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Making Your List for a Cheery Holiday Visit to Wausau, Wisconsin?

Start with These Jefferson Street Inn Favorites.

It doesn't take much to get us in the holiday spirit at the Jefferson Street Inn. Just a crisp breeze and a few floating snowflakes, really, to have us thinking shopping, comfort food, skiing and events. If you've not yet visited us during the winter season, we thought you'd enjoy reading about favorite finds compiled by our staff. 

Holiday Shopping List

Evolutions in Design becomes a winter wonderland this time of year, making it a magical must-shop for artful home décor treasures and sophisticated gifts to give or keep for yourself.
Janke Book Store is Wisconsin's oldest, established in 1874. Make it a holiday tradition to visit this literary mecca for Wisconsin books, cookbooks and bestsellers, plus children's books, games and puzzles.
Isaac's Fine Apparel is known for its chic apparel and collection of beautiful accessories, all designed to make you feel like a million bucks at that special holiday soiree. For men, Campbell Hanies Menswear offers the finest names in suits, sportswear and formalwear.
Stoned & Wired Bead Shopoffers a dazzling selection of beads, embellishments and supplies. If you're not a jewelry maker but love handmade jewelry, then you'll love shopping the array of custom pieces here.
Katzenbarkers is a pet's best friend. Stock up on treats, toys and collars for the four-legged member of the family.
Insider Favorite: If you're looking for a gift with a story that's also one-of-a-kind, shop the work of 75 local and regional artists at the Center for Visual Arts gift shop. Added bonus - it's right in our hotel complex. Make time to visit the galleries too. 

Warm Up with Classic Cuisine

City Grill Bistrospent weeks perfecting its holiday drink and dining menu and we think they've outdone themselves this year. Enjoy live music on Saturday evenings starting at 8 p.m.This restaurant is a favorite of the locals and is located directly off the lobby of Jefferson Street Inn.
Michael's Supper Club at Rib Mountain is classic fine dining with choice steaks and seafood on the menu. They also serve a Friday Fish Fry, a Wisconsin tradition.
Insider Favorite: Patina Coffeehouse is new within the past year and they're dedicated to organic, from the dairy in your coffee to the flavor syrups in your specialty drink. Treat yourself to a scone while you're there.

Snow and Ice Are Very Nice

Skiing is tops at Granite Peak in Rib Mountain State Park. Did you know: It has the greatest drop of any ski area in the state, at 700 feet. Its 75 runs and three high speed lifts will keep you moving.
Cross country ski at Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area, with 20 miles of trails, some even lit for nighttime skiing. Trail difficulty ranges from beginner to challenging, making this attractive to skiers of all abilities.
Try a luminary-lit snowshoe walk at Monk Botanical Gardens.
There's something so heartwarming about seeing skaters gliding across the ice at the rink on the 400 Block. There's also open skating inside at Marathon Park.
The Wausau Curling Center, described as the finest in the world, hosts annual bonspiels. Don't know what a bonspiel is? Here's your chance to find out!
Nearly 900 miles of snowmobile trails in Marathon County are maintained by 30 snowmobile clubs. Can you tell we love snowmobiling here?
No skills required, just a penchant for fun, when snow tubing at Sylvan Hill Park.
Insider Favorite: Shepherd &Shaller Sporting Goods has an amazing selection of sports equipment for the serious athlete, including downhill and cross country skis, snowboards, snowshoes, and skates, plus rentals. The clothing selection is outstanding as well.

Cheeriest Events of the Season

November 28: Shop local duringSmall Business Saturday. It's the best way to keep the holiday goodwill going during your visit to Wausau.
December 2: The annual Holiday Parade makes its way downtown at 7 p.m. There will be floats with twinkling lights, a tree lighting, the much-anticipated visit from Santa, even a warming party in Great Hall featuring the Wausau Symphonic Band.
January 28: The 5th annual Winter Fest serves up a full day of free activities for the whole family. Picture horse-drawn carriage rides, a snow slide, ice skating, and ice sculptures throughout the downtown.
January 13-15: Leinenkugel's Classic Adult Pond Hockey Tournament features 4-on-4 teams competing for ice honors, with all proceeds going to the local youth hockey program.
January 28-29: The Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship, a professional snowmobile racing event that draws drivers from the Midwest and Canada, supports local families with critically ill children and other charities.
Insider Favorite: The Leigh YawkeyWoodson Art Museum is such a treasure for this community. December 3 through February 26, see both the Tiffany Glass and the Art Nouveau Glass exhibits. Simply stunning!
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