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Downtown Eau Claire, Inc (DECI) Interview – A Hub of Eau Claire Vibes: Local Food, Art, and Live Music

Monday, March 8, 2021

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

Microweddings and Minimonies at The Oxbow Hotel

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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.

Credits: Venue – The Oxbow Hotel, Photography – Sarah Hrudka Photography, Dress – linyage, Flowers – Fersk Floral Artistry, Jewelry – Token Jewelry

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.

Credits: Venue – The Oxbow Hotel, Photography – Sarah Hrudka Photography, Flowers – Fersk Floral Artistry, Mismatched Chairs & Arch – Sweet Legacy

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.

Credits: Venue – The Oxbow Hotel, Photography – Sarah Hrudka Photography, Dress – linyage, Flowers – Fersk Floral Artistry, Jewelry – Token Jewelry

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.

Credits: Venue – The Oxbow Hotel, Photography – Sarah Hrudka Photography

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.

Want to check out the amazing, local Eau Claire vendors featured in the photos above? Here they are:

To chat with us about hosting your wedding, minimoon, event or room block at The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely, send an email to

The Oxbow Hotel Receives Mention in Architectural Digest

Friday, October 16, 2020

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. “


Chef Nathan Berg interview with the Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Chef Nathan Berg dishes about the food, drinks, decor and massive undertaking of the Supper Club Celebration in a recent Q&A, “Gimme 5,” with local Eau Claire publication, the Leader Telegram:

“At The Lakely, we’re all about embodying and elevating the things that make our little corner of the world here in Wisconsin special in terms of dining and drinking.”

Read Nathan Berg’s interview with the Leader Telegram »

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