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.
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.
128 Graham Avenue (6-minute walk from the hotel)
Pablo Center at the Confluence operates in support of a mission that is focused on augmenting and developing opportunities to experience the performing, literary and visual arts for people of all ages and backgrounds. The center offers the region a facility capable of providing transformative training, learning and creative opportunities. Inside, guests, local partners, and artists experience a 1,200+ seat theatre and an approximately 400-seat flexible theatre; three rehearsal, dance and community rooms; visual arts galleries; labs for sound and lighting, set and exhibit design, recording arts, multimedia production and costume design; and spaces equipped to support vocational training initiatives.
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.
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.
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.