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.
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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. “
This past spring at The Oxbow Hotel, we held the first two in an ongoing series of events dubbed “Lock Inns” meant to bring fans closer to the music and give them a chance to experience a very exclusive, intimate performance by some of their favorite artists. Justin Vernon and Bon Iver bandmate Sean Carey led the way back in April and May at the inaugural Lock Inns, and are back and ready for more in September and November!
So join us on a couple of seemingly typical weeknights – one September 13th, and one November 20th – for a unique and exclusive overnight experience of food, music, camaraderie, and more. These two events offer fans of Justin Vernon and Sean Carey a rare opportunity to enjoy an evening curated entirely by their musical, culinary, and cultural sensibilities from beginning to end. And did we mention the possibility of special guests?!
Upon check-in, throughout the property and bar you’ll hear a playlist filled with songs selected by Vernon and Carey. Then, during a relaxing and very special six-course dinner crafted in collaboration with Chef Nathan Berg, Vernon and Carey will perform live on the stage in The Lakely. Later, they’ll be joined throughout the night by other yet-to-be-named musical guests from their stable of friends and creative collaborators.
Only 30 packages will be sold for each date, making each Lock Inn available to only a select few. Other package highlights include a limited-edition event poster, morning yoga in The Gallery, brunch from a prix fixe menu, and the opportunity to be a part of an incredibly special experience.