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Autumn is Glorious in Wausau, Wisconsin

The colorama has begun in Wisconsin, so outdoor pursuits are at the top of our "favorites" list this time of year.

Fall Colors from Every Angle

Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area has an excellent mountain bike trail system. For an urban biking experience, take advantage of the more than 100 miles of routes running through the Wausau metro area.
 
Rib Mountain State Park, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, is one great hiking workout. Dells of the Eau Claire County Park is a real jewel too, with rock palisades and falling water and a five-mile trail that runs along both sides of the Eau Claire River.
 
Get out on the water, with the Wisconsin River a kayaker's paradise. There's also the world-class canoe and kayak competition site at Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau, one of only two urban whitewater race courses in the country and just a block walking distance from the Jefferson Street Inn.
 
Area golf courses just beg you to bring your camera and clubs. And let's not leave out disc golf, with high-flying rounds to be played at Memorial Park, Yellow Banks Park, and our favorite, Big Eau Pleine Park.
 
Shepherd & Shaller Sporting Goods should really be your first stop before hitting the trails, water or links. Both the equipment and clothing selections are outstanding.

Celebrate the Bounty of Fall

Marketplace Thursdays run through September 21, with Wausau's hardworking farmers and artists filling the 400 Block adjacent to the hotel.
 
Beer & Bacon Festival is set for September 23 and will feature more than 130 different beers and bacon samples from local restaurants and stores. Tickets include unlimited samples of both, plus a commemorative mug. Enjoy live music too. Tickets available online and at the gate.
 
Harvest Fest on October 7 wraps up the festive fall season, with an entire day devoted to family fun. There's a pumpkin patch, horse-drawn wagon rides, free art projects, professional pumpkin carving demos, face painting, the list goes on and on. All staged on the 400 Block just across the street from Jefferson Street Inn. Admission is free.
 
The Holiday Parade on December 1 is an annual tradition for residents and visitors alike. Bundle up and be treated to a procession of pretty floats, free cookies and hot chocolate, music and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Autumn and the Arts

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is a real treasure for art lovers. As proof, it was named a 2017 National Medal winner by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, one of only two art museums in the country to receive this award. Don't miss the 42nd annual "Birds in Art" exhibit with new interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics. This exhibit runs through November 26. There's also the "Ginseng: The Treasured Root" exhibit celebrating the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival and featuring the work of botanical artists. Admission is always free.
 
The Center for the Visual Arts, just steps from the Jefferson Street Inn, has three distinct galleries, each showcasing the work of regional artists. All gallery events are free and open to the public.
 
The Grand Theater has an incredibly busy and diverse performance schedule for the fall, from rock legends to touring musicals to local talent. 

Fall Home Décor Finds

Evolutions in Design offers an incredibly artful selection of home décor items along with creations from local artists. It is not to be missed.
 
The Lamplighter Fine Gifts puts the art of Swarovski and Waterford crystal on display, letting you select just the right amount of sparkle for your spring décor.

Favorite Comfort Foods of the Season

City Grill Bistro is a dining destination in the truest sense of that term. Foodies will love signature entrées like the walleye and New York strip. Insider tip: The bleu chips appetizer is a must-devour.
 

Back When Café serves farm-to-table cuisine in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Wausau. This is a spot the locals love for its slow food philosophy and accent on Mediterranean and French cuisine.

Feel Good and Look Good This Fall

Dayspring Health Spa is located in the same building as Jefferson Street Inn, so when you emerge from that relaxing spa treatment you can just glide back to your room.
 
Verve Salon & Spa is on-trend and committed to treating you head to toe.
 
Studio E is a nice spot for body treatments and facials, so we recommend you treat yourself.

Fall Fashions Are Here

Isaac's Fine Apparel, in the same complex as the Jefferson Street Inn, is known for its upscale women's fashions and beautiful accessories, all designed to make you feel like a million bucks. The personal service here is exceptional.
 
Campbell Hanies Menswear offers the finest names in men's suits, sportswear and formal wear. It's locally owned and operated, which we appreciate. Located on the same block as our inn.
 
Black Purl was founded in 1995, so you might say this full-service knitting store was one of the leaders in the knitting resurgence in the state. Here you'll find custom designed patterns and a wide variety of specialty yarns and knitting accessories.

Cozy Up with a Book on a Crisp Fall Day

Janke Book Store is Wisconsin's oldest bookseller, established in 1874. This independent bookseller carries local history books which make for some fascinating reading. It's also known for its interesting window displays. Grab favorite games, greeting cards, even globes at this wonderful shop, and don't forget to pick up puzzles and plush toys for the little ones.
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