The minimony might include special touches, such as a small cake from their wedding chef, flowers from their wedding florist and having their planned wedding photographer on hand to capture the experience.
At The Oxbow Hotel, you’ll find the perfect place to welcome your closest family and friends for a minimony or a microwedding. Our venue and boutique hotel offer one-of-a-kind details and a destination atmosphere — so even if you’re a local, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away. The Oxbow Hotel features multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options, boutique hotel rooms for your family and friends, and feeling of authenticity that will leave you, and your guests, with memories to cherish for years to come.
And hey, while you’re here, why not turn your minimony into a minimoon… a small, but no less wonderful, honeymoon! Sounds just about perfect, right? We think so, too.
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To chat with us about hosting your wedding, minimoon, event or room block at The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent article from Architectural Digest by author Kristine Hansen, 6 Boutique Hotels Owned by Famous Musicians and Infused With Their Style, it comes as no surprise that The Oxbow makes the list.
“The cute city of Eau Claire is home to a downtown splashed in murals and calls itself the Indie Capital of the Midwest. Along with the publisher of a local magazine and director of a local arts center, Vernon opened the Oxbow Hotel in 2016, reviving a midcentury motor lodge as a hip stay with 30 rooms. “