Downtown Eau Claire

The Oxbow is located in the bullseye center of Eau Claire, right downtown where the city began, and right where all the action is found. Rivers, trails, parks, farmers markets, theaters, pubs, coffee shops, breweries, and nightly events are all within a few, walkable blocks.

The nearby retailers — gift shops, book stores, art galleries — are some of the best local shops you’ll find. As for the restaurants, downtown is our local dining district — where you can explore the kinds of places you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll find some of the city’s best steak, seafood, sushi, cajun, burgers, sandwiches, thai, hmong, and more within a short walk of the hotel. And the nightlife is nearby, as well — live music, dancing, beer bars, and more.

Around the Neighborhood

The Local Store

205 N. Dewey St. (across the street from the hotel)

Residing inside a historic 1880s brick storefront, The Local Store offers a huge selection of items made by local makers and designers, as well as fun items simply inspired by this community’s way of life. Peruse a delightful array of gifts, housewares, apparel, art, books, music, kids’ stuff as well as the Volume One Gallery featuring rotating exhibitions of fine local art, live music, book readings, film screenings, discussions, and even tastings.

Red's Mercantile

224 N Dewey St. (1/2 block from the hotel)

Red’s is a women’s lifestyle shop based in the heart of Eau Claire. Their design eye is derived from their Scandinavian heritage - simple, timeless, and functional. All their goods are sourced from the US to support independent makers across the country. You can find made in America clothing, candles, paper goods, pottery, natural apothecary, jewelry + more.

Ramone’s Ice Cream Shop

503 Galloway St. (across the street from the hotel)

Opened in 2017 by local couple Blayne and Kayla Midthun, Ramone’s is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor serving delicious hand-dipped cones, malts, pies, chocolates, and coffee. On many summer days you will see a line protruding from their front door of eager ice cream lovers looking for a cool respite from the hot summer sun. As a business focused on giving back to the community, 100% of tips received goes to local charities chosen on a rotating basis by staff members themselves.

Northbound Supply Co.

215 N Barstow St. (1 block from the hotel)

Northbound Supply (as the cool kids call it) is a men’s mercantile that is affectionately self-described by co-owner Matt Schwahn as “basically a toy store for grown men that also has a coffee and espresso bar in it.” For those looking for unique goods, this is the place to go, as they offer a hand-selected and ever-evolving inventory. Nothing comes out of a big box, but rather, the items sold are all small-batch, limited quantity items. As an added bonus, the majority of items come from U.S. based companies.

Good and Sturdy Vintage

217 N Barstow St. (1 block from the hotel)

Specializing in vintage clothing, art objects, mid-century and industrial home furnishings, old stuff, and curiosities, Good and Sturdy Vintage has been open since 2012, but only recently moved to the downtown area. A few antiques are available, but this isn’t a traditional antique store by any means. Stop in and check out their ever-changing collection of items no younger than the 1980’s.

Oxbow Artist in Residence Wall

415 Galloway St. (across the street from the hotel)

Once a year, The Oxbow Hotel and community partners host a talented visual artist from outside of the Chippewa Valley to stay, eat, and play with us for as long as two weeks while they create a permanent, large-scale mural on a hand-picked downtown building. For the inaugural Artist in Residence program which took place in May of 2018, The Oxbow Hotel hosted artist Molly Z. from Chicago as she, along with her team of artists (and some local community helpers, too!) created a bold, beautiful piece of artwork called “Cascade” on the side of The Eau Claire Printing Company.