Best Reasons to Consider Moving to Chippewa Valley

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Located in the heart of Wisconsin, Chippewa Valley combines the best of city, country, and farm life in one quaint community. From the city of Eau Claire, which boasts thriving night life, great local dining, and shopping, to the rural parts of Chippewa Falls, Altoona and other surrounding communities, there is something here for everyone.

Eau Claire county, named for the “Clear Water” that runs through the Eau Claire River, is located about 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The city of Eau Claire was incorporated in 1872 and has a population 65,000 people, making it the largest town in Chippewa Valley. As a diverse and expanding community with plenty to do and see, it is no wonder why so many people are choosing to move here. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, there are several great reasons you might want to consider Chippewa Valley:

1. Parks and Trails

With 1,038 total acres of parkland and 28.94 miles of recreational trails, you never need to travel far to get your fill of nature’s beauty. Many trails and parks run along the scenic Eau Claire River, while the state park at nearby Lake Wissota offers abundant year-round recreational activities. Parks in the area also are home to sports and athletic facilities, including softball fields, baseball fields, football fields, soccer fields, ice rinks, boat landings, pickleball courts and volleyball courts. Whether you prefer a solo jog or bike ride, or love the thrill of team sports, there’s plenty of opportunities to get outside and experience nature.

Wisconsin is a breathtaking state, offering nature lovers abundant opportunities to get out and explore year-round.
Wisconsin is a breathtaking state, offering nature lovers abundant opportunities to get out and explore year-round.

2. Housing Variety & Affordability

Whether you are partial to new construction or enjoy the feel of a house with history, Chippewa Valley has options to accommodate any preference. Chippewa offers quaint neighborhoods with walkable trails and easy access to shops; larger, more luxurious homes; and hobby farms with acres of land. Here, the median home price is only $137,700, which is much lower than bigger cities like Minneapolis or Madison. Additionally, when it comes to things like groceries, utilities, and other essentials, the overall cost of living here is lower than the rest of the country.

3. Things to Do

Living in Chippewa Valley, you will never be without something to do. In addition to taking advantage of the area’s green space, locals enjoy strolling through the local Farmer’s Market on the weekends, grabbing beers with friends at the famous Leinenkugal Brewing Company, and checking out the Irvine Park Zoo. Chaos Water Park, Oakwood Mall, and the Eau Claire Children’s Museum also top the list of favorites in the Valley.

4. Great Schools

Eau Claire Area School District has 13 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools offering local children an excellent public school education. This district strives for excellence in education, and consistently ranks “excellent” in post-secondary preparedness. The Valley is also home to many post-secondary options including University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Immanuel Lutheran College. The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is hot spot for many locals with many events and a beautiful campus in the heart of Eau Claire. This newly renovated campus features a new Student Center and Education building.

Locals and visitors alike love stopping by Leinenkugel's for a sample of their favorite brew.
Locals and visitors alike love stopping by Leinenkugel’s for a sample of their favorite brew.

5. An Active Community

Chippewa Valley is a community of excellence where residents take pride in everything they do and enjoy an unhurried life. This active and scenic community encourages its citizens to get involved and give back! There are plenty of ways to get involved through volunteer organizations like the Airport Ambassador Program, the local library, or parks and recreation clean-up.

Though some people might consider this area a “flyover” part of the country, once you visit us, we’re sure you’ll want to call up the moving companies, pack up your house, and relocate. From the low cost of living to the ample entertainment opportunities, this Golden Triangle has everything you need for a laid back yet fulfilling lifestyle. There’s no better place to start your career, raise a family, or spend your retirement years. So, what are you waiting for? Moving to Chippewa Valley could be the best move you’ve ever made!

 

 


The Best Attractions in Chippewa Falls

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Downtown Chippewa Falls personifies the charm of small town life in Middle America, with thriving businesses nestled in beautiful old brick buildings and friendly locals that will take time to see how your day is going. Despite having a population of just 14,000, there are still plenty of things to see and do here, whether you’re looking to shop or to head a little out of town and commune with nature. Here are some of the favorite attractions in Chippewa Falls:

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Let’s start with the city’s oldest business, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.  The nearly 150 year old brewing company has more than 6 generations of Leinenkugel family history wrapped into an hour-long tour. You can see the original brewery building, see where the fermentation happens, and even watch the bottling process as your guide leads you through this impressive craft brewery. Back at the Leinie Lodge, you can look at decades of Leinie memorabilia before diving into samples of the Lodge’s award-winning beers. For just $5, you can sample 5 5-oz. pours of the Lodge’s best;  a portion of the proceeds go to conservation efforts at Little Lake Wissota. Well worth the trip!

Irvine Park & Zoo

After the brewery tour, it’s time for some family fun so grab the kids and head over to the Irvine Park & Zoo.  The park is FREE and features over 300 acres of local scenery to absorb.  The zoo portion features cougars, bison, bear and tigers, while a petting zoo allows you get up close to local wildlife. After the zoo, head over to one of the many picnic shelters and have some lunch.  Here is a video of the petting zoo so you know what you can expect.

After lunch, there’s still plenty to see. Step back in time as you wander through the Sun Valley Schoolhouse or the Pioneer Norwegian Log Home; both are open on weekends throughout the summer months.  If you come later in the year then the family will love the Christmas Village, open from Thanksgiving until New Years.  Here, you can enjoy more than 100 displays and over 100,000 Christmas lights.

 Winery

Back to some grown up fun.  The River Bend Vineyard and Winery is a local producer that uses cold hardy grapes that grow locally in Chippewa County.  They have a wide selection of wines from sweet to dry.  There is a tasting room where wine connoisseurs can enjoy some complimentary samples, and you can grab a bottle or two to take home with you.

Shopping

No vacation is complete without a little bit of shopping.  Check out Main Street for some shops and boutiques with goods made by local craftsmen and artisans. For the ladies, gentlemen are welcome too, head over to Mason Companies Shoe Outlet Store for some great deals on name brand footwear.

While it might be a small town, make no mistake there is plenty of charm here and lots to do.


Where to Stay in Eau Claire

Where to Stay in Eau Claire

When you come to Eau Claire be it for a convention, sporting event or just to check out the many nearby attractions we want you to feel right at home.  You want accommodations that fit your needs for the duration of your stay.  There are plenty of hotels, motels, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, or you can even try an Airbnb in the area if you want something a bit more homey.  Whether you’re relaxing here for a couple of weeks or just need a place to lay your head for a couple of hours…we’ve got you covered.

 Where to Stay in Eau Claire

Traditional Hotels

Traditional hotels can be found all over, where you will find the most amenities in your home away from home.  Hotels are popular among business travelers because there is usually a business center where you can get some work done if needed. Plus, many of the area hotels include a free continental breakfast with your stay! The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire, a Double Tree property, is a beautiful boutique hotel featuring 112 well-appointed guestrooms. Adjacent to the convention center, this hotel is popular among business travelers looking for convenient accommodations in the heart of downtown. Walk to a number of restaurants and breweries, or dine in-house at the Lismore’s Informalist farm-to-table eatery. Just across the river, you’ll find the newly opened Oxbow Hotel that takes the coziness of a lodge and gives it a modern, hipster edge. If you like spending time outdoors, then this is the hotel for you! The property features an on-site outfitter where bikes, kayaks, skis, skates, and more are included in your stay.

Bed & Breakfasts

If you’re passing through and just need a place to lay your head down then a motel or a bed & breakfast might be just the thing.  They are a little cheaper than your traditional hotel but don’t have some of the luxuries like spa services or a pool.  However a clean, warm room and a hot breakfast might be exactly what you’re looking for.  Eau Claire has plenty of both conveniently located.  Try the Pleasant View B&B or the Antlers Motel; both are clean, cozy and they will make you feel like you’re at home.

Campgrounds

If you’d prefer to spend a warm summer night sleeping under the stars, we’ve got you covered there too.  You have choices between traditional camping where you pitch your tent or a place you can park your trailer.  Try out the Pine Harbour Campground for your stay. This seasonal campground boasts free showers, a laundry facility, free WiFi, and an on-site general store.

Non-Traditional Accommodations

If you’re unfamiliar with Airbnb, here’s a quick crash course.  Airbnb is a website where people can list either a room in their home or their whole home for rent, it has a booking system very similar to a hotel.  This works for the travelers since you get all the amenities of a home and they are usually less expensive than a hotel.  You can buy groceries, cook your own meals, and do all the things you would at home. Here’s a link for the area’s top Airbnb listings.

There are plenty of choices for accommodations when you come to visit Eau Claire, so come on over and enjoy the hospitality.