Take a sip of local beer and wine! The Lazy Monk Brewery offers Czech- and German-influenced brews at their taproom Wednesday through Saturday. If wine is more your speed, head to From The Vine wine room where you can experience the region's take on pressed grapes while also indulging in wines from around the globe.
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Revel in waterside athleticism! In the summer months, locals can experience the Ski Sprites, a water ski show team that mesmerizes the town with their exuberant water antics. The shows are free and take place at Altoona Beach, where residents enjoy lakeside recreation before and after the shows.
Diversified musical interests! Whether residents crave the long, cool, sounds of jazz bellowing out into the streets from the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra or the mellow and soothing styling of the Chippewa Valley Symphony, there are plenty of options for live music around town.
Adventurous day trips close to home! Eau Claire is within spitting distance to some of nature's marvels. Crystal Cave, in nearby Spring Valley, allows residents to tap their inner thrill seeker as they travel nearly 70 feet below ground to frolic among the bats, gems and fossils. If you'd like a shot at history without the flying tour guides, head to Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area, and allow yourself to be transported back in time as you look out over the former glacial lake floor.
Take in a movie! At the Gemini drive-in, nostalgia reigns supreme as you pull up to enjoy a movie in the comfort of your own car. Stay in your pajamas and feast on theater-side snacks or dress-up and get dinner nearby before the show at Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse.
Act like a kid again! Action City has you covered; you'll light up with excitement when you enter the larger-than-life building that houses bumper cars, climbing walls, laser tag and more. For more innocent fun, you can take a few laps around the rink at Hoffy's Skate America, the premier regional ice arena.
Local lore! The area is rich with history, and the Schlegelmilch House-Chippewa Valley Museum allows visitors to tour through the building, adorned with period-appropriate furnishings, for a glimpse into what life was like in 1871 when it was built. For a bit of fun, residents can sign up for Paul Bunyan's Logging Camp, where they'll experience life in the wilderness and meet a large replica of Paul and Babe, his big blue ox.
Ride through nature on horseback! At Trinity Equestrian Center, locals can take riding lessons or guide-led group outings. The center also boards and trains the beloved animals. If you'd rather let someone else hold the reins, nearby Cabin Ridge Rides offers horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides.
Eat local! The Eau Claire farmer's market is downtown and allows residents to buy direct from the farms nearby. At local eatery The Livery, taste how these local farms team up with culinary experts to transform the regional fare into a creative and satisfying dish.
High property values! Neighborhoods in the area that enjoy high property values include Cleghorn-Lufkin, where homes are valued at $192,269. Those seeking rent to own houses with high values can also look to Golf and East Lowes Creek Roads where the median value is $185,012.
Appreciation rates steadily increasing! The Shawtown neighborhood has rent to own homes that see a steady increase in value, where the average annual rate is 3.97%. The town's City Center is also a great option, with an annual appreciation rate of 3.92%.
Affordable rentals! When seeking rent to own options, look to the Traux area, where the average rental cost is $635. Another area for renters on a budget is Brackett, where the average is $660.
Low-cost housing! Those seeking a bargain should look for homes near East Clairemont Avenue and Rudolph Road where the median price is $146,652. Another area where homes are most affordable is nearest Route 93 and Golf Road, with a median price of $155,794.
Nature retreat! If you seek scenic views from your home, properties near North Eddy Street and Sheridan Road will land you close to Dells Pond and Mt. Simon Park.
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