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Families will love:

  • Small town with a hip vibe
  • Outdoor activities galore
  • Music and arts scene

DO call it a comeback. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is not the same place it was a decade ago. The second-largest city in Wisconsin is on the verge of something big -- really big. In fact, many people are comparing it to Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. Yes, it's that kind of place -- a funky town with an outstanding appreciation for the arts -- especially music.

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DO call it a comeback. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is not the same place it was a decade ago. The second-largest city in Wisconsin is on the verge of something big -- really big. In fact, many people are comparing it to Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. Yes, it's that kind of place -- a funky town with an outstanding appreciation for the arts -- especially music.

That's thanks in part to Eau Claire's hometown hero, Justin Vernon, Grammy winner and front man of Bon Iver. Vernon has helped revitalize his hometown with the 2016 opening of a boutique hotel and performance venue (The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely), as well as the Eaux Claires, a nationally recognized music festival that takes place every summer.

Eau Claire's dedication to the arts continues with the construction of the Confluence Arts Center, expected to open in 2018. It will feature two theaters, rehearsal rooms, sound and lighting labs and so much more.

Located at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers (hence the name of the forthcoming arts center), Eau Claire also lends itself to outdoor fun, from tubing and kayaking down the rivers to hiking and mountain biking in Loews Creek County Park.

Young kids will love attractions such as the Children's Museum of Eau Claire and Chaos Water Park, but the people who will most be impressed with Eau Claire, Wisconsin, are teens -- especially those with an appreciation for the arts. And hey, if they like it enough, they may decide to go to college here. Eau Claire is a college town, home to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Written by Amanda Norcross less

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