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 yell "fore!" 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.
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is a real treasure for art lovers. On display through the end of May is one of the most comprehensive retrospectives in the country of the iconic works of Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972). Escher's mind-bending artwork, pervasive throughout pop culture since the 1960s, continues to mesmerize with its overlap of art, math, science, engineering, and architecture. Fans of American art glass will find the exhibit "Enduring Beauty: Art Nouveau Glass" to be nothing short of exquisite, featuring works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Allow time to stroll among the garden sculptures too. 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.
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.
Be a Foodie
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 Caféserves 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.
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.
Studio E is a nice spot for body treatments and facials, so we recommend you treat yourself.
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.
Be Well Read
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.
Be Part of the Fun
The Grand Theater hosts a farewell tour performance of "Mama Mia" in May, and then stages "West Side Story" in June.
The Badger State Summer Games take place over several months, starting at the end of May with an adventure race and wrapping up in August with freestyle kayaking. Participate or spectate, both are fun!
Concerts on the Square are held 10 Wednesdays, starting June 21. Just step outside the front door of the Jefferson Street Inn and you're there. The open-air amphitheater is just a spectacular setting for an evening of music.
Marketplace Thursdays recommence June 22, with Wausau's hardworking farmers and artists convening on the 400 Block adjacent to the hotel.