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Posted: November 10, 2015 Check in to the Oxbow

By Tom Giffey 

Volume One


A half-million-dollar state grant will fill a gap in the funding needed to transform a shuttered downtown establishment into a unique hotel that will embody both Eau Claire’s natural beauty and its rising artistic urbanism. The new owners of the Oxbow Hotel – formerly known as the Green Tree Inn & Suites – announced Nov. 10 that a thorough and lengthy application process, in partnership with the City of Eau Claire, has been successful in securing a $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The grant, coupled with a quarter-million-dollar loan from the city – as well as nearly $3.3 million in private investment and commercial financing – will ensure that the 30-room hotel will open next summer.

The Oxbow will offer attractions for visitors and local residents alike, including boutique overnight accommodations in the heart of downtown; a new restaurant/bar/music venue; a gallery and artist-in-residence program; and even canoe, kayak, tube, and bike rentals.

“In seeking to create a truly authentic Eau Claire stay, we’re doing our best to evoke elements of our community that are important to many people here: the outdoors, music, the arts,” explains Nick Meyer, editor/publisher of Volume One and a member of the hotel’s ownership group, when describing the Oxbow’s atmosphere.


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